Match Reports Year by Year

2014

2014
23/3 Lavey 0 – 16 Drumgoon 0 – 13
Having led for most of the match Drumgoon were caught at the end when Lavey shot over 3 unawswered points.
Lavey got the first two scores and then Drumgoon drew level through Aogan and Henry. Two points from Keith, one from play and one free, seen Drumgoon go into a two point lead. Lavey drew level again before Josh put Drumgoon in front and Keith extended the lead with two well taken frees. Lavey had a flourish before half time, to leave the scores 9 points to 7 in Laveys favour. Points from Shane Mc Gorry, Keith, Aogan and Paddy Smith, seen Drumgoon go back in front. Lavey drew level again only for Josh and Keith to restore Drumgoons lead. Lavey got on top in the final stages and ran out winners.
Corey Smith, Edward Gaffney, Killian Moynagh, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Brendan Mc Cabe, Michael Hannon, Barry Cooney, Keith Fannin, Michael Mc Donald, Shane Smith Shane Mc Gorry, Ronan Mc Donald,Josh Crowe, Henry Reburg, Aogan Farrell , Subs used, Paddy Smith, Ryan Craddock, Adam Bates and Mark Murray,

Ramor Utd 0 – 09, Drumgoon 1 – 12 8/3/14

Drumgoon continued their good form in Division 1A, with a well deserved win in Virginia on Saturday evening last. Prior to the match Ramor Chairman Michael O’ Donohue made a presentation the GAA President elect, Aogan O’Fearghail and then presented Aogan to both sides. With formalities finished Ramor got off to a whirlwind start and soon ran into an early lead through points from Jack Doyle and Adam O’ Connell. Only for some bad wides from the Ramor forwards and good defending from Michael Hannon and Tommy Mc Kitterick their lead would have been much greater. Drumgoon finally got on the scoreboard, when their towering midfielder Michael Mc Donald, who had a powerful game at midfield, shot over from long range. Flying winger Paddy Smith then finished a sweet Drumgoon move by shotting over at the lake end. Jack Doyle restored Ramor’s lead again and then a high ball into the Ramor goalmouth resulted in Ronal Mc Donald palming the ball to the net, and give Drumgoon a lead which they never relinquished to the end. Good work by Shane Smith resulted in a free, which Aogan Farrell coolly slotted over. A point from Ramor full forward Stephen Monaghan was the last score of the first half which ended Drumgoon 1-4, Ramor 0 -4,
Drumgoon got off to a whirlwind second half, when an inform Paddy Smith shot over 3 unanswered points from play. It was one of those days when Paddy could do no wrong and was taking shots with both feet and the outside of his left foot. Ramor to their credit never gave up and corner back Barry Fitzsimons stole forward to score. Drumgoon continued dominance in midfield resulted in frees, which Aogan Farrell and Keith Fannin duly slotted over. A good Ramor attack resulted in a point from Kevin Mulvanny. The effervescent Paddy Smith popped up again, to extend Drumgoon’s lead. Drumgoon now the luxury of emptying the bench as all 6 substitutes were introduced, the final score of the game going to one of their number Adam Bates.
Best for Drumgoon were Michael Mc Donald, Paddy Smith, Mike Hannon, Ronan Mc Donald and Tommy Mc Kitterick.
Best for Ramor Stephen Monaghan, Barry Fitzsimons, Michael O’ Reilly and Adrian Cole
Ramor:- Alan Tracey, Barry Fitzsimons, Darren Lynch, Thomas Farrelly, Daire Sheridan, Stefan Connolly, Gary Mc Namee, Kevin Mulvany, Michael O’ Reilly, Simon Cadden, Adrian Cole, Adam O’ Connell, Jack Doyle, Stephen Monaghan, Anton O’ Reilly, Drumgoon:- Niall Mc Entyre, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Killian Moynagh, Edward Gaffney, Barry Cooney, Mike Hannon, Brendan Mc Cabe, Jim Mc Nally, Michael mc Donald, Shane Smith, Ronan Mc Donald, Paddy Smith, Keith Fannin, Henry Reburn, Aogan Farrell,
Subs used Ronan Crosson, Ryan Craddock, Dean Hand, Josh Crowe, Adam Bates, Mark Murray
Referee Ollie l Donohoe (Knockbride) Drumgoon 1 – 7 Gowna 1 – 04
In division 1A of the Breffni League Drumgoon made the long journey to Gowna on Saturday evening last and deservedly came away with both points. The heavy under ground conditions resulted in scores being at a premium, but in the end the Drumgoon forwards were more efficient and secured the second win of their campaign. Gowna were first on the scoreboard when Damien Halton shot over for them. With both sets of defenders well on top it was difficult for the forwards to win ball. A strong run through the middle by Drumgoon’s powerful midfielder Mick Mc Donald, seen the sides draw level. Shane Mc Gorry then won frees for the visitors and Aogan Farrell coolly slotted over the resultant frees. A well taken free from TJ Fitzpatrick seen the sides go in at half time on a scoreline of 3 points to 2, in favour of Drumgoon. In the second half the ever reliable Keith Fannin stole forward and set up substitute John Mc Donald for a point. Keith then extended Drumgoons lead when he shot over himself from all of 50 metres out. Gowna staged a strong fight back and won a free which Cian Bannon converted. Andrew Dewart then came forward and shot to the Drumgoon net. This set the game up for a grandstand finish. The fast running Paddy Smith shot over a well taken point for Drumgoon and after Shane Smith was fouled going through Aogan Farrell pointed the resultant free. Gowna had a point from full forward Robbie Fitzpatrick, but the day belonged to Drumgoon when the youthful Josh Crowe stole in from the right wing and lobbed the Gowna keeper to finish to the back of the net.
Best for Drumgoon Killian Moynagh, Edward Gaffney, Keith Fannin, Tommy Mc Kitterick and Aogan Farrell
Best for Gowna James Madden, Brendan Madden, Andrew Dewart and Raymond Keogh
Drumgoon:- Niall Mc Entyre, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Killian Moynagh, Edward Gaffney, Brendan Mc Cabe, Keith Fannin, Sean Smith, Jim Mc Nally, Michael mc Donald, Shane Smith, Shane Mc Gorry, Barry Cooney, Paddy Smith, Henry Reburn, Aogan Farrell,
subs used John Mc Donald, Josh Crowe, Paddy Mc Cabe, Conor Bates

Gowna:- Ronan Bannon, Peter Madden, James Madden, Brendan Madden, Andrew Dewart, David Phillips, Ciaran Donohue, Raymond Keogh, Shane Harton, Niall Madden, TJ Fitzpatrick, Ronan Shiels, Damien Halton, Robbie Fitzpatrick, Shane Briordy
Referee C. Mc Caffrey

Underage

Droim Dhúin Éire Óg U16 Saturday 15th March, Drumgoon 4-7, templeport 6-17
Oisin Quinn, Colm Shalvey, niall clerkin 1, Michael mc Cann, Wesley Moore, 2-2, Conal Farrell 1-3, Shane clerkin, padraig Jackson Derek, Adrian mc Cluskey 1-1
Monday 17th March
Drumgoon 3-6, Killinkere 6-8,
Darragh Boylan, Oisin Quinn, Francis Quinn, Aaron Kenny, Conal Farrell 1-3, Michael mc Cann, Padraig Jackson, Adrian mc Cluskey (1), Wesley Moore 2-1

U16 League, for Division 4, Saturday 8/3/14
Maghera 5 – 4 Drumgoon 5 – 12

Playing with a strong breeze, Maghera opened brightly and soon ran into an early lead.
Drumgoon were slow to settle but finally got on the scoreboard through the strong running Adrain Mc Cluskey.
A goal from the No. 10 for Maghera extended their lead and in good end to end entertaing play Drumgoon responded with a similar score from
their superbly strong Derek Oslmoejiokhian. Two points from midfielder Conal Farrell, one from play and one from a free, seen the sides
go in level at half on a scoreline of 1 – 6 to 2 – 3.
Drumgoon got off to whirlwind second half, Aaron Kenny, Padraig Jackson and Niall Clerkin scores a goal each in quich succession.
A goal and a point from substitute Wesley Moore extended Drumgoons lead. However Maghera fought back bravely and had two goals of their own.
Good work in defence from Niall Clerkin and Aaron Kenny kept Maghera at bay and further scores from Conal Farrell and Niall Clerkin seen Drumgoon collect the points.
Conal Farrell 1-4, Adrian Mc Cluskey 1 -3, Derek Oslmoejiokhian 1-0, Wesley Moore 1-2,Padraig Jackson 1-0, Niall Clerkin 0-3

Drumgoon:- Shane Clerkin, Colm Shalvey, Oisin Quinn, Niall Clerkin, Aaron Kenny, Conal Farrell, Padraig Jackson, Adrian Mc Cluskey, Derek Oslmoejiokhian, Michal Mc Cann, Subs used Wesley Moore

Referee James Clarke
U16 v Cootehill, Saturday 1/3/14
Drumgoon 3 – 13 Cootehill 2 – 2
Local bragging rights go to the Drumgoon club after this U16 derby was played out in ideal conditions last saturday 1st March, on the beautifully appointed Boyle Park. Credit gows to the groundsmen, who have the park in such good condition at this time of year. Michael Mc Cann opened the scoring for Drumgoon with a cool right footed finish to the back of the net. Cootehill hot back with a fine goal from Shane Sexton and another from Killian Mc Hahen. After 10 minutes of play Cootehill were leading on a scoreline of 2 – 1 to 1 – 1, however the Drumgoon captain, Conal Farrell, then came into his own and from 10 minutes in to half time managed to score five points from play to put some distance between the sides.
Adrian Mc Cluskey chipped in with two points and Padraig Jackson, whose movement off the ball and use of possession was a feature of the contest , also hit a fine point to the half time score 1 – 10 to 2 – 1. With the wind on their backs in the second half, Drumgoon added two early goals to their tally, the goals coming from Wesley Moore and Padraig Jackson. Niall Clerkin, who had a fine game for Drumgoon at wing back put the icing on the cake with two well taken points from distance, one off each foot. Cootehill battled hard with Sean Woods and Gearoid Mc Donald working hard throughout the game but an unfortunate injury to goalkeeper Oisin Mc Donald put them under pressure in the second half. A Shane Sexton point was all that they could muster as Drumgoon made it two wins out of two in their League campaign.
Cootehill:- Oisin Mc Donald, Aaron Halton, Dylan Donohue, Kelan Smith, Sean Woods, Gearod Mc Donald, Caoimhin Mc Donald, Shane Sexton, Brin Duffy, Diarmud Carney, Killian McGahen
Drumgoon:- Aaron Kenny, Oisin Quinn, Colm Shalvey, Niall Clerkin, Adrian Mc Cluskey, Conall Farrell, Adam Crowe, Wesley Moore, Padraig Jackson, Michael Mc Cann, Derek Oslmoejiokhian
Refree P. Clarke (Killinkere) U16 Division 4 ,,, Saturday 22/2/14
Drumalee 3 – 1 Drumgoon 7 – 9
Despite the heavy under ground going, this was a high scoring game, which the young Drumgoon tigers, dominated from start to finish.
The seven goals came from Conal Farrell(2), Michal Mc Cann(2), Derek Oslmoejiokhian, Padraig Jackson and Wesley Moore

2012

Intermediate Championship Final

Breffni ParkDrumgoon 0-11
Crosserlough 1-7

Drumgoon edged a thrilling intermediate football championship final this afternoon at Kingspan Breffni Park to capture the Tommy Gilroy Cup at Crosserlough’s expense.

After a brave start, which saw ‘Man of the Match’ Conor Moynagh boot 0-3, Aidan Quigley’s team led by two points at the break, despite conceding an Enda Gaffney penalty in the 12th minute.

In the second-half Crosserlough upped their game but ended up ruing missed chances, with only three scorers throughout the hour, as Paddy McCabe’s frees proved crucial to Drumgoon never surrendering their lead and clinging on for a first championship success in nine years.

Minor star Conor Moynagh had Drumgoon off the mark within 30 seconds as the underdogs looked to settle in early on. A Barry McKiernan free levelled on two minutes, but it was Quigley’s men whom were firmly on top in the early stages and fine James McDonald point put their noses in front before Keith Fannin picked out Moynagh once more to double the lead.

Crosserlough’s first genuine attack was the response and it was Mark Lynch that found Enda Gaffney’s run inside and the corner-forward’s burst into the square was impeded with a push in the back from his marker which saw referee Noel Mooney give horizontal arms. Gaffney dusted himself and buried the ball low beneath Niall McIntyre’s dive to steer the Kilnaleck men into their first lead.

Another point from the superb Moynagh squared the sides once more and a slick run and point from centre-back Michael Hannon handed the advantage back to Drumgoon.

McKiernan (free) and Niall Fortune swapped scores, before Crosserlough landed their first from play in the 18th minute when outlet Gaffney darted the ball between the uprights.

It was the ideal time for the town side to ignite themselves, but instead it was there opponents that kicked on as a fantastic point from Fannin, after the county senior blocked Philip Smith’s clearance superbly, and a Paddy McCabe free ensued over the next ten minutes to close the half at 0-8 to 1-3 in ‘the Goonies’ favour.

Drumgoon introduced Aogan Farrell to the fray three minutes into the restart and they picked up where they left off with McCabe stroking over another placed ball five minutes in.

Bernard Morris would make changes of his own as he sent on John Lynch and Dara McVeety moments later, and the latter had an immediate impact earning a free in an ideal position for Gaffney to raise another white flag.

McCabe brought Drumgoon’s tally into double figures in similar fashion, but the black and ambers had no intention of fading away as McVeety carved out a brilliant pass to McKiernan and the corner-forward sharply turned his maker to shoot over and narrow the difference to two.

Drumgoon were in bad need of a scoring reply, but it was Crosserlough that went on to boss the next ten minutes and their dominance would yield a fantastic point from substitute John Lynch, while a few wides let their opponents off the hook as the game entered into its closing stages.

Still trailing by the minimum, Crosserlough hunted for an equaliser but came up short and when McCabe got himself impeded in front of the posts the deadly attacker made no mistake in nudging Drumgoon two in front into injury-time.

Crosserlough were in sore need of a goal, but were kept out by Adrian Crossan, Michael Hannon and the rest of Drumgoon’s backs whom defended like demons until the very end.

A Gaffney free in the dying stages was all that Crosserlough could muster in the end, which left them one short, as ‘the Goonies’ clung on to their one-point lead until the long whistle which saw them clinch the Gilroy Cup for the first time since 2002.

Drumgoon: Niall McIntyre; Tommy McKitterick, Adrian Crossan, Edward Gaffney; Philip Smith, Michael Hannon (0-1), Killian Moynagh; Keith Fannin (0-1), James McDonald (0-1); Conor Moynagh (0-3), Jim McNally, Shane Smith; Niall Fortune (0-1), Shane McGorry, Paddy McCabe (0-4, 4f). Subs: Aogan Farrell for S Smith (33mins), Padraig McGorry for K Moynagh (39), Ian Craddock for S McGorry (52mins), Paul Crossan for McKitterick (60mins).

Crosserlough: Ciaran Galligan; Mark Rehill, Pauric McKiernan, Kevin Finnegan; Damien Lynch, Colin Lynch, Paul McEvoy; Mark Lynch, James McEvoy; Eoin Cusack, Declan McCabe, Jimmy Higgins; Barry McKiernan (0-3, 2f), Karl Smith, Enda Gaffney (1-3, 1 pen, 1f). Subs: John Lynch (0-1) for K Smith (37mins), Dara McVeety for J Higgins (37mins), Tomas McEvoy for M Lynch (54mins).

Ref: Noel Mooney (Cavan Gaels)

Over 300 club members, players, friends and supporters of Drumgoon Eire Og attended the 2012 Champions Ball at the Errigal Country House Hotel near Cootehill on Saturday 4th February to celebrate the oddessy that was the 2011 GAA season for the club.

Silver Jubilee Teams of 1986

With the club now in its 108th year, the gala evening opened with a fitting retrospective, as the clubs first county title winning teams from 1986 were paraded to the assembled and highly appreciative audience, to a soundtrack of hits from 1986.

The then under 12 and under 14 silver jubilee teams were greeted warmly by the guests and emotionally by the team coaches of 25 years previously, as Tom Farrell (manager of the 1986 U14 team) and Aogan Farrell (manager of the 1986 U12 team) shook the hands and presented a unique momento to each team member, some of whom had travelled from overseas to be present on the night.

And in a fitting gesture to a family focused club, Sean Fox (1986 U12 team captain) and Hugh P Donohue (representing his son, the late Niall Donohue, 1986 U14 team captain) presented the coaches awards to Drumgoon brothers and lifelong GAA devotees, Aogan and Tom Farrell.

The collective guests were invited to dine as Fr. Owen Collins PP delivered grace and were treated to a rolling presentation of images dating back to the clubs first county final in 1928.

Team Presentations

Dining complete, the presentations for the evening began in the presence of the five county titles won by the club in football and Camogie during 2011. Not to be out-done, three inter-county trophies were accounted for as Drumgoon contributed to the winning of the Ulster Ladies football crown, the Ulster Minor Championship and more recently, the U21 Hastings Cup.

The Drumgoon Camógs opened up proceedings with the presentation of County Championship medals to the winning under 16 and minor camógie teams, delivered by honoured guest and Cathaoirleach Coiste Bhreifne, Mr Tom Reilly.

The underage teams were followed into the lime-light by the Drumgoon Senior Camógie squad, who secured the Junior Shield for the second consecutive year in 2011.

Denoting the fourth club championship title won during 2011, the Drumgoon Junior football team were led to the podium by team captain Gerry Hughes, who watched on as his team were presented with their Junior C Championship medals by An Cathaoirleach, Tom Reilly.

Finally, for the team presentations, Adrian Crosson made his way to the presentation area where Tom Reilly presented the Gilroy Cup for the Cavan Intermediate Championship to a Drumgoon captain, for just the second time in the clubs history. The champions were then presented with their championship medals – Niall McIntyre, Edward Gaffney,Tommy McKitterick, Philip Smith, Michael Hannon, Killian Moynagh, Keith Fannin, James McDonald, Aogan Farrell, Niall Fortune, Conor Moynagh, Patrick McCabe, Jim McNally, Shane McGorry, Shane Smith, Pauric McGorry, Ian Craddock, Paul Crosson, Ronan McDonald, Brendan McCabe, Francis Mahon, Henry Reyburn, Connor Bates and Corey Smith.

Special Achievement Awards

The awards category moved on to special achievement during 2011, and opened with the club acknowledging five All Ireland championship winning performances during the year:
– Conor Moynagh – Irish Intervarsities Freshers League – DCU
– Mark Murray – All Ireland Further Education League – Cavan Institute
– Henry Reyburn – All Ireland Further Education League – Cavan Institute
– Bryan Bates – Coach – All Ireland Further Education League – Cavan Institute
– Michael Hannon – Coach – Irish Intervarsities Senior League – DIT

The club presented a special award to Dernakesh NS, feeder club to Drumgoon Eire Og to mark the 175 continuous year of operation of the school and its contribution to the sporting ethos of the Parish, accepted on behalf of the school by Principal, Aogan Farrell.

The Chairman of the County Board then present the International and Inter-county awards to those club members who excelled on the international stage during 2011.

– Caitlin Keenan – Irish Australian Rules team – European Champions
– Michael Murray – Guernsey Gaels – European GAA Champions
– Edward Jackson – John Mitchells, Liverpool – All Britain Club Finalists
– Killian Moynagh – Naomh Alee Riyadh – Gulf Games Championship Finalists

The inter-county exploits of club men and women were noted at under-age level and at championship level:

– Joseph Kelly – Cavan Minor Hurling
– Conor Moynagh – Cavan Minor Football – Ulster Champions
– Niamh Farrell – Cavan Ladies – Ulster Champions
– Christine McCutcheon – Cavan Ladies – Ulster Champions
– Patrick McCabe – Cavan Junior Football – Leinster Finalists
– Keith Fannin – Cavan Junior Football – Leinster Finalists
– Caroline Shalvey-Martin – Cavan Camogie
– Pamela Crowe-McCabe – Cavan Ladies – Ulster Champions

Player of the Year Awards

The presentations progressed to individual achievement at club level, with the presentation by the President of Ulster Council, Aogan O Fearghail, of the player of the year awards:

– Junior Ladies Football Player of the Year – Margaret Smith
– Senior Ladies Football Joint Player of the Year – Teresa Clerkin
– Senior Ladies Football Joint Player of the Year – Grace McNally
– Junior Camogie Player of the Year – Caoimhe Clarke
– Senior Camogie Player of the Year – Caroline Shalvey-Martin
– The 2011 Golden Boot (highest scorer) – Patrick McCabe
– Junior Football Player of the Year – Ronan McDonald
– Senior Football Player of the Year – Edward Gaffney

Cavan Team of the Year

In addition, the club paid tribute to two players who were selected for the Lynn Publications Cavan Team of the year. In a season that saw the club achieve great heights within Cavan, the assertive style of Conor Moynagh in both the Ulster Final and the Intermediate final saw him selected at half-back on the Cavan Team of the Year. Meanwhile the mercurial talent and versatility of defender come forward, Keith Fannin, saw him selected at mid-field for the 2011 team of the year.

Fittingly, the final presentation of the evening was presented by the President of Ulster Council to the Cavan Intermediate Player of the Year 2011, Keith Fannin.

Formalities over, the teams retired for the official photographs while the gathered audience prepare to party into the small hours to the music of popular local band, ‘The Urge’. The revelers celebrated the clubs five titles in 2011 in fine style and will now look forward to a season of consolidation in the premiere rank of football in the county, during 2012.

2010

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

Senior Division 2 league Drumgoon 0 – 12, Knockbride 1 – 08
Played in perfect conditions on Boyle Park, Drumgoon just about deserved to shade this encounter, albeit by the narrowest of margins.
Drumgoon got off to the better start but after that it was nip and tuck for the hour as the sides exchanged point for point throughout the game. With Jim Mc Nally and Michael Mc Donald shading it at midfield the Drumgoon forwards started with plenty of possession. First on the scoreboard was an excellent long range point from an in form Niall Fortune. After good work in defense by Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, raced up the left hand side and skillfully shot over the bar.
Another Drumgoon attack resulted in a point from Paddy Mc Cabe. Knockbride then struck back when the evergreen Peter Reilly, cleverly set up Adam Traynor, for a well taken goal, and bring the sides level. Drumgoon edged in front again when Paddy Mc Cabe coolly slotted over a well taken free. Adam Traynor was in devastating form for Knockbride and he kicked two more good points to give his side the lead. Drumgoon struck back through Niall Fortune to level the scores level at half time. The second half continued in a similar vein, with the corner forwards dominating. Drumgoon got their noses in front through two well taken frees by Paddy Mc Cabe.
However Knockbride were determined to win this game and points from Peter Reilly and Raphael Rogers brought the sides level again. Drumgoon restored their lead when the youthful full forward, making his senior debut, Conor Moynagh, shot over the 50 meters line. Good work by Ollie Mulvey set up Adam Traynor for two more points and much to the delight of the large crowd, Knockbride took a one point lead. Drumgoon were lucky that they had Niall Fortune back in their ranks as he not alone shot over the leveling point but topped it up immediately after with another well taken point and restored Drumgoon’s lead. Drumgoon made a number of positional changes with Conor Moynagh moving back into defence and Keith Fannin moving up into attack.
Keith won a good ball near the corner flag and was brought to the ground. Referee Gerry Sheridan has no hesitation in awarding a difficult free in from out close to the side line. Paddy Mc Cabe coolly slotted over the resultant free to edge Drumgoon in front once more. The final few minutes were feverously contested but neither side managed to register another score.
Best for Drumgoon were Michel Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Conor Moynagh and Niall Fortune. Best for Knockbride were Adam Traynor, David Traynor, |Dermott O’ Brien, Ollie Mulvey and Niall O’ Reilly.
Drumgoon, Niall Mc Entyre, Brendan Mc Cabe, Adrian Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Killian Moynagh, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Padraic Mc Gorry, Niall Fortune, Aogan Farrell, Shane mc Gorry, Conor Moynagh, Paddy Mc Cabe, Subs used, Dean Hand
Knockbride:- Ronan Keaskin, Niall Mc Cabe, David Traynor, Peter O’ Reilly, Kevin Traynor, Niall O’ Reilly, Dermott O’ Brien, Raphael Rogers, Ollie Mulvey, Larry Maguire, Ciaran Lynch, Seamus O’ Brien, , Declan O’ Reilly, Peter Reilly, Adam Traynor Subs used. Shane Carolan
Referee Gerry Sheridan

Reserve League Drumgoon 2 – 15, Knockbride 0 – 03 Drumgoon had an easy win over an under strength Knockbride reserve side on Sunday morning last. Drumgoon laid the foundations for this win in defence where there were very good performances from Henry Reburn , Philip Smith and Ian Craddock, James Mc Donald and Cathal Smith dominated in midfield throughout the game. Once they got on top the Drumgoon forwards could do no wrong and there were several top class scores throughout the hour. Scorers for Drumgoon were John Mc Donald, 1 – 03, James Mc Donald, 1 – 00, Cathal Smith 0 – 3, Patrick Smith 0- 2, Shane Smith 0 – 2 , Sean Smith, 0 – 2, Philip Smith 0 – 1, Ian Craddock 0 – 1
Drumgoon ; Gerry Hughes, John Fitzpatrick, Henry Reburn, Sean Smith, Mark Murray, Philip Smith, Ian Craddock, James Mc Donald, Cathal Smith, Patrick Smith, Jimmy Reilly, Adam Bates, Martin Clerkin, John Mc Donald, Shane Smith
Knockbride:- D. Tormey, S. Mc Cabe, M. Reilly, T. Carolan, D. Nulty, B. Reilly, P. Rogers, A Carolan, N. Mc Cabe, D. Clark, A. Fay, S. Smith, R. Mc Cabe, E. Nulty, H. Reilly Referee G. Sheridan

Paddy Fox Tournament, 14/3/2010, Drumgoon 2 – 09 Latton 2 – 11
Drumgoon put in a gallant performance on Boyle Park on Sunday last and just failed to wrest the Paddy Fox cup from their next door neighbours, Latton. Drumgoon finished the game with a flurry and went agonisingly close on several occasions in getting the vital score, but in the end Latton hung on to retain the cup for yet another year.
Playing with a strong wind, Latton ran into an early lead and had 4 points on the board before Paddy Mc Cabe opened the scoring for Drumgoon. Another point from Paddy and scores from Michael Mc Donald and Shane Mc Gorry left the scores, 1 – 8 to 0 – 4 at half time. In the second half with the wind on their backs and the introduction of Jim Mc Nally and Michael Hannon, seen Drumgoon back in the driving seat. Goals from Michael Mc Donald and Shane Mc Gorry, brough them right back into contention. The large crowd were now on their toes as Paddy Mc Cabe scored 4 points in a row to reduce the margin. However a good atttack by Latton resulted in full forward Hugh Mc Ilroy, getting the all important goal and they ran out deserving winners.
Drumgoon, Niall Mc Intyre, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Ronan Crosson, corner back, Killian Moynagh, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Cathal Smith, Michael Mc Donald, Bryan Bates, Niall Fortune, Paddy Mc Cabe, Shane Mc Gorry, John Mc Donald, Padraic Mc Gorry, Subs used, Michael Hannon, Jim Mc Nally, Gerry Hughes,

Minors make good start, 1/3/2010
Minors make it two out of two. The Drumgoon Éire Óg minor team continued their winning ways in the ACFL Minor league on Sunday last with a home win against Ballinagh on a score line of 1:07 to 0:04. In a game that ebbed and flowed, the home team took control from the start with Conor Moynagh securing the early advantage with a fisted point after 30 seconds. The game settled into a keen contest, with Ballinagh threatening the Éire Óg goal on occassion, but the hungry Drumgoon defence, led by team captain Tommy McKitterick held firm, and kept the visitors scoreless in the first half. Meanwhile, Patrick Smith, Ian Craddock and Conor Moynagh continued to add to the Drumgoon tally, ably supported by Declan Smith, to establish a half-time lead of 0:06 to no score. The second half was a more balanced affair. Ballinagh struck a brace of points in the opening minutes to open their account, but it was Drumgoon who could have sealed the win early on when Phelim Shalvey struck a fine shot just to the right of the Ballinagh goal, to leave room for a Ballinagh comeback. the repreive was short lived however, when after 15 minutes of the second period, Martin Fitzpatrick struck to the Ballinagh net to effectively end the contest. To their credit, Ballinagh never stopped contesting the tie, but a resolute performance by Corey Smith in the Drumgoon goal, Mark Murray, Ryan Craddock and Barry Cooney in defence and an impressive work rate from Ronan McDonald, Francis McCabe, Joseph Kelly and Henry Reyburn for Drumgoon stemmed any momentum that Ballinagh tried to build. At the final whistle, Drumgoon led by 1:07 to 0:04 and the squad will now prepare to travel to Drumalee next Sunday at 2pm for their next encounter.
Aogan elected President
Ulster GAA Convention in Drumgoon: On Saturday last, February 27th, Drumgoon Éire Óg co-hosted the Ulster GAA Convention in the Parish, aling with Cavan GAA County Board. Following extensive preparations, events got under-way at 11am on Saturday morning with Mass in Irish at St Michaels Church, Cootehill, concelebrated by Fr Owen Collins PP (Cathaoirleach Cootehilll Celtic), and Fr Eddie Burns (Uachtaran Drumgoon Éire Óg). While the provincial and county standards were flown outside the church, the extensive congregation representing all nine counties of Ulster as well as many local parishoners and clubmen, were treated to the musical talents of the Cornafean Scór troupe. Convention itself got underway at 12:30 in the Errigal Country House Hotel, Cavan Road, Cootehill, hosted by outgoing Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh, Mr Tom Daly, and including local dignatories Winston Bennet (Chairman Cavan Co. Council), Jack Keyes (Co. Manager), Michael McCarey (Chairman of Cootehill Town Council/Commissioners) Patrick Moynagh (Cathaoirleach Droim Dhúin Éire Óg) and Tom Reilly (Cathaoirleach Coiste Bhreiffne). At 4pm, local gael and Drumgoon Éire Óg clubman and Officer, Mr Aogán Farrell was elected to the position of Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh, the first from his club and from the region to hold ths illustrious position. In their reflections, both his club and county chairmen reflected on Aogáns core integrity and his firmly established roots in the club and parish structures of the GAA. Tom Daly, outgoing President of Ulster Council noted that Aogán 22 years of service to Ulster ouncil were exemplary, and he looked forward with confidence to Aogáns term of office with great hope and enthusiasm. In a stirring address to congress, the new President pledged himself to the Club and Parish origins of the Association, and noted the central role played by the GAA in maintaining and in many cases establishing, the social framework upon which the state is based. He further noted that the GAA is a huge contributor to the health and welfare programmes iof communities not only on the island of Irealnd, but further afield in the UK, US and increasinly Asia. This work, he pledged, will continue during his term in office. The inauguration of Aogán Farrell to the Office of Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh was shared with his wife Frances, their Children, Niamh, Cliona, Aogán Óg and Conal, his father Aiden, his mother Katie and his brothers, sisters and many clubmates who joined convention for the event. New Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh On Saturday evening last, the club men and women of Drumgoon Éire Óg gathered en masse at the White Horse Hotel to meet, greet and celebrate with the newly elected President of Ulster GAA Council. In the company of the Chairmen of neighbouring clubs, Cootehill Celtic (Fr Owen Collins) and Kill Shamrocks (Mr Joe McQuillan), Aogán and his family, along with An Ard Stiuritheor, Comhairle Uladh, Mr Danny Murphy were greeted by over one hundred well-wishers. A memorial plaque was unveiled to mark the very special occassion and Aogán’s club, Drumgoon, presented the new President with a special award to mark the occassion. Following the formal presentations, the gathering of players, officials, family and supporters relaxed into the evening, accompanied by the music of local traditional musicians Phil O’Brien and Tommy Reilly, with stories, reminicences and song reaching into the early hours of Sunday morning.
CAVAN will hold two key posts at Ulster Council level over the next three years following the unanimous election of Aogan Farrell (Drumgoon Eire Og GFC) as President and Oliver Galligan (Cavan Gaels) as PRO at the annual Ulster GAA Convention in the Errigal House Hotel, Cootehill on Saturday last. Farrell is the seventh Cavan man to hold the position since the establishment of the Provincial Council in 1903. There were no contests for any of the officer positions in what turned out to be a low-key convention. Martin McAviney (Ballybay) moved from treasurer to vice-president and Michael Hasson (Antrim) switched from PRO to Treasurer. The elevation of Aogan Farrell to the top position on the Ulster Council was welcomed not only by the province as a whole but Cavan in particular. In attendance were members of his family, representatives from his club, as well as officers of Cavan Co Board in their splendid new outfits with the Breifne O’Raghallaigh crest prominently displayed on their jackets. Among those present were former GAA President 91 year old Paddy McFlynn of Down; Cavan Co Manager Jack Keyes; Chairman of Cavan County Council Winston Bennett; Michael McCarey, Chairman, Cootehill Town Council; Cavan Co Board GAA Chairman Tom Reilly and Patrick Moynagh, Chairman, Drumgoon GFC


2011

Congratulations to our u13 boys on their fantastic win last night on Boyle Park against Balllyhaise. The lads dominated from start to finish and ran out winners on a scoreline of Drumgoon 8-8 Ballyhaise 2-6. This result guarantees the lads a place in the league semi finals and a win on Monday against Shercock could see them finish top of the table

A weakened reserve team were defeated by Killygarry on a score of Drumgoon 0-4 Killygarry 3-15.

