All County Football League Division 1
Rossa 1-12 Creggan 2-15
Goals in the first and last minutes of Wednesday evening’s league tie saw Creggan maintain their league title hopes as they beat Rossa by 2-15 to 1-12 at Rossa Park. In between there was little to choose between the sides but Oran McLarnon’s goal inside forty seconds and Conor Small’s in the sixtieth minute was to prove the difference in the end.
After McLarnon’s early strike Rossa came back to close the gap to the minimum with points from Richie Gowdy and Darren Grego, but Oran McLarnon and Tommy McCann hit quick replies to restore Creggan’s goal advantage. Grego pulled one back for the home side before Creggan increased their lead to foru thanks to points from the Smalls, Conor and Kevin. Rossa hit a good spell when two points apiece from Sean Pat Donnelly and Colum Fleming in reply to just one by Conor Small had them back to within a point, but Creggan finished the half with a flourish and points from Kevin Small, Conor Small and Ruairi McCann had the gap out to five by half time. (0-7 to 1-9)
The second half started with Conor and Kevin Small taking the first 2 points for Creggan but Rossa substitue Donal Armstrong hit back with two fine points in reply. Rossa were then reduced to 14 men with Gerard Walsh receiving his second yellow card but this seemed to galvanise the Shaw’s Road men as hit their spell of the game with two more points from Deaghlan Murphy and it could have been worse for the men from the Loughshore had it not been for two excellent saves from Kickhams net minder Oisin Kerr.
Rossa got the goal they deserved after the spade work being done by Colm Fleming who placed a great ball into Donal Armstrong to bring his team level. For a spell it looked all the Kickhams efforts were to go unrewarded but they showed great characters to battle back with two points from David Mc Guckin and one from Odhran Mc Larnon to edge three clear before Conor Small finishing finished off a good night’s work with a well taken