The Newry lads started wellwith a goal from centre-forward Charlie Magill inside five minutes and, despite not scoring a point in the first-half, still managed to lead at the break.
James Darcy converted three frees for Omagh, with Johnny Harkin and Andrew McGrath also on target, but those scores came either side of a penalty goal from Killian McEvoy for Abbey. The standard of football didn’t improve in the second-half and, while McEvoy put them two in front, the game finished in a draw after frees from Harkin and Darcy saw it end 0- 8 to 2-2.
St.Pat’s Cavan produced a highly impressive display at Dunmoyle on Saturday to ease past St.Eunan’s Letterkenny (2-15 to 0-7). The game was over as a contest by half-time with Thomas Galligan and Thomas Edward Donohue goaling. Donohue also weighed in with four points for Cavan with Pierce Smith notching five. Caolan McDaid and Niall O’Donnell hit five points between them for St. Eunan’s but a disappointing afternoon for the Donegal lads ended when they had Kevin Grant dismissed for a second booking two minutes from time.
St. Paul’s, Bessbrook won the derby with St. Colman’s Newry at Crossmaglen, (2-11 to 0-11). St.Colman’s led 0-4 to 0-1 early on with Joe Morgan among their points but a Miceal McNamee goal edged St. Paul’s in front. Jody McGovern and Rian O’Neill exchanged points as St.Paul’s led 1-6 to 0-5 at the break. A Morgan goal in the second-half brought the Newry lads back into it before an Oisin O’Neill free brought them level. But St.Paul’s weren’t to be denied, injury time scores from Aaron Boyle and McNamee seeing them through.