Team: Enda McChesney, Niall Clerkin, Joe Kelly, Connor Bates, Enda Shalvey, Simon Boyle, Adam Crowe, Henry Reyburn, Conal McCabe, Francis Mahon, Padraig Jackson, Martin Clerkin and Gerry Hughes.

Subs: Aidan Brazil for Henry, Henry Reyburn for Martin Clerkin.

Scorers: Francis Mahon 0-2, Adam Crowe and Henry Reyburn 0-1 each

Our seniors were narrowly defeated in the ACFL Division 1B tonight against Killygarry. The lads batttled hard and if they had the rub of the green the result may have gone in their favour. The scoreline was Drumgoon 3-4 Killygarry 2-8.

Team: Corey Smith, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Craddock, Dominic Donegan, Eddie Gaffney, Shane McGorry, Mark Murray, Mick McDonald, Keith Fannin, Shane Smith, Pauric McGorry, Henry Reyburn, Adam Bates, Ian Craddock and Conor Moynagh.

Subs: Simon Boyle for Henry Reyburn, Henry Reyburn for Ian Craddock.

Scorers: Adam Bates 2-0, Mick McDonald 1-0, Keith Fannin 0-2, Pauric McGorry and Conor Moynagh 0-1 each.

2009

2009 AGM, Chairman Patrick Moynagh, Vice-Chairman Bryan Bates,
Secretary John Joe Lennon, Asst Secretary Sabrina Shalvey,
Treasurer Breda Moynagh, Asst Treasurer Jimmy Reilly
PRO Tom Farrell, Asst PRO Patrick Mc Bride, Camogie Officer Caroline Shalvey, Youth Officer Martin Clerkin, Scor Officer Patrick Shalvey, Irish Officer Aogan Farrell, Coaching Officer Adrian Crosson
Under 21’s over second hurdle
Drumgoon 2-06, Drumlane 1 – 08
Drumgoon had Drumlane as visitors to Boyle Park on a sunny sunday evening last and deservedly progressed to the next round, albeit by the narrowest of margins. With the pitch in perfect condition, the large crowd were treated to a very enjoyable, open free flowing game. Drumgoon were first on the scoreboard when their “40 yard” man and scorer in chief, Pauric Mc Gorry, pointed a well taken free. This was a lead which Drumgoon would hold to the end. Darragh Seagrave replied with a similar score for Drumlane before a good move started by Cathal Smith ended up with a player making a welcome return to Boyle Park, Tommy O’ Brien finishing to the net. Drumgoon stretch their lead when Philip Smith found Shane Smith and Shane colly slotted over. With Eamon Mc Cluskey and James Mc Donald in great form for Drumgoon, Drumlane were finding it hard to break through, but they finally got a break when a high ball into the Drumgoon square ended up in the back of the net, after a defensive slip up. This left Drumgoon going into the break with a 3 point lead on a scoreline of 1 – 4 to 1 – 1. Drumlane opened strongly in the second half and had two points from frees by Darragh Seagrave. Drumgoon then had a goal dis-allowed but soon after their pressure paid off when Shane Smith crossed over from the right and Aogan Farrell was on hand to fist to the net. Drumlane to their credit battled away and a strong run upfield by Dane O’ Dowd resulted in a good lang range point from Dane. Points from J.P. Kelly and Ciaran Reilly kept Drumlane in the hunt, while the ever reliable Pauric Mc Gorry pointed every free taking oportunity. The last 5 minutes were keenly contested as Drumlane went in search of an equalising score, however the Drumgoon defence stood strong and deservedly held on to reach the semi-final.

Drumgoon:- Danial Hartnett, Martin Fitzpatrick, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Tommy Mc Kitterick, James Mc Donald, Philip Smith, Killian Moynagh, Ronan Mc Donald, Cathal Smith, Shane Smith (0 – 1), Pauric Mc Gorry (0 – 5), Dean Hand, Aogan Farrell (1 – 0), Brendan Mc Cabe, Adam Bates, Sub Tommy O’ Brien (1 – 0)
Referee Tony Gregory

Tommy Mc Kitterick and Eamon Mc Cluskey in action againt Drumlane Adam Bates and Dean Hand
Under 21’s Advance
Drumgoon 0 -11, Shercock 0 – 06
Drumgoon:- Danial Hartnett, Martin Fitzpatrick, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Tommy Mc Kitterick, James Mc Donald, Philip Smith (0 – 1), Killian Moynagh, Ronan Mc Donald, Cathal Smith, Shane Smith (0 – 1), Pauric Mc Gorry (0 – 6), Henry Reburn, Aogan Farrell, Brendan Mc Cabe, Adam Bates (0 -2), Sub Dean Hand (0 – 1)

Drumgoon in League Final Drumgoon 1 – 13 Killeshandra 1 – 10
Drumgoon have qualified for the final of the Division 2 league, by virtue of a well deserved win over Killeshandra. Played in lovely autumnal sunshine on Saturday evening last, Drumgoon thoroughly deserved their win as they were the more determined team from start to finish. The foundations of Drumgoon’s victory were laid at midfield where Jim Mc Nally and Micheal Mc Donald, both put in a powerhouse performance from start to finish. Drumgoon were first on the scoreboard when an inform Pauric Mc Gorry, slotted over a free from out on left. A powerful drive forward by Michael Mc Donald, found Keith Fannin, who shot over a brilliant point from way out on the right. Killeshandra then struck back and got their reward when Declan Mc Kiernan and Adie Burns shot over two well taken long range points. Michael Hannon was in top class form in the heart of the Drumgoon defence and he also found time to steal forward on a powerful run and after being dragged down, Pauric Mc Gorry shot over the resultant free. Killeshandra retorted immediately through a point from Patrick King. A good clearance from Edward Jackson resulted in a free 40 metres out from the Killeshandra goal on the left and Pauric Mc Gorry’s free fell short of the crossbar, but deceived the goalkeeper to drop into the back of the net. This fortuitous score only served to increase the Killeshandra intensity and they were duly rewarded for their play with points from Eamon O’ Reilly, Adie Burns and Rory Braiden. Drumgoon responded in kind with a well taken point from Keith Fannin after a mazy run upfield by Edward Gaffney. Good Drumgoon pressure resulted in two points from frees by Pauric Mc Gorry, before a long range speculative lob into the Drumgoon square was finished to the net by Declan Mc Kiernan. The sides went into the break level on a scoreline of 1 – 6 each.
In the second half Drumgoon started the more determined team and soon ran into an early lead. A brilliant long range point from Michael Mc Donald seen Drumgoon regain the lead. With both sets of defences now on top scores were at a premium. Declan Mc Kiernan scored for Killeshandra and then Keith Fannin hit a purple patch for Drumgoon. Keith hit over four unanswered points, two from frees and two from play. The fourth of these points was as good as ever seen scored in Drumalee. With the minimal of room and close to the corner flag, Keith squeezed the ball between the posts. With Drumgoon getting on top Jim Mc Nally drove forward and shot over to extend Drumgoon’s lead. As Killeshandra put in a grandstand finish in an attempt to level the game they found Edward Jackson now operating at full back in top form. Edward cleared his lines time after time and found Niall mc Entyre who got Drumgoons final score. Killeshandra laid siege to the Drumgoon goal but saves from Gerry Hughes kept them to a point from Rory Braiden.
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Edward Gaffney, Michael Murray, Edward Jackson, Paul Mc Enroe, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Sean Smith, Pauric Mc Gorry, Shane Mc Gorry, Bryan Bates, Keith Fannin, Cathal Smith Subs used, Shane Smith, Niall Mc Entyre, John Mc Donald
Killeshandra:- Cyril O’ Reilly, Cillian O’ Reilly, Damien Higgins, Darragh Tighe, Shane O’ Reilly, Eamon O’ Reilly, Finbar Rudden, Daniel Luby, Sean Mc Kiernan, Justin Hayes, Patrick King, Adie Burns, Shane Murphy, Declan Mc Kiernan, Rory Braiden, Subs used, Mark Shannon Referee:- Martin Brady

Drumgoon 0 – 18 Sherock 4 – 05
Drumgoon had Shercock as visitors on a sun kissed Boyle Park on Saturday evening last and after an enjoyable encounter deservedly emerged with all three points, albeitly by the narrowest of margins.
Played in perfect conditions this was a must win game for both sides, but for very different reasons. Drumgoon were striving to ensure that they were in the League Play offs, while Shercock are hoping to avoid relegation. Drumgoon got off to the perfect start when an in-form Keith Fannin opened the scoring from plat with a superbly executed point. A good flowing upfield movement startesd off by Paul Mc Enroe resulted in Aogan Farrell sweeping the ball over the bar. Form the kick out Keith Fannin won the breaking ball and sung over a brilliant point from way out on the left. Drumgoon were then rocked back when Shercock in almost their first attack, cut open the Drumgoon defence and Damien Mc Intyre drove to the net. Shercock went ahead for the first time when Cathal Reilly shot over. Following a good move Shercock corner forward Shane Mc Phillips pulled on a loose ball and sent low and hard to the net giving the Drumgoon keeper Gerry Hughes no chance between the posts. Drumgoon to their credit battled away big Michael Mc Donald sent over a good long range score before the effervescent Keith Fannin shot over three unanswered points.
Just as it seemed that Drumgoon were getting on top Shercock playing for survival broke through for yet another goal from Shane Mc Philips. Edward Jackson went forward on a good strong run and finished well to level the scoring. Just prior to the break Shercock got their noses in front again as Joseph O’ Reilly to leave Shercock leading by a point at half time. The second half started just like the first with Keith Fannin to the fore again and winning every ball that came his way. Keith shot over and after good work in defence by Michael Hannon, his team-mate Edward Gaffney darted forward only to be fouled and Paddy Mc Cabe shot over the resultant free. Drumgoon then hit a purple patch and with Michael Mc Donald and Edward Jackson dominating the middle the forwards got an ample supply of ball. It was that man again Keith Fannin who shot over two points from play and one from a free after Shane Mc Gorry was pulled down in possession. Shercock were not giving out without a fight and Brain Hamilton and Cathal Reilly added two points for them.
With time running out the crowd were again on their toes when substitute Stephen Donnery shot to the net to set up a grandstand finish. Substitute Sean Smith shot over from a difficult angle out on the left and the last word went again to the man of the match when Keith Fannin shot over his eleventh point.

Drumgoon. Gerry Hughes, Eddie Gaffney, Michael Hannon, Michael Murray, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Killian Moynagh, Michael Mc Donald, Edward Jackson, Niall Mc Entyre, Shane Mc Gorry, Ciaran Lennon, Shane Smith, Keith Fannin, Aogan Farrell Subs used. Paddy Mc Cabe, Cathal Smith, John Mc Donald, Sean Smith

Shercock Michael Ward, Frances Mc Phillips, Liam O’ Reilly, Barry O’ Reilly, Shane Clarke, John Mc Enroe, Dwayne Eakins, Brian Hamilton, Edward Mc Dermott, Daniel Clarke, Joseph O’ Reilly, Cathal O’ Reilly, Damien Mc Intyre, Philip Burns, Shane Mc Philips Referee, Jim Hyland

Action from Bailieborough game in Breifne Park
8/8 Gerry Hughes, Michael Murray, Edward Jackson, Paul Crosson, Edward Gaffney, Adrian Crosson, Paul mc Enroe, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Hannon, Pauric Mc Gorry, Patrick Mc Cabe, Keith Fanin, John Mc Donald, Aogan Farrell, Subs Used, Killian Moynagh, Ciaran Lennon, Dean Hand
2/8/09 Juniors loos to Shercock in the Div. 5 League, Team Philip Mc Dermott, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Barry Crosson, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Brendan Mc Cabe, Killian Moynagh, Liam Mc Dermott, Pauric Mc Gorry, Cathal Smith, Francis Mahon, Sean Smith, Shane Smith, Aogan Farrell, Martin Clerkin, Adam Bates
Philip displays the art of kicking out. Martin threads the ball through, Aogan Cathal and Shane make for the ball
1/8/09 Belturbet 1 – 14, Drumbride 1 – 12. A genuine penalty was denied to Drumbride, when Peter Reilly was blatantly pulled back when the being the final man through on goal, and the resultant upset on the players caused the team to loose their rhytmn and heads to fall.
Drumbride, Ronan Keaskin, David Traynor, Michael Hannon, Oliver Mulvey, Edward Jackson, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Keith Fannin, John Tierney, Paddy Mc Cabe, Larry Reilly, Peter Reilly, Raphael Rogers.
31/7 Ladies team which lost to Arva in the championship, Amita Mc Kitterick, Cliona Farrell, Niamh Farrell, Lisa Murray, Orla Smith, Magaret Mc Bride, Sarah Mc Cabe, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Aisling Mc Dermott, Michelle Murraty, Christine Mc Cutcheon, Fiona Murray, Deirdre Mahon, Teresa Clerkin, Carmel Mc Bride
, Subs Maggie Smith, Cora Mc Bride, Taylor Mc Cann, Fiona Smith

28/7 Junior team which lost to Ballyhaise in the championship, Paul Daly, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Ronan Crosson, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Brendan Mc Cabe, Killian Kelly, Liam Mc Dermott, Jimmy O’ Reilly, Cathal Smith, Francis Mahon, Brian Bates, Shane Smith, Adam Bates, Martin Clerkin, Conor Bates, Subs Used. Philip Mc Dermott, Aogan Farrell,
20/7 U16 Final Drumgoon 0 – 13 Shannon Gaels 3 – 06
Drumgoon: Corey Smith, Dominic Donegan, Mark Murray, Aaron Mc Cabe, Ryan Craddock, Barry Cooney, Adrian Mc Kitterick, Conor Moynagh, Franci Mc Cabe, Paul Mahon, Patrick Smith, Simon Boyle, Joseph Kelly, Ian Craddock, Joshua Crowe. Subs used Declan Hand. Conor Mc Gorry

19/7 Fannin shines in Bunnoe
Division 2 League Drung 1 – 06 Drumgoon 0 – 13
Drung had Drumgoon as visitors in Bunnoe on Wednesday evening last and after an entertaining encounter, Drumgoon deservedly ran out as winners. The real difference between the two sides was a virtuoso performance from full forward Keith Fannin, who scored 9 points during the game, several from near impossible angles. Drumgoon got on the scoreboard first when Keith Fannin pointed from a free, after Jim Mc Nally was fouled. Keith added two more points from play before the corner forward Paddy Mc Entee shot over Drung’s first score. Drung were trying hard at this stage but an inform Adrian Crosson kept attack after attack at bay. Pauric Mc Gorry shot over a good point for Drumgoon and Drung replied through Shane O’ Rourke. A strong forward run by Jim Mc Nally resulted in another score for Drumgoon and Drung replied through Paul Heuston to leave the scores 5 points to 4 in Drumgoon’s favour at half time. In the second half Keith Fannin started off where he had left off and shot over a brilliant point from way on the left. He added two more points from play Dean Hand raced through and shot over. An injury to influential midfielder Ciaran Galligan resulted in Drung loosing the midfield battle. Sean Smith got on the scoreboard for Drumgoon and then Drung staged a comeback when Paddy Mc Entee converted a well taken penalty. Shane O’ Rourke got what proved to be Drung’s last score as the effervescent Keith Fannin then shot over 3 unanswered points to leave Drumgoon running out deserving winners.
Drumgoon, Gerry Hughes, Michael Murray, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe, Killian Moynagh, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Pauric Mc Gorry, Paddy Mc Cabe, Niall Mc Entyre, Sean Smith, Keith Fannin, Shane Mc Gorry
Drung J. Cassidy, R. Slowey, F. Reilly, B. Brady, A. Curran, R. Fay, D. Fay, C. Galligan, C. Moore, P. Heuston, N. O’ Rourke, S. O’ Rourke, P. Monaghan, F. Hughes, P. Mc Entee
12/6/2009, First round of Intermediate Championship
Drumgoon 0 – 13 Ballymachugh 1 – 07
Drumgoon just edged out a gallant Ballymachugh side in the first round of the Intermediate championship in Stradone on Friday evening last. Drumgoon started the brighter side, and soon ran into an early lead after a good move on the left started by Keith Fannin, was finished b Adrian Crosson. In the next attack, the youthful Dean Hand was first to the ball, turned his man and was fouled. Paddy Mc Cabe coolly sent over the resultant free. Ballymachugh then got on the score board when Adrian Daly darted in the left and shot over.
Ballymachugh then drew level when full forward James Kiernan, fielded a high ball, rounded his man and shot over. The next Drumgoon attack resulted in a penalty, when Paddy Mc Cabe was brought down in the square. Up stepped Keith Fannin and he drove the ball low to the right, but the goalie, Paddy Baxter made a brilliant save and deflected the ball out for a fifty. With Jim Mc Nally and Michael Mc Donald getting the upper hand at midfield, Drumgoon were slowly getting on top and more pressure resulted in a free when Paul mc Enroe was dragged down after a good forward run, and Paddy Mc Cabe sent over the resultant free.
Keith Fannin was a constant thorn in Ballymachugh’s side as he was sweeping up every ball and driving forward at every occasion possible. Keith now added two point some from play and one from a free, before Ballymachugh replied with another point from James Kiernan. Michael Mc Donald went on a strong run forward and shot over a beautiful long range point from out on the left. Ballymachugh then hit a purple patch and after Barry Kiernan took a well taken point, a good move from the Ballymachugh forwards ended up with Barry sending a rasper to the back of the net, giving the Drumgoon keeper no chance. This score send the East Cavan side into the lead for the first time.
However, the Drumgoon boys dug deep and after good work from Jim Mc Nally and Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin shot over two unanswered points to leave Drumgoon ahead by the narrowest of margins at half time. Drumgoon started the second half brightly and the fleet footed, Edward Gaffney stole forward to shoot over from out on the right. Another point from Paddy Mc Cabe after excellent fielding by Jim Mc Nally seem to set up Drumgoon for victory. However, Ballymachugh had other ideas and points from Padraig Galligan and Richard Fitzsimons Brought them right back into the game. When full forward James Kiernan shot over, we were back to a two point game.
Ballymachugh launched an attack and a 50 / 50 ball between Gerry Hughes and corner forward Stephen Baxter was bravely saved by Gerry and ended up going inches wide. This save lifted the Drumgoon side and once again Paddy Mc Cabe was on hand to shoot over and leave the game safe for Drumgoon.
Best for Drumgoon Michael Murray, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally and Edward Gaffney.
Best for Ballymachugh Michael Halton, Padraig Sheridan, Barry Kiernan, James Kiernan and Brendan Mc Larney
Drumgoon: Gerry Hughes, Barry Crosson, Paul Crosson, Edward Gaffney, Michael Murray, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson, Paddy Mc Cabe, Kieran Lennon, Dean Hand, Michael Hannon, Sean Smith Subs used, Pauric Mc Gorry, Philip Smith and Killian Moynagh
Ballymachugh: Paddy Baxter, James Mc Larney, Michael Halton, Brendan Mc Larney, John Fox, Finbar Sheridan, Padraig Mc Enerney, Philip Donohue, Padraig Sheridan, Padraig Galligan, Richard Fitzsimons, Adrian Daly, Barry Kiernan, James Kiernan, Stephen Baxter
Referee:- Jimmy Galligan

Division 2 Shield Final Drumgoon 2 – 9 Lacken 2 -6
Drumgoon capture Division 2, Minor Shield Drumgoon minors had a good win over Lacken on Friday evening last, when they won the division 2, minor league title. In a well matched contest, Drumgoon ended the fitter team and deservedly captured the shield after scoring 3 unanswered points in the last 10 minutes. Lacken got off to the perfect start, when almost from their first attack C. Finnegan finished off a good move by shooting to the net, giving the Drumgoon keeper, no chance. Drumgoon made the perfect reply when after good work from Francis Mahon, Paul Daly was on hand to shoot side footed to the net. This score got the large crowd in the stand on the feet and Drumgoon ran into a two point lead when Ian Craddock shot over a brilliant long range point, followed closely by a similar effort from Aogan Farrell. Drumgoon went further ahead when Aogan was on target again, shooting over from a difficult angle way out on the right. Lacken got back into the game when Eoin Donohue slotted over two well taken frees.
With the Drumgoon defence playing very well especially the lightening fast Martin Fitzpatrick, who broke up attack after attack Drumgoon were slowly getting the upper hand. Martin found Ryan Harkin with a good ball and Ryan drove forward to find the cunning corner forward Dean Hand and when through one on one on the keeper, Dean made no mistake driving hard and low the bottom right hand corner of the net. Dean quickly added two more points and it looked at this stage that Drumgoon might run out easy winners. However Lacken had other ideas, and Eoin Donohue added two more frees to leave the scores 2 – 05 to 1 – 04 at half time in Drumgoons favour.
In the second half Dean Hand and Ryan Smith exchanged points before D. Mc Kiernan, fisted to the net for Lacken. A well taken free from S. Brady brought the sides level and the stage was set for an exciting second half. With both sides giving their all they cancelled each other out as both sets of defenders got on top of their opposite numbers. It was not until 10 minutes to go, that Drumgoon got their noses in front when Dylan Bates, shot over a well taken free from out on the right at the town side goals. This score gave Drumgoon the fillip they needed and after some high fielding from Ronan Mc Donald, Dean Hand shot over a free after being fouled going through on the left. Paul Daly then had the large crowd in good voice when after getting the first score for Drumgoon, he finished by getting the last one also and coolly slotted over from straight in front of the goals.
Lacken to their credit launched attack after attack on the Drumgoon defence, but well lead by Tommy Mc Kitterick they stood firm, and deservedly held out for the victory. County minor chairman, John Argue, presented the cup to the Drumgoon captain Francis Mahon. Francis thanked team trainers Martin Clerkin and Patrick Moynagh and Ray Mc Cormack for having the pitch in such good condition despite the recent inclement weather. Francis also thanked all of the players who put in such a good effort on the day.
Drumgoon Corey Smith, Dominic Doonegan, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Mark Murray, Henry Reburn, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Harkin, Ronan Mc Donald, Francis Mc Mahon (Capt.), Ian Craddock, Aogan Farrell, Dylan Bates, Paul Daly, Conor Moynagh, Dean Hand Subs used, Patrick Smith,
Lacken S. Galligan, Thomas Reilly, Karl O’ Reilly, John Mc Donnell, Martin Brady, Declan Brady, G. Cronin, Fergal Brady, Liam Hyland, Stephen Brady, Ryan Smith, Damien Mc Kiernan, Eoin Donohue, Conor Finnegan, C. Clerkin
Referee Tony Mc Donald
Minor team who defeated Lacken in the Division 2 Final. Back row L to R
Martin Clerkin, Adrian Mc Kitterick, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Dean Hand, Henry Reburn, Ryan Harkin, Declan Smith, Conor Moynagh, Dylan Bates, Franci Mahon (Capt.), Ronan Mc Donald, Ian Craddock, Paul Daly, Patrick Moynagh
Front, M. Mc Cormack, J. Mc Mahon, Franci Mc Cabe, Joe Kelly, Aogan Farrell, Dominic Doonegan, Corey Smith, Patrick Smith, Martin Fitzpatrick, Mark Murray, Simon Boyle
Saturday 18/4/2009
Drumgoon 0 – 13 Cootehill 2 – 05
Drumgoon had Cootehill as visitors on Saturday evening last in Boyle Park and deservedly emerged victorious after a well fought encounter.Played in perfect conditions in glorious sunshine before a large crowd, both side played some fantastic football and the result was in doubt right up until the final whistle.Drumgoon started the brighter and soon ran into an early lead through a free from Paddy Mc Cabe after good lead play from Paul Mc Enroe and Edward Gaffney. With Jim Mc Nally in top form at midfield Drumgoon piled on the pressure and Jim himself raced through to shoot over the bar. Drumgoon were now on top and after some electric play from the dynamic Keith Fannin, Keith cooly slotted over to extend Drumgoons’s lead. Drumgoon were now 3 points ahead and looking good, but Cootehill to their credit rallied strongly and replied with points from Neill Kelly and Ciaran Fox. Keith Fannin struck a well taken point from the ground from 40 yards out on the left. Paddy Mc Cabe added a similar score from the right and Keith who was in tremendous form all evening struck over another points after good work from Edward Jackson and Adrian Crosson. With half time approaching Cootehill got back into the game through two points from Mark Mullen to leave the scores 0 – 06 to 0 – 04 in Drumgoon’s favour at half time. Drumgoon came out strongly again in the second half and powerhouse displays from Edward Jackson and Paul Mc Enroe thwarted many Cootehill attacks. Drumgoon went further head though Paddy Mc Cabe, before Cootehill struck back through a well taken goal from Mark Mullen. Often goals win matches but on this evening this was not going to be the case. The goal galvanised Drumgoon into further effort and they were rewarded for their hard work rate through points from Shane Mc Gorry and Keith Fannin. The game was now being played with a championship fervour with no quarter being given or asked for. With both sets of supporters roaring on their respective side, the game was set up a heart stopping grandstand finish when substitute Dean Connolly burst through to shoot the net and make the sides level, for the first time in the game. In the dying minutes Cootehill missed a great chance to draw the game when the ball struck a post. Drumgoon to their credit never gave up and Jim Mc Nally swept the ball up the field to find Paddy Mc Cabe, who was in turn fouled going through. Paddy coolly slotted the ball over the bar to the delight of the home crowd.Drumgoon : – Gerry Hughes, Michael Murray, Edward Jackson, Paul Crosson, Edward Gaffney, , Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, (0 – 1) Michael Mc Donald, Pauric Mc Gorry, Michael Hannon, Paddy Mc Cabe,(0 – 6), Keith Fannin, (0 – 5) Shane Mc Gorry, (0 – 1) Dean Hand.
Subs used Killian Moynagh

Cootehill David Clegg, Eoin Roache, Barry Mc Gahon, Shane Mc Carney, Sean Fitzpatrick, David Carney, Barry Mc Crudden, Ciaran Fox, Glen Nulty, Cathal Mc Cabe, John Mc Cutcheon, Niall Kelly, Mark Mullen, Paul Mc Carney, Joshua Hayes.
Subs Dean ConnollyReferee Martin Brady, Ballinagh
Saturday 10/4 Crosserlough (B) 0 -07 Drumgoon 1 – 11
Drumgoon travelled to Killnaleck and deservedly collected both points.
In the first half honours were evenly divided, but in the second half Drumgoon got on top and pulled quickly away, once into their stride.
Crosserlough were first to score and went into an early lead but after a good strong run from attacking wing back Adrian Crosson, Drumgoon got their noses in front for the first time, when Adrian shot to the net.
Sunday 2/3/2009
Killinkere 1 – 07 Drumgoon 0 – 12
Drumgoon visited killinkere on sunday last for what turned out to be a well-contested acfl division two clash.
Drumgoon drive on by the brilliant Jim Mc Nally in midfield deservedly collected all 2 points. Drumgoon opted to play with the wind in the first half in a bid to hit the ground running but, instead, it was killinkere who started the brighter.
Ttwo frees from corner forward Brian Clarke saw the hosts take a two point lead in measured fashion before Patrick McCabe pointed a free to cut killinkdre’s lead to just one. Soon afterwards. the east cavan side had an impressive point from Paul Kerr but drumgoon were equally energetic with Patrick Mc Cabe exchanging a point with Killinkere’s Anthony Brady midway through the first half.
Drumgoon began to get the upper edge in terms of possession thanks maily to the high fielding and work rate of Jim McNally in the middle, and as the half moved on Drumgoon were invariably first to every breaking ball, hitting an impressive five unanswered points in the run up to the half time break, an interval which arrived at a timely juncture for Killinkere.
The good spell which Drumgoon hot seen scores from a superb left footed point from Michael mc Donald and saw Jim mc Nally, Adrian Crosson, John mc Donald and Edward Gaffney hit points to give drumgoon a three point lead. 0.7 to 0 4 at the interval.
Brian Clarke pegged back a point for Killinkere but Adrian Crosson quickly restored the visitors’s three point advantage in double-quick time.
Both sides were finding conditions difficult and scores were kept at a minimum with Drumgoon’s Paul Mc Enroe ably leading a rock solid defence. The breeze made it difficult to keep their shots on target, but midway through the second half, the effervescent James Clarke ran swiftly onto a breaking ball to shoot to the back of the net. James then followed up with a point to put Killinkere a point up with `10 minutes to go.
However their lead was short lived as supersub Pauric mc Gorry took it upon himself to grab the match by the scruff of the neck and stuck three superb successive points. Another crucial late score from John mc Donald served to leave drumgoon two point victors in the end, a deserving victory after an entertaining hard fought tussle.
Drumgoon : – John Reilly, Michael Murray, Paul Crosson, Barry Crosson, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Enroe, Cathal Smith, Jim Mc Nally, (0 – 1) Michael Mc Donald, (0 – 1) Edward Gaffney,(0 – 1)Adrian Crosson, (0 – 2) Paddy Mc Cabe,(0 – 2)Michael Hannon, John Mc Donald, (0 – 2) Dean Hand. Subs used Pauric Mc Gorry, () – 3)
Scorers
Kkillinkere. S. Delaney, M. Reilly, N Mc Govern, T. Roe, M. O’ Rreilly, TM Clarke, B. Cooney, P. Smith, D. Smith, A. Brady(, 0.1) C. Roe, F. Sheridan, B. Cllarke, (0.4) P. Kerr (0.1), D. Smith, Subs. J. Clarke (1.1), D. Traynor.
Minor League 7/3/2009 Drumgoon 2 – 7, Sliabh Gabh 2 – 7
Drumgoon minors played out a very entertaining draw on Boyle Park, with the Denn and Killgarry combination, Sliabh Gabh.
Leading the way in the scorinh stakes for Drumgoon was Dean Hand with a personal tally of 2 – 05.
Drumgoon. Paul Daly, Dominic Donegan, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Francis Mc Cabe, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Harkin, Mark Murray, Henry Reburn, Conor Moynagh, Aogan Farrell, Ian Craddock, Dylan Bates, Ronan Mc Donald, Dean Hand, Declan Smith, Subs used Paddy Smith, Corey Smith
Celebrating in Tir na N-Og L to R, Aisling Mc Dermott, Sarah Mc Cabe, Margaret Mc Cabe, Michelle Murray
Droin Dhúin Éire Óg Club Notes April 2009
Senior Football
A depleted Drumgoon Senior squad travelled to Terry Coyle Park on Saturday last in the Senior Division 2 League, and notwithstanding an impressive performance, particularly in the second half, were unable to overcome the home-team. With a number of players missing through injury, and the ‘No County Players’ rule in play, there are significant positives to be drawn for the overall display. The Seniors host Killeshandra on Boyle Park on Sunday next at 2pm, and should be close to full strength for that encounter and will look to build on the opening day win against Killinkere to kick-start the League campaign at home. Work with the reserve team continues, with a win against Killinkere in the opening match, and defeat to Redhills in the second round. The next match is away to Kildallon on Sunday 19th April at 2pm. Senior Training continues on Tuesday and Friday at 8pm on Boyle Park. Championship Focus As the evenings get longer and the temperature rises, the GAA focus starts to move towards Championship matters. For the Drumgoon Senior squad, an early engagement with West Cavan Gaels is scheduled, with Drumbride targeted to play the westerners on Easter Monday, 13th April at 7pm in Breffni Park. The early signs for the Drumgoon/Knockbride amalgamation are good, under the watchful eye of Team Manager Val Andrews and coach, Barry McLoughlin. Minors Focus After a difficult start in Division 2 with significant players missing through injury and absence, the Drumgoon minors have pieced together a string of good performances in recent weeks with a draw against the Killygarry/Denn combination and narrow losses to both Castlerahan and Crosserlough. With injuries improving and a number of players due to rejoin the panel in the coming weeks, the minors will be looking to piece together some form ahead of the championship.
Training continues at 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday at Boyle Park.
U16’s in Action
The Drumgoon u16 squad commenced their League campaign this week with away tie with near neighbours Knockbride. In a keen contest which saw some impressive displays from both teams, Drumgoon consolidated a strong on filed performance with some good score taking, to run out winners by 2:11 to 0:04. The U16’s will host Belturbet in the second round tie on Boyle Park at 6:30pm next Tuesday. Training continues at 8pm on Tuesday and Thursday at Boyle Park. Juvenile Football The u12 and u14 leagues get underway this week with the u12 squad travelling to Redhills on Monday 30th March. This is followed by another series of away games, for the u12’s on Monday 6th April away to Munterconnacht. Bus leaves Gallonray at 5pm.
The u14’s travell to Lavey on Thursday 2nd April for their first outing, and again away on Thursday 9th April (Holy Thursday) away to Killygarry. Buses leave Gallonray at 5pm on both days. Drumgoon Éire Óg Kids Club The Drumgoon Kids Club (for u9 Boys and Girls) continues to grow in strength, with over 60 children registered and engaging at 10am on Boyle Park on Saturday mornings. With a focus on Flexibility, fitness and fun, these young gaels are coming to terms with the rudiments of the sport. Tyrone Player Peter Donnelly will lead the session on Saturday next, and with a significant number of parents looking for coaching and First Aid courses, these will soon be in the pipe-line. For more information, just drop down to Boyle park on Saturday morning at 9:45am, or talk to Patrick or Mary about getting yourself and your family involved
La na gClub – GAA 125 – 10th May 2009
Following the highly successful Club Dinner Dance in January, Drumgoon Éire Óg continues its GAA 125 celebrations with the an open week-end of events on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th of May. Now just five weeks away, the preparations and programme of events are beginning to take shape. With the return of the bands of the past decades, the music will flow on Boyle Park on 10th May.
On field activities will include Football, Camogie and Rounders, while both parents and children will test their skills on the obstacle courses and accuracy events. The day promises something for everyone, with an opportunity to reflect on the past (through our Eire Óg Museum) as well as look to the future, with exhibition events from our Kids club and juveniles. So book the dates, 9th and 10th of May, on Boyle Park. GAA 125 – Dernakesh NS As is often the case, Dernakesh NS will lead the celebrations of the GAA 125 in the Parish when, on April 24th, the school will host the All Ireland Minor (Markham) Cup and the Sam Maguire Cup, bringing the ‘Holy Grail’ of the GAA to the pupils and parish. So watch out for more information on the GAA 125 events in the Parish, an if you have any stories or pictures of GAA related events (Football, Camogie, hurling, handball, rounders or Scór) from the parish, contact Tom Farrell as soon as possible.
2009 DRUM ROLL, The Voice of Drumgoon Éire Óg

Senior Team Scene – 2009

After an opening round victory away at a difficult Killinkere venue, our senior squad slipped to 3 consective defeats to Cavan Gaels, Kingscourt and Killeshandra in the early part of the Division 2 league, before building a steady but creditable run of 8 back to back wins and a disputed draw against Drumalee in the League, to secure the clubs third consecutive top 3 finish in Division 2. Once again, the club lost out on promotion to Division 1, with Killeshandra gaining 2 points from their ‘no-contest’ with the suspended Cavan Gaels, to stretch clear of Drumgoon in the promotion race.

