ACFL League Mountnugent 1-11 Drumgoon 1-18
Six points in the first seven minutes of the second half, got Drumgoon off to the perfect start in this years, ACFL Division 3, League. The conditions were perfect at Pairc Droichead Ui Dhalaigh with a slight breeze aiding the home team in the first half. And it was the home team that got off to a good start, with five minutes on the clock, when the first score came courtesy of a Ciaran Caffrey point. It was followed by a slick team move upfield ending up with centre back Eoghan Smyth slotting the ball between the posts. Drumgoon were quick to reply and a Shane Smith point followed by a Conall Farrell free meant the game was level after seven minutes. Drumgoon then took the lead as the in form Keith Fannin, who was operating at centre half forward, got the first of his five points on the day. Two fine efforts from Liam Hennessy either side of another score from Smith to put Mountnugent into a two point lead with 16 minutes gone. Thomas Mc Cabe and Ramon Finnegan were starting to get to grips with Drumgoons pacy forwards. Caffrey and Fannin exchanged freeto leave the home side one up coming up to the break. However Drumgoon finished the half strongly with points from Kaylan Jackson, Conall Farrell and Keith Fannin. At the break Drumgoon led by the narrowest margin 08 to 07. Aided by the breeze Drumgoon hit their purple patch, in the opening ten minutes hitting six unanswered points. Mountnugent finally got a fight back going when Caffreys shot was well saved by Enda Mc Chesney, but Hennessy was on ha d to score ftom the re-bound. Again Ciaran O Malleys troops responded with a point from Shane Mc Gorry and a goal from Michael Murray, which left a mountain to climb for the club ftom the Meath border. Hennessy hit a couple of frees and Drumgoon closed out the game eith a well taken point ftom Conor Moynagh. Simon Boyle and Padfy Smith were impressive for Drumgoon while Josh O Reilly and Robert Mc Cabe were in fine form for the home side.
Enda Mc Chesney, Edward Gaffney, Donal Keappock, Simon Boyle, Mark Murray 1-0, Darren Lavery, Shane Smith 3, Ronan Mc Donald, Conal Farrell 4, Shane Mc Gorry 3, Keith Fannin 4, Kaylan Mc Cabe 2, Conor Moynagh 1, Paddy Smith, Aogan Farrell 1.
Subs used, Jim Mc Nally, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Niall Mc Intyre