Deadly Drumgath are Intermediate champions
Tuesday, 15 October 2013
DRUMGATH 0-15 NEWRY DOSCO 1-07
DRUMGATH picked up their second Around-a-Pound Down Intermediate Championship trophy following a five-point victory over Newry Bosco.
At Pairc Esler on Sunday it must be said that the Rathfriland side were well worth their win and in fact had most of the big players on the pitch.
By contrast the city side went into this match hoping to extinguish the hurt of last year when they lost in the final to Warrenpoint. But it just wasn't to be. On the day they just never got going. And players who were doing the business all year, froze on the day. Especially in the first half - Drumgath were clinical in front of the target while Raymond Tumilty's men just couldn't find the range, shooting a total of 10 wides in the opening 30 minutes. But these things happen in sport. And it was hard not to feel sorry for the boys in yellow and blue who had worked so hard to bring a trophy to the North Street clubrooms, particularly in their Jubilee year.
The teams were level after eight minutes with Packie Downey and Man of the Match Colm Maginn firing over at one end and Paul McKeown and Neil Tumilty doing likewise with free-kicks at the other.
Big Downey was causing the Bosco all sorts of problems in the first half and after first scoring on the right, he popped up on the other side to grab his second point from play. Colm McComish, another who had a great day for Drumgath, made the score 4-2. Then Justin Lynch's boys really stepped up the pressure with Bosco keeper Laurence McAlinden, who was the Newry side's best player, a busy man.
Twice in as many minutes before the end of the first quarter, the net-minder dashed from his line to narrow the angle as an unchallenged Downey bore down on his goal. And twice Downey blazed over the bar. And then when McAlinden was for once beaten, Aaron Beattie saved the day by denying a combination of Cathal Tumilty, McComish and Downey.
Meanwhile Bosco were wasteful in front of the nets while it was just the opposite for the Rathfriland side with Downey (2) and McComish (3) keeping the scoreboard ticking over.
Bosco hadn't scored from the eighth minute but four minutes into time added on at the end of the first half, skipper Ciaran Murtagh popped over a 40-yard effort. It was the Newry side's first score from play in the match. On the resumption Bosco introduced Gavin Moan who was deemed unfit to start due to an injury. And with his first touch, 18 seconds into the second half, the play-maker popped up to gleefully fire low into the Drumgath net following good approach work from Paul McKeown and Paddy Magill.
But far from deterring the Rathfriland side this goal had the opposite effect with McComish pointing from a free and then Packie Downey bringing a superb acrobatic save from Laurence McAlinden, though at the expense of a point.
Moan kept Bosco in touch with another fine score and on 43 minutes the city side had an opportunity to really put the cat among the pigeons. In a goal-mouth flurry, the Drumgath goal bore a charmed life as Aidan Rooney (twice) and Chris Duggan either hit the bar or had chances blocked on the line. In then next minute Rooney did grab a score and at this stage five points separated the sides.
Going into the last quarter however, Drumgath increased their advantage with points from Cathal Tumilty and Colm Maginn.
In the final 10 minutes Bosco pushed hard to try and salvage the match and, although Chris Duggan and Neil Tumilty reduced the gap, it just wasn't enough. And in injury time Drumgath skipper Mark Connolly floated a difficult right-wing free-kick over the Bosco bar to enormous cheers.
This point rubber-stamped the result and the Intermediate Championship trophy was on its way to Rathfriland. Then there was nothing else left to do but for Gerard and Siobhan Rice (from sponsors Around-a-Pound) to present the cup to Drumgath captain Mark Connolly and for county chairman Seamus Walsh to present the Man of the Match award to Drumgath midfielder Colm Maginn.
Drumgath: Peter Travers, Niall Fitzpatrick, Stephen Parsons, Niall Hillen, Gary O'Reilly, Mark Connolly, Liam Hayes, Jack Lynch, Colm Maginn, Gareth Maginn, Cathal Tumilty, Miceal Quinn, Daire O'Reilly, Colm McComish and Packie Downey with subs: Paul Hillen (for N Hillen: 37 mins), Conrad Hynes (for G Maginn: 53 mins) and Paddy Lively (for O'Reilly: 53).
Newry Bosco: Laurence McAlinden, Ethan Toner, Stephen Byrne, Robbie McDonald, Aaron Beattie, Ryan Lynch, Paddy Magill, Declan Byrne, Ciaran Murtagh, Aidan Rooney, Paul McKeown, Chris Duggan, Neil Tumilty, Conal Gallagher and Daragh Murphy with subs: Gavin Moan (at halftime for Murphy), Lee Ruddy (for Byrne: 36 mins) and Declan Morgan.
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