Drumgoon re-stated their intent in the League Semi-Final where a superb team performance secured an impressive 4 point victory over a talented Killeshandra team to set the club up for the League Final.

Drumgoon Éire Óg Senior Team 2009

The league final was plagued by poor weather conditions, and was eventually played on a good playing surface in O’Connell Park, Ballyconnell. In truth, Drumgoon would need all players at ability to deal with an impressive and consistent Kingscourt team in the final. However, notwithstanding a good opening 10 minutes, the loss of a player after 15 minutes meant that Drumgoon chased the game for long periods, and succumbed to the unbeaten Kingscourt Stars.

The Championship showed Drumgoon at their best, in their contest with another unbeaten team, Balieborough Shamrocks. However, defeat to Drung in the group play-off meant that Drumgoon failed to make the Quarter Finals in 2009.

However, in a season that has witnessed some significant personnel changes, especially in the forward line, and strong U21 performances this year, we can perhaps aspire to even better results in 2010.

Cathal Brady Audi A.C.F.L. Division 2
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Team P W L D Pts Kingscourt Stars 13 12 0 1 25 Killeshandra 13 10 1 2 22 Drumgoon 13 9 3 1 19 Ballyhaise 13 7 3 3 17 Cootehill 13 7 3 3 17 Knockbride 13 7 6 0 14 Killinkere 13 6 6 1 13 Drumalee 13 5 6 2 12 Drumlane 13 4 8 1 9 Drung 13 4 9 0 8 Kill 13 4 9 0 8 Cavan Gaels 13 3 9 1 7 Shercock 13 3 9 1 7 Crosserlough 13 2 11 0 4
Club Captain 2009

Jim McNally, an ever-present on the Drumgoon Senior Team in 2009, as Club Captain

Scór Competition 2009

2009 saw Drumgoon feature prominently again in the All County Scór competitions at Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsear categories.

Once again, the Laurels flowed to Drumgoon in the Senior Scór competition, where Patrick Shalvey, Michael Shalvey, Ena Clerkin and Geraldine Shalvey won their Regional qualifier to take a place in the County Final, where they pushed the winners right to the tape. Not to be out-done, the Bard of Laroween, Sean McGorry brought his own creativity to the stage in the recitation category in the regional qualifiers.

Lá na gClub in Drumgoon

Drumgoon Éire Óg joined forces with the GAA Family worldwide on 12th May 2009 to celebrate the 125th Anniversary of the establishment of the Association.

In an event packed and fun-filled day on which the rains abated and the sun shone, Boyle Park echoed to the sounds of young and old as ‘Green’ resounded to the ‘Clash of the Ash’ as both the Hurlers and Camógs took centre stage in the opening exhibition games.

The New facility on Boyle Park doubled as the Club Museum, and hosted a photographic exhibition of Drumgoon teams and moments down the years.

Meanwhile, Drumgoon’s active Club-School Link initiative ensured that the talents of our upcoming generation in Dernakesh would be on show, with an exhibition of Art, Creative Writing and Design going on display in the Club Rooms, overseen by Mary McMullen-Gaffney.

Cochrane Kilometer Race on Boyle Park

The day witnessed the inaugural Cochrane Kilometer, celebrating the athletic achievements of local renowned athlete, Jim Cochrane. The race was won by Conor Moynagh, ahead of Tommy McKitterick and Killian Moynagh. It was preceded by a lap of honour by Jim Cochrane, typically barefoot, accompanied by An Leas Uachtarán Comhairle Uladh, Aogán Farrell.

The event concluded with a highly entertaining game of Rounders, which saw the Ladies pitch their talents against the Gentlemen of the Club culminated in the Ladies securing the run that gave them victory in the now annual Rounders Challenge.

To those club members, mentors and volunteers who gave so freely of their time to ensure that Lá na gClub would be a success in Drumgoon……..Thank You.

Drumgoon Ladies – Back in the Silverware

The Drumgoon’s ladies, swept to an impressive ACFL Shield Title in 2009, in only their second year in Division 2, under the keen stewardship of Michael Murray and Adrian Crosson.

The Drumgoon Senior Ladies who secured silverware again in 2009

With a rich blend of youth and experience, the Drumgoon team boast County stars Siobhan McGorry at midfield, Niamh Farrell and Christine McCutcheon, with the emerging talent of Sarah McCabe, Cliona Farrell, Elaine Clerkin, Deirdre Mahon and the experience of Cora & Margaret McBride, Anita McKitterick, the Murray sisters, Doireann, Aideen & Ciara Farrell, the McDermott sisters and Theresa Clerkin.

All Ireland and International Honours

Congratulations to Carmel and Margaret McBride, All Ireland Camogie Winners with Cavan, and special congratulations to Margaret, who was a member of the Irish Shinty team who defeated Scotland in the Autumn Celtic International.

Minor Campaign – Div 2 Shield Title

The Minor campaign kicked into life with in January with training under the direction of Martin Clerkin. Plagued with injuries in the opening rounds of the League, the team struggled with a young team, and the loss of Francis Mahon, Conor Moynagh, Dean Hand and Aoghan Óg Farrell to early season injuries made life difficult. However, May saw the squad back to full fitness, and impressive performances against Sliabh Glah Gaels (Killygarry/Denn) in the semi-final, and a hosted Final against a capable Lacken Team assured the Division 2 Minor shield would spend 2009 on Boyle Park.

2009 Minor Squad

Corey Smith, Dominic Donegan, Tommy McKitterick, Mark Murrray, Martin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Harkin, Henry Reyburn, Ronan McDonald, Francis Mahon, Paul Daly, Iain Craddock, Aogán Farrell, Conor Moynagh, Dean Hand, Dylan Bates, Patrick Smith, Francis McCabeAdrian McKitterick, Simon Boyle, Joseph Kelly, Declan Smith.

U16 Campaign – All the way to Breifne Park

The U16 squad set out their stall early in their league campaign, with an opening round victory over near neighbours Knockbride. This was followed by impressive and comprehensive wins over Drumport (Drumlane/Templeport), Lavey, Cootehill, Belturbet and Shannon Gaels with a blip against Ballinagh en route to their table topping performance in the League.

Mullagh Pharmacy A.C.F.L. U16
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Team P W L D Pts
Drumgoon 7 6 1 0 12
Lavey 7 4 2 1 9
Shannon Gaels 7 4 2 1 9
Drumport 7 4 3 0 8
Ballinagh 7 3 4 0 6
Knockbride 7 2 5 0 4
Belturbet 7 1 6 0 2
Cootehill 7 0 7 0 0

An impressive semi-final performance once again against Drumport in Belturbet sent the team to Breifne Park to contest the County Final. However, two goals either side of half time meant that notwithstanding a 12 point tally, the team were edged out by 2 points, on a score-line of 3:05 to 0:12

2009 U16 Squad

Corey Smith, Dominic Donegan, Mark Murray, Aaron McCormac, Adrian McKitterick, Barry Cooney, Ryan Craddock, Iain Craddock, Conor Moynagh, Paul McMahon, Patrick Smith, Simon Boyle, Barry Harkin, Francis McCabe, Conor McGorry, Joshua Cowe, Aaron McCabe, Declan Hand

Underage Boys & Girls

At underage level, Drumgoon continues to perform strongly, competing in all age categories of the All County Football League.

Not to be out-done this season, the U14 girls graduated from last years Division 2 League title win, to contest this years Div 1 final in Breffni Park. In a game that ebbed and flowed, Drumgoon had chances to win the honors, but on this occasion had to settle for the runner up position. With their performances this season, this group of girls promise a bright future for ladies football in Drumgoon.

U13 & U12 competitions

At u12 level, the Drumgoon Boys and Girls, both graduated to the league Semi-final stages in Division 2, with impressive wins over Cootehill, Shercock, Killinkere, and Lavey. Again in somewhat controversial circumstances which saw the semi final refixed and Drumgoon sent to the wrong pitch by the county Board, the team lost out narrowly to a Swanlinbar/Corlough combination.

Cubanna na nÓg – The Young Gaels

At development level, over 70 children under the age of 10 registered for the Young Gaels programme which ran to June 2009, with typically 40 children attending the Saturday training programmes, initially at Gallonray House and then on Boyle Park.

Under the watchful supervision of coach Mary McMullen, this eager group of Under 10’s are progressively coming to terms with the rudiments and fundamentals of the sport…..and having fun as they do.

In November, 12 Coaches from Drumgoon qualified as Coaches in a Training Programme run by Peter Donnelly of Co. Board at Dernakesh NS. Congratulations to C Farrell, M McMullen, A Brasil, N Shanley, P McBride, A McKitterick, D Mahon, A Crosson, B Bates, C Moynagh, M Murray, M Hannon, C Lennon.

Killian O’Connell Tournament 2009 In June, Dernakesh NS once again retained the Killian O’Connell Cup for U12 boys, defeating Knockbride in the title event.

The U10 competition saw an exuberant performance by Dernakesh, St Michaels, Cootehill and Knockbride, in a round-robin tournament that saw Dernakesh and the combined Knockbride Schools contest the Mary Ann Sherry Cup final, with Knockbride edging the result with fine performances all round.

This years Killian O’Connell Shield competition was played in the Camogie Code, with a re-match of the Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Final between Dernakesh NS and Kill NS. In a thrilling encounter, Kill edged the result with a brace of second-half goals, to reverse the result of the County Final two weeks earlier.

Leas Uachtaran – Comharle Uladh

Congratulations to Aoghán Ó Fearghail, Vice President, Ulster GAA Council this year. A key member of our club and community in many capacities, our club takes great pride in Nominating Aogán for the position of Uachtarán, Comhairle Uladh for the upcoming race for Uachtarán. He continues to bring great honour to Droim Dhúin Éire Óg.

Fund Raising Thanks to all who supported our key events in 2009. Lá na gClub, All Ireland Ticket Draw, Concert, Night at the Dogs and Parish Auction.

Thank you to our sellers and good luck to those who continue to support our weekly Lottery, Jackpot now over €6,400.

Sincere thanks to our key business partners who continue to invest in our pitch-side advertising and publications, especially:

Boyle for Men – Main Senior Club Sponsor,

McNallys Crane Hire – Main Sponsor League Final,

Good Time Charlies– Main Sponsor to Greyhounds

K-Sheds – Main Sponsor, Parish Auction.

Special thanks to Gallonray House for their support in hosting so many of our events.

Player Past – Peter McNally

One of the few Drumgoon players to hold a McKenna Cup winners medal Peter McNally hails from a Footballing Dynasty in Drumgoon. Famously, one of 6 brothers who simultaneously played for Drumgoon in the 1960’s, Peter had an illustrious club career, captaining his club to tournament honours and playing his chosen sport at the highest level in winning Ulster/McKenna Cup honours alongside Charlie Gallagher with Cavan.

Peter played with Drumgoon for nearly three Decades, before turning his attention to the whistle, and a career refereeing the game.

Peter McNally, Club Referee 1970’s & 80’s

Inducted into the Drumgoon Hall of Fame with Brothers John (RIP) Seamus, Frank, Eamonn and Hughie in 2009, Peter’s contribution to Drumgoon on the field stands alongside the very best. We are proud to acknowledge his contribution here,

County Honours Drumgoon were proud to be represented on the inter-county playing fields this year by a growing number of players, notably:

Michael Hannon – Senior

Keith Fannin – Senior

Siobhan McGorry – Ladies

Christine McCutcheon – Ladies

Niamh Farrell – Ladies

Conor Moynagh – Minor & U16

Tommy McKitterick – U17

Ian Craddock – U16

Margaret McBride – Cavan Camogie

Carmel McBride – Cavan Camogie

Ryan Craddock – Cavan Hurling

Enda Shalvey – Cavan Hurling

In Memorium With the passing of another year, Droim Dhúin Éire Óg said farewell to the following Club Members:

– Brian McCann

He will be missed.

Ar dheis de, go raibh De

Comogie enters a development phase

2009 saw The Drumgoon Camogie Club enter a new era of games development, under the stewardship of Caroline Shalvey and Margaret McBride-McCabe. The focus has been switched from Senior Games to youth development. And under their guidance the U14 squad reached a Co. Final in their first year, while a new wave of underage players, aged 8 and upward are now undergoing regular training and coaching on Friday evenings at Boyle Park.

We wish them well in this new wave of Camogie development in our club

All Ireland Ticket Draw Winners

In September, at an enjoyable Quiz Night, the winner of the two All Ireland Tickets and overnight in the Ripley Court Hotel, was Paul Igoe, Errigal, Cootehill, Second prize of a short break at the Four Seasons Hotel, Carilngford to aura Shalvey with third prize of a portable DVD player going to Helen O’Brien / Rosaleen Fox.

Patrick Moynagh, Mike Hannon, Cavan Rose, Tara Cunningham and Aogán Farrell with Compass Mikey at the launch of the ‘Gone to the Dogs’ event in October

The Irish Sun headlines Drumgoon Star courtesy of event organiser, Chris Craddock

2009 AGM & Convention

4th December on Boyle Park at 3pm
AGM, Chairman Patrick Moynagh, Vice-Chairman Bryan Bates,
Secretary John Joe Lennon, Asst Secretary Sabrina Shalvey,
Treasurer Breda Moynagh, Asst Treasurer Jimmy Reilly
PRO Tom Farrell, Asst PRO Patrick Mc Bride,
Camogie Officer Caroline Shalvey, Youth Officer Martin Clerkin, Scor Officer Patrick Shalvey, Irish Officer Aogan Farrell, Coaching Officer, Adrian Crosson .
Presidents, Gerry Carragher, Fr. Eddie Burns, Seamus Mc Nally,
Vice-Presidents Geoff Kettle, Patsy Boyle, Sean Fitzpatrick, Packie Keenen, Frank Mc Nally, Peter Mc Nally, Danny Mc Quillan, Jimmy Reilly

2008

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

Ladies Intermediate Championship Semi-Final
Drumgoon 4 – 16 Ballyhaise 1 – 09
Drumgoon overcame a spirited Ballyhaise challenge in Lavey on Friday evening last. Drumgoon were first on the scorebaord when Ciara Farrell shot over the bar, following a good move started by Michelle Murray. Ballyhaise replied immediately when Colette Mc Caul went on a mazy run and shot to the back of the net. Another point from Elaine Reilly put Ballyhaise in the driving seat. However, the introduction of Nicola Clegg steadied a shaky Drumgoon defence and they slowly got back into the game.Points from Teresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell and Carmel Mc Bride got Drumgoon back on terms. Collette Mc Caul shot Ballyhaise back in front again, before good work from Siobhan Mc Gorry, found Catherine Mc Bride to shoot to the net for Drumgoon. Julie Leddy scored for Ballyhaise and Drumgoon replied through Margaret Mc Bride and two well taken points from Ciara Farrell. Muireaan Mc Dermott and Tersa Clerking added further points for Drumgoon to leave the score 1 – 10 to 1 – 04 at half time in Drumgoon’s favour.
Ballyhaise started the second half with a flurry and had points from Collette Mc caul and Roisin Greenan. However the Drumgoon defence capably led by Niam Farrell and Michelle Murray dealt with everything that was thrown at them. With Siobanh Mc Gorry and Aisling Mc Dermott the Drumgoon forwards were getting an ample supply of ball.
Ciara Farrell had a point for Drumgoon before Michelle Murray stole through to shoot to the back of the net. Ballyhaise fought back and had a good goal from Collette Mc Caul. The continual Drumgoon pressure resulted in further points for Drumgoon from Fiona Murray and Ciara Farrell again. With time running out, Drumgoon put the game beyond doubt when the youthful Orla Smith ran onto a good ball from Nicola Clegga and Orla shot to the back of the net. With almost the last kick of the game Drumgoon added another goal through Carmel Mc Bride.
Drumgoon: Christine Mc Cutcheon, Cliona Farrell, Niamh Farrell, Sabrina Shalvey, Fiona Murray, Sarah Mc Cabe, Michelle Murray, Aisling Mc Dermott, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Muireann Mc Dermott, Ciara Farrell, Carmel Mc Bride, Margaret Mc Bride, Catherine Mc Bride, Teresa Clerkin
Ballyhaise: Laura Lynch, Sinead Lyons, Elaine Reilly, Laura Masterson, Julie Leddy, Enna Nevin, Sinead Moore, Aisling Reilly, Emma Smith, Aoife Costello, Brenda Lynch, Mairead Mc Cabe, Elaine Reilly, Collette Mc Caul, Rosin Greenan
Referee:- Jimmy Galligan
Ladies 9 a side
Drumgoon 3 – 09 Ballyhaise 2 – 10
Goals from Catherine Mc Bride, Fiona Smith and Deirde Mahon seen Drumgoon emerge victorious on Boyle Park in an enjobale 9 a side game with Ballyhaise.
The recent inclement wether made conditions very slippery, but the girls trainf by Michael Murray and Bryan Bates, made light of the difficult conditions.
Drumgoon; Anita Mc Kitterick, Deirdre Mahon, Cora Mc Bride, Michelle Murray, Cliona Farrell, Aisling Mc Dermott, Teresa Clerkin, Fiona Murray, Catherine Mc Bride, Muireann Mc Dermott, Taylor Mc Cann, Elaine Clerkin, Siobhan Smith, Sarah Mc Cabe, Carmel Mc Bride.
Minor league, Division 2
Drumgoon 2 – 10 Ramor Utd 2 – 07
Drumgoon travelled to Virginia on Tuesday, 29/7 and defeated the locals in an entertaining match.
Spearhead by Pauric Mc Gorry and Dean Hand, who both had played so well in Breifne Park, the previous sunday, they led from start to finish.
With Eamon Mc Cluskey in commanding form at full back, ably assisted by Henry Reburn, Ramor Utd found it hard to make the break through.
Up Front Aogan Farrell and Dean Hand were a constant thorn in Ramor’s side as they moved swiftly around the park and calmly added to the scoreline.
Team Managers Finbarr Crowe and Peter Hand are now preparing their charges for the semi-final.
Scorers for Drumgoon were, Dean Hand 1 – 04, Shane Smith 1 – 01, Aogan Farrell 0 – 02, Francis Mahon 0 – 02, amd Pauric Mc Gorry 0 – 01
Drumgoon. Paul Daly, Mark Murray, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Henry Reburn, Brendan Mc Cabe, Conor Moynagh,
Pauric Mc Gorry, Francis Mahon, Aogan Farrell, Jamie Smith, Shane Smith, Dylan Bates, Dean Hand, Ian Craddock, sub used Peter Mc Gorry
Referee Seamus O’ Connor (Maghera)
Intermediate Championship first round,
Drumgoon 1 – 10 Cootehill 0 – 08
In glorious sunshine in Breffni Park on sunday evening, Drumgoon deservedly emerged victorious over their fellow parishioners, in the proverbial game of two halves. In the first half, Cootehill dominated proceedings, while in the second half, it was Drumgoon’s turn to dictate the game.
Cootehill were first off the mark though two frees from Colm Smith. Drumgoon launched attack after attack, but were guilty of some bad wides, before Paddy Mc Cabe settled the nerves, with a well taken free. Points from Liam Sherlock and Shay Hawe sent Cootehill further ahead, before the move which brought Drumgoon back into the game. Michael Hannon dispossed Paul Mc Carney, raced through the full length of the field, before being taken down in the small square for a penalty. Keith Fannin stepped up and cooly sent Glen Nulty the wrong way. At the interval Cootehill were leading on a scoreline of 0 – 06 to 1 – 01. Drumgoon came out a different team in the second half. Points from Bryan Bates and the very influential Dean Hand brought them right back into the game. Dean was playing his first ever senior game and showed a maturity way beyond just gone 17 years of age.
With the Drumgoon defence now totally on top, attack after attack finally brought the frees. John Mc Donald pointed two long range frees from all of 50 yards way out on the right, to put Drumgoon ahead for the first time. Paul Mc Enroe, who had a tremendous game at centre half back, drove forward and found Paul Mc Cabe, and Paul duly slotted over. Edward Gaffney strong forward running was a constant thorn in Cootehill’s side, and he found Keith Fannin to shoot over a delightful point. Jim Mc Nally drove forward and shot over to bring the large Drumgoon support to their feet. Paddy Mc Cabe shot over another point for Drumgoon while Colm Smith had a point for Cootehill from a free as the game fizzled out to its inevitable conclusion.
Drumgoon: John Reilly, Michael Murray, Michael Hannon, Edward Gaffney, Edward Jackson, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Pauric Mc Gorry, Paul Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson.
Subs used:- Dean Hand
Cootehill:– Glen Nulty, Shane Mc Carney, Barry Mc Gahan, Eoin Roche, Cathal Mc Cabe, David Mc Carney, Brendan Mc Crudden, John Mc Cutcheon, Brian Sherlock, Joshua Hayes, Colm Smith, Damien Sherlock, Mark Mullen, Paul Mc Carney, Shay Hawe, subs used Neil Kelly, Sean Fitzpatrick, Liam Sherlock
Referee Martin Brady
ANGLO-CELT REPORT
The formbook held firm at sun-soaked breffni park on sunday evening last when drumgoon overcame fellow parishioners cootehill celtic in a fractured opening round ifc clash. with most of the division two league table separating the sides ,the winners re-emphasised their superior pedigree this season even if it did emerge via a slow-to-ther boil precess. predictably, last weekend’clash was a truncated, bitty affair with referee martin brady tested to the full in keeping a lid on exchanges that bubbled to the brim under the evening sun. as things panned out, it was cootehill who ended up being badly burned and in danger of seeing their hopes go up in smoke. not that drumgoon set the famed arena alight last weekend. indeed, but for a timely converted penalty by county ace keith fannin just one minute from the interval, the eire og men might well have struggled to chisel out the required result. however against a cootehill side that insisted on running hot and cold, drumgoon were eventually afforded ample time, space and courtesy to engineer a way off the ropes to eventually land some killer, knock-out blows. cootehill epitomised their indifferent performance with their first half promise being replaced by a second half showing redolent of a team beset by incohesion, inconsistency and an innate dearth of leadership. in a game which was far more about perspiration than inspiration, drumgoon saved their best wine till last to leave their near-neighbours periously close to bowing out of the championship. cootehill looked up for the fray in the first half and matched their opponents blow for blow – often literally – as the game began at a hectic pace. but it was drumgoon who proved to be the greater stayers, the more experienced and easily the best at grinding out the scores. in that regard, it is a galling indictment of cootehill’s forward play that the celts failed to score between the 35th minute and the 62nd minute. after their enthusiastic and feverish first half showing, few in the decent-sized crowd could have imagined that the hoops would score the first and last scores of the second half but none in between times. most matches are won in the second half so it was last sunday evening with drumgoon doing their very best work when it was most needed. both teams raced off the traps as if oblivious to the strength-sapping conditions and paddy mc cabe’s chest-high shot from 18 metres after just 42 seconds fairly tested cootehill keeper nulty. mc cabe did open his side’s scoring in the 12th minute but two converted frees from his first cousin colm smith in the ensuing six minutes eased the green and whites into the lead. fortune seemed to be on cootehill’s side as they sought to embellish their bristling start and when brian sherlock’s speculative 47 metre shot ended with the ball bouncing over the bar, drumgoon’s fans must have feared the worst. a fine move in the 21st minute saw joh mc cutcheon and smith combine to put shay hawe through for a neat score which helped to propel the town team into a commancind 0-5 to 0-1 leads. it was all going so swimmingly for cootehill but then keith fannin was bundled over int the square in the 29th minute and when he put the diving nulty the wrong way, the colour of the garlands were already being re-altered. yet when damien sherlock extended cootehill’s 0-6 to 1-1 interval lead with a fine point in the 35th minute, it appeared as if the crowd were in for a deja-vu experience. however drumgoon’s supeior will-to-win slowly but surely began to shine through via their aggression at close quarters, thrir eagerness to run off the shoulder of their team-mate and their gung-ho teamwork. in contrast cootehill failed miserably to sustain their first half win and vigour with only barry mcgahan, david mc carney and john mc cutcheon consistently emerging from the maelstrom with ball in hand. the town team were much more reactive that than proactive on the restart and for all their hufffing and puffing in the second-half they never looked like doubling up on their first half dividend. gradually, drumgoon’s running power and the heat conspired to sap cootehill’s self-belief and energy. drumgoon were a transformed team in the second half as they seized on cootehill’s increasing lethargy and lack of creativity and solidarity. bryan bates signalled a sea change in the tide by rifling over his team’s first score from open play and from there to injury time, drumgoon proceeded to add eight points without reply, even the relocation of paul mc carney to the 40 and the positioning of brian sherlock to the edge of the square failed to alter matters for cootehill. the now-chasing celts looked leaden-legged and demoralised as dean hand and a john mc donald free saw drumgoon draw level with 44 minutes on the clock. from there to the finish there was only ever going to be one winner with another mc donlad free in the 46th minute giving drumgoon a lead they never looked like relinquishing.
Drumgoon 1 11 Ballymachugh 1 08
Drumgoon had Ballymachugh as visitors to Boyle Park on saturday evening last and deservedly collected both points after a keenly fought encounter.
Ballymachugh got off to the better start, and soon raced into an early lead through Jimmy Fitzsimons. Drumgoon were finding it difficult to get into their stride and shot several wides before opening their account through John Mc Donald. Philip Donohue was playing well for Ballymachugh and his shot came off the post and quickest to re-act was Adrian Daly who collected the ball and shot to the net. This score put Ballymachugh in the driving seat and another point by Alan Shields seen Ballymachugh go 5 points up. Drumgoon finally got the break they deserved when Paddy Mc Cabe broke through and drove low and hard at the keeper.
The ball was stopped but then rebounded off a defender to finish in the net.. Jim Mc Nally was in tremendous form for the home side and an inspirational point from Jim from 50 metres out on the left put Drumgoon ahead for the first time and got the large crowd in the stand on their feet. Ballymachugh struck back through Jimmy Fitzsimons followed by a tremendous strong run by Keith Fannin to leave the sides level again.
Approaching half time, Paul Mc Enroe broke up an attack and drove forward again and found Ronan Crosson, who shot over to leave Drumgoon ahead by one point at the break.

In the second half Ballymachugh fought with all their strength to try and retain their division 2 status, and were duly rewarded with points from Jimmy Fitzsimons. Drumgoon started to dominate in midfield and with Jim Mc Nally dominating the sector. Drumgoon pressure resulted in points from Keith Fannin and Paddy Mc Cabe. Tempers began to fray in the game and the referee had to issue several yellow cards. The coolest man on the pitch John Mc Donald cooly slotted over two frees to give Drumgoon some breathing space. Ballymachugh fought to the end and had another point from James Kiernan but Drumgoon had the last word when Pauric Mc Gorry shot over a good long range point to bring the loudest cheer of the evening from the stand. Ballymachugh will be disappointed not to get something from the game, but Drumgoon will be happy with the result as they started the game without 6 regulars, who should all become available for selection again in the next few weeks.

Drumgoon. Gerry Hughes Michael Murray Paul Crosson Edward Gaffney Philip Smith Paul Mc Enroe Keith Fannin Jim Mc Nally Ronan Crosson Bryan Bates Paddy Mc Cabe Pauric Mc Giorry Paul Mc Cabe John Mc Donald Adrian Crosson
Ballymachugh Paddy Baxter Brendan Mc Larney Gavin Smith Michael Halton Vincent Ellis Finbar Sheridan James Mc Larney Padraig Sheridan Philip Donohue Adrian Daly Richie Fitzsimons James Kiernan Stephen Baxter James Fitzsimons Alan Shields
Referee Seamus O Connor
Drumgoon 4 – 06 Knockbride 2 – 08
Drumgoon travelled to Knockbride on Sunday evening last and duly collected both points. The inclement weather led to a stop, start game, and a hurricane blowing towards the canningstown goal end, led to the proverbial game of two halves. The first decisive moment in the game was when Drumgoon won the toss and team captain Adrian Crosson elected to play with the wind in the first half. With the wind on their backs, Drumgoon soon got in front when towering full forward won a good ball and cooly slotted over. Paul Mc Cabe raced out in front of his marker to win good possession and from the resulting movement John Mc Donald poked the ball to the net.
The scoring then dried up for 10 minutes while both defences cancelled out each other out. One exception was Keith Fannin who twice intercepted good attacks and drove forward to shoot over from long range despite the swirling wind. Knockbride finally got on the scoreboard when Naill Reilly shot over followed quickly by a good shot from a difficult angle. Another Knockbride attack resulted in a point from Larry Reilly, to leave only 3 points between the two sides.
With Jim Mc Nally getting on top in the midlle a Drumgoon attack resulted in Paul Mc Cabe being fouled in the square and referee Packie Smith awarded a penalty. Keith Fannin gave Ronan Keaskin no chance, as he coolly slotted home. Direct from the kick out Michael Mc Donald fielded very well and drove a long high ball into the danger area. John Mc Donald rose the highest turned and drove a pile driver to the net.

