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Roes’ promotion bid ends in bitter disappointment

Kevin Grimes tries to shake off Seamus Dooher. JPM4147

Kevin Grimes tries to shake off Seamus Dooher. JPM4147

Loughmacrory …………2-11
Owen Roes ……………….1-11

OWEN Roes promotion bid ended in bitter disappointment when they were narrowly defeated 2-11 to 1-11 by Loughmacrory in Killyclogher yesterday (Sunday).

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Roes’ challenge looked doomed in the latter stages of the opening half when they trailed by eight points.

But, inspired by talisman Cathal McShane who finished with 1-6 to his name, the north Tyrone side clawed their way back with courageous endeavour and had their opponents rattled, trailing by just two as the game moved into the final ten minutes.

Ronan Ward and Niall Grimes scored the first half goals that laid the foundations for a 2-6 to 0-5 half-time advantage.

The wind dropped in the second half helping the north Tyrone men  get their promotion bid back on track and they did so in dramatic fashion.

Owen Roes reeled off 1-3, with McShane grabbing his side’s only goal, to leave just two points between the sides.

Stephen Kelly pushed forward from the back and midfielders Gerard McShane and Seamus Dooher were now much more prominent

And when Brendan Boggs sent McShane in for a superb point from play the game was very much in the balance at 2-8 to 1-9.

Owen Roes could have had a second goal, but Stephen Harper sent his angled shot zipping wide at the far post, with McShane in a much better position.

But Loughmacrory steadied the ship as Benny Donaghy, Mark McCullagh and Niall Grimes all scored to put their team five clear.

As time ticked away Owen Roes were now in desperation territory and had to go for goals.

Ronan Parker’s screamer just cleared the crossbar, and McShane went for the net from a free but saw it tail wide and end their promotion hopes.

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