Maghery got their Senior Championship campaign off to a decent start in Derrymacash on Friday evening after a comfortable 1-15 to 0-9 win over Annaghmore. Maghery hit the ground running and took advantage of the strong breeze in the first half with Aidan Forker hitting 0-3 in the first 10 minutes. Annaghmore struggled against the wind in the first half, hitting a number of wides and missed a half goal chance when a pass from Conor McCann was just out of the reach of Connor Cullen. Michael McNeice finally opened Annaghmore’s scoring, but Maghery hit back with a couple of scores, one from Conor Mackle and the other from Aidan Forker with a free. Maghery added a number of wides of their own before James Lavery score the game’s only three pointer 25 minutes into the first half, after great interplay with Aidan Forker. Niall Forker and Conor Mackle tagged on points to put Maghery 1-7 to 0-1 ahead. Annaghmore were still struggling against the wind and a tight Maghery defence and when a long ball in from Michael McQuade was gathered by Daniel McQuade, his shot on goal trailed right across the goalmouth and wide to leave Annaghmore with a huge mountain to climb in the second period.
The Pearses did make a bright enough start to the second half with scores from Conor Cullen and Oisín Mac Íomhair from the dead ball. Annaghmore, however, could not push on and Maghery settled again to hit four consecutive scores, Conor Mackle with one, Stefan Cusack with two and Ronan Lappin with a good effort. Oisín Mac Íomhair converted a great score from way out, but Maghery never let up and added scores through Aidan Forker from a free and Stefan Cusack from play. The Loughshore men led at this stage 1-13 to 0-4 with just seven minutes to go and with the result hardly in doubt, Annaghmore hit five consecutive points: Conor Cullen with two and one each for Michael McConville and Ciarán Mac Íomhair and the fifth from Oisín Mac Íomhair who was awarded a free after advantage was played, but the linesman spotted that the initial effort had actually went over the bar. The final score of the game fell to the man who started the scoring as Aidan Forker converted a free to end with a personal tally of 0-6 and a 1-15 to 0-9 victory for Maghery.