This score left Drumgoon with a comfortable 2 – 4 to 0 – 03 lead at half time. Knockbride started the second half with a flourish, but it was Drumgoon that got the perfect start. Paul Mc Enroe was proving a pillar of strength, at centre half back for Drumgoon. Paul cleverly broke up a Drumgoon attack and found an in form Keith Fannin who drove up the field and found that man again John Mc Donald and John drove the ball low and hard to the net. Knockbride did stage a good comeback after that killer blow and points from Niall Reilly were followed by a goal from Larry Reilly after a mix up in the Drumgoon goal.
With time running out Knockbride did get another goal when Darragh Smith ran onto an incoming ball and punched to the net, to set up a grandstand finish. However, Drumgoon deservedly held out to collect both points
Drumgoon Gerry Hughes, Michael Murray. Michael Hannon, Edward Gaffney, Edward Jackson, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Pauric Mc Gorry, Paul Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson
Knockbride Ronan Keaskin, Declan Reilly, Michael Clarke, Peter Reilly, Eamon Carolan, Ollie Mulvey, Niall Reilly, John Tierney, Shane Reilly, Brendan Carolan, Finbarr Carolan, Damiem Farrelly, Darragh Smith, Larry Reilly, Seamus Maguire.
Referee Packie Smith
Drumgoon 1 – 09 Shercock 0 – 09
Drumgoon had Shercock as visitors to Boyle Park, on Friday evening last and deservedly emerged as winners after an enthralling battle.
The game was in the balance until the last 10 minutes when Drumgoon finally got on top. Shercock were really fired up for this game and played with great courage and conviction. The first half was very keenly contested and neither side could pull far ahead. Shercock were first on the scoreboard through John Mc Enroe with a well taken point. Adrian Crosson drew a free for Drumgoon and John Mc Donald coolly slotted over the resultant free. Shercock replied through John Mc Gee and went further ahead through Michael Reilly.
Towering midfielder Michael Mc Donald then sent over from all of 50 yards out. Drumgoon drew level again when John Mc Donald shot over. Shercock then hit a purple patch and went ahead through 3 unanswered points from the flying Paddy Mc Phillips. Drumgoon slowly fought their way back into the game with two frees sent over by Paddy Mc Cabe and. Gary Smith replied for Shercock to leave the scores 6 to 5 in shercock’s favour at half time. Drumgoon came out stronger in the second half and soon drew level with a point from Paddy Mc Cabe. Shercock replied with a point from Michael Reilly.
With Edward Jackson and Paul Mc Enroe starring in the Drumgoon defence Shercock found it hard to make the beak through. Keith Fannin drove hard out of the Drumgoon defence covering acres of ground and shot over two brilliant long range points to edge Drumgoon in front.

The large crowd were now on their toes as Ollie Ward drove over the bar to level things up again. Michael Mc Donald and Jim Mc Nally were starting to dominate in the middle and a long ball into the danger area was fielded by John Mc Donald and John turned and drove to the net from the narrowest of angles.
Drumgoon dominated the closing stages with Arian Crosson and Keith Fannin coming more and more into the game, but the Shercock defence led by Liam Reilly held out resolutely.
Shercock will be dis-appointed after a good hard working performance but Drumgoon will be happy to continue on their winning run.
DRUMGOON John Reilly, John Fitzpatrick, Edward Jackson, Edward Gaffney, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Enroe, Paul Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Pauric Mc Gorry, Bryan Bates, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Enroe, John Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson, Subs used Gerry Hughes, Martin Clerkin, Philip Mc Dermott SHERCOCK Michael Ward, Dean Mc Phillips, Liam Reilly, A. Sloane, Cathal Reilly, John Mc Phillips, Garry Smith, Michael Mc Entee, Michael Reilly, Frankie Byrne, John Mc Enroe, Sean Mc Gee, Declan Mc Entyre, Kenny Burns, Paddy Mc Phillips
Referee Brian Crowe
Drumgoon 1 – 10 Ramor Utd 1 – 05
Drumgoon travelled to Virginia last Sunday morning and duly collected both points.
Despite a very strong cross wind both sides played very good football and in the end drumngoon, superior teamwork, proved to be the difference.
Ramor started in a whirlwind fashion and after a good move upfield corner forward Patrick Brennan cooly finished to the net, to give Ramor the perfect start.
Playing into the breeze Drumgoon won a free out on the right when Adrian Crosson was fouled and John Mc Donald cooly slotted over the resultant free.
Drumgoon with Jim Mc Nally and Michael Mc Donald in command at midfield soon launched another attack and
Paddy Mc Cabe was on hand to add to his amazing goal tally.
A strong run upfield by Keith Fannin resulted in Michael Mc Donald shooting over from an acute angle way out on the left. Ramor responed well and had good points from midfielder Anton Reilly and Paddy Macnamee.
Drumgoon fought back and a brilliant long range effort by Michael Mc Donald was followed by another well worked point by the youthful
Pauric Mc Gorry to leave the scores 1 – 5 to 1 – 2 in Drumgoon’s favour at the break. In the second half Keith Fannin and Steve Monaghan exchanges points.
With Edward Jackson and Paul Mc Enroe dominating in the Drumgoon defence, Ramor were finding it hard to make the break through. Keith Fannin was in superb form for Drumgoon and he repeatly drove forward covering acres of ground. Keith set up Paddy Mc Cabe for two points and Ramor replied through
Ronan Keating. With time running out John Mc Donald and the tireless Jim Mc Nally added points for Drumgoon. Ramor did stage a comeback but they found
John Reilly in tremendous form as he pulled off two really good saves to deservedly earn Drumgoon the two points and go clear at the top of the leader board.

Drumgoon John O’Reilly, John Fitzpatrick, Edward Jackson, Michael Hannon, Edward Gaffney, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Pauric Mc Gorry, Paul Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson
Ramor Matthew Mc Aweeney, Garret Daly, Ray Cole, Stephen Connolly, Joe Hopkins, James Mc Entee, Ray Farrelly, Antom O Reilly, Shane Gaffney, Donal Farrelly, Stephen Monaghan, Adrian Cole, Ronan Keating, Patrick Mc Namee, Patrick Brennan
In the “B” game. Drumgoon also emerged victorious on a scoreline of Drumgoon 2 – 9, Ramor 0 – 03
The goal scorers for Drumgoon were Dean Hand and Cathal Smith Drumgoon 1 – 8, Inny Gaels 2 – 4 Drumgoon senior ladies had a well deserved win over Inny Gaels in Stradone on Saturday evening last, albeit by the narrowest of margins. The girls led from start to finish but Inny Gaels never gave up and it all made for a really exciting contest. Leading the way in the scoring stakes for Drumgoon was Ciara Farrell, who excelled on the 40 and score 5 good points, the goal came from Maria Clarke and there were points each from Siobhan Mc Gorry, Teresa Clerkin and Cliodhna Farrell. The girls
Drumgoon 1 11 Ballymachugh 1 08
Drumgoon had Ballymachugh as visitors to Boyle Park on saturday evening last and deservedly collected both points after a keenly fought encounter. Ballymachugh got off to the better start, and soon raced into an early lead through Jimmy Fitzsimons. Drumgoon were finding it difficult to get into their stride and shot several wides before opening their account through John Mc Donald. Philip Donohue was playing well for Ballymachugh and his shot came off the post and quickest to re-act was Adrian Daly who collected the ball and shot to the net. This score put Ballymachugh in the driving seat and another point by Alan Shields seen Ballymachugh go 5 points up. Drumgoon finally got the break they deserved when Paddy Mc Cabe broke through and drove low and hard at the keeper. The ball was stopped but then rebounded off a defender to finish in the net.. Jim Mc Nally was in tremendous form for the home side and an inspirational point from Jim from 50 metres out on the left put Drumgoon ahead for the first time and got the large crowd in the stand on their feet. Ballymachugh struck back through Jimmy Fitzsimons followed by a tremendous strong run by Keith Fannin to leave the sides level again. Approaching half time, Paul Mc Enroe broke up an attack and drove forward again and found Ronan Crosson, who shot over to leave Drumgoon ahead by one point at the break. In the second half Ballymachugh fought with all their strength to try and retain their division 2 status, and were duly rewarded with points from Jimmy Fitzsimons. Drumgoon started to dominate in midfield and with Jim Mc Nally dominating the sector. Drumgoon pressure resulted in points from Keith Fannin and Paddy Mc Cabe. Tempers began to fray in the game and the referee had to issue several yellow cards. The coolest man on the pitch John Mc Donald cooly slotted over two frees to give Drumgoon some breathing space. Ballymachugh fought to the end and had another point from James Kiernan but Drumgoon had the last word when Pauric Mc Gorry shot over a good long range point to bring the loudest cheer of the evening from the stand. Ballymachugh will be disappointed not to get something from the game, but Drumgoon will be happy with the result as they started the game without 6 regulars, who should all become available for selection again in the next few weeks. Drumgoon. Gerry Hughes Michael Murray Paul Crosson Edward Gaffney Philip Smith Paul Mc Enroe Keith Fannin Jim Mc Nally Ronan Crosson Bryan Bates Paddy Mc Cabe Pauric Mc Giorry Paul Mc Cabe John Mc Donald Adrian Crosson Ballymachugh Paddy Baxter Brendan Mc Larney Gavin Smith Michael Halton Vincent Ellis Finbar Sheridan James Mc Larney Padraig Sheridan Philip Donohue Adrian Daly Richie Fitzsimons James Kiernan Stephen Baxter James Fitzsimons Alan Shields Referee Seamus O Connor another 1 Mc Donald’s hat trick sees Drumgoon through.
DRUMGOON LADIES IN COUNTY FINAL
Drumgoon 1 – 8, Inny Gaels 2 – 4
Drumgoon senior ladies had a well deserved win over Inny Gaels in Stradone on Saturday evening last, albeit by the narrowest of margins.
The girls led from start to finish but Inny Gaels never gave up and it all made for a really exciting contest.
Leading the way in the scoring stakes for Drumgoon was Ciara Farrell, who excelled on the 40 and score 5 good points, the goal came from Maria Clarke and there were points each from Siobhan Mc Gorry, Teresa Clerkin and Cliodhna Farrell.
The girls will now play Templeport in the final in mid June
Drum Roll 2008

Looking back at 2008, the followers of Drumgoon Éire Óg will probably feel that the season ‘got away from us’ as the Senior League campaign drew to a close. It’s true that the early season form did indicate a strong Division 2 campaign was in the air, and in many ways, this was the case. But a narrow defeat to Intermediate Champions in Redhills in October, followed by an under-par performance in our only home defeat in 2008 against Cootehill, meant that Division 1 football for 2009 escaped our senior team.

However, looking across our club in 2008, we can see some positive trends, with evidence of an emerging pool of determined and talented players in most all of our nine core football teams, ready to supplement the undoubted ability of our senior squad.

Club Captain 2008

Adrian Crosson performed well on and off the field for his club throughout the season

The 2008 season may have concluded in a disappointing fashion, but our senior teams (Division 2 & 5) scored 22 wins or draws in their 29 competitive outings in League and championship. Coupled with this, a young U21 squad performed well to win their opening encounter and perform well in the second half against eventual winners Lavey. At the same time, our minor squad were unbeaten on Boyle Park, and succumbed narrowly to eventual League winners Shannon Gaels in a close fought Semi Final in played Drumlane.

Drumgoon will have learned much from this years campaign and will look to put this learning into practice in the new season.

Scór Competition 2008

2008 was the year that saw Drumgoon return to competition in Scór na nÓg agus Scór Sinsear.

In Scór na nÓg, Lorraine and Gerard MacAdam contested the Instrumental Music category, while Lorraine accompanied Elaine Clerkin in the Solo Singing competition.

The Laurels flowed to Drumgoon in the Senior Scór competition, where Patrick Shalvey, Michael Shalvey, Ena Clerkin and Geraldine Shalvey won their Regional qualifier to take a place in the County Final. Not to be out-done, the Bard of Laroween, Sean McGorry emulated this performance to also go forward to the County Final. Patrick Shalvey then made it a hat-trick of finals with the solo-singing category win in the regional qualifiers.

Feile na nÓg – A success in Drumgoon

With Cavan hosting the Féile Péil na nÓg for the first time since 1983, Drumgoon wereproud toplay their part on the week-end of 4th, 5th and 6th of July.

With involvement from both the Girls and Boys, Drumgoon hosted in excess of 50 travellingplayers and more than a dozen visitingmentors, as Irish, UK and US teams took part in a festival of Football.

The Boys hosted Fermanagh U14 champions, Enniskillen Gaels while the Girls hosted Laois Champions and Féile finalists, Mountmellick.

Detailed planning and a huge work effort on the part of a dedicated team of club-members saw Boyle Park and its facilities looking resplendent over the week-end, while a team of volunteers ensured that no-one was left hungry on either Friday or Saturday during the course of the events. This was followed on Saturday evening by a very enjoyable social function and Gallonray and a collective Mass on Sunday in Maudabawn.

The Féile Festival is a key-stone component in the GAA’s event calendar, bringing clubs, mentors and young players together from near and far in the name of sportsmanship and friendship. Cavan County Board and especially Nicholas Walsh can be very satisfied with the results of their endeavour.

To those club members, mentors and volunteers who gave so freely of their time to ensure that Féile would be a success in Drumgoon……..Thank You.

Drumgoon Ladies –

League & Championship Finals

The Drumgoon’s ladies, swept to an impressive League 3 Title in 2007, but looked nothing like new-comers in League 2 this year, as they swept to both league and championship finals under the stewardship of Michael Murray and Brain Bates.

And although the honors eluded the girls in this years finals, the effort and enthusiasm shown augurs well for the future of the womens game in the parish, no doubt spurred on by the recent performances of neighbouring county club Emyvale, in the All Ireland Intermediate final in November.

With a rich blend of youth and experience, the Drumgoon team boast County stars Siobhan McGorry at midfield, Niamh Farrell and Christine McCutcheon, with the emerging talent of Sarah McCabe, the experience of Ciara Farrell and Aisling McDermott, Theresa Clerkin, Cliona and Doireann Farrell and Muireann McDermott.

Congratulations to Siobhán, Niamh and Christine, all of whom were part of the Cavan Ladies Team that won the Suzuki National League Title back in early summer

Minor & U16s

The Minor campaign kicked into life with integrated training with the Senior Squad in January, trained by Eddie Kelly and Coached by Finbarr Crowe. The minors were unbeaten at home through the season, beating all-comers with strong displays of skill an determination.

Having defeated all of the other semi-finalists along the way, a confident Drumgoon Minor team contested their semi-final against Shannon Gaels, an in a game that swayed both ways, were defeated by 2 points by the eventual League winners.

The U16 squad contested a keen Division 2 league competition, securing wins over Knockbride, Killygarry and Lacken.

Both of these young Drumgoon teams will have more to offer in 2009.

Cathal Brady Audi A.C.F.L. Division 2
Team P W L D Pts
Ramor United 13 10 1 2 22
Redhills 13 10 1 2 22
Drumgoon 13 10 3 0 20
Knockbride 13 6 5 2 14
Drumlane 13 7 6 0 14
Killeshandra 13 7 6 0 14
Cavan Gaels 13 6 7 0 12
Cootehill 13 5 6 2 12
Drung 13 4 6 3 11
Kingscourt 13 5 7 1 11
Shercock 13 5 8 0 10
Killinkere 13 4 8 1 9
Bailieboro 13 4 9 0 8
Ballymachugh 13 1 11 1 3
Underage Boys & Girls

At underage level, Drumgoon continues to perform strongly, competing in Division 2 of the All County League.

In their League Campaign, the U14 boys squad had an impressive league campaign, taking the honors in their section of the league, only to loose out in the play-offs

Not to be out-done this season, the U14 girls graduated from last years Division 2 League title win, to contest this years Div 1 final in Breffni Park. In a game that ebbed and flowed, Drumgoon had chances to but the honors, but on this occasion had to settle for the runner up position. With their performances this season, this group of girls promise a bright future for ladies football in Drumgoon.

National Irish Bank A.C.F.L. Division 5
Team P W L D Pts
Knockbride 12 10 0 2 22
Lavey 12 10 1 1 21
Killinkere 12 8 3 1 17
Drumgoon 12 6 4 2 14
Ramor United 12 5 4 3 13
Ballyhaise 12 5 4 3 13
Redhills 12 5 6 1 11
Bailieboro 12 3 6 3 9
Shercock 12 4 7 1 9
Laragh Utd 12 3 7 2 8
Kildallan 12 4 8 0 8
Cootehill 12 3 8 1 7
Drung 12 2 10 0 4
U13 & U12 competitions At u12 level, the Drumgoon Boys and Girls, both graduated to the league Semi-final stages in Division 2, with impressive wins over Cootehill, Shercock, Killinkere, and Lavey. Again in somewhat controversial circumstances which saw the semi final refixed and Drumgoon sent to the wrong pitch by the county Board, the team lost out narrowly to a Swanlinbar/Corlough combination.

Cubanna na nÓg – The Young Gaels At development level, between 25 and 40 children regularly attended the Saturday training programmes over the Summer and Autumn period on Boyle Park, progressing to an indoor ‘Fitness, Co-ordination and agility sessions at Gallonray over the winter. Under the watchful supervision of coach Mary McMullen, this eager group of Under 10’s are progressively coming to terms with the rudiments and fundamentals of the sport…..and having fun as they do.

Killian O’Connell Tournament 2008 In June, Dernakesh NS retained the Killian O’Connell Cup for U12 boys, defeating Knockbride in the title event.

The U10 competition saw an exuberant performance by Dernakesh, St Michaels, Cootehill and Knockbride, in a round-robin tournament that saw Dernakesh and the combined Knockbride Schools contest the Mary Ann Sherry Cup final, with Knockbride edging the result with fine performances all round.

This Years Killian O’Connell Shield competition was played in the Camogie Code, with a re-match of the Cumann na mBunscoil Camogie Final between Dernakesh NS and Kill NS. In a thrilling encounter, Kill edged the result with a brace of second-half goals, to reverse the result of the County Final two weeks earlier.

One to watch

Ryan Craddock, formerly of Fingal Ravens and now of Drumgoon Éire Óg, continues to show impressive potential for Drumgoon U13’s 14’s and St Aidans

School/Club Link – 2008 Gaelic Games (among others) continue to take pride of place in our Partner Schools, Dernakesh, with the Senior Boys loosing only once in their Division 1 competition this year, and the Girls Camogie Team regaining the County Title.

Leas Uachtaran – Comharle Uladh Congratulations to Aoghain Ui Fearghail, Vice President, Ulster GAA Council this year. A key member of our club and community in many capacities, this appointment brings great honour to Droim Dhúin Éire Óg.

Fund Raising Thanks to all who supported our key events in 2008. Thanks you and good luck to those who continue to support our weekly Lottery, Jackpot now over €4,000.

To our key business partners who invest in our pitch-side advertising,.

To all those teams and businesses who supported our Golf Classic in Clones in August.

Sincere thanks to Gallonray House for their support of our Variety Concert in April.

Many thanks also to those of you who are supporting our Sponsored Runners in the Phoenix Park this December 14th.

And a sincere thanks to our Club Sponsors,

BOYLE for MEN

Who once again rowed in behind Drumgoon.

Player Past – Patsy Boyle

One of Drumgoon’s most decorated footballers down the years, Patsy Boyle was known for his tenacity in the tackle and ability when in possession. His passion for football was evident on the field, and he sucured championship honours on the field in Leitrim, with his adopted club.

But aside from his family, his passion lies with Drumgoon. An officer and past Chairman of this club, Patsy, through his successful businesses has been the main Club Sponsor for almost 10 years.

County Honours Drumgoon were proud to be represented on the inter-county playing fields this year by a growing number of players, notably:

Michael Hannon – Senior Keith Fannin – Senior Michael McDonald – Senior Siobhan McGorry – Ladies Christine McCutcheon – Ladies Niamh Farrell – Ladies

Aoghan Farrell – U17 Dean Hand – U17 Tommy McKitterick – U16 Conor Moynagh – U15 Ian Craddock – U15 Mark Murray – U15 Dominic Donegan – U14

In Memorium With the passing of another year, Drouim Dhúin Éire Óg said farewell to a number of Club Members:

– Eugene ‘Sonny’ Garaghan – Tommy McDonald

They will all be missed.

Ar dheis de, go raibh De

Monday Night is Badminton Night

This year, in conjunction with Dernakesh, the club has hosted a regular badminton event right through the year, on Monday nights.

Under the supervision of Chris Craddock, the event has proven popular with a core group of Badminton enthusiasts, extending the reach of the GAA Club to a wider community. Last night of play is Monday 15th December, recommencing on Monday 12th January. Newcomers welcome (15 and over) for the new-year.

Another good year for the Drumgoon Ladies

All Ireland Draw Winners

In September, at an enjoyable Quiz Night, the annual All Ireland Ticket Draw took place for 2 tickets plus overnight accommodation in Dublin on the weekend of the All Ireland Football Final.

The winner of the two All Ireland Tickets and overnight in the Ripley Court Hotel, was John Fox, Shantonagh, with second prize of a portable DVD player going to Paddy Cochrane, third prize to John Mc Cabe, Mt Lodge and fourth prize of a Drumgoon Polo Shirt to Cora Mc Bride.

The Quiz Winners on the night were John Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Hannon & Michael Mc Donald.

Mike Hannon, Aoghán Farrell and Ryder Cup and World Cup Winner Philip Walton at the launch of the Drumgoon Golf Classic, sponsored by AIB, held in Clones in August

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

2007

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon Éire Óg

Intermediate \Reserve Championship Fixtures\Results 2007
Intermediate Championship 2007 Round Date Team1Team 2Result126/07/2007Cootehill Redhills1-09 0-09127/07/2007Ballinagh Bailieborough1-08 1-06127/07/2007 DrungDrumlane0-13 1-10Replay02/08/2007DrungDrumlane0-09 2-07 128/07/2007 BallymachughLavey0-09 0-14128/07/2007Ballyhaise Swanlinbar1-13 0-14128/07/2007 Drumgoon Éire ÓgKill3-10 0-051 28/07/2007Laragh Killinkere2-07 2-07Replay 04/08/2007 LaraghKillinkere 2-05 0-07 Qualifier 04/08/2007Ballymachugh Kill 1-10 0-05 Qualifier 11/08/2007Drung Swanlinbar 0-12 0-15 Qualifier 18/08/2007Ballymachugh Swanlinbar 1-11 1-15 Qualifier 18/08/2007BailieboroughRedhills 1-10 0-10 Q\F 24/08/2007BallinaghCootehill 3-09 1-10 Q\F 25/08/2007DrumlaneLaragh 0-10 0-07 Qualifier Final 26/08/2007BailieboroughSwanlinbar 0-11 1-07 Q\F 26/08/2007Drumgoon Éire ÓgLavey 0-11 0-11 Q\F Replay 01/09/2007Drumgoon Éire ÓgLavey 1-13 2-10 Q\F 2nd Replay 09/09/2007Drumgoon Éire ÓgLavey 0-08 01-09 Relegation Play off 26/08/2007KillinkereKill 1-12 1-14 Q\F 02/09/2007BallyhaiseBailieborough0-05 2-04 Rel. Play Off Final 07/09/2007KillinkereDrung 02-09 01-10 S\F 15/09/2007DrumlaneLavey 0-08 0-09 S\F 15/09/2007BallinaghBailieborough 2-10 2-06 Final 30/09/2007BallinaghLavey
2007 Intermediate Championship
Impressive Drumgoon progress to Quarter Finals
Drumgoon Éire Óg 3-10 Kill Shamrocks 0-05
Drumgoon showed their intent in this years Intermediate Championship with a comprehensive victory over a Kill side in transition at Hugh O’Reilly Park Cootehill on Sunday last. In a game played in good conditions and on a good playing surface, Fannin on target Drumgoon got off to an ideal start with in-form county star Keith Fannin drilling the ball to the net in the second minute of play, leaving Paul McKiernan with no chance in the Kill goal. From the kick-out, Jim McNally went high to field the ball and again found Fannin on the right wing who once again found the posts to push Drumgoon into a four-point lead. In the fifth minute of play a penetrating run by Pal McCabe was illegally halted by the Kill defence and Patrick McCabe registered his first score with a 20 metre free to further extend the Drumgoon lead McDonald dominant It wasn’t until the eighth minute that Kill launched their first attack on the Drumgoon line, forcing a 45 which midfielder Pierce McKenna converted impressively at the second attempt. Finding their feet somewhat, Kill began to exert some further pressure on what was a very assured Drumgoon defensive unit, led by Michael Hannon who was commanding the last third of the field, ably supported by Sean McGorry, Paul McEnroe and Adrian Crosson in particular. To their credit, Kill forced an impressive goal-line clearance from Adrian Crosson in the tenth minute before Drumgoon once again found their stride. Now beginning to control the mid-field exchanges, McNally and McDonald again began to impose on the game. A lay off from Martin Clerkin found McDonald who converted his first point from the 21 metre line. From the kick out, Bryan Bates collected the breaking ball, offloaded to McDonald who delivered a second point with a huge 45 yard strike. Now rampant, McDonald followed his brace of points by running onto a sublime lay-off by Keith Fannin to deliver a thunderous strike to the net in the 18th minute to formally assert Drumgoon’s dominance in the run in to half-time. The Kill mid-field of Pierce McKenna and Sean Gaffney worked hard to stem the flow of ball pouring forward from a very effective Drumgoon rear-guard. However, the intensity of the encounter and the continuous running of Edward Gaffney, Martin Clerkin and Bryan Bates made it difficult for the Kill defence to draw breath. The fact that they held Drumgoon to just one more point in the run in to half-time bears testimony to their resilience. None more so than Paul McKiernan’s fine save in goal from Keith Fannin’s 10 yard drive just before the break. The half ended with Paul McCabe converting a 25 yard point from play on the stroke of half time to leave the score-line Drumgoon 1:06, Kill 0:03 at the break. Second Half Control The second half scoring opened up with a free from Patrick McCabe from 20 metres before Ray McGee restored some Kill hope with a fine point from play. Once again, Kill never stopped trying, but Michael Hannon’s strength in defence was punishing any slight error on the delivery to the Kill inside forwards. Together with Niall McIntyre and Sean McGorry, Hannon was building the Drumgoon attack from deep while Adrian Crosson, Paul McEnroe and Edward Gaffney continually forced the pace to put more pressure on the Kill defence. Keith Fannin added another pointed free in the third quarter to bring his personal tally to 1:03, while Patrick McCabe notched up another pointed free to grow his tally to 0:04 before Sean Gaffney converted Kill’s fifth point in the 50th minute to close their account. In the Closing minutes of the second half, Drumgoon Goalkeeper John McDonald produced a fine save, again from Gaffney to keep a clean sheet, while Paul McCabe produced a fine point from 30 metres before delivering the coup-de-gras in the final minute when he punched to the net in a well worked manoeuvre started by Keith Fannin on the left. Fannin found Patrick McCabe who drew the Kill ‘keeper before laying off to brother Paul who finished expertly to the net to leave the final score 3:10 to 0:05 in favour of Drumgoon. This game was always going to be a tough encounter for Kill against the form team in Division 2 and so it proved. Drumgoon on the other hand were not extended in this encounter and will know that tougher encounters lie ahead, with a quarter final fixture against Lavey in the next round. For Kill, Paul McKiernan worked hard in goal and with his defensive unit, of which Ray Magee showed well, tried to stem the drumgoon forwards. Pierce McKenna and Sean Gaffney worked tirelessly at midfeld the Smiths and Damien Foster tried to get to grips with an impressive Drumgoon defence. Michael Hannon on song For Drumgoon, Keith Fannin led the line from Full Forward and terrorised the Kill backs. The McCabe brothers probed continuously while Niall Fortune, Martin Clerkin and Bryan Bates covered all the angles and built the platform off-which the scores came. The midfield duo of McNally and McDonald impressed again, with Michael McDonald notching up 1:02 from midfield. The running half-backs of Gaffney, McEnroe and Crosson fielded expertly and fed the forward-line continuously while McGorry and McIntyre swept the wings. John McDonald returned another clean sheet for the season and selected his kick-out options well, but the man-of-the match performance came from Michael Hannon who commanded the air, fielding high and breaking forward continuously on mazy runs that left Kill with few options. Drumgoon John McDonald, Niall McIntyre, Machael Hannon, Sean McGorry, Edward Gaffney, Adrian Crosson, Paul McEnroe, Jim McNally, Michael McDonald (1:02), Martin Clerkin, Niall Fortune, Bryan Bates, Paddy McCabe (0:04), Keith Fannin (1:03), Paul McCabe(1:01) Kill Paul McKiernan, Donal Kissane, TJ Burns, Barry McMenamin, Paddy Clerkin, Barry Crudden, Ray Magee (0:01), Pierce McKenna (0:02), Sean Gaffney (0:01), Gavin Smith, Damien Foster (0:01), Gerry Smith, Peter Smith, Sean Kelly, Niall McCaffrey Referee: Ciaran McGovern (Swanlinbar)

2005

Drumgoon 0 – 08 Denn 0 – 11
Last season’s SFL finalists Denn started their campaign this season on a positive note when they defeated Drumgoon in the first round game at Boyle Park, Drumgoon by a 3 points margin – 0-11 to 0-8.
This was an entertaining encounter from start to finish, with the greater scoring power of the Denn side proving the difference in the end. Drumgoon who have a good record in the home grounds shaded the opening half and at the break were ahead by 0-5 to 0-3.
The visitors improved considerably in the second-half and with their midfielders gaining on confidence they began to put pressure on the home side. With the game entering its final quarter the Denn side had turned the game around and led by four points 0-10 to 0-6. Drumgoon tried hard in the closing stages to get the goal that would bring them back into the game.
However, they came up against a very determined and organised Denn rearguard who grew in confidence as the game progressed. It has to be said that Drumgoon had their chances over the hour to make the result much closer. Drumgoon were sound in defence where Edward Jackson and Niall Mc Entyre were to the fore. Michael Hannon showed his class and strength on several occasions when he powered up the field, ala Frank Lampard. Up front only Keith Fannin took the eye. Keith scored all of Drumgoons scores bar one and score two excellent long range points from out close to the corner flag. Drumgoon trainer, Ray Mc Carron and selector Gene Mc Enroe will be hoping for an improvement in the next outing and a return from injury soon for several key players.
Drumgoon – John Reilly; Jimmy Reilly, Edward Jackson, Colm Crossan; Niall McIntyre, Michael Andrew Hannon, Niall Fortune; Colm Hannon, Jim McNally; Philip McDermott, Martin Clerkin (0-1), Paul McCabe; Bryan Bates, Keith Fannin (0-7), John McDonald. Subs – Niall Clerkin for Paul McCabe; Ronan Crossan for John McDonald; Edward Gaffney for Bryan Bates.
Denn – Brian Boylan; Ciaran McGovern, Donnacha Brady, Ciaran Smith; Aiden McKiernan, David McKiernan, Martin Cahill; Thomas Corr, Ronan Kiernan (0-1); Pat Baker, Hubert Smith (0-3), Thomas Farrelly (0-1); John Smith (0-3), Padraic McGovern (0-2), Colin Kiernan (0-1).

Referee – Brian Seagrave (Drumlane).

