Shamrocks lose.

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Shamrocks lose. thumbnail SHAMROCK'S attacker Jody McGovern goes on the offensive against Drumaness during the Down Intermediate Championship clash at Newcastle.

THE old adage that goals win games rang loud and clear for Newry Shamrocks as they crashed out of the Down Intermediate Club Championship, writes Steve Malone.

DRUMANESS ...3-06 .


Played in St Patrick's Park Newcastle, Drumaness were the surprise victors as Donal Kennedy 's goal five minutes from time proved decisive.

Newry could and should have had the game wrapped up in the opening half but they failed to take a number of goal chances and they were cruelly punished despite dominating.

Newry should have scored three goals in the opening half but they were content to keep the scoreboard ticking over and opted for points.

They looked to be cruising for the opening quarter as Shamrocks were camped in Drumaness' half.

Damien McKeown pointed early on but with only seven minutes gone they should have rattled the net but Kevin Hegarty blazed over the bar.

The Newry men were playing great football with Mark Harte and Jack Mallon commanding the middle and Shamrocks were swift on the break. Hegarty moved the ball to Nathan Murphy who spotted McGovern in the far corner before delivering a cracking pass. McGovern rose highest and beat his marker but opted for a point when a goal looked on.

Drumaness got off the mark in the tenth minute with Neil Stranney lofting over from a tight angle and Paul Gilchrist soon added another with a cracking long-range point.

But the Newry side were in control.

Hegarty pointed then McGovern tagged on another with a goal possibly on offer and the lively James Dickson kept the scoreboard ticking over as he impressively ran through the middle and drilled over.

And the scores kept coming as Newry ruled the tempo which was further emphasised when Nathan Murphy pumped over from distance and Hegarty added another with his left foot to go 0-08 to 0-02 in front.

But Shamrocks also displayed their vulnerability when on 22 minutes Philip Cassidy lofted into the square and Ryan Wash fisted into the net.

All of sudden Shamrocks went from cruise control to hitting bumpy road as Ryan Connolly fisted over to close the gap and Gilchrist powered home another point for the Drums. Murphy and McGovern brought the Newry side to double figures before the break, but they should have been further ahead and saw a glimpse of what was to come.

The second half was much scrappier and the Newry side missed chances they were stroking over for fun in the first period.

Newry were playing against a strong wind and this made shooting tricky.

Still though, with 45 minutes played, Hegarty (free) and Dickson had added two points and Shamrocks had held Drumaness scoreless.

And when Brian McGivern was given a red card for striking the Newry men had 15 minutes to see the game home with an extra player.

But as so often happens the Drums lifted their game and with each player becoming more mobile they started to trouble the Shamrocks defence.

McGovern was magnificent but terribly unlucky as he was winning impossible balls, jinking between defenders but he kicked two shots off the post and dragged another wide and on 47 minutes the Drums punished as Kyle Rogan rattled the net.

Two points separated the sides but Newry 's grip loosened as Donal Kennedy crashed home the Drums third goal.

Shamrocks frantically looked for the equaliser but Drumaness held on to book a place in the semi-final.

It is a game Danny Hughes' Shamrocks should have won but they should have enough confidence to make a strong finish to their League campaign.

NEWRY SHAMROCK SCORERS: Jody McGovern (0-04, 1f), Kevin Hegarty (0-05, 2f), Nathan Murphy (0-2), James Dickson (0-1), Damien McKeown (0-1).

DRUMANESS SCORERS: Ryan Walsh (1-0), Kyle Rogan (1-0), Paul Gilchrist (0-2), Neil Stranney (0-1), Ryan Connolly (0-1), James McGivern (0-1), Donal Kennedy (0-1).


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