Group B - Currane 3 - 3 Achill Sound/Tonragee
In a thriller first game of the day, Achill Sound/Tonragee kept their Martin Gallagher Cup involvement alive by equalising in the last minute against Currane. Currane took early control of the first half with Terrance Gallagher breaking offside to slot past the Tonragee keeper within five minutes of the off. On 27 minutes David Masterson levelled the score for the first time, then added a second on the stroke of half time to put Tonragee into a lead going into the break.
Halfway through the second half, Declan O'Malley, just on as a sub volleyed home to level the score for a second tme. A minute later on the 69th minute Currane went back up the field from Tonragee's kick off and Daniel Sweeney scored to put Currane back in front. Tonragee were staring at an early exit from the competition when Martin Moran headed home a corner ball in the last minute to finish the game all square.
Tonragee stay in the competition, however they now rely on group toppers DVDs inflicting a heavy defeat on Currane in next weeks final game of the group in order to progress to the semi-final stage.
Achill Sound / Tonragaee
Group A - River 1 - 3 St Pat's
St Pat's opened up their Martin Gallagher account by safety banking three points with a victory against River in the second fixture of the day. River started brightly and on 25 minutes took the lead with a strike from Michael Darragh Gallagher. The score stayed one nil until half time with little to separate both sides in terms of goal attempts.
Having kept things tight for the whole of the first period , River let their guard down three minutes into the second half, allowing Martin Calvey to equalise for St Pat's. On 53 minutes St Pat's took the lead with a goal from Brian O'Leary. With time ticking down gaps were begining to open up in the River defence, when a 78th minute through ball at the right hand edge of the box, saw the River keeper Martin Patten harshly red carded for a high hand which made contact with a St Pat's attacker.
Even harsher was the resultant penalty which was safely despatched by Martin McNamara and the final score 3 - 1 which did not reflect how close the game was. Based upon today's performance, River are not yet bankrupt and will still have a say in the final standings of this group although they will miss their number one for the next outing against the holders St Vincent's.
St Pat's ( Keel /Dooagh )