Reports 2004

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

SENIOR LADIES SHIELD
Drumgoon are county champions
Drumgoon 1 – 12 Ballyhaise 2 – 04
Drumgoon ladies put in a very good performance on saturday evening last in Ballyhaise on a glorious sunny afternoon to capture the senior shield. Despite going in as underdogs, Drumgoon dominated the game from start to finish, were first to the ball all over the pitch and thoroughly deserved their win.
Drumgoon start strongly with 15 year Siobhan Mc Gorry dominating midfield with great support from the energetic Aisling Mc Dermott. Playing the long game and continually hitting the ball into space Drumgoon started racking up the scores. Muireann Mc Dermott was in great form at corner forward and she quickly shot over two points. Drumgoon had two further points from Teresa Clerkin and Ciara Farrell before Ballyhaise opened their account througha goal from julia leddy. Balyhaise were not going down without a fight and soon drew level with a point from Collette mc Caul. With both sets of defences now in command scores were hard to come by. Ballyhaise applied the pressure but great work at full back by Catherine Mc Bride kept the tide at bay. Catherine got good support throughout from Sarah Mc Cabe and Margaret Mc Bride. Michelle Murray had a point for Drumgoon shorlty before the break to leave the scores 1 – 03 to 0 – 06 at half time. Drumgoon hit a purple patch after the break and ran into an unasailable lead. Siobhan Mc Gorry went a great run upfield and passed to the equally youthful Doireann Farrell, who cooly slotted home to the net. From the kickout Fiona Murray set up Doireann again to shoot over the bar. Aisling Mc Dermott added another for Drumgoon before Ciara Farrell shot over three unanswered points. Drumgoon were now playing some of their best football in years and the large attendance thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon. Ballyhaise to their credit did not give up and had a late goal from Roisin Greenan, but it was a case of too little too late. Chairperson of the county board, Cepta Traynor presented the shield to the winning captain Teresa Clerkin.
Drumgoon:- Caroline Clarke, Niamh Farrell, Catherine Mc Bride, Karen Boylan, Sarah Mc Cabe, Margaret Mc Bride, Tara Cunningham, Aisling Mc Dermott, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Fiona Murray, Ciara Farrell, Teresa Clerkin (Capt.), Muireann Mc Dermott, Michelle Murray, Doireann Farrell,
Subs: Michelle Cunningham, Clare Mc Caffrey, Paula Lynch, Cora Mc Bride, Anita Mc Kitterick
Ballyhaise:- Sarah Pickett, Sinead Lyons, Maired Mc cabe, Laura Masterson, Aileen Smith, Emma Nevin, Elaine O’ Reilly, Aisling O’ Reilly, Elaine O’ Reilly, Blathnaid Dunne, Aoife Costello, Yvonne Donohue, Julia Leddy, Collette Mc Caul, Roisin Greenan
Senior League Drumgoon 0 – 09 Bailieboro 0 – 09
Sunday 27th June saw Drumgoon host Balieboro in an ACFL Division 1 clash from which it was important for both teams to take ‘something’. Fresh from championship wins against Ramor and Castlerahan the previous week, Drumgoon were keen to keep the winning habit. To date, Drumgoon had secured a win over Knockbride away in the league and a draw against Castlerahan at home. At the throw in, it was Drumgoon who were first to show. Rapid movement in the forward line and the trademark close interplay resulted in the first strike from half forward Martin Clerkin veering to the right and wide. The first Balieboro attack came after four minutes with centre forward, Frank Brennabn who would prove very influential in the match, shooting just wide. It was Balieboro who registered the first score with corner forward Brian Reilly converting an 18m free in the fifth minute. It wasn’t until the eighth minute that Drumgoon secured their first score of the game, coming from a fine passage of play, and converted by the newly-wed Martin Clerkin. Early Lead Drumgoon edged into the lead in the 12th minute when a promising move through the middle resulted in a free from 25m, which was confidently converted by Niall Fortune. Attempts from Paul McCabe and a free from Keith Fannin went narrowly wide before a brace of points from Niall Fortune, both from frees, pushed Drumgoon into a 4 points to 1 point lead after 24 minutes of play. Drumgoon now appeared comfortably in control, and on the 25th minute, Fortune struck again, this time from play to stretch the gap to four. But Balieboro were to finish the half strongly. Charlie Clarke at midfield fielded well and delivered a long pass to his midfield partner Mulhall, who struck cleanly over the bar. Then on the stroke of half-time, a close in free was converted by Brennan to bring Balieboro back into the game, finishing the half down two points at Drumgoon 0:05, Balieboro 0:03 Battling Performance Balieboro were first to strike in the second half with Brennan again converting from play. After six minutes, a passage of play from the Drumgoon half-back line resulted in a finely taken point from Paul McCabe following a pacey run from Niall McIntyre. Keith Fannin’s trusty left foot extended the Drumgoon advantage to 3 points with a free on the eighth minute of the half, before Brennan struck twice more before the end of the third quarter, with a converted free, followed by a well taken 45. The game was now finely balanced, with Drumgoon leading by the narrowest of margins. From the kick-out, Reilly’s clearance was fielded by Edward Jackson who delivered to Jim McNally. McNally delivered through Keith Fannin and on to Brian Bates. Bates connected with Philip McDermott who fired over the bar to restore the margin to two points. Two minutes later, a searing run off the half back line by Michael Hannon deserved better as the final strike passed narrowly wide of the left upright. Into the final minutes, Balieboro found themselves two points down with two minutes plus injury time remaining. Then in a three minute spell, Brennan struck three times, once from play and twice from free’s, to push Balieboro into an unlikely lead with the clock ticking down. In fact, Balieboro could have closed the game out, but for a tremendous save from Drumgoon ‘keeper’ John Reilly in the dying minutes of ordinary. With three minutes of injury time up, Drumgoon rallied and again launched an attack on the Balieboro defence. This time, Sean Clerkin was fouled on the left-side of the field, in a difficult position for the free-taker. However, the sure-footed Fortune cooly slotted the 21m free between the posts to secure a share of the points for the home team, and what was probably a fair result on the day.
Scorers: Drumgoon: N. Fortune : 5 points, M. Clerkin, P. McDermott, P. McCabe, K Fannin one point each Balieboro: F Brennan 0:07 (5 frees), R Mulhall 0:01, B O’Reilly 0:01
Drumgoon: John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Paul Crosson, Niall Mc Entyre, Edward Jackson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Martin Clerkin, Bryan Bates, Philip Mc Dermott and Sean Clerkin
Referee: Martin Brady
Under 12 Roinn “B” Final Drumgoon 2 – 07 Ballyhaise 3 – 02
The sun shone on Kingspan Breifne Park on Thursday last for the Roinn B U12 football final between Castlertara/Ballyhaise and Drumgoon. The Castletara team came into the final as slight favourites having defeated Drumgoon by the narrowest of margins in the early rounds of the competition. Castletara were however taking nothing for granted against a fast paced Drumgoon team who had won the Roinn C title in 2003 with a victory over Shercock, and now contested the Roinn B final at the first attempt. At the throw in, it was Castletara who were first to show, with a short period of sustained pressure on the Drumgoon goal, led by the midfield pairing of Francis McConnell and Francis Moore. The Drumgoon defence, led by Tommy McKitterick at full back and Martin Fitzpatrick at centre-half were resolute, and it was Drumgoon who struck the first blow after 4 minutes when interplay between Conor Moynagh at midfield and Martin Fitzpatrick saw the centre-half convert the first point.
Goal Chances
Drumgoon continued to convert possession into scores with a well taken point from play by Jason Taylor and a converted free from Peter McGorry. However, on the fourteenth minute, a breakaway movement from the Castletara defence isolated corner forward Aoghan Moran, who struck a well executed goal past Declan Smith in the Drumgoon goal to level the scores. A further Castletara point was cancelled out when Fitzpatrick struck again for Drumgoon but it was Castletara who concluded the first half scoring with a point in the final moments from Ryan Brennan to leave the half time score Castletara 1:02, Drumgoon 0:04.
Midfield Strength
The second half opened with the same fast pace that featured in the first. The Drumgoon midfield were now gaining the upper hand, with Conor Moynagh fielding posession, and Elaine Clerkin controlling the influential Francis McConnell. Moynagh fed through to Martin Fitzpatrick who converted the opening score of the second half for Drumgoon, to bring the sides level. Moynagh then scored another point from play, taking a pass from Peter McGorry, to give Drumgoon the lead again at 0:06 to 1:02. Undaunted, it was Castletara who then rallied to once again breach the Drumgoon defences. A long ball out of defence from Sean McCabe found Dara Prior in the clear, and interplay between Shane Tiernan and Aogan Moran resulted in a second goal for Castletara. Now two points down, the Drumgoon team responded accordingly. Direct from the kick-out, Mark Murray delivered the ball through midfield to an increasingly influential Sean Meehan. Seans pass found Gary Lavery who struck the ball past James Rooney on the Castletara goal line to restore the Drumgoon advantage to a single point. From the kick-out, Moynagh collected at midfield and running at the Castletara lines, struck the ball over the bar to increase the gap to two points.
Thrilling Finish
In a thrilling climax, Castletara again rallied. Playing out of defence, Eoin Summers found Stephen Brown whose speculative shot deceived the Drumgoon defence and fell to the net. Castletara now led by one point with four minutes remaining. The Drumgoon team now rallied, and working the ball out of the back line, Ronan McDonald delivered to Deirdre Mahon on the halfback line. Ryan Harkin collected the clearance and found Sean Meehan in the large square who finished to the net. With the clock ticking down, Drumgoon now led by two points, 2:07 to Castletara’s 3:02.
This was to be the final score, and amid inevitable scenes of celebration, team Captain Ryan Harkin collected the Roinn B League Cup for Drumgoon for the first time, in this the clubs centenary year. For Drumgoon, this was a fine team performance. Declan Smith consolidated a fine season in goal with another good performance. The full back line was solid, led by an impressive Tommy McKitterick, and ably assisted by Barry Cooney and Ronan McDonald. At centre half, Martin Fitzpatrick, who scored three points, showed his now typical determination, while Mark Murray, Deirdre Mahon and Ciaran Pierson all illustrated creative defensive abilities. At midfield, both Conor Moynagh and Sean Meehan never stopped running, creating chances and closing down a talented Castletara pairing. Ryan Harkin led the Drumgoon attack, with Gary Lavery and Peter McGorry always menacing. On the full forward line, Jason Taylor and Elaine Clerkin took scores well and always threatened the Castletara defence, ably supported by Francis McCabe and Aaron McArdle. For a ‘never-say-die’ Castltara team, Goalkeeper Paul Stallus, defenders Darrenn Rahill, Sean McCabe and Lauren Carville impressed. At Midfield, Francis McConnell and Francis Moore made life difficult for Drumgoon, while a potent attack saw inspiring play from Aogan Moran, Dara Prior, Shane Tiernan, Ryan Brennan, Niall Conaty and Stephen Brown.
Teams: Drumgoon: D. Smith, B. Cooney, T. McKitterick, R. McDonald, C. Pierson, M. Fitzpatrick (0:03), M. Murray, C. Moynagh (0:02), S. Meehan (1:0), P. McGorry (0:01), R. Harkin, G. Lavery (1:0), E. Clerkin, F. McCabe, J. Taylor (0:01) Subs: D. Mahon, A. McArdle
Castletara: P. Stallus, J. Rooney, E. Carville, D Rahill, E. Summers, J McCabe, L Culleton, F. McConnell, F. Moore, S. Brown, R. Brennan, N. Connaughton, D Prior, S. Tiernan, A. Moran Referee: Tony McDonald
Senior Championship Drumgoon 2 – 08 Castlerahan 1 – 09
Drumgoon recorded their second win in the 2004 senior championship, when they defeated a galant castlerahan side in Bailieboro on a showery sunday afternoon. In a game that both sides had their periods of supremacy, it looked as if Gene Cusack’s Castlerahan side would hold out for a narrow win. However, Drumgoon never gave in and they were rewarded for their efforts with a late winning goal from Paul Mc Cabe. With county star Sean Brady ably assisted by Paul Brady the Castlerahan side dominated the midfield sector in the opening half and were good value for their 0-7 to 0-3 at the break. Drumgoon started nervously and only Paddy Mc Cabe was getting onto the scoreboard for them. At half time Castlerahan led by 7 points to Paddies 3. The second half seen a totally transformed Drumgoon team as they started to battle with all their traditional qualities. Paddy again scored a point followed by by a well taken goal by Sean Clerkin that brough them right back into the game. With Jim Mc Nally and Michael Mc Donald finally getting going in the middle the scores started to flow. Keith Fannin and Niall Fortune had points for Drumgoon to send them into the lead. Castlerahan struck back with a goal but Drumgoon responded well when Paul Mc Cabe stole though and collly slotted to the net to give Paddy Bates side a deserved win..
Drumgoon: John Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Edward Jackson, Niall Mc Entyre, Paul Mc Enroe, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Niall Fortune, Martin Clerkin, Sean Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates
Castlerahan: Charlie Clerkin, Sean Fitzpatrick, John Flynn, Fiachra Sweeney, Dane Smith, John Clarke, Johnnie Lynch, Paul Brady, Sean Brady, Nigel Duignan, Paddy Cusack, Ciaran Lynch, Paul Farrelly, Michael Caldwell, Enda Mulvey.
Senior League Drumgoon 1-9 Knockbride 1-4
Drumgoon edged out Knockbride in an entertaining tie in Kingscourt on Friday evening last.Drumgoon got off to a perfect start when an in form Jim McNally scored one of the fastest goals in the history of the game. Jim won the throw in, played a one-two will Philip McDermott and duly stuck the ball in the back of the net. With Jim and Paul McEnroe dominating midfield Drumgoon continued to pile on the pressure. Drumgoon had points from Philip McDermott and Niall Fortune before Knockbride opened their account through Niall Reilly. Drumgoon responded well when the inspirational Keith Fannin hit three unanswered points.Before the break Darragh Smith shot over for Knockbride to leave the scoreline 1-05 to 0-02 in Drumgoons favour at half time. Knockbride started the second half in a more determined mood and Raphael Rogers went on a mazy run and shot to the net.Raphael was unluckey to see another effort go wide and another brilliantly saved by Drumgoon keeper John O’ Reilly. Drumgoon with the youthful Edward Gaffney making an impressive senior debut earned two frees which Niall Fortune cooly slotted over to settle Drumgoon nerves. Knockbride did try hard to get back into the game but they found Niall McEntyre and Paul Crosson in top form in the Drumgoon defence. Michael Hannon found Philip McDermott for another score.Knockbride replyed through Niall Reilly.With time running out Paul Mc Cabe earned a free for Drumgoon and Niall Fortune completed the scoring. Best for Drumgoon: Jim McNally, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, Niall Mc Entyre and Edward Gaffney. Best for Knockbride: David Traynor, Ciaran Lynch, Raphael Rogers and Niall Reilly.
Drumgoon: John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Paul Crosson, Niall McEntyre, Edward Jackson, Michael Hannon, Ronan Crosson, Jim McNally, Paul McEnroe, Philip McDermott, Niall Fortune, Paul McCabe, Niall Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Edward Gaffney.
Knockbride: Ronan Keskin, Declan Reilly, David Traynor, Dermot O’Brien, Michael Donohue, Ciaran Lynch, Michael Clarke, Peter Reilly, Ollie Mulvey, Seamus Carroll, Niall Reilly, Adrian Rogers, Seamus O’Brien, Raphael Rogers, Daragh Smith.
Referee: Michael Henry

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon
Match Report from the Hoganstand
Fannin the flames
27 February 2004

There are not many footballers who operate in Cavan club football circles who have the capacity to both excite fans and frighten opponents in any given match.
Drumgoon’s Mister Versatile Keith Fannin is, thankfully, an exception to the rule. Kevin Carney reports. Keith Fannin has many strings to his bow and, more often than not, when he fires an arrow it goes straight into the heart of the opposition. It’s little wonder then that Drumgoon’s half-back ’cum half-forward has found favour with new Cavan boss Eamon Coleman and no wonder that as a member of both county under 21 and county senior panels, that the skilful Fannin is one of the most talked about players currently figuring at grass roots level in the Breffni County. Fannin is a fine footballer, Coleman and many others will tell you. A real individualist on the field but also a good team player whose talents have been well recognised by all and sundry au fait with the native game in Cavan.
One of his club’s most outstanding footballers, Keith Fannin is ambitious and wants to win as much as he can for Drumgoon and Cavan. He has already collected a handful of county medals with Drumgoon and in 2002 was afforded the honour of being named Cavan Intermediate Player of the Year. Surely, like all other things that he confronts on the football field, he took the honour bestowed upon him in his stride with little discomfort: “No, I was a bit surprised that I got it because there were a few other boys on the (Drumgoon) team that could have got it and David McKiernan of Denn must have been in the running too because he had a good year as well.”
But Keith understands that, more often than not, its a member of the best team around who picks up the singular gong. And seeing as the flying left-half back went and scored two points en route to picking up the man of the match award in the 2002 intermediate championship final, our man Fannin was really odds-on favourite to be afforded the Player of the Year trophy at the subsequent awards ceremony.
Funny though, Keith is the first to admit that the width of a post may well have been all that prevented the aforementioned McKiernan being lauded instead at the gala event in the spring of 2003. “John Smith almost won the final for Denn but his shot hit the post in the last minute so you never know what way things might have worked out like had Denn won that day,” Keith opines. So before the memory of that ground-breaking intermediate final dims, one wonders what are Keith’s most oustanding memories of that day.
“I remember we were missing our usual goalkeeper John Reilly but his replacement, Seamus Morris, made a great save in the first half which proved to be very important. “I remember Denn missed a few crucial frees too and it wasn’t a great game of football. “I think we showed a lot of nerves that day – it was the first time any of us had played in an intermediate final and we seemed to lose our nerve a bit at times, especially when we got the ball forward and were in a good position to have a shot at goal. “
A lot of people said that it was a poor final and I wouldn’t disagree with them. We were very nervous and Denn had a lot to loose and the two things combined made for an untidy game.” In hindsight, one suspects that the type of self-assuredness and ambition which runs through the 21-year old Fannin were the main factors which held Drumgoon in such good stead when things threatened to explode in their faces against Denn in the 2002 championship decider. “We might have been very nervous in the final itself but we didn’t lack for confidence going into the game. “Because we had played so many of the teams in the league, we knew what we were up against in the championship and we weren’t really scared of any of them.
“We thought that the title was up for grabs between us and maybe three of four others – the likes of Ballinagh and Denn – but we felt that on our day we would be a match for any of the top teams.” So how does Keith explain the tremendous success achieved by Drumgoon in winning the Junior Football Championship in 2001 and the intermediate the following year and then its consolidation of its place among the senior outfits? “The workrate of the team is a big thing and the players have a great self-belief. “
Our fitness levels over the last few years would have given us an advantage over a lot of teams too.” Keith is fulsome in his praise of the influence exerted on the team by Latton native Paddy Bates, team-manager and trainer for the last number of years.
Interestingly the senior county rookie says that while Drumgoon were “flying and on top of our game” at the time they scooped the All-Ireland junior club title, he believes that there’s a lot more in the collective tank and the current top dogs in Cavan had better watch out! “I don’t think we did ourselves justice in last year’s senior championship.
“We blew it in the quarter-final against Mullahoran when we went three points ahead and looked to be cruising. “For some reason we lost our belief in ourselves at that stage even though if Paul McCabe hadn’t been so unlucky with his goal chance, we’d probably have gone on and made the semi-final.” Did he feel meeting the Mullahorans of this world represented a major step up in class? “In general there’s not that much of a step-up from intermediate to senior level except for when you meet the top three or four teams at that grade. “The hitting is that bit harder, alright, but apart from Cavan Gaels, there isn’t that much between the teams at senior level.” Not that Keith thinks for one moment that the county town side represent the untouchables of Cavan football.
Instead, he believes that the Gaels’ strength in depth is that much more superior to that boasted by the chasing pack which he nominates as that of Gowna, Mullahoran, Bailieboro and Drumgoon. “The present Cavan Gaels side is that much quicker than the other teams. They’ve a very young team but all of the players have a string of underage medals under their belt.” But the degree of self-assuredness and even cockiness which the Gaels’ lads show is within reach of Drumgoon’s finest, Keith maintains. “The Gaels players know that they’ve won so many county titles before that it almost looks like they go out almost believing that they’re due another county title.
“They’ll probably start off the 2004 championship as favourites again and you couldn’t really argue with that. “It’s up to the other five or six teams who’ll be in the running to knock them off their perch. “I don’t think the destination of the championship next summer is a foregone conclusion.” Honoured over the years with inclusion on the Cavan county under 16 and minor teams, Keith’s elevation onto the under 21 and senior county teams has capped a rapid rise up the ratings for the player.
Just six years ago, he was dovetailing between goals, forwards and backs for a somewhat struggling Drumgoon junior team. These days he’s part of a highly-rated club side which, along with Keith, boasts of having Edward Jackson, Michael Andrew Hannon and Keith Hannon in training with Eamon Coleman’s Cavan senior crew. The Drumgoon club has come a long way in just a few years with Keith saying that things really couldn’t have gone sweeter overall. “I think it was a blessing in disguise that we didn’t go up to intermediate ranks the year Cornafean pipped us in the junior final. “I think that would have been a year too soon for us.
It was a big blow to lose to Cornafean in the way we did but the team showed great character and spirit to come back from that.” Again Keith hints at the reserves that Drumgoon can all upon ahead of their next tilt at the blue riband championship title. He firmly believes that there’s some great stuff up and coming with the likes of county minor Michael McDonald bound to add to Drumgoon’s overall potency this year and for a fair few years to come.
Not normally one for crystal ball gazing, Keith does, nevertheless, reckon that a place in the 2004 senior championship final does beckon for Drumgoon. A noted soccer player and one who has been approached once again to play in the Eircom League in 2004 by Monaghan United, Keith says that playing in the county decider later this year would really help cement his allegiance to the native game. Making the county final later this year would mean a hell of a lot to him personally and the Drumgoon club.
And what of the county scene in 2004? “An Ulster under 21 medal and a senior one too would be great,” he answers, half-joking, whole-in-earnest.

Under 14 League Drumgoon 6 – 12 Lacken 2 – 02
Drumgoon under 14 boys had a good win over Lacken on Boyle Park on Thursday last. Drumgoon got off to a good start with points from a fast running Tommy O’ Brien and an opportunistic goal from the elusive Aogan Farrell. Pauric Mc Gorry was in great form at midfiled and he piled on the scores for Drumgoon with several well taken points from a long distance out that the seniors would be proud of. Lacken opened their account through Fergal Brady and Drumgoon responded with a well taken goal by Dylan Bates. With Eamon Mc Cluskey and Daniel Byrne well on top in defence, Lacken found it hard to make the break through and the break Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 2 – 6 to 0 – 2. In the second half Drumgoon took up where they had earlier left off. Good inter play between Mark Harnett and Shane Smith set up Jamie Smith for a goal. Lacken fought back with a goal from Thomas Brady. Conor Moynagh cleared his lines, found Francis Mahon who fed Michael O’ Brien the perfect pass and Michael shot to the net. Drumgoon now had their tails up and two brilliant goals from Tommy O’ Brien seen them run out easy winners

Paul Daly, Damien Mc Gorry, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Daniel Byrne, Conor Moynagh, Brendan Mc Cabe, Luke O’ Brien, Tommy O’ Brien, Pauric Mc Gorry, Shane Smith, Francis Mahon, Jamie Smith, Aogan Farrell, Michael O’Brien, Dylan Bates, subs used, Ashleigh Boylan, Martin Fitzpatrick, Garry Lavery, Tommy Mc Kitterick
Under 14 League
Drumgoon 7 – 13 Killeshandra 2 – 10
Brendan McCabe, Conor Moynagh, Eamon McCluskey,Daniel Byrne, Luke O’Brien, Mark Harnett, Francis Mahon 1-0, Tommie O’Brien 1 – 1, Padraig McGorry 0 – 3, Shane Smith 0 – 2 Michael O’Brien, Jamie Smith 1 – 0, Aogan Farrell 1 – 1, Paul Smith 1 – 2, Ashleigh Boylan 0 – 2, Dylan Bates 2-2, Daniel Boylan, Ryan Harkin
SENIOR CHAMPIONSHIP 2004
DRUMGOON 0 – 10 RAMOR UTD 0 – 08
DRUMGOON OVER FIRST HURDLE
Drumgoon defeated Ramor Utd on Saturday 2/5/04 on a beautiful evening in Bailieboro. With conditions perfect for football, both sides played very well and in the end, Drumgoon ran out deserving winners. Despite having four players make their senior debut, Drumgoon got into the game right from the start and always looked the more determined side. They were first on the scoreboard when their influential midfielder Michael Mc Donald shot over from long range. Michael had earlier in the day played for Cavan minors in the final of the Ulster league. However the earlier game seem to only warm him up as his tremendous work rate thoughout the hour was the foundation that Drumgoon’s victory was built upon. Drumgoon went further ahead when Colm Hannon shot over and shortly an inform Paul Mc Cabe added to their tally. Keith Soden and Paddy Mc Namee replied for Ramor. A strong run up the field by Michael Andrew Hannon resulted in another point for Drumgoon. Good work by Paul Crosson in the Drumgoon defence set up Paddy Mc Cabe to add the Drumgoon’s tally. Ramor came back again through Paddy Mc Namee. Points from Keith Fannin and Jim Mc Nally added to Drumgoons tally before Martin Clerkin sent over a long range effort to become the eight Drumgoon player to score in the first half. Keith Soden had another point for Ramor to leave the scores 0 – 8 to 0 – 5 in Drumgoon favour at half time. In the second halfl points from Keith Fannin and Michael Mc Donald seen Drumgoon go into a five point lead. However Ramor struck back with points from Keith Soden to stay in contention.Good work in the Drumgoon defence by Edward Jackson set Keith Fannin to shoot over. In a tension filled closing period Colm Hannon finally settled the Drumgoon nerves when he had the final score of the game. Best for Drumgoon in an all round team performance were Michael Mc Donald, Edward Jackson, Michael Hannon, Martin Clerkin and Paul Mc Cabe. Best for Ramor, Ray Cole, Keith Soden, Paddy Mc Namee and P. Kermath
Drumgoon: John O’ Reilly, Barry Crosson, Paul Crosson, Niall Mc Entyre, Paul Mc Enroe, Michael Hannon, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Martin Clerkin, Colm Hannon, Paul Mc Cabe, Paddy mc Cabe, Keith Fannin, Niall Fortune
Subs used:- Bryan Bates
Ramor Utd:– F. Conway, D. Sheridan, P. Kermath, B. Fitzsimons, R. Fitzsimons, P. Brennan, N. Mc Hugo, R. Cole, D. Mc Donald, D. Morgan, G. Daly, S. Cole, R. Keating, K. Soden, P. Mc Namee
Referee:- Brian Seagrave

PADDY FOX MEMORIAL TOURNAMENT FINAL
LATTON WIN PULSATING FINAL.
LATTON 0-16 AGHABOG 1-12
Latton retained the magnificent Paddy Fox memorial cup when they defeated Aghabog in a pulsating game of football on Boyle Park on Sunday last. The final was blessed with a beautiful sunny afternoon and perfect conditions for playing football. Aghabog started the livelier side and were first on the scoreboard through team captain Brendan O’Brien. Declan Dolan was deadly accurate from frees and he added to their tally before Finbar Fitzpatrick opened Latton’s account. Francis Dolan edged Aghabog further ahead through a brilliant long range effort and Latton replied through flying midfielder Noel Coyle who started the move in his own half and still managed to get on the end of the move to fist the ball over the bar. Aidan Brady had another good long range effort to finish the scoring for the first half. At half time Aghabog led on a scoreline of O-1O to O-6, in the second half Latton introduced some new players and the tide eventually turned their way. The game was now being played at championship pace as both sides gave their all to capture the coveted trophy. Latton’s full forward Hugh McElroy hit three unanswered points to bring Latton right back into the game. The large attendance were on their toes right to the end as fortunes swung from side to side. No sooner had Hugh McElroy put Latton ahead for the first time in the match than Aghabog replied with a goal from Francis Dolan following a mix up in the Latton defence. Latton to their credit stuck manfully to their task and kept chipping away at Aghabog’s lead. Excitement in the packed stand was at fever pitch when Hugh McElroy shot Latton into the lead. Aghabog tried manfully for the levelling score but Latton’s greater experience was enough to see them through by the narrowest of margins. Seamus Fox presented the winning trophy to the Latton captain Brendan Lennon. Seamus thanked the organisers for a magnificent tournament and congratulated both teams on a splendid game of football. Gene McEnroe presented the man of the match award to HughMcElroy on behalf of Andy McCann.
Best for Latton were HughMcElroy ,Noel Coyle ,Ruairi Ward and Finbar Fitzpatrick.
Best for Aghabog were Francis Dolan, Declan Dolan, Brendan O Brien and Garry McBride. Latton. S.Farmer, Alan McEntee, Ruaire Ward, Michael Duffy, Hugh Lennon, Ciaran Lennon, Paul Fitzpatrick, Kevin Hughes Noel Coyle, David Lennon, Finbar Fitzpatrick, Karl Conlon, Paddy Shannon, Hugh McElroy.Brendan Lennon , John O Brien
Aghabog D. McCarville, P. O Brien, E. Croarkin, K. Quigley, P.Greenan, G.McBride, M.McBride,G.McAdam, A.Brady.B.O’Brien, F. Dolan, B.McCarville, D.Smith, S. Mulligan,S.O.Brien.
Referee. Gerry Mc.Dermott (Kill)

Minors record good win
Lacken / Ballymachugh 1 – 6 Drumgoon 3 – 11
Adam Bates, Gene Mc Donald, John Fitzpatrick, Cathal Smith, Niall Mc Entyre, Michael Murray, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Bride, Conor Bates, Darren Pearson, Patrick Hughes, Edward Gaffney, Sean Smith,
Subs Used:- Martin Hughes, Killian Kelly, Shane Carragher
Scorers Conor Bates 1 – 02, Edward Gaffney 0 – 5, Sean Smith 1 – 01,
Darren Pearson 1 – 01, Michael Mc Donald 0 – 2
PADDY FOX TOURNAMENT
Drumgoon 0 – 11 Latton 1 -12
Latton just edged out Drumgoon in the first game of the annual Paddy Fox Tournament. Despite the inclement weather both sides play some fine football and in the end the goal was the difference. Drumgoon played very well thoughout and only tired at the end. Both sides took some fine long distance scores in spite of the inclement weather, especially Jim Mc Nally for Drumgoon and Hugh Mc Elroy for Latton. The youthful Micheal Mc Donald had a fine game at midfield and dominated for long periods. The forwards played well as a unit but in the end Latton’s greater experience won the day.
Scorers for Drumgoon, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 3, Jim Mc Nally 0 – 2, Bryan Bates 0 – 2, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1, Paddy Mc Cabe 0 – 1, Niall Clerkin 0 – 1, Niall Fortune 0 – 1John Reilly, Niall Mc Entyre, Paul Crosson, Niall Crosson, Barry Crosson, Keith Fannin, Niall Clerkin, Jim Mc Nally, Michael Mc Donald, Bryan Bates, Niall Fortune, Philip Mc Dermott, Paul Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Paddy Mc Cabe,
Subs: Colm Crosson, Michael Murray, Paul Mc Enroe, Gerry Hughes

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon
2004 Junior Champions
Back Row, Left to Right, Enda Sheridan, Louise Smith, Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Leanne Brady, Nicola Shalvey, Caroline Shalvey, Angela Black, Aisling Mc Dermott, Niamh Farrell, Rita Gibson, Sarah Mc Cabe, Carmel Mc Bride, Catriona Lennon.
Front Row (L to R), Margaret Mc Bride, Fiona Murray, Sabrina Shalvey, Anita Mc Kitterick, Irene Mc Cabe, Jean Gibson, Pamela Crowe, Maria Clarke, Doireann Farrell, Cora Mc Bride

Vocational Schools Camogie Final
St. Aidan’s take title
In a very competitive final of the Vocational Schools camogie competition which took place in Rathluden Park, Cootehill between Cavan Vocational and St Aidans Comprehensive, Cootehill the home side were victors on a scoreline of 2-1 to 1-0. Although scores were hard to come by on the day, both sides turned in good performances in a game that was dominated by the respective defences. The Cavan school led at the interval by 1-0 to 0-1, and were full value for their lead. However, the Cootehill side upped their performance in the second-half and had the satisfaction of keeping their opponents scoreless in the second-half. In the end they got through for the vital scores that gave them a well deserved success. The St. Aidans team-captain Fiona Murray was presented with the winning trophy by Cavan Camogie Board PRO, Philip McDonald.
St. Aidans – Carmel McBride, Christine McCut-cheon, Claire O’Brien, Niamh Farrell, Sarah McCabe, Fiona Murray, Siobhain McGorry, Tara Cunningham, Siobhain Smith, Doireann Farrell, Caroline Mullen, Caoimhe Smith, Subs – Mary Fitzpatrick, Karen Mc Menamin, Carol Kissane, Cora McBride, Karen Kelly, Angela Galligan, Cliona Farrell.
Cavan Vocational – An-toinette O’Reilly, Lisa Lynch, Oniosa Sorohan, Michele Corrigan, Suzanne Higgins, Aisling Reilly, Sabrina Sorohan, Emer Smith, Brenda Goldrick, Emer O’Callaghan. Subs – Amanda Galligan, Anne Marie McKiernan, Aisling Corrigan, Margaret Reilly, Phoebe Brady.
Referee: Phil McDonald from Bailieborough Shamrocks.

