Derry SFC: Dungiven clinch narrow win over Lavey as Swatragh beat Bellaghy

Swatragh's Patrick Kearney celebrates scoring a goal in his sides' win over Bellaghy          PICTURE: Margaret McLaughlin
Swatragh's Patrick Kearney celebrates scoring a goal in his sides' win over Bellaghy PICTURE: Margaret McLaughlin

DUNGIVEN hit two late points to clinch a vital 3-8 to 2-10 win at Lavey on Sunday afternoon in Group A of the Derry SFC.

The sides served up an entertaining game despite the conditions and it was Donal McGilligan’s goal that had Dungiven off to the best possible start.

The visitors hit for a second goal in the 10th minute, a Sean McKeever finish for a 2-1 to 0-2 lead.

Lavey were presented with two goal chances. Both fell to Aidan Toner who was twice denied by point-blank Kian McGonigle saves.

Dara McGurk and Ryan Mulholland helped Lavey back into the game by half-time, 2-4 to 0-7.

A Johnston penalty gave Dungiven a further boost before Lavey brought Liam Murphy off the bench.

His impact was instant. He first was involved in the move for Conor Mulholland’s fisted goal before he finished Lavey’s second goal to level matters, 3-5 to 2-8, with 15 minutes to play.

Murphy looked to have won the game for Lavey with a late score before Ciaran Mackle equalised. It was left to Fionntan Murphy to clinch Dungiven’s win with the last kick.

An eighth-minute goal from Danny McDermott was the key score as Glen beat Ballinascreen (1-7 to 0-3) to ensure top spot in the group.

Emmet Duggan had opened the scoring for a wind-assisted ’Screen before McDermott flicked home.

Duggan and Benny Heron tied the game, but Eunan Mulholland had Glen ahead at the break, 1-1 to 0-3.

Ballinascreen sat tight but Glen’s pressure told. Conor Convery, Alex Doherty and Stevie O’Hara added points to seal victory.

Goals from the Kearney twins – Francis and Patrick – shot Swatragh to victory at home to Bellaghy (2-8 to 0-12) in Saturday evening’s game.

Early Lorcan McWilliams and Francis Kearney points put the Davitt’s ahead before the Tones levelled with frees from Eoghan Brown and Charlie Diamond.

Patrick Kearney dictated much what Swatragh was about and his powerful run and exquisite finish put them 1-3 to 0-3.

The goal separated the teams at the break before Dominic Bradley was dismissed on a black card five minutes into the half.

Diamond kicked points for the Bellaghy before goalkeeper Peter Stuart’s 45 levelled matters, 1-7 to 0-10, as the game headed for the last 10 minutes.

The game turned again when Francis Kearney drove a diagonal ball across the Bellaghy defence all the way to the net.

Bellaghy went in search of a goal to save the game but Francis Kearney and Anton Tohill made vital catches in the Swatragh defence.

In Group B, Goals from Danny Heavron and Cormac Murphy sealed top spot for Magherafelt away to Steelstown, the only game to take place yesterday.

The sides were level, 0-3 each, at half-time before Rossa pulled clear with the impact of their bench.

The home side pushed two points ahead in the third quarter with Conor Kearns and Eoin McEvoy entering the fray.

Murphy hit in an unanswered 1-3 tally to swing the game. They were wasteful, including a missed penalty, but Heavron’s goal sealed the deal.

Elsewhere, Emmet Park was deemed unplayable for Slaughtneil’s game with Newbridge. The game has been refixed for tomorrow night (7.30pm).

Ballinderry’s home clash with Loup also fell victim of the weather.