Reports 2003

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

Drumgoon Ladies win Intermediate League, 29/11/2003 Drumgoon 1 – 10, Butlersbidge 1 – 04
Drumgoon ladies captured the Intermediate league title in Virginia on Saturday evening last. Despite the inclement weather the pitch was in reasonably good condition and both ides played some fine football. Drumgoon got off to a dream start when they scored two goals from virtually their first attacks. Maria Clarke got onto the end of a long through ball from Ciara Farrell and she coolly slotted to the net. Not many minutes later Ann Smith found Theresa Clerkin and Teresa made no mistake from close range. With Margaret Mc Bride sweeping up everything in defence Drumgoon continued to attack the beleaguered Bridge defence in which Laura King and Mary Sweeney were trying hard. Drumgoon were making the better use of the long ball and Maria Clarke was fastest to re-act to another through ball and she drove the ball hard to the lower right hand corner of the net. Ann Smith added a point for Drumgoon before the Bridge got their only score of the first half. The score came from a well taken free by Ciara Farrell. The Bridge were unlucky not to close the gap when a pile driver from Grainne Smith came back off the crossbar and the same player narrowly drove wide minutes later. Drumgoon for their part could do no wring at the stage and Ciara Farrell added two further points for the victors. One of these scores was from the top drawer when she won the ball while on the ground got up turned around and drove over from long range.
At the interval Drumgoon were in a commanding 3 – 3 to 0 – 1 lead. The Bridge did try hard at the start of the second half but found Catherine and Margaret Mc Bride in great form as were their two wing backs Lisa Murray and Sarah mc Cabe. Sarah worked tirelessly throughout the hour and her hard work was duly rewarded when she stole forward to earn a free. Nicola Clegg expertly drove over the resulting free. Indeed Nicola had her shooting boots on and it didn’t matter which side of the posts she was as she shot over three more points from frees to break the Bridge resistance. The Murray sisters added points for Drumgoon before the Bridge made a belated comeback. Ciara Farell shot over from a difficult angle and Grainne Smith added another point fro the Bridge. Grainne Smith done well to lob the goal keeper from a long way out for a goal but it was too little too late as Nicola Clegg had the last score of the game for Drumgoon. Chairman Fintan Tierney presented the cup to winning captain Margaret Mc Bride. Margaret thanked the Bridge, the Virginia club who had the pitch looking so well, team mentors, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Crosson and Jim Mc Nally and team sponsor Charlie Coyle.
Scorers for Drumgoon Maria Clarke, 2 – 0, Teresa Clerkin, Nicola Clegg 0 – 5, Ciara Farrell 0 – 2, Ann Smith 0 – 1, Fiona Murray 0 – 1, Michelle Murray 0 – 1
Scorers for Bridge, Grainne Smith, 1 – 2, Ciara Farrell 0- 2
Drumgoon:- Siobhan Mc Gorry, Karol Boylan, Catherine Mc Bride, Paula Lynch, Sarah Mc Cabe, Margaret Mc Bride, Lisa Murray, Nicola Clegg, Ann Smith, Caroline Galligan, Ciara Farrell, Fiona Murray, Michelle Murray, Theresa Clerkin, Maria Clarke
Subs:- Aisling Mc Dermott, Muireann Mc Dermott, Irene McCabe, Emma Kate Reilly, Doireann Farrell, Niamh Farrell

Butlersbridge:- Caroline O’ Reilly, Mary Sweeney, Angela Brady, Katrina Brady, Lisa Mc Connell, Laura King, Caroline Mc Ardle, Clare Sweeney, Grainne Smith, Paula Fitzpatrick, Brid Boylan, Maura Feeney, Ciara Farrell, Ann Mc Corry, Rita Smith
Subs:- Anita Young, Maggie Farrelly
Referee: Sean Smith
Drumgoon win Ladies 9 aside Semi-Final, 23/11/2003 Drumgoon 1 – 12, Knockbride 1 – 09
Drumgoon deservedly led Knockbride from start to finish in this exciting ladies 9 a side semi-final of division one. Drumgoon put in a solid all round team performance started brightly when Teresa Clerkin skilfully shot over the bar. Drumgoon added two further points through Nicola Clegg before Knockbride opened their account through Carmel Mc Cabe. Margaret Mc Bride was in devastating form at centre half back and she still found time to steal forward and get the next score. Ann Smith set up Ciara Farrell to shoot over from close in. Knockbride had further points from Carmel Mc Cabe and coming up to half time, a great move involving Sarah Mc Cabe and Ciara Farrell resulted in Nicola Clegg crashing the ball to the net to leave the scores 1 – 5 to 0 – 5 at half time in Drumgoon’s favour. Knockbride started strongly in the second half and went all out to score a goal. However they found Siobhan Mc Gorry in the Drumgoon goals in great form as she made save after save. She stopped a pile driver from Claire Murtagh and shortly afterwards was quickly off her line to smother an effort by Lisa Mc Cabe. Having survived the Knockbride rally Drumgoon then got on top with Ciara Farrell shooting over four points in a row. Arlene Clarke and Lisa Mc Cabe replied for Knockbride and Drumgoon fought back again with Ann Smith shooting over. With time running out Claire Murtagh burst through to score a goal. Exchanges were keenly contested in the last few minutes but thanks to great work in defence from Catherine Mc Bride and Sarah Mc Cabe Drumgoon deservedly held out for victory.
Drumgoon:- Siobhan Mc Gorry, Catherine Mc Bride, Sarah Mc Cabe, Margaret Mc Bride, Nicola Clegg, Ann Smith, Teresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell, Maria Clarke, Subs used Michelle Murray, Fiona Murray
Knockbride:- Deirdre Dolan, Emma Traynor, Mairead Smith, Ann Hand, Arlene Clarke, Carmel Mc Cabe, Claire Murtagh, Christine Reagan, Lisa Mc Cabe Referee: Gerry Sheridan (Mullahoran) Hurling League
Drumgoon 0 – 04 Mullahoran 1 – 02

On Saturday afternoon 15th November, Drumgoon took on Mullahoran St. Joseph’s in the senior hurling league in Boyle Park, Drumgoon. The teams were evenly matched from the throw-in to the final whistle with only a point or two between them throughout the game.
Aiden Fitzpatrick opened the scoring with a point from play just minutes into the game from 65 metres out. This was answered by Mulla-horan St. Joseph’s Dominic Crudden when he sent a long ball from 40 metres over the Drumgoon bar which was the only score for his side in the first-half. Enda Sheridan jnr. added to Drumgoon’s score with a point from 30 metres out and just seconds from the end of the first-half Aiden Fitzpatrick struck again with another well-taken point from a 65 metres free. Half-time score – Drumgoon 0-3, Mullahoran St. Joseph’s 0-1.
The second-half saw an important change in the Mullahoran Saint Joseph’s side when Sean Farrell replaced Eddie Brady at full-froward and with just minutes into the second-half Sean connected on a ground ball in front of the Drumgoon goal and sent it to the back of the net.
Enda Sheridan jnr. put Drumgoon back in the game when he caught a high ball 40 metres out from the Drumgoon goal and sent it high and over the bar. The sides remained level up to five minutes of the end of the game and when everyone thought a replay was going to be the result Sean Farrell struck again with a well-taken and most important point from 30 metres out.
Final score: Mullahoran St. Joseph’s 1-2, Drumgoon 0-4. Under 16 Championship
Drumgoon 1 – 08 Mullahoran 2 – 02

In the proverbial game of two halves, Drumgoon girls overcame a gallant Mullahoran team in a pulsating game of football. The two sides had drawn in their first meeting and once again, there proved to be nothing between the sides. Mullahoran dominated the first half while Drumgoon dominated the second. Mullahoran got off to the perfect start scoring a goal from practically the throw in. They add on two points before the flying Fiona Murray opened the scoring for Drumgoon. Mullahoran added another goal though Mona Sheridan to leave the scores 2 – 2 to 0 – 1 at half time im Mullahorans favour. Drumgoon team manager Declan Mc Cabe re-shuffled his pack at half time with the desired results.
Drumgoon with Niamh Farrell and Sarah Mc cabe controlling things around the middle slowly got on top. Points from Siobhan Mc Gorry and Cliona Farrell brough them back into the game. Tenacious defending by Sinead Mc Donald and Grainne Boyle kept the tide at bay. points from Tara Cunningham left them two points in arrears. Sarah Crowe scored what looked like a good goal but it was dis-allowed. Then Cliona Farrell raced in from the left to drive to the net much to the delight of the home support With time running out wing back Doireann Farrell stole forward to shoot over and seal a well deserved win.
Drumgoon: Karen Kelly, Grainne Boyle, Sinead Mc Donald, Doireann Farrell, Sarah Mc Cabe, Mary Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Niamh Farrell, M. Kelly, Tara Cunningham, Cliona Farrell, Fiona Murray, Siobhan Smith, Sarah Crowe, In the minor championship, Drumgoon girls went under to Ballyhaise.
Siobhan Mc Gorry, Niamh Farrell, Claire Caffrey, Sarah Mc Cabe, Mary Fitzpatrick, Paula Lynch, Ciara Farrell, Emma Kate Reilly, Fiona Murray, Breda Mc Cluskey, Doireann Farrell, Tara Cunningham, Jack Daly Cup
Drumgoon 1 – 12 Shercock 0 – 06

U13. Jack Daly Cup Final
(Drumgoon defeated Kill, and Shercock defeated Drung in the Semi-Finals)

  1. Michael O’Brien, 2. Peter McGorry 3. Conor Moynagh, 4. Luke O’Brien, 5. Eamonn McCluskey 6. Brendan McCabe, 7. Pauric McGorry, 8. Mark Hartnett 9. Aogan Farrell, 10. Tommy O’Brien, 11. Dean Hand 12. Paul Smith, 13. Gary Lavery, 14. Dylan Bates 15. Francis Mahon, 16. Ryan Harkin, 17. Mark Murray 18. Tommie McKitterick, 19. Daniel Boyle, 20. Declan Smith
    Mary Daly presented the cup to the winning captain, Eamon Mc Cluskey
    Referee : Declan Mc Cabe Jack Daly Shield
    U10 line-out v. Kill Shamrocks in the Jack Daly Challenge Trophy
  2. Declan Smith, 2. Damien O’Brien, 3. Barry Cooney 4. Adrian McKitterick, 5. Tara Fitzpatrick, 6. Mark Murray 7. Simon Boyle, 8. Conor Moynagh, 9. Joseph Kelly 10. Barry Harkin, 11. Francis McCabe, 12. Pauric Lee 13. Conor O’Brien, 14. Jason Taylor, 15. Darren Lavery 16. Michael Deery, 17. Elaine McCabe
    Referee:- Tom Farrell
    Playing in Breffni Park on Sunday, at the U10 exhibition game during the Senior Championship semi-final replay between Cavan Gaels and Gowna:
    – Conor Moynagh, Mark Murray, Barry Cooney, all featured prominantly, with Conor scoring the winning goal for the Breffni whites. Ladies Intermediate Championship Final
    Drumgoon 1 – 06 Lurgan 2 – 09
    A timely goal just prior to the interval by Claire Carpenter proved to be the launching pad for Lurgan as they survived the challenge of a gritty Drumgoon side in an entertaining Intermediate championship decider at Kingspan/Breffni Park on Saturday evening last. In a game in which goal chances were at a premium with the respective defences largely on top throughout. In the cold light of day, Drumgoon will wonder just how they managed to record 13 wides over the hour. They dominated the game throughout but sumply could not finish. The contest was a real war of attrition with individual battles plenty and intriguing as both sides gave it their all. Although the quality of the play didn’t perhaps match the expectations of both camps, the game was nevertheless a fine contest with some fine individual displays adding to the crowd’s enjoyment of the match. Although Nicloa O’Dwyer got Lurgan off to a flying start with a goal after just two minutes, stalemate became the name of the game in the first half with a plethora of wides from both teams. Drumgoon opened their scoring when Nicola Clegg converting a 22 metre free. Drumgoon proceeded to give as good as they got and a great move involving the inspirational pair of Margaret McBride and Ciara Farrell posed a serious threat only for the former to be penalised for over carrying when closing in on goal. A high ball into the Drumgoon square was punched to the net by Clarie Carpenter past the diving Siobhan McGorry in the Drumgoon goal. And things got even better for the winners moments later as they notched another point through Fiona Murphy to extend their lead to two goals, 2-1 to 0-1, at the interval.
    Lurgan continued to force the pace on the restart but Drumgoon, with Margaret McBride expertly marshalling the defence, held firm to repel several threatening Lurgan attacks. However after their two early points, Drumgoon struggled to consolidate their bright opening on the restart with too often promising moves perishing on foot of poor deliveries forward. Still the tide did appear to be changing, especially when a shot by sub. Teresa Clerkin sailed beyond the outstretched arms of Lurgan ‘keeper Anne McEnroe in the 8th minute. It was very much a case of game-on at this stage but Drumgoon continued to struggle to polish off some good approach work. Lurgan yearned for an outlet and Michelle Keating and Ciara Brady combined only for the latter to be penalised for over-carrying on the point of pulling the trigger.
    Meanwhile at the other end, a classy run by Ciara Farrell and combination with Michelle Murray resulted in a free only for Aisling McDermott to pull the resultant dead-ball kick narrowly wide of the target. Lurgan made Drumgoon pay on the double as less than one minute later, Ciara Brady and Philly McDermott combined to set up Michelle Keating for a point to leave the Virginia-based side 2-3 to 1-2 in front approaching the start of the final quarter. Drumgoon continued to look threatening going forward but good blocking by the Lurgan defence allied to some rash kicking frustrated the yellow and blues in their efforts to get on level terms. Good work in the Drumgoon defence by Claire McCaffrey thwarted the in-running Claire Carpenter of a goal chance. At the other end another slick move involving Michelle Murray and Nicola Clegg saw Ciara Farrell race in on goal but her high shot went inches wide of the upright. Lurgan had to rely on swift counter-attacks at this stage and Philly McDermott was unlucky when her effort hit off the upright and went wide. Drumgoon hopes were raised when considerably when Michelle Murray made the most of good work by Ciara Farrell and Fiona Murray to point in front of the goals to leave just a goal between the combatants. The danger signals went off at the other end but Claragh O’Reilly miscued her fly-kick when racing in on the Drumgoon ‘keeper. However the skilful Lurgan number 21 made her presence felt with two fine points as Drumgoon looked decidedly uncomfortably in going on a rare back-peddling exercise. Entering the final three minutes, the spoils still remained very much in the melting pot, but it was the winners who proceeded to finish like a Derby horse with four points on the trot, including a gem from Michelle Keating to seal a memomorable victory.
    Drumgoon: Siobhan Mc Gorry, Claire Mc Caffrey, Katryn Mc Bride, Niamh Farrell, Lisa Murray, Margaret Mc Bride, Sarah Mc Cabe, Michelle Murray, Nicola Clegg, Aisling Mc Dermott, Ann Smith, Caroline Galligan, Muireann Mc Dermott, Ciara Farrell, Fiona Murray
    Subs:- Teresa Clerkin, Doireann Farrell, Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Sabrina Challonder, Carol Boylan, Emma Kate O’ Reilly, Caroline Shalvey, Breda Mc Cluskey, Paula Lynch, Irene Mc Cabe, Maria Clarke, Philomena Mc Cluskey
    Referee Raymond Kelly (Knockbride) Ladies Intermediate Championship
    Drumgoon 1 – 09 Erne Gaels 0 – 11
    In a pulsating game Drumgoon just done enough to advance in the Championship by the narrowest of margins, after extra time. As with the first round there was nothing between the sides and the lead was exchanged time after time. On a beautiful evening on Boyle Park the large crowd got full vlaue for their money. Drumgoon started the brighter and ran into an early lead through Ann Smith. Aisling Mc Dermott had a further score for them before Bronagh Sheridan opened Erne Gales account. With Margaret Mc Bride in great form for Drumgoon they kept the pressure on the beleagured Erne Gaels defence. The Gaels drew level through Bronagh again and Drumgoon went ahead again when Ciara Farrell shot over two good points in quick succession. Her second score was a classic working out from the the Drumgoon keeper Siobhan Mc Gorry, who had a great game in goals through to Sarah Mc Cabe who sent the ball onto Ann Smith and into Ciara and over. At half time Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 0 – 05 to 0 – 04. Ann Smith who has endless energy, was in the thick of the action all the time and she got onto the end of a through ball from Michelle Murray to put Drumgoon further ahead. Erne Gaels fought back through Blathnaid Sheridan to level the score again. Katherine Mc Bride cooly cleared her lines and found Fiona Murray who despite her tender years took on the entire Erne Gaels defence and was unlucky to shoot wide. Claire Kearns had a point fro Erne Gales but once again Drumgoon responded with a similar score from the hard working Muireann Mc Dermott. Both sides had several chances to win the game in normal time but on an energy sapping evening were unable to convert their chances into scores.
    After 120 minutes of football there was still nothing between the sides as they headed into extra time. In the first period of extra time, Drumgoon hit a purple patch and raced into a four point lead thanks to great finishing from Aisling Mc Dermott. Erne Gaels however were not going to give up without a fight and points from Brona Sheridan and Pam Fitzpatrick brought them right back into the game. With time running out they launched an all out assault on the Drumgoon goals but the defence with Claire Mc Caffrey and Nicola Clegg in great form held out for a memorable victory
    Drumgoon: Siobhan Mc Gorry, Claire Mc Caffrey, Catherine Mc Bride, Sarah Mc Cabe, Emma Kate Reilly, Nicola Clegg, Lisa Murray, Michelle Murray, Margaret Mc Bride, Ann Smith, Aisling Mc Dermott, Fiona Murray, Ciara Farrell, Muireann Mc Dermott
    Subs used:- Niamh Farrell
    Erne Gaels: Caren Fay, Aisling Fitzpatrick, Beatrice Sheridan, Fiona Mc Connell, Elaine O’ Reilly, Tracy O’ Dowd, Maria Smith, Mary Fitzpatrick, Balthnaid Sheridan, Charlene Tully, Brona Boyle, Pam Fitzpatrick, Claire Kearns, Brona Sheridan, Leanna Drum
    Referee: Gerry Sheridan Reserve Championship
    Second Round
    Drumgoon went under to Cavan Gaels in the reserve championship last weekend. Despite missing several regualars, the team performed very well and with 10 minutes to go were only two scores in arrears. However, Cavan Gaels scored two goals late on to run out deserving winners. Playing firstly at centre half back and later at midfield, Jimmy Reilly had a tremendous game for Drumgoon and got good assistance from Michael Fitzpatrick, Charlie Coyle and Francis Mc Cormack.
    Scorers for Drumgoon were Frankie Mc Cormack (1 – 3), Michael Fitzpatrick 1 – 1, Charlie Coyle, 0 – 1, Jimmy O’ Reilly 0 – 1
    Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Michael Murray, John Mc Donald, Gene Mc Donald, Declan Boyle, Jimmy Reilly, Niall Mc Entyre, Ronan Crosson, Colm Crosson, Charlie Coyle, Sean Smith, Donal Mc Quillan, Ciaran Mc Cabe, Frankie Mc Cormack, Michael Fitzpatrick
    Subs used, Felim O’ Reilly, Conor Bates, Aidan Fitzpatrick Cavan Senior Championship
    Quarter Finals
    Drumgoon 0 – 03 Mullahoran 0 – 07
    Drumgoon bowed out of the senior championship in Breffni Park on Sunday last against Mullahoran. The wet conditions and inexperience led to a low scoring game in which scores were at a premium. Drumgoon started off the better team and dominated the first twenty minutes. Jim Mc Nally was magestic at midfield and after a strong burst through the middle he opened the scoring himself for Drumgoon. The fast running Bryan Bates nipped through to get Drumgoon’s second score and minutes later Paddy Mc Cabe shot over. However this was as good as it got for Drumgoon and Philip Brady then opened Mullahoran’s account. Another point from Philip and Connie Mel Reilly left the scores level at three points each at half time. On the resumption the game became more physical and the youthful Drumgoon side were never allowed to develop their running style. Try as they might they could not get the scores on the board and on several occasions were very unlucky to see good play end up just going narrowly wide. Mullahoran also found it difficult to score but two 45’s were converted by Danny Brady and a point from Christy Shields completed the scoring for them. Drumgoon will be dis-appointed with their performance but the side are young and are quickly learning what it takes to compete at the top level.
    Mullahoran:- E. Brady, P. Lynch, S. Smith, C. Shields, P. Sheridan, C. Brady, B. Brady, C. Shields, D. Reilly, C. Reilly, P. Brady, F. Brady, D. Brady, T. Nannery, P. Brady Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Adrian Crosson, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Niall Clerkin, Bryan Bates, Philip Mc Dermott, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Edward Jackson
    Sub used, Ian Reilly
    Referee:- Martin Brady (Ballinagh) Cavan Senior Championship
    Play Offs
    Drumgoon 0 – 13 Knockbride 1 – 08
    Drumgoon deservedly advanced in the Senior Championship on Sunday last in O’ Reilly Park, Kingscourt as they outplayed their next door neighbours Knockbride. Drumgoon put in a good workmanlike performance and every player played their part in this memorable victory. Drumgoon started well and ran into an early lead through their influential midfielder, Jim Mc Nally. Niall Clerkin set up Paul Mc Cabe for the next score before Colm Fitzpatrick opened the scoring for Knockbride. With exchanges fast and furious, it was a game of nick and tuck in the first half as both sides swopped score for score. Philip Mc Dermott and Niall Clerkin scored good points for Drumgoon and Knockbride replied through Larry Reilly and Shane Reilly. Neither side were able at this stage to impose their will on the game as the scores continued to cancel each other out. Dashing wing back Keith Fannin sent over for Drumgoon and once again Knockbride replied through Larry who had a good game at full forward. Paddy Mc Cabe who covered every inch of grass in Kingscourt was next on the scoreboard and Shane Reilly replied for Knockbride to leave the scores at half time, 0 – 6 each.
    Drumgoon started the second half in a determined mood and soon ran into the lead. Good work in the middle from Michael Mc Donald and Jim Mc Nally resulted in attack after attack by Drumgoon. Paul Mc Cabe had a good hour and after he was fouled Keith Fannin sent over the resultant free. Drumgoon introduced Ian Reilly who was fouled when going through and this time it was Paul Mc Cabe’s turn to convert the resultant free. Paddy Mc Cabe shot over two points for Drumgoon and full back Colm Hannon on a typical burst forward shot over the bar to put Drumgoon into a five point lead. However Knockbride were not going down without a fight and Larry Reilly went on a typical Larry burst and shot a piledriver to the net. This score lifted Knockbride and points from Larry and Niall Reilly seen them draw level. Drumgoon however also were not going to leave the championship easily and fought back to go in front again when the youthful Michael Mc Donald shot over after some intricate forward movement. Another Drumgoon attack seen them make sure of the victory when Niall Clerkin put them into a two point lead deep into injury time.
    Scorers for Drumgoon:- Paul Mc Cabe, 0 – 3, Paddy Mc Cabe 0 – 3, Niall Clerkin 0 – 2, Colm Hannon, Michael Mc Donald, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally and Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1 each
    Scorers for Knockbride:- Larry Reilly, 1 – 4, Shane Reilly 0 – 2, Colm Fitzpatrick 0 – 1, Niall Reilly 0 – 1
    Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Adrian Crosson, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Philip Mc Dermott, Paddy mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune
    Subs used, Ian Reilly, Edward Jackson Knockbride:- Ronan Keaskin, Declan Reilly, David Traynor, Darragh Farrelly, Michael Clarke, Raphael Rogers, Michael Donoghue, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ollie Mulvey, Adrian Rogers, Shane Reilly, Seamus Lynch, Niall Reilly, Larry Reilly, Darragh Smith
    Referee:- Brian Crowe (Cavan Gaels) Reserve Championship
    Drumgoon 0 – 12 Ramor Utd 1 – 08
    Despite fielding an under strength team, Drumgoon were good enough to defeat Ramor by the narrowest of margins in Boyle Park on Saturday evening last. Making a comeback after 10 years was corner back Sean Fox who settled well into his former position and dealt comfortably with everything that came his way. Frankie Mc Cormack had a good game at full forward while the Crosson brothers Colm and Ronan worked hard at midfield. In a keenly contested game the winning score fell to Sean Smith who cooly slotted over from way out on the right.
    Scorers for Drumgoon were Frankie Mc Cormack (0 – 5), Seamus Morris 0 – 3, Colm Crosson 0 – 2, Sean Smith 0 – 2,
    Drumgoon:- Adam Bates, Michael Murray, John Mc Donald, Sean Fox, Charlie Coyle, Jimmy Reilly, Niall Mc Entyre, Ronan Crosson, Colm Crosson, Gerry Hughes, Seamus Morris, Sean Smith, Ciaran Mc Cabe, Frankie Mc Cormack, Michael Fitzpatrick
    Senior Championship
    Drumgoon 2 – 08 Killygarry 1 – 05
    On a pleasant evening in Breffni Park Drumgoon played some brilliant football at times to dispose of Killygarry in the senior championship. Drumgoon got off to a good start when Paul Mc Cabe shot over after a strong run up the middle by influential midfielder Jim Mc Nally. Bryan Bates, who had a great game on the forty was pulled down in the square and referee Martin Brady had no hesitation in awarding a penalty. Up stepped Keith Fannin and he drove the ball low to the keepers left. The keeper made a good save and the ball rebounded off the post and out. Philp Mc Dermott was next on the scoreboard for Drumgoon with a good point and Niall Clerkin then cut in from the right to set up Bryan Bates for another point. Philip Mc Dermott was pulled down in the square and this time Keith Fannin made no mistake from the resultant penalty. One of the hardest workers on the pitch was Paddy Mc Cabe and he was duly rewarded when he shot over sweetly for a point. A strong run up the middle from Michael Andrew Hannon resulted in another point to leave the scores 1 – 6 to 0 – 3 at half time in Drumgoon’s favour.
    Drumgoon continued to play well in the second half and a good ball in from Michael Mc Donald found Bryan Bates, who cooly slotted to the net. With Drumgoon now gaining the upper hand all over the pitch, points from Ian Reilly and Philip Mc Dermott sealed Drumgoon’s well deserved victory.
    Scorers:- Bryan Bates 1 – 1, Keith Fannin 1 – 0, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 2, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 2, Paddy Mc Cabe 0 – 1, Michael Andrew Hannon 0 – 1, Ian Reilly 0 – 1 Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Adrian Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Bryan Bates, Niall Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Sub Used, Ian Reilly,
    Killygarry:- Patrick Galligan, Andy Mc Govern, Eoin Smith, Stephen Maloney, Padraig Cahill, Padraig Ruddy, Enda Gilsenan, Patrick Hyland, Donal Thomas, Stephen Mc Govern, Michael Mc Govern, Thomas Leonard, Sean Maloney, Hugo Smith, Niall Smith
    Referee:- Martin Brady (Ballinagh) Ladies Intermediate Championship
    Erne Gaels 2 – 03 Drumgoon 1 – 06
    Ladies draw in Thriller
    Drumgoon ladies staged a magnificent recovery to earn a well deserved draw with Erne Gaels in Belturbet on Saturday evening last. Erne Gaels got off to the perfect start when Brona Sheridan fisted a long range ball to the net. Brona Boyle added a point and then a long hopeful ball into the square deceived the Drumgoon defence and ended up in the net. Following a nervous start, the Drumgoon girls did not give up the fight and slowly battled their way back into the game. Good play by Caroline Galligan and Maria Clarke resulted in frees which Aisling Mc Dermott cooly coverted into points. The game was now being played with typical championship fervour and scores were at a premium as both sides now cancelled each other out. Ann Smith after a very good run out on the right set up Aisling Mc Dermott for another good point. Erne Gaels responded through Pamela Fitzpatrick to leave the scores 2 – 2 to 0 – 4 in the home sides favour at half time.
    The second half was as keenly contested as the first and such was the form of the Drumgoon defence ably marshalled by Katherine Mc Bride at full back that the restricted Erne Gaels to a single score in the second half. Drumgoon slowly closed the gap and had their first score from Margaret Mc Bride following a strong run up the middle. With time running out the Drumgoon mentors of of Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Crosson and Jim Mc Nally, switched centre half back Ciara Farrell up to full forward with telling effect. Ciara won a good ball in from Muireann Mc Dermott and raced through to shoot to the net leaving the Erne Gaels keeper with no chance of saving. In the very next attack Ciara won the ball and quickly passed it through to the youthful Fiona Murray to shoot over the levelling score. Both sides still had chances to win the game and it took brilliant saves from both keepers, Siobhan Mc Gorry for Drumgoon and Karen Fay for Erne Gaels to ensure that the sides remained level.
    Drumgoon:- Siobhan Mc Gorry, Claire Mc Caffrey, Katherine Mc Bride, Niamh Farrell, Sarah Mc Cabe, Ciara Farrell, Lisa Murray, Michelle Murray, Margaret Mc Bride, Ann Smith Caroline Galligan, Aisling Mc Dermott, Fiona Murray, Muireann Mc Dermott, Maria Clarke
    Erne Gaels:- Karen Fay, Aisling Fitzpatrick, Leeanne Fitzpatrick, Fiona Mc Connell, Marie Smith, Tracey O’ Dowd, Beatris Sheridan, Blathnaid Sheridan, Mary Fitzpatrick, Claire Kearns, Laura Brown, Charleen Tully, Brona Sheridan, Brona Boyle, Pamela Fitzpatrick
    Referee: Gerry Sheridan (Mullahoran) Ladies 9 a-side
    Drumgoon 4 – 14 Lacken 1 – 08
    Drumgoon ladies put in a very good performance to defeat Lacken away in the Ladies 9 a-side competition. Drumgoon led from start to finish and in an all round team perforance, the goals came from Margaret Mc Bride, Ciara Farrell, Aisling Mc Dermott and Ann Smith. The girls have now qualified for the semi-finals of the competition and are training well under the watchful eyes of Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Crosson and Jim Mc Nally.
    Drumgoon:- Siobhan Mc Gorry, Clare Mc Cafrey, Catherine Mc Bride, Sarah Mc Cabe, Michelle Murray, Margaret Mc Bride, Maria Clarke, Ciara Farrell, Ann Smith
    Subs Used, Caroline Galligan, Aisling Mc Dermott, Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Emma Kate O’ Reilly, Caroline Clarke, Irene Mc Cabe
    Referee: John Joe Brady (Mullahoran) Senior Champiomship
    Drumgoon 0 – 09 Bailieborough 0 – 10
    Drumgoon were unlucky to go under to Bailieborough by the narrowest of margins on Friday evening last in the championship. In a keenly contested game scores were hard to come by and the game was fiftenn minutes old before Andrew Coleman put Bailieborough ahead through a fourteen yard free. Adrian Larkin put Bailieborough further ahead before Drumgoon keeper, John O’ Reilly brilliantly saved a penalty. Drumgoon opened their account with a point from Philip Mc Dermott. Roy Brennan had another point for Bailieborough before Bryan Bates cleverly fisted over for Drumgoon. Michael Andrew Hannon went on a strong run forward and released Paul Mc Cabe to shoot over. Paul Cooney had another point for Bailieborough to leave the scores 0 – 05 to 0 – 03 at half time. In the second half Garry Miller had a point for Bailieborough while Drumgoon replied through two good points from Paddy Mc Cabe. With Keith Fannin in tremendous form in defence and Jim Mc Nally getting the upper hand at midfield, Drumgoon came right back into the game. Keith stole forward to shoot over and Jim Mc Nally drove forward to add another point. Roy Brennan kept Bailieborough ahead though his free taking while Drumgoon were guilty of missing a few relatively easy frees. With time running out Paul Mc Cabe added two more scores but referee Donal O’ Reilly blew the game up on the button. Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Crosson, Colm Hannon, Barry Crosson, Keith Fannin, Michael Hannon, Adrian Crosson, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Niall Clerkin, Ian Reilly, Paul Mc Cabe, Paddy Mc Cabe, Subs Used, Bryan Bates
    Bailieborough:- Paul O’ Dowd, N. Donnellan, P. Clarke, D. Rooney, R. Mulhall, M. Murtagh, F. Clarke, A. Lambe, C. Clarke, S. Reilly, R. Brennan, G. Miller, A. Coleman, A. Larkin, P. Cooney
    Referee:- Donal Reilly Senior League
    Drumgoon 0 – 10 Gowna 0 – 10
    Drumgoon and Gowna played out a very enjoyable draw in Boyle Park on Saturday evening, 6/7. Drumgoon started the better team and soon ran into an early lead through points from Jim Mc Nally and Keith Fannin. Gowna replied with similar scores from Kieran Fitzpatrick. Two more scores from Paul Mc Cabe and Keith Fannin seen Drumgoon go into the break leading by one point on a scoreline of 0 – 04 to 0 – 03. Gowna introduced Gerard Pearson and he scored a number of nice points to put them into the lead. Drumgoon to their credit fought back and showed great composure. Martin Clerkin scored two brilliant points to bring them right back into the game. With Jim Mc Nally in great form in the middle and the Hannon brothers marshalling the defence very well, a free from Paul Mc Cabe, seen the the sides go level once again. Martin Clerking shot over again and Gerard Pearson replied for Gowna. Philip Mc Dermott shot over what looked like the winning score but in the final minute Pearson was again on hand to level things again. In the end a draw was a fair result. Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, Barry Crosson, Michael Hannon, Paul Crosson, Adrian Crosson, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Paddy Mc Cabe, Subs Used, Ian Reilly, Niall Clerkin,
    Gowna:- R. Bannon, G. O’ Reilly, F. Harten, B. Sorohan, J. Harten, C. Brady, C. Madden, N. Madden, L. Brady, E. Madden, K. Fitzpatrick, J. Brady, D, Deignan, M. Mc Keever, D. Fitzpatrick, G. Pearson
    Referee:- Brian Crowe Senior League
    Mullahoran 2 – 13 Drumgoon 0 – 11
    Drumgoon put in a very good performance in Mullahoran on Sunday evening last and were unlucky to go down to two fortuitous goals. Right from the throw in, Mullahoran broke through for a goal. This set Drumgoon an uphill task which thay quickly climbed. There were exceptional performances from Jim Mc Nally and Philip Mc Dermott as Drumgoon got back to within one point of the locals. Drumgoon could have gone in front when a screamer from Paddy Mc Cabe flashed just wide of the posts. However a second goal near the end seen Mullahoran emerge as winners and keep their excellent home record intact.
    Drumgoons scorers were, Philip Mc Dermott, 0 – 6, Keith Fannin 0 – 2, Paul Mc Cabe, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Enroe, one point each Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, John Mc Donald, Paul Crosson, Adrian Crosson, Niall Clerkin, Michael Mc Donald, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Cabe, Edward Jackson, Paddy Mc Cabe
    Referee:- Noel Mc Enroe (Muintir Connacht) Senior League
    Bailieborough 2 – 18 Drumgoon 2 – 08
    An understrength Drumgoon side were easily out gunned by Bailieborough in the scoring stakes on Friday 20/6. Bailieborough’s former county players, Adrian Lambe and Charles Clarke dominated midfield and this resulted in few opportunities arising for the Drumgoon forward line.
    Drumgoons scorers were, Philip Mc Dermott, 1 – 2, Paul Mc Cabe 1- 2, Edward Jackson 0 – 1, Martin Clerkin 0 – 1, Keith Fannin 0 – 2 Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Paul Crosson, Niall Clerkin, John Mc Donald, Adrian Crosson, Bryan Bates, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Cabe, Edward Jackson, Frankie Mc Cormack
    Referee:- Jimmy Galligan (Killygarry) Reserve League
    Bailieborough 1 – 10 Drumgoon 0 – 10
    Drumgoon put in a lively performance but despite the lion’s share of possession they were unable to convert their many chances into scores. Nevertheless it was a very entertaining game with lots of good scores taken by both sides.
    Scorers for Drumgoon were Frankie Mc Cormack (0 – 4), Niall Fortune (0 – 4), Edward Gaffney (0 – 2)
    Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Niall Crosson, Bryan Bates, Barry Crosson, Jimmy Reilly, Niall Mc Entyre, Ronan Crosson, Seamus Morris, Michael Murray, Niall Fortune, Edward Gaffney, Niall Clerkin, Frankie Mc Cormack
    Subs used:- Ciaran Mc Cabe, Donal Mc Quillan, Michael Mc Donnell

Referee:- Noel Mc Enroe (Muintir Connacht) Under 12 Roinn “C”
Drumgoon 2 – 07 Killinkere 1 – 05
Goals from Dean Hand and Francis Mahon were enough to see Drumgoon qualify for the Final. The defence was sound throughout and kept the scores to a minimum. In the middle the boys worked hard while the forwards showed for every ball.
They now play Shercock in the Final
Drumgoon:- Paul Daly, Peter Mc Gorry, Conor Moynagh, Martin Fitzpatrich, Mark Hartnett, Luke O’ Brien, Aogan Farrell, Paul Smith, Francis Mc Cabe, Dean Mc Cabe, Garry Lavery, Francis Mahon, Ronan Mc Donald
Subs used:- Ryan Harkin, Danny Boyle, Thomas Mc Kitterick
Referee:- Eugene Tormey (Knockbride) Reserve League
Drumgoon 1 – 06 Gowna 0 – 12
Drumgoon put in a good first half performance and led by three points at the break. Corner forward forward Niall Clerkin played very well and scored 1 – 2. In the second half inspired by Bernard Morris, Dessie Brady, Lawrence Brady and Kevin Madden, Gowna took over and ran out deserving winners.
Drumgoon had a full squad but Gowna were only able to field 13 players. The sides agreed to play 13 a side and Drumgoon had good performers in the Crosson Brothers, Michael Mc Donald, Bryan Bates, Niall Clerkin and Paddy Mc Cabe
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Paul Crosson, Colm Crosson, Michael Murray, Jimmy Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Seamus Morris, Michael Mc Donald, Liam Mc Dermott, Bryan Bates, Niall Clerkin, Frankie Mc Cormack, Paddy Mc Cabe
Subs used:- John Mc Donald, Niall Crosson, Edward Gaffney, Barry Crosson and Charlie Coyle

Referee:- Phil Carolan (Bailieborough) Under 14 League
Pairc O’ Bhfaoil
Drumgoon advance to semi-finals
Drumgoon under 14 boys put in a good performance against a gallant Templeport team on Thursday evening last. Templeport found it difficult to make the breakthrough against a well organised defence. In attack all of the forwards got their names on the scoreboard and there were very well taken scores by Michael O’ Brien and Paul O’ Hare.
Drumgoon:- Daniel Hartnett, Eugene Hughes, Mark Hartnett, Killian Moynagh, Philip Smith, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Killian Kelly, Pauric Mc Gorry, John Hillis, James Mc Donald, Tommy O’ Brien, Michael O’ Brien, Paul O’ Hare
Subs used:- Peter James Boyle, Grainne Boyle, Cliona Farrell, Brendan Mc Cabe, Aogan Farrell
Referee:- Gerry Mc Dermott Under 14 League

Drumgoon 4 – 25 Denn 3 – 03
Drumgoon boys put in a good performance against a gallant Denn team on Thursday evening last. This was an all round team performance and all of the boys acquitted themselves very well.
Scorers for Drumgoon:- James Mc Donald, 2 – 6, Tommy O’ Brien 2 – 3, John Hillis 0 – 5, Pauric Mc Gorry 0 – 5, Brendan Mc Cabe, 0 – 2, Killian Kelly, Michael O’Brien, Philip Smith, Eamon mc Cluskey 0 – 1 each.
Drumgoon:- Daniel Hartnett, Eugene Hughes, Paul O’ Hare, Killian Moynagh, Philip Smith, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Killian Kelly, Pauric Mc Gorry, John Hillis, James Mc Donald, Tommy O’ Brien, Michael O’ Brien, Brendan Mc Cabe
Subs used:- Peter James Boyle, Grainne Boyle, Cliona Farrell, Dylan Bates, Ashley Boylan
Denn:- Seamus Connolly, Fergus Tighe, Sean Smith, Killian Brady, Cormac Smith, Damien Callaghan, Darren Conroy, Raffaele Gismondi, Stephen Mc Partland, Sean Connaty, Shane Cooney, Joe Finnegan
Referee:- Popeye Woods (Kill) Cavan Senior Championship
Round 1
Drumgoon 0 – 8 Knockbride 1 – 05
In O’ Reilly Park, Kingscourt on Sunday 4/5, Drumgoon and Knockbride played out a very entertaining draw as Drumgoon contested their first ever senior championship tie. In a controversial game the match was turned inside out following the dismissal of county player, Larry Reilly. Up to this point Drumgoon were in control of the game and were in an albeit slender lead. The first twenty minutes of the game were pulsating as the two sides exchanged score for score. Knockbride were first on the scoreboard when Peter Reilly shot over a brilliant point from way out on the right. Drumgoon opened their account through a free from Ian Reilly annd went ahead through a point from Philip Mc Dermott. John Tierney levelled from a free for Knockbride following a foul on Larry Reilly after a mazy run.
Drumgoon went ahead though a well taken point from the strong running Paul Mc Cabe. A Peter Reilly free brought the sides level again before the incident that turned the match on its head took place. A strong burst upfield by Paul Mc Enroe resulted in a brilliant ball from Paul putting through Edward Jackson to shoot Drumgoon in front again. At this stage Drumgoon looked the more complete outfit and were slowly getting on top. However, following some alleged verbals, referee Noel Callan sent Larry Reilly to the line. It was several minutes before order was restored and straight from the resumption John Tierney burst through to set up Peter Reilly to finish cleverly to the back of the net. Drumgoon to their credit fought back from this adversity, re-organised their forces and shot two good points through Keith Fannin and Edward Jackson to leave the scores 1 – 4 to 0 – 6 in Knockbride’s favour at half time.
Despite being a man down, the Knockbride defence performed heroics in the second half to keep the Drumgoon tidal wave at bay. Drumgoon launched attack after attack on the Knockbride defence but found difficulty in providing the final finish. Keith Fannin drew the sides level through a free after 10 minutes and Philip Mc Dermott shot Drumgoon in front with ten minutes to go. Several Drumgoon forwards had excellent opportunities of getting the winning score but as happens so often the 14 men held out.
Knockbride got their first and only score of the second half when Peter Reilly shot over after 25 minutes in a rare Knockbride attack. Drumgoon launched an all out assault on the Knockbride goals but could not break though for the score which they richly deserved. In the end both sides were happy to settle for a draw after such an eventful game. In the dying minutes Adrian Rogers was sent off for a second bookable offence. Drumgoon with Jim McNally and Edward Jackson in good form in the middle controlled affairs there, however the forward lines were guilty of some bad misses. On a day totally dominated by defences the forward lines found it difficult to make the breakthrough. Best for Drumgoon:- Adrian Crosson, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Mc Cabe, Colm Hannon and Edward Jackson.
Best for Knockbride, Peter Reilly, Declan Reilly, David Traynor, Michael Clarke and Raphael Rogers Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Paddy Mc Cabe, Martin Clerkin, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Cabe, Philip Mc Dermott, Ian Reilly Knockbride:- Ronan Keaskin, Declan Reilly, David Traynor, Darragh Farrelly, Michael Clarke, Raphael Rogers, Adrain Rogers, Colm Fitzpatrick, Ollie Mulvey, Seanus Fitzpatrick, Larry Reilly, Niall Reilly, Shane Reilly, Peter Reilly, John Tierney
Referee:- Noel Callan (Drumalee) Ladies 9 a side, 3/5/2003Butlersbridge 0 – 09 Drumgoon 4 – 18Ciara’s golden goalsCiara Farrell scored a hat-trick of goals as Drumgoon girls won this enjoyable contest in the nine a side competition. Drumgoon powered on by Margaret Mc Bride and Aisling Mc Dermott led from start to finish. Caherine Mc Bride had the proverbial stormer at full back, while supersub Maria Clarke added to Drumgoon’s goal tally. Despite the inclement weather the girls played some good football and ran out deserving winners
Drumgoon:- Siobhan Mc Gorry, Catherine Mc Bride, Lisa Murray, Sarah Mc Cabe, Aisling Mc Dermott, Margaret Mc Bride, Maria Clarke, Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Ciara Farrell
Subs used:- Caroline Clarke, Irene Mc Cabe, Niamh Farrell, Fiona Murray, Doireann Farrell, Caroline Shalvey Under 14 League, 1/5/2003Drumgoon 1 – 13 Shercock 0 – 7John’s goal sinks ShercockDrumgoon under 14 boys put in a good team performance, to collect both points in Shercock on Thursday evening. Killian Kelly dominated at centre field throughout and set up lots of chances for his forwards. Points from full forward James Mc Donald and good free taking from Pauric Mc Gorry seen Drumgoon go into the lead. Shercock fought back strongly but Drumgoon always had enough in the tank to stay ahead. Further scores from Killian, Michael O’ Brien and Tommy O’ Brien seen them lead at half time on a scoreline of 0 – 9 to 0 – 5. In the second half Shercock made a good comeback and were awarded a penalty. A tremendous save by Daniel Hartnett lifted the drumgoon side and it wasn’t long before John Hillis stole in from the left to shoot home the decisive score. Drumgoon finished their game with points from Pauric Mc Gorry and James Mc Donald.
Best for Drumgoon were, Killian Kelly, Eugene Hughes, Tommy O’ Brien, Killian Moynagh and Mark Hartnett
Drumgoon:- Daniel Hartnett, Eugene Hughes, Mark Hartnett, Killian Moynagh, Tommy O’ Brien, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Killian Kelly, Pauric Mc Gorry, Michael O’ Brien Philip Smith (Capt.), John Hillis, James Mc Donald, Paul O’ Hare
Subs used:- Brendan Mc Cabe, Cliona Farrell
Shercock:- E. Reilly, M. Reilly, G. Smith, D. Clarke, A. Sloane, T. Reilly, S. Mc Mahon, C.Mc Dermott, C. Smith, P. Lynch, S. Corr, C. Ruxton, R. Mc Cluskey
Referee:- Gerry Mc Dermott (Kill) Under 12 BoysDrumgoon 6 – 10 Shercock 1 – 8
Drumgoon under 12 boys put in a good performance on Boyle Park on Tuesday evening last 29/4. They now remain undefeated after three games.
Scorers of the goals for Drumgoon were Dean Hand (2), Paul Smith (2), Ashley Boylan and Garry Lavery
Drumgoon:- Ronan Mc Donald, Peter Mc Gorry, Martin Fitzpatrick, Conor Moynagh, Mark Hartnett, Luke O’ Brien, Aogan Farrell, Paul Smith, Garry Lavery, Dean Hand, Ashley Boylan, Francis Mahon. Dylan Bates Referee:- Eugene Tormey (Knockbride) Under 14 BoysKillinkere 3 – 2 Drumgoon 2 – 10
Drumgoon boys made the trip to Killinkere and duly collected both points. With Killian Kelly and Pauric Mc Gorry dominating in the engine room, Drumgoon led from start to finish. Drumgoon were first on the scoreboard when Philip Smith, who had a great game on the forty shot over. Pauric Mc Gorry added a point before James Mc Donald finished to the net. Killinkere got back into the game through two goals before half time. Another goal from James Mc Donald left the scoreline 2 – 6 to 2 – 1 in Drumgoon’s favour at half time. In the second half supersub Aogan Farrell added a point and Drumgoon had two more good scores from Pauric Mc Gorry. Killinkere put in a strong finish at the end and got through for a goal but Drumgoon deservedly held out
Best for Drumgoon Tommy O’Brien, Killian Kelly, Philip Smith, Eugene Hughes and James Mc Donald.
Drumgoon:- Daniel Harnett, Eugene Hughes, Michael O’ Brien, Killian Kelly, Tommy O’ Brien, Mark Hartnett, Killian Kelly, Pauric Mc Gorry, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Philip Smith, John Hillis, James Mc Donald, Paul O’ Hare
Referee:- Eugene Tormey (Knockbride)
Senior LeagueDrumgoon 1 – 10 Ramor Utd 0 – 11
Drumgoon got back to winning ways on Saturday evening on Boyle Park, when they defeated Ramor on Boyle Park. Ramor got off to the better start and points from Shane Cole and Keith Soden seen them race into a four point lead. Drumgoon opened their scoring Jim Mc Nally. Points from Ian Reilly and two well taken frees by Keith Fannin seen Drumgoon draw level. Philip Mc Dermott shot Drumgoon in front and Jim Mc Nally having a great game at midfield extended the lead. Paddy Mc Namee scored for Ramor to leave the scores 6 points to 5 at half time in Drumgoons favour.
A good run by Adrian Crosson resulted in Drumgoon extending their lead. Keith Fannin and Ian Reilly extended Drumgoon’s lead, before Keith Soden pulled two back for Ramor. A good Drumgoon move tore open the Ramor defence and the elusive Paul Mc Cabe burst through to shoot to the net. Ramor staged a late comeback but Drumgoon had done enough to deservedly take both points
Best for Drumgoon: Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Cabe, Jim Mc Nally, Adriand Crosson and
Best for Ramor, Ray Cole, Garet Daly, Keith Soden and Thomas Tynan.
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Colm Hannon, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Michael Mc Donald, Martin Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly
Ramor:- Francis Conway, Ronan Fitzsimons, Philip Kermath, Philip Fitzsimons, Barry Fitzsimons, Garry Mc Namee, Darragh Sheridan, Donnagh Courtney, Thomas Tynan, Ronan Keating, Garett Daly, Keith Soden, Shane Cole, Ray Cole, Paddy Mc Namee,
Referee:- Paddy Carroll In the Junior game Drumgoon went under to Ramor despite a brilliant display by Sean Clerkin on the forty, Shane Mc Gorry and Barry Crosson
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Niall Mc Entyre, John Mc Donald, Barry Crosson, Niall Crosson, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Seamus Morris, Shane Mc Gorry, Sean Clerkin, Michael Murray, Liam Mc Dermott, Charlie Coyle, Eugene Mc Donald Ulster Intermediate FinalSean Mc Dermott’s 0 – 14 Drumgoon 0 – 7
Drumgoon went under to a more determined Sean Mc Dermott’s side in Clontibret on Easter Monday in the Ulster Intermediate Club Final. Sean Mc Dermott’s were on top from start to finish and were first on the scoreboard when Conor Mc Elvanney raced through to score straight from the throw in. Sean’s dominated in every sector as Drumgoon never got to terms with the game. Sean’s were sharper to every ball and Drumgoon never got to dominate at any stage. They did launch a determined comeback in the second half when Paddy Mc Cabe seen his pile driver rebound of the crossbar. However lady luck refused to smile this time on Drumgoon and Sean’s forwards continued to torment the beleaguered Drumgoon defence. Good interplay from the Larkin brothers resulted in Sean’s adding to their tally and at half time Sean’s led on a scoreline of 0 – 8 to 0 – 4. Exchanges were keenly contested in the second half with both sides cancelling each other out. It was a full 15 minutes before either side scored and inevitably the score went to Sean’s corner forward, Patrick Kieran. The game was highly entertaining at this stage as Drumgoon did their upmost to stage a recovery, but it was not be. James Coyle led his defence well and the Drumgoon forwards never eally got going. John Reilly had a fantastic game in goals and even seen a penalty from Damian Larkin go wide. Entering the final ten minutes Drumgoon did pull back a couple of late scores but it was too little and too late with Sean McDermotts deservedly taking the title.
Scorers for Drumgoon were Keith Fannin, 0 – 2, Ian Reilly 0 – 2, Adrian Crosson 0 -1, Martin Clerkin 0 – 1, Edward Jackson 0 – 1
Scorers for Sean Mc Dermott’s, Patrick Kieran 0 – 4, Derick Mc Mahon, 0 – 3, Gary Larkin, 0 – 3, Damien Larkin 0 – 2, Conor Mc Elvaney 0 -1, Paul Acheson 0 – 1
Best for Drumgoon, John Reilly, Adrian Crosson, Keith Fannin, Martin Clerkin and Michael Hannon
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Colm Hannon, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Michael Mc Donald, Martin Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly Subs used:- Bryan Bates Sean Mc Dermott’s:- Eddie Masterson, Eamon Coyle, James Coyle, Emmett Mc Elvanney, Stephen Coyle, Michael Mc Guinness, Paul Acheson, Niall Mc Guirk, Patrick Kieran, Derick Mc Mahon, Conor Mc Elvanney, Gary Mc Entee, Stephen Mc Elvanney, Gary Larkin, Damien Larkin
Referee:- Brendan Gorman (Armagh) 2003 ACFL Roinn C U12 Football League
Drumgoon in control against Killinkere
Drumgoon 7-11 Killinkere 1-03
On 15th April, Drumgoon’s U12’s entertained Killinkere in their second outing of the season. Both teams had tasted success in their opening games against Drung and Shercock respectively, and a fine evening on Boyle Park promised much.
Drumgoon opened the game in confident mood, with Paul Smith at midfield immediately striking over the bar to give the home side an early lead. On the kick out, another Drumgoon rally saw Dylan Bates convert a second point, followed by the opening goal from Ashley Boylan on the Drumgoon half forward line.
Buoyed up by an enthusiastic home crowd, Drumgoon continued to pressure a resilient Killinkere team. Solid work by the Killinkere defence slowed the pace of Drumgoon’s advance for a short period. However, Dean Hand re-opened the scoring for the home side with an impressive point from thirty metres, followed by another point and well taken goal. Full forward Dylan Bates added a further point to bring the Drumgoon tally to 2-05, when Killinklere finally broke out of defence to register their opening score of the half. They added two more points to their half time total before Drumgoon closed the scoring with Aogan Farrell, Dean Hand and Ashley Boylan adding points, and Paul Smith scoring a fine goal, to leave a half time score-line of 3-08 to 0-3 in favour of the home side.
The second half saw Drumgoon pick up from where they left off at half-time. Points from Paul Smith, Fiona Smith, Gary Lavery, and goals from Aogan Farrell and Dean Hand ensured that a brave Killinkere team never got back into the game. The fact that they continued to mount attacks, and scored a fine goal in the second half bears testimony to the spirit of the Killinkere team.
The Drumgoon performance was a fine team effort. Always in control of the game, Ronan McDonald was secure in goal, dealing with any challenge that came his way. Ronan was ably supported by his full back line of Peter McGorry and Martin Fitzpatrick, who hardly put a foot wrong.
The half back line of Conor Moynagh, Mark Hartnett and Luke O’Brien controlled the flow and pace of the game, launching successive attacks into the Killinkere half of the field.
At midfield, Aogan Farrell played a Captains role, while Paul Smith continually pressured the Killinkere defence.
On the forward line, Dean Hand led the attack, with Ashley Boylan, Gary Lavery, Dylan Bates and Fiona Smith always threatening to score.
Killinkere, having beaten Shercock in the opening round, are obviously a team with potential. However, the pace, tenactiy and hunger of the Drumgoon team never let them find their feet in the game.
Drumgoon: Ronan McDonald, Peter McGorry, Martin Fitzpatrick, Conor Moynagh, Mark Hartnett, Luke O’Brien, Aogan Farrell, Paul Smith, Gary Lavery, Dean Hand, Ashley Boylan, Dylan Bates, Fiona Smith Subs: Mark Murray, Francis Mahon, Paula Hughes, Laura O’Hare, Lauren Kettyle, Daniel Boyle, Tommy McKitterick, Paul Daly, Declan Smith Under 14 League, 10/4/2003Drumgoon 4 – 14 Drung 3 – 14Two goals from John Hillis sees Drumgoon win Thriller
In the proverbial game of two halves, Drumgoon defeated Drung in a thrilling match on Bolye Park on Thursday evening. Both sides gave their all, both sides have many fine players and in the end Drumgoon just about deserved to shade it.
Drung, playing with the breeze got off to a flying start and Barry Waters sent over some excellent long range points. Drumgoon could do little right in the first half and had to wait 15 minutes before an in form James Mc Donald opened the scoring for them. Further scores from Cathal Brady and Patrick Mc Entee seen Drung go into the break leading on a scoreline of 0 – 11 to 0 – 04. What a turnaround occured in the second half. Drumgoon with their traditional determination were not going to give up without a fight. A brilliant ball from Philip Smith found James Mc Donald and James cleverly finished to the net. Paraic Mc Gorry moved up from centre half back to centre half forward and scored several good points. Supersub Mark Harnett shot over to send Drumgoon in front for the first time in the match. The stage was then set for a grandstand finish.
Dashing wing forward burst through and shot Drumgoon into the lead with a well takne goal. Barry Waters broke back up the field and from a 14 yard free levelled the scoring. A long lob in from Michael O’ Brien ended up in the back of the net to send Drumgoon back into the lead. From the kickout Drung struck again Patrick Mc Entee fisted to the net from close range. With time up and Drumgoon leading by one point Drung launched an all out assault on the Drumgoon goal but a fantastic save from Daniel Harnett sealed a Drumgoon victory.
Best for Drumgoon were, Philip Smith, Killian Kelly, Eugene Hughes, Paraic Mc Gorry, Eamonn Mc Cluskey, Best for Drung Barry Waters, Andrew Rossiter, Patrick Mc Entee and David Mannering
Drumgoon:- Daniel Hartnett, Eugene Hughes, Paul O’ Hare, Killian Moynagh, Paraic Mc Gorry, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Killian Kelly, Philip Smith (Capt.), Brendan Mc Cabe, Tommy O’ Brien, John Hillis, James Mc Donald, Michael O’ Brien Subs used:- Mark Hartnett
Drung:- O. Cassidy, P. Reilly, O. Smith, D. mannering, C. Moore, ?, C. Brady, B. Waters, A. Rossiter, A. Fitzpatrick, C. O’ Reilly, M. Kiely, P. Mc Entee
Referee:- Joe Mc Quillan Division 1 League, 16/3/2003Killygarry 0 – 11 Drumgoon 1 – 5
An under strength Drumgoon side put in a lack lustre performance to go under to Killygarry in the Senior league. Killgarry led for most of the game save for a short period before half time when a Paddy Mc Cabe goal shot them into a two point lead. However they were unable to hold their advantage and a much more determined Killygarry side fought back with points coming from several quarters to take the lead again.
In the second half Drumgoon only managed two Niall Fortune points.
Scorers for Drumgoon were Paddy Mc Cabe 1 – 0, Niall Fortune 0 – 3, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1, Martin Clerkin 0 -1
Best for Drumgoon, Adrian Crosson, Paddy Mc Cabe and Niall Fortune
Drumgoon Seamus Morris, Niall Crosson, Paul Crosson, Bryan Bates, Keith Fannin, Adrian Crosson, Jimmy Reilly, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly Subs used:- Ronan Crosson
Killygarry:- O. Galligan, P. Reilly, O. Smith, S. Moloney, A. Mc Govern, P. Ruddy, P. Cahill, H. Smith, P. Hyland, T. Leonard, S. Moloney, N. Smith, S. Mc Govern, M. Mc Govern, S. Ray
Referee:- Martin Brady Ladies 9 a side League Drumgoon 4 – 16 Mullahoran 1 – 5
Drumgoon Ladies had a good win over Mullahoran in the Ladies 9 a – side football league. Played in perfect conditions on a beautiful Saturday afternoon on Boyle Park, The Drumgoon girls ran out deserving winners. The opening period of the game was close and seen tight exchanges between both sides. Drumgoon ran into an early lead when an inform Margaret Mc Bride scored 1 – 2 without reply. Maggie Brady scored a point for Mullahoran but Drumgoon replied with goals from Ciara Farrell and Aisling Mc Dermott. With Michelle Murray in great form at centre field Drumgoon continued to dominate and at half time had built up a seven point lead. Mullahoran staged a rally after half time but they found Tracey Cochrane and Catherine Mc Bride in great form in defence. Points from Muireann Mc Dermott and a goal from Ann Smith finished the game off as contest. Team Mentors, Sean Clerkin, Paul Mc Cabe and Niall Crosson were very happy with their charges performance.
Scorers for Drumgoon were Margaret Mc Bride 1 – 4, Ciara Farrell 1 – 4, Aisling Mc Dermott 1 – 1, Ann Smith 1 – 0, Michelle Murray 0 – 2, Muireann Mc Dermott 0 – 2, Claire Mc Caffrey, 0 – 2, Teresa Clerkin, 0 – 1
Drumgoon :-Siobhan Mc Gorry, Tracey Cochrane, Sarah Mc Cabe, Catherine Mc Bride, Michelle Murray, Aisling Mc Dermott, Margaret Mc Bride, Ciara Farrell, Theresa Clerkin, Subs used Ann Smith, Claire Mc Caffrey, Caroline Clarke, Maria Clarke, Philomena Mc Cluskey, Carol Boylan
Mullahoran:- Patricia Beglin, Breda Smith, Niamh Reilly, Julie Ann Brady, Lisa Reilly, Niamh Brennan, Minica Sheridan, Maggie Brady, Natasha Reilly
Referee Poppy Woods,(Kill) DRUMGOON in Ulster FinalDRUMGOON 2 – 11 CLANN EIREANN 2 – 10Ulster Intermediate Championship – 23/2/2003
Drumgoon defeated the Armagh champions Clann Eireann in the semi final of the Ulster Intermediate championship on Sunday last in Clontibret. This was a pulsating game from start to finish between two fine footballing sides. Drumgoon have now gone undefeated for 19 championship games. They now carry the hopes of all Cavan in the Ulster final. The fortunes swung from side to side throughout this intriguing encounter. The Armagh boys started the brighter and their forwards moved with great pace and cunning. They got onto the scoreboard first through corner forward Ryan Henderson. With Drumgoon struggling in the middle Armagh added another score before Drumgoon’s speedy full forward Paul Mc Cabe opened their account. Armagh struck back through Mark Beattie and Drumgoon kept in touch once again when Edward Jackson broke up the middle to shoot over. Coming towards the break, corner back Michael Mc Cluskey stole forward to shoot the Armagh side into a two point lead. Despite their dominance at this stage the Armagh side could never shake off the tenacious Drumgoon defence as they each manfully stuck to their task. Drumgoon then hit a purple patch to turn the tables. Edward Jackson found Philip Mc Dermott with an inch perfect pass and Philip raced forward to cooly slot home to the corner of the net. From the resultant kick out Philip was on hand again to send Drumgoon into the break with a two point lead on a scoreline of 1 – 4 to 0 – 5. On the resumption Drumgoon came out a new team. They totally took control of the game and for 15 minutes gave an exhibition of all that is good in football. Their team work, passing, work rate and finishing were all from the top drawer. With Jim Mc Nally and Edward Jackson geting to grips with the midfield job they both got on the score board and helped to set up chance after chance as they drove forward in waves. Anything passing midfield was instantly mopped up by the centre half back and deserving winner of the “Man of the Match” award Michael Hannon. Martin Clerkin on the forty had a tremendous game and his long ball into the square was cleverly finished to the net by Paddy Mc Cabe. With Drumgoon coasting suddenly the game turnd around completely. Clann Eireann broke forward and James Byrne shot to the net. From the kick out it was straight back in and into the net again by Ryan Henderson. The scene was set now for a grandstand finish. With five minutes to go and the sides level the tension in the huge attendance was palpable. With both sets of supporters urging on their respective side on the noise could be heard in Monaghan town. With two brilliant sides competing so well something had to give as they exchanged the lead and in the end it was Ian Reilly who came to Drumgoons rescue. Ian was in tremendous form and Drumgoon’s last three scores came from his trusty boot. His final score came from a free after Colm Hannon had made a tremendous interception in the full back line. Colm then raced the full length of the field before being brought down just short of the other square. It was a shame that there had to be a winner and a looser as both sides were exemplary. In the end Drumgoon deserved their narrow win by virtue of the purple patch which they hit in the middle of the game. More games like this will bring huge crowds to matches as both sides gave their all and entertained the large attendance.
Best for Drumgoon were Michael Hannon, Ian Reilly, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin and Jim Mc Nally
Best for Clann were Mark Mc Cann, Danny Shanks, John Creery, Gary O’ Carroll and Mark Beattie
Scorers for Drumgoon:- Philip Mc Dermott 1 – 2, Ian Reilly 0 – 4, Jim Mc Nally 0 – 2, Edward Jackson 0 – 2, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 1
Scorers for Clann Eireann :- Ryan Henderson 1 – 1, James Byrne, 1 – 0, Mark mc Cann 0 – 2, Danny Shanks 1 – 3, Mark Mc Cann 0 – 4, John Byrne 1- 0, John Creery 0 – 2, Ryan Henderson 0 – 1
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Adrian Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Michael Hannon, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Seamus Morris, Bryan Bates, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly Sub: Paddy Mc Cabe
Clann Eireann:- Paul Cassidy, Michael Mc Cluskey, Michael Beattie, Daniel France, Gary Murphy, Michael Moore, Gary O’ Carroll, Mark Beattie (capt.), David Kelly, Danny Shanks, James Byrne, Mark Mc Cann, John Creery, Conor Bell, Ryan Henderson
Referee : P. Mc Enaney (Monaghan) Paddy Fox Memorial Tournament
Drumgoon 3 – 12 Carrickmacross 1 – 5
Drumgoon started off 2003, where they left off in 2002 with a win. Once again the lads put in a very good performance and showed that they all have wintered very well.
Carrick put it up to Drumgoon for most of the first half and it was very entertaining as play swung from end to end. Drumgoon got on top in the middle with the super fit, Paul Mc Enroe in great form. A sweeping run upfield by centre half back Adrian Crosson resulted in Adrian shooting to the net. From here on in Drumgoon took control of the game. Paul Mc Cabe in devastating form ended up leading scorer with a personal tally of 1- 4. Also back to this best was Martin Clerkin. Martin finished a great move started by Bryan Bates with a superbly taken goal. With six players missing due to county commitments, the new players in blended very well and showed that there is little to choose between the entire panel. What was particular pleasing to the management was the performance of the two youthful corner forwards, Michael Mc Donald and Niall Fortune. Despite their tender years, both players have great physical presence and made a good impact. Drumgoon now play Latton in the Final
Best for Drumgoon, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Cabe, Martin Clerkin, Philip Mc Dermott and Bryan Bates
Best for Carrick, David Coughlan, Diarmuid Kelly, Terry Kiernan and Paudie Swinburn
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Paul Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Niall Crosson, Bryan Bates, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe, Seamus Morris, Martin Clerkin, Philip Mc Dermott, Patrick Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Paul Mc Cabe, Michael Mc Donald
Subs used:- John Mc Donald, Gerry Hughes, Edward Jackson
Carrickmacross:- John Fitzgerald, Owen Sherry, James Kiernan, Noel Swinburn, Padraig Rafferty, Ronan Finn, Terry Kiernan, Osisn Gartlan, James Mc Geown, Stephen Conlon, Diarmuid Kelly, Gordon Finnegan, Paudie Swinburn, David Coughlan, Ronan Gollogy
Referee:- Joe Mc Quillan(Kill)

2002

AGM 2002
Firstly I would like to congratulate everyone in the club from top to bottom for a tremendous year of achievement both on and off the pitch. Every group from boys to men to ladies to camogie players all enjoyed their year thoroughly and we were all so proud of our senior men’s unbelieveable achievements Who would have thought 5 short years ago that we would be All Ireland Junior Champions and Intermediate Champions.
This was no mean achievement by any standards. No club from the county had previously won an All Ireland title on the playing fields, so this puts it all into perspective Naturally, this will be a hard act to follow, but who knows with the continued right spirit and determination we have the ability to become senior champions in the very near future.
A special word of Congratulations to Paddy and his two selectors,the two Michaels, to club captain Edward and all the players, the entire panel – Senior and Junior, they are all important and we are very proud of them.
We became Intermeduate champions on the 6/10 for the first time in the clubs history when we defeated Denn on a scoreline of Drumgoon 0-08 Denn 0-6 Our rise to prominence in club football over the last five years has continued unabated. Club chairman Jimmy Reilly said after the game “it is the first time the club will be involved at senior championship level. “We were mainly a junior club for nearly ninety years with the breakthrough coming last year. We will be well fit to take our place among the senior clubs. We played in Division 1 this season and won a number of games without a number of our players who were on duty with the Cavan senior and U-21 county teams.”. Team captain Edward Jackson said “It is a fantastic achievement for a club with such a small panel of players to win back to back championship finals. The players put their hearts and souls into the preparations and I have never been involved with such a dedicated panel which was so focused on going all the way. “I am very proud of the way the players rose to the occasion with the support of the team management Few, if any clubs make the graduation from Junior to Senior in only one season. A special word for Paddy. Paddy is a tremendous man manager and is able to get the best out of his players on all occasions. The great work at under-age levels in recent times has really started to pay dividends in a big way. The many long years of heartbreak and disappointment that the Drumgoon club had to endure are now forgotten as this group of players look to pastures new to conquer in the coming years. Back in May we became All Ireland Champions. In the Final we defeated Belmullet on a scoreline of Drumgoon 1 – 14 Belmullet 0 – 12 Having performed very well all through this competition, defeating Doohamlet from Monaghan in the Ulster final and Leinster champions Roundwood in the semi-final. We will allways remember Michael Andrews mad dash from DCU to make the game and John O’ Reilly’s world class saves near the end of the game. For the record the glorious team was John Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Michael Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson (Capt.), Paddy Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly, Philp Mc Dermott, Bryan Bates, Adrian Crosson, Seamus Morris Subs used, Peter Hand, Paul Crosson These boys will go down in history and what a hard act to follow, but I hope follow it we will
The underage teams all performed very well and thoroughly enjoyed their year. A special word of thanks to those who gave of their time and effort to coach and train and guide all our underage teams. The minors won the county final after a brilliant game with team captain Paul Mc Enroe leading them to victory over Muintir Connacht and Bryan Bates getting the all important goals. For the record the team was
Drumgoon:- Ciaran Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Bride, Peter Mc Dermott, Bernard Mc Bride, Paul Mc Enroe, Michael Murray, Michael Mc Donald, Francis Mc Donald, Niall Mc Entyre, Ciaran Lennon Niall Fortune, Bryan Bates, Edward Gaffney Subs used: – Gene Mc Donald,
The under 12 boys retained the Damien Mc Cann cup defeating Shercock in the final and got to the final only to be beaten by Redhills
The under 10 boys won their game with Doohamlet in Cremartin. The Under 10 squad were Ronan Mc Donald, Eugene Mc Cabe, Peter Mc Gorry, Declan Smith, Ryan Harkin, Martin Fitzpatrick, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Felim Shalvey, Conor Moynagh, Mark Murray, Gary Lavery, Conor O’ Brien, Francis Mc Cabe, Killian Brady, Jason Taylor, Adrian Mc Kitterick, Michael Deery and Kieran Pierson Th U10 squad also took part in a tournament in Bunnoe and got to the Final.
The under 14 boys had a good year and were unlucky to loose their semi-final. The team that day were Adam Bates, Martin Hughes (Capt), Sarah Mc Cabe, Padraic Mc Gorry, Killian Kelly, John Fitzpatrick, Cathal Smith, Philip Smith, Tommy O’ Brien, Conor Bates, James Mc Donald, Patrick Hughes, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Subs used:- Killian Moynagh, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Michael O’ Brien
The under 16 boys also had a good year getting to the final and beaten by Shercock. The boys and girls both retained the Killian O’Connell Tournament.
The girls from Dernakesh won the county final in Div 1 Girls Football on a score line of 8 -07 to 2-02 for Farnham, to regain the title last won in 1998. The team was Karen Kelly, Cora McBride, Mary Fitzpatrick, Grainne Boyle, Doireann Farrell, Fiona Smith, Siobhan McGorry (C) , Siobhan Smith, Sinead McDonald , Cloina Farrell, Lisa Kelly, Niamh McDermott, Susan McDermott Subs Used: Orla Dowd, Carmel McBride, Nuala Mulligan, Laura O’Hare, Carina O’Brien
The Ladies. The Ladies did extremely well in the nine a side competion narrowly loosing the county semi-final.
The team that day was Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Katherine Mc Bride, Blathnaid Farrell, Clare Mc Caffrey, Aisling Mc Dermott, Ann Smith, Theresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell, Sarah Mc Cabe Subs Used:- Michelle Murray, Lisa Murray, Emma Kate Reilly, Muireann Mc Dermott, Margaret Mc Bride, Irene Mc Cabe, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Thanks also to our Referees- Thomas Cochrane, and Declan mc Cabe. I think I’m right in saying Peter Mc Nally and Benny Mc Intyre were the last registered referees with Drumgoon. So best of luck to Thomas and Declan.
Thanks also to Tom Farrell for recording all of our years activities on the Internet. The years reports will now stay forever available at www.drumgoon.com
A most sincere thanks to my fellow officers, especially Jimmy and Danny. The entire committee who worked hard fund rainising behind the scenes all year and the Ladies who organised the fashion show which was so enjoyed by all must get a special word of praise. Thanks especially to our two main sponsors, Patsy Boyle and Charlie Coyle. To all our associate sponsors, those who bought the weekly lotto, the syndicate lotto and more recently the very successful car prize draw, thanks a million and of course the best of luck tonight and for the next five months. Remember anyone who missed the first draw tonight can still enter the next five draws.
I would like to thank Anthony Mc Cluskey for his work on Boyle Park during the year
Thanks also to Francis and Aogan for putting up with me and my football commitments during the year and most particularly this past week when I did little but monitor ticket sales. To everyone who helped out in any way And To all our loyal supporters a very big thank you. Canon Dessie is not with us this evening but thankfully he is over his operation and convalescing . I know he would love to be here with us this evening and I know he was very proud of you and all your achievements during the year. On his behalf I congratulate you and on your behalf I send him Good Wishes for a full recovery.
I would like to remember tonight those who died during the year, Our Vice-President Jack Crossan Our best supporter Paddy Fox, Another former vice president Jack Yorke, a former player Brian Boyle and all who died recently may they all rest in peace and may they be fondly remembered always. Finally, In conclusion, I raise my glass to the All Ireland Champions
Roseanna Clarke Secretary.

Match Reports 2002

Cavan GAA – Drumgoon

Damian McCann Memorial U- 12 Tournament 2/12/2002
First half display secures victory for Drumgoon
Drumgoon 0 – 08 Shercock 0-03
In wintry conditions on Sunday 1st December, Boyle Park hosted the 2002 final of the Damian McCann U12 Memorial Tournament, between the hosts Shercock and Drumgoon.
A blustery wind, combined with a wet playing surface resulted in difficult playing conditions. Nontheless, the weather did little to dampen the endeavour of both teams, who served up some good football.
From the throw-in, it was Drumgoon who took the initiative, with Pauric McGorry and Tommie O’Brien staking a claim to the midfield area. The opening score came to Drumgoon when McGorry picked up a ball breaking from the hard wiorking full forward line of Aogan Farrell and Dylan Bates, to drive the ball over the bar.
Drumgoon impress With this momentum behind them, the Drumgoon squad began to lay seige to the Shercock area. Paul Smith struck a sweet left foot point, followed by another from Pauric McGorry to leave Drumgoon three points in front after 15 minutes.
Rallied by Ciaran McDermott, who was now beginning to make his presence felt at midfield, the Shercock team began to come more into the game. A resolute Drumgoon defence, marshalled by Eamonn McCluskey at full back with Mark Hartnet, and with Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe and Peter McGorry on the half-back line, ensured that Shercock scores would be kept to a minimum. On the 20th minute, a swift Drumgoon break out of defence saw Aogan Farrell deliver the teams fourth point, followed quickly by Dean Hand and Ashley Boylan. On the stroke of half-time, Pauric McGorry pointed from a free to give the half time score of Shercock 0 – 00, Drumgoon 0 – 07
Shercock Pressure With the wind in their favour in the second half, Shercock began more confidently. Again, Ciaran McDermott was controlling the Shercok attacks from midfield, and with Lee Clarke and Dean O’Reilly now coming more into the game and Niamh O’Reilly in excellent form in the Shercock goal, it was inevitable that Shercock would make an impression on the game.
After 4 minutes of the second half, it was McDermott who took Shercocks first score, and the team appeared to settle after this. Lee Clarke and Kevin Smith were starting to make thir presence felt for Shercock on the forward line, and it was Dean O’Reilly who scored their second point before McDermott scored their third.
Drumgoon were now under pressure. However, Micheal O’Brien in the goal retained control of his defensive line. Eamonn McCluskey, supported by Moynagh, McCabe and the recently introduced Gary Lavery ensured that Drumgoon’s lead was never really threatened. The final score of the game went to Drumgoon’s Aogan Farrell in the dying minutes of the half, to leave the final score Shercock 0:03, Drumgoon 0:08.
Team PerformanceThis was a solid team performance by Drumgoon, where all quarters performed well in the conditions. Michael O’Brien was solid in goal. The full back line was well managed by Eamon McCluskey and Mark Hartnett. Conor Moynagh and Peter McGorry controlled the wings and Brendan McCabe looked secure at centre-half .
At midfield, Tommie O’Brien and Pauric McGorry worked hard against a resilient Shercock pair, and the Drumgoon half forward line of Paul Smith, Luke O’Brien and Dean Hand caused the Shercock defence many problems. Aogan Farrell and Dylan Bates were capable of taking scores throughout, and when introduced, Gary Lavery, Cliona Farrell, Ronan McDonald, Martin Fitzpatrick and Damien McGorry, all equipped themselves well.
Presentation After the match, Peadar Mohan, Principal at Shercock, and team mentor, acknowledged the performance of the two clubs, which account for five county titles this year (Shercock at U14 & U16 – Drumgoon at Senior Schools Girls, Minor and Intermediate). The Damian McCann Cup was then presented to Drumgoon by Andy and Gretia McCann. Medals will be presented to the winning team at a function in Maudabawn Cultural Centre during December. Ulster Intermediate Championship – 3/11/2002
DRUMGOON reign supreme in UlsterDRUMGOON 3 – 07 NEWBRIDGE 1 – 05Ulster Intermediate Championship – 17/11/2002
Drumgoon became the first team from County Cavan to win a game in the Ulster Intermediate championship when they defeated the Derry Champions Sean O’ Leary’s, Newbridge in a brilliant game of football in Clontibret on Sunday last. Unlike the drawn game this was a tough bruising encounter which Drumgoon led from start to finish. Drumgoon have now extended their unbeaten championship run to 18 games. Drumgoon were first on the scoreboard when the in-form Martin Clerkin on the first coolly slotted over the bar. Shortly after attacking wing back Keith Fannin raced up the field and was fouled wide out and the left. Keith coolly slotted the resultant free over the bar. Drumgoon then made a brilliant move when Michael Hannon drove hard out of defence and found Paul Mc Cabe. Paul’s shot fell short of the goal keeper who knocked the ball out into the path of the in-rushing Bryan Bates who cleverly shot to the net. With Jim Mc Nally and Edward Jackson dominating mid-field the Drumgoon forwards were really flying at this stage. Philip Mc Dermott set up Paul Mc Cabe for another score to shoot Drumgoon into a 1 – 4 to 0 – 0 lead. Newbridge not knowing what had hit them, finally got on the scoreboard through a free from the county star Dermott Dougan. Eamon Burke was fouled in another rare Newbridge attack and Dermott Dougan shot over the resultant free. A mix up in the Drumgoon defence resulted in a loose ball falling in the Drumgoon square which wing back Jimmy Murphy shot to the net. Drumgoon responded well to this set back and struck back through Ian Reilly to add two more points to leave Drumgoon leading on a scoreline of 1 – 5 to 1 – 2 in Drumgoon’s favour at half time.
In the second half Drumgoon’s half back line was water tight and it was a case of thou shalt not pass. Not alone did Michael Hannon keep Dermott Dougan to one score from play, he regularly stole forward to overlap with his attack. The Cavan side laid siege to the Derry defence but were guilty of some bad wides before they made the breakthrough. A good move by Peter Hand resulted in Peter finding Edward Jackson with an inch perfect 50 yard pass. Edward cleverly got inside the Derry defence and fisted to the net putting Drumgoon into an insaliable lead. A swift move up field started by Martin Clerkin resulted in Bryan Bates being fouled. Ian Reilly shotover the resultant free. With Michael Hannon keeping the shackles on Dermott Dougan the Derry side introduced another star player Ryan Mc Elhone. However Paul Mc Enroe was also motoring well and he was first to every ball which fell between the pair. Dermott Dougan had two scores from frees to keep the scoreline respectable. Drumgoon put the game beyond Sean O’ Leary’s reach when Philip Mc Dermott was fouled in the square for a penalty. Up stepped the ever reliable penalty taker, Keith Fannin and Keith coolly slotted the penalty home, much to the delight of the large Drumgoon attendance. Super sub Peter Hand made his customary appearance and fittingly Peter had the last word shooting over a brilliant point from forty yards out on the left. This was a clinical performance from a slick Drumgoon side which improves with every outing. Their hoardes of loyal supporters are already looking forward to more enjoyment in 2003 from a young well organised side.
At the end of the game the Clontibret chairman praised both teams and presented the man of the match award to Drumgoon’s full back Colm Hannon. Drumgoon now go into a well deserved break from championship football, their next game taking place in March in the Ulster semi-final of the Intermediate Championship. A special word of praise must go to the team management, especially team manager Paddy Bates who now has put such time and effort into the side over the past two glorious years. Best for Drumgoon were Michael Hannon, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson, Martin Clerkin & Colm Hannon
Best for Newbridge were Dermot Dougan, K. Mc Cann, E. Burke and T. Walls. Scorers for Drumgoon:- Keith Fannin 1 – 1, Ian Reilly 0 – 3. Bryan Bates 1 – 0, Edward Jackson 1 – 0, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 1, Martin Clerkin 0 – 1, Peter Hand 0 – 1
Scorers for Newbridge :- Dermot Dougan, 0 – 4, J. Murphy 1 – 0, P. Rocks, 0 – 1
Drumgoon:- Seamus Morris, Michael Andrew Hannon, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly Subs used: Peter Hand, Niall Fortune
Newbridge:- Stephen Bateson; Kevin Mc Cann, Stephen Lynch, Hughie McGlone; Jimmy Murphy, Kevin McCann, Andy Gribben, Paddy Gribben, Roger Gribben, Paddy Walls, Eamon Burke, Paul Rocks; Thomas Walls; Gary Walls, Dermot Dougan. Subs used: N. Mc Mulholland, R. Mc Elhone, P. Mc Kernan, P. Bateson, O. Mulholland
Referee : B. Curran (Armagh) Ulster Intermediate Championship – 3/11/2002
DRUMGOON and NEWBRIDGE DRAW IN CLASSICDRUMGOON 1 – 18 NEWBRIDGE 3 – 12
In an action packed thriller, Cavan Champions, Drumgoon and the Derry Champions Sean O’ Leary’s, Newbridge served up a veritable feast of football in Clontibret on Sunday last in the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship. This was a classic encounter that had all the ingredients of a football match played at its very best. The play swung from end to end from start to finish and in the end it would have been a shame for either side to loose. At the end of normal time, the sides were level and after extra time, there was still no separating the two sides. The game was played in typical Ulster fashion with lots of bruising encounters and no quarter asked for or given. Some of the scores taken, particularly by the Drumgoon forwards were worth traveling miles to see. This was a magnificent contest between two very evenly matched teams. The sides were level six times during the game with Drumgoon showing great fighting spirit to bounce back after conceding goals at vital times. Each time Drumgoon got two points ahead, Newbridge came back with goals to go ahead again. However Drumgoon were never easily going to relinquish their 17 match unbeaten run in championship football and always fought back. To the fore in this fight back was their influential Midfielder Jim Mc Nally who deservedly was awarded the man of the match award at the end of a brilliant contest. As Jim was the driving force for Drumgoon, Derry county star Dermott Dougan was the chief play maker for Newbridge. Dermott was involved in all of Newbridge’s good moves scoring a goal and helping to set up two more.
Newbridge were first to get on the scoreboard when Dermott Dougan sent over two free kicks. Having missed a few free scoring opportunities, Drumgoon opened their account when their attacking wing back Keith Fannin raced up the field and shot over. Newbridge went further ahead with a point from T. Walls and another two frees from Dermott Dougan. Drumgoon then made a brilliant move when Paul Mc Enroe drove hard out of defence and found Paddy Mc Cabe who swiftly shot to the net giving the Derry keeper no chance. Another good move start by Jim Mc Nally resulted in Bryan Bates shooting over to leave the score 1 – 3 to 0 – 5 at half time in Drumgoon’s favour.
The second half started in welter of activity , Drumgoon extending their lead to three points and then Sean O’Leary’s hitting back with a goal in side two minutes to re-take the lead, Gary Walls finishing for the goal in the 6th minute. That set the tone for a second half in which fortunes changed hands repeatedly in as the game became increasingly competitive. Drumgoon with Jim Mc Nally and Edward Jackson dominating in the centre continued to pound the Derry defence. Constant Drumgoon pressure resulted in points from Paul Mc Enroe and Keith Fannin. At this stage it looked like Drumgoon were heading for a famous victory. However, Newbridge fought back and following good work by Dermott Dougan, Thomas Walls shot to the net. Points from Ryan Mc Elhone and Eamon Burke seen Newbridge go in front again. However, Drumgoon never gave up and fought back with two brilliant points from Jim Mc Nally. Exchanges were hectic at this stage as first one then the other went ahead. Drumgoon edged in front again through points from Philip Mc Dermott and supersub Peter Hand. Once again it looked like Drumgoon had done enough but it was not to be as full forward G. Walls burst through to score another goal for Newbridge and put them a point ahead. A swift move up field started by full back Colm Hannon resulted in Paul Mc Cabe shooting over a brilliant point from forty yards out on the right to bring the sides level. Another Drumgoon attack resulted in Ian Reilly being fouled and the ever cool Peter Hand shot over to give Drumgoon the lead. A last minute attack by Newbridge resulted in a point from P. Mc Kernan and the two sides went into extra time. In extra time Drumgoon once gain raced into the lead with points from Peter Hand and Keith Fannin. Ryan Mc Elhone and G. Walls replied for Newbridge. Adrian Crosson who did a good job on the marking of Dermot Dougan stole forward to set up Philip Mc Dermott for a point and give Drumgoon the lead at the break in extra time. Drumgoon at this stage had slightly the better of things and led by 1-15 to 2-11 at the break but the concession of a third goal, Dermot Dougan providing the finish, three minutes into the second period saw the Derry men in front again. As the game built in intensity the very large attendance were all on their toes. In the final period of the game Ian Reilly tormented the Newbridge defence with brilliant running and tackling. Ian sent over two wonder points and once again it looked like Drumgoon were on their way. The large attendance were now on their toes as Dermott Dougan burst through to shoot the net and send the Derry supporters wild with delight.
And once again Drumgoon fought back when Martin Clerkin broke up an attack and found Peter Hand with a good pass. Peter was fouled and he sent the resulting free over to give Drumgoon the lead and time almost up. Newbridge staged a last gasp attack and G. Walls shot over the bar to end an intriguing contest. There were many heroes throughout the hour and doubtless many sore limbs the next morning. Everyone who witnessed the game are eagerly looking forward to the replay in two weeks time. At the end of the game the Clontibret chairman praised both teams and presented the man of the match award to Jim Mc Nally.
Best for Drumgoon were Jim Mc Nally, Paul Mc Enroe, Edward Jackson, Colm Hannon and Keith Fannin
Best for Newbridge were Dermot Dougan, Roger Gribben, Paul Rocks, Gary Walls, and Eamon Burke.
Scorers for Drumgoon:- Keith Fannin 0 – 4, Peter Hand 0 – 4, Paddy Mc Cabe 1 – 0, Jim Mc Nally 0 – 2, Ian Reilly 0 – 2, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 2, Paul Mc Enroe 0 – 1, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 1, Bryan Bates 0 – 1, Edward Jackson 0 – 1,
Scorers for Newbridge:- Dermot Dougan, 1 – 4, G. Walls 1 – 1, T. Walls 1 – 1, E. Burke 0 – 1, R. Mc Elhone, 0 – 2, P. Mc Kernan 0 – 2, N. Mulholland 0 – 1
Drumgoon:- Seamus Morris, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Hannon, Paul Crosson, Keith Fannin, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Paul Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly
Subs used: Peter Hand
Newbridge:- Stephen Bateson; Kevin Mc Cann, Stephen Lynch, Hughie McGlone; Jimmy Murphy, Kevin McCann, Andy Gribben, Paddy Gribben, Roger Gribben, Paddy Walls, Eamon Burke, Paul Rocks; Thomas Walls; Gary Walls, Dermot Dougan. Subs used: Ryan Mc Elhone, P. Mc Kernan, G. Scullion, P. Totten
Referee: B. Walsh (Ballybay). Intermediate Champions – 6/10/2002

Drumgoon 0-08 Denn 0-6
DRUMGOON’S rise to prominence in club football over the last five years from underage upwards has continued unabated. On Sunday last at Breffni Park they captured their first-ever Cavan Intermediate football championship title at the expense of an experienced Denn side. The club in the process also completed a remarkable two year period as twelve months ago they lifted the junior crown.
If experience was a key factor in the outcome then Denn had the edge but Drumgoon with a mixture of youth and experience, were intent on achieving victory. Although it was always close, due to the tension of the occasion and many missed opportunities by the respective forwards, there were many stoppages in a game in which Drumgoon fully merited their victory. They led at half-time by 0-6 to 0-3, when the margin should have been greater, and while Denn produced a spirited second-half, including a near miss for goal by John Smith, it would have been a travesty had Drumgoon lost.
Experience
Denn who have already won this title on two occasions, 1988 and 1990, might have felt they had the edge, given their experience at this level. However they met a Drumgoon side full of enthusiasm and no little skill, who used the vast expanses of the Breffni Park pitch to try and outpace their opponents, which they did on occasions, but then struggled to make it count on the scoreboard. If Drumgoon were to prosper the defence needed to mark tightly, ensure that Edward Jackson and Jim McNally made an impact at midfield and leave the rest to forwards of the calibre of Philip McDermott, Patrick and Paul McCabe, Ian O’Reilly, Peter Hand and Martin Clerkin. Denn looked to forwards of the calibre of Hubert Smith, Kenneth Rothwell, Fergal Brady, Paraic McGovern, Colin Kiernan, a late replacement for full-forward Jerome Kiernan and John Smith to help lay the foundations for victory but got nothing soft from the Drumgoon rearguard.
Entertaining
The game as a whole was entertaining but in a final of such importance mistakes were made and despite the ideal conditions the flow of the game was not helped by moves breaking down through short passing or the tenacious tackling of the defenders. Early nerves prevented a number of scores from both sides. John Smith and Peter Hand were off target and it was Denn who drew first blood from a Fergal Brady free after six minutes. Denn might have gained a major breakthrough one minute later when Kenneth Rothwell’s shot for goal produced a fine save from goalkeeper Seamus Morris.
Drumgoon eventually found the target in the eighth minute through Philip McDermott. After Seamus Morris had saved in the Drumgoon goal from Martin Cahill. Denn went in front again from Paraic McGovern in the eleventh minute. It was at this stage that Drumgoon began to make a serious impact on the game. Paul McCabe scored from a brilliant effort out on the wing and Peter Hand gave them the lead for the first time from a free after fifteen minutes. Referee Martin Brady, in an effort to nip any trouble in the bud, issued yellow cards to Edward Jackson, Martin Cahill and Philip McDermott.
Grip tightened
Drumgoon’s grip on the game tightened in the closing stages of the first-half with excellent points from man-of-the-match Keith Fannin, Paddy McCabe and Philip McDermott for a 0-6 to 0-2 lead with seven minutes of the half remaining. Keith Fannin covered every inch of the park in the quest for success and was always in the thick of the action. Keith is also a talented soccer player, and was a member of the county under-21 side this season. Keith can tackle, defend and attack. His inch perfect passes were one of the highlights of the game. Denn were becoming a little frustrated at this stage and Pat Baker was the recipient of a yellow card. The mentors including team coach Brendan Neligan took strong action at this stage to try and reverse the trend of the game by introducing Philip Galligan and Thomas Farrelly. It had the effect of boosting the side’s efforts and they had the final score of the half from a John Smith free in injury time to cut Drumgoon’s lead to three points, 0-6 to 0-3. Although Denn produced a strong finish to the half, Drumgoon deserved their three point lead.
Big Guns introduced
There was some tough talking in the Denn dressing room at half-time and the situation called for some bold initiatives. It led to the introduction of two of the club’s most experienced players, 36 year old Thomas Smith and 27 year old Jerome Kiernan. Drumgoon however had the better of the early second-half exchanges and Philip McDermott increased the lead with a point. Tommy Smith’s opening contribution was a point in the tenth minute. Keith Fannin restored Drumgoon’s four point advantage in the fourteenth minute. Denn, somewhat belatedly, began to make some kind of impression on the game as Jerome Kiernan reduced the lead. Denn however were making little use of their scoring opportunities and were fortunate when Drumgoon had the opportunity of putting the game out of reach when a good shot from Ian Reilly was saved.
Goal Chance
Another goal opportunity for Denn, the best of the game, came in injury time when a shot from John Smith hit an upright and came back to Jerome Kiernan whose shot was deflected for a 45. Hubert Smith at last found the target with a point. There was still time for Denn to save the game and after Drumgoon had shot two quick wides, the last chance fell to Tommy Smith from a 45 which landed on the edge of the square but was cleared to end the action and an exciting finish.
It was another remarkable success for the Drumgoon club and manager Paddy Bates. They move up to senior ranks next year when they face teams like Gowna, Cavan Gaels, Kingscourt etc. There was little argument about the man of the match award which went to Drumgoon’s left-half back Keith Fannin. Club chairman Jimmy Reilly said it is the first time the club will be involved at senior championship level. “We were mainly a junior club for nearly ninety years with the breakthrough coming last year. We will be well fit to take our place among the senior clubs. We played in Division 1 this season and won a number of games without a number of our players who were on duty with the Cavan senior and U-21 county teams.”. Team captain Edward Jackson said “It is a fantastic achievement for a club with such a small panel of players and to win back to back championship finals. The players put their hearts and souls into the preparations and I have never been involved with such a dedicated panel which was so focused on going all the way. “I am very proud of the way the players rose to the occasion and with the support of the team management
Few, if any clubs make the graduation from Junior to Senior in only one season. Their meteoric rise to prominence in club football over the last five years in Cavan club football from underage upwards has continued unabated. The club in the process also completed a remarkable two year period as twelve months ago they lifted the junior crown defeating a strong Kildallan side in the final. They then went on to become the first club from Cavan to capture an All Ireland adult title, when they won the All Ireland Junior Club Final defeating Belmullet from Co. Mayo in the final.
It was another remarkable success for the Drumgoon club and manager Paddy Bates. Paddy is a tremendous man manager and is able to get the best out of his players on all occasions. The great work at under-age levels in recent times has really started to pay dividends in a big way. The many long years of heartbreak and disappointment that the Drumgoon club had to endure are now forgotten as this group of players look to pastures new to conquer in the coming years. They are on a roll at present, and will be hard to stop. In a complete team performance it is difficult to pick out any players in particular. The entire defence, five of whom are under 21, were tremendous. There were great displays also from Edward Jackson, Colm Hannon, Keith Fannin, Philip Mc Dermott and Paul Crosson. Drumgoon – Seamus Morris; Paul Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul McEnroe; Adrian Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin (0 – 2); Edward Jackson, Jim McNally; Philip McDermott (0 – 3), Martin Clerkin, Patrick McCabe (0 – 1); Ian O’Reilly, Paul McCabe (0 – 1), Peter Hand (0 – 1).
Subs used – Bryan Bates for Peter Hand, Barry Crosson for Martin Clerkin (Inj) Denn – Brian Boylan; Anthony McPhillips, Donnacha Brady, Oliver Brady; Pat Baker, David McKiernan, Martin Cahill; Pascal Galligan, Ronan Kiernan; Paraic McGovern (0-1), Hubert Smith (0-1), Fergal Brady (0-1); Kenneth Rothwell, Colin Kiernan, John Smith (0-1). Subs. – Philip Galligan for Pat Baker, Thomas Farrelly for Kenneth Rothwell, Thomas Smith for Colin Kiernan, Jerome Kiernan for Fergal Brady,
Referee Martin Brady, Ballinagh
After Match comments
Another milestone for Drumgoon After the match, Drumgoon Club Chairman Jimmy Reilly said it is the first time the club will be involved at senior championship level. “We were mainly a junior club for nearly ninety years with the breakthrough coming last year. We will be well fit to take our place among the senior clubs. We played in Division 1 of the ACFL this season and won a number of games without a number of our leading players who were on duty with the Cavan senior and U-21 county teams.” Successful team captain Edward Jackson said “It is a fantastic achievement for a club with such a small panel of players and to win back to back championship finals. “The players put their hearts and souls into the preparations and I have never been involved with such a dedicated panel which was so focused on going all the way. “I am very proud of the way the players rose to the occasion and with the support of the team management and the fans, it was a great achievement. I am a very proud Drumgoon man”. The celebrations in Drumgoon and the surrounding areas went long into the night on Sunday, and during the week, as the team and supporters come to terms with another great football achievement, and with the promise of more to come in the years ahead. The team and their supporters are a credit to the club and their area, and they have revitalised football in the area, and their are a model for many clubs in the county not alone by their achievement but the loyalty and pride the players have in representing their club and their parish. Who is to say that in the next few years that senior honours won’t be coming their way. All supporters of Cavan club football wish them every success in the future, and no doubt, some of their young and talented players will hopefully play a full part in the coming years for the county in the quest to get Breffni football back amongst the honours on the inter-county scene. For the present well-done to all concerned concerned and to their loyal and dedicated management team under the astute control of Paddy Bates. Intermediate Championship – 21/9/2002

Drumgoon 0-12 Drung 0-8
A purple patch in the second half display was enough to send Drumgoon into the final of this year’s Intermediate Championship at the expense of a Drung team in a keenly contested semi-final at Kingspan/Breffni Park, Cavan on Saturday evening 21st September. Repeating their earlier group win over the same opposition, Drumgoon were convincing winners and their greater fitness, hunger and team-work was too much for Drung on this occasion.
Exchanges were even during the opening half of the game with players on both sides struggling to get any consistency into their game, and several good chances were wasted by both sides. At the end of the opening half the game was in the balance as Drumgoon were narrowly ahead by 0-6 to 0-5.
The opening ten minutes of the second half saw Drumgoon quickly extend their lead with points from county senior star Edward Jackson and Ian O’Reilly. A point at the other end by Finbar Crowe kept Drung in touch, but even at this stage of the game it was clear that Drumgoon looked the likely winners. With Paddy McCabe in inspirational form up front and the Drumgoon defence, full-back Colm Hannon in particular, invariably coming out on top in the close exchanges, it was James O’Reilly’s goal which came under most pressure as the second half wore on. Then an eight-man move by Drumgoon in the 38th minute was finished superby Jim McNally for a point. His side were now growing in confidence all over the field, and it would take something exceptional to get their opponents back into the game.
To their credit Drung tried everything they knew to unhinge Drumgoon’s defence, but their direct route play of sending in high ball into the Drumgoon square was handled expertly by a Drumgoon defence who were equal to the task. Austin Curran kept Drung in the game with two close in frees. Best for Drumgoon were the Hannon brothers, Colm and Michael; Paul Crosson, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Paddy Mc Cabe and Peter Hand.
Drumgoon – Seamus Morris, Paul Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul McEnroe, Adrian Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin; Edward Jackson (0-1), Jim McNally (0-1); Philip McDermott, Martin Clerkin, Patrick McCabe (0-4); Ian O’Reilly (0-2), Paul McCabe (0-1), Peter Hand (0-3,).
Sub used; Bryan Bates
Drung -James O’Reilly; Ronan Crowe, Alan Curran, Ronan Slowey; Philip Monaghan, Noel O’Reilly, Brendan Brady; Paul Slowey (0-1), Austin Curran (0-4,); Ciaran Galligan, Shane O’Rourke, Niall O’Rourke; Martin O’Reilly (0-2,), Finbar Crowe (0-1), Eamon O’Reilly.
Referee: Martin Brady (Ballinagh). U14 Football Championship – 21/9/2002

Gowna 1 – 08 Drumgoon 0 – 13
On a beautiful morning in Gowna on Saturday last, Drumgoon and Gowna/Arva under 14 boys served up a feast of football. In one of the best games seen all year, both sides played their hearts out and in the end Drumgoon just about deserved their victory. Gowna got off to a flying start when their star forward, Shane Bouchier broke through the centre to shoot to the back of the net right from the kick off. Pauric Keogh added a point for Gowna and they put the Drumgoon defence under constant pressure. However Drumgoon settled and when the tenacious John Fitzpatrick moved into the centre half position they soon got into their stride. Their strong running midfielder Cathal Smith got the scoring under way for the winners with a fine point. The young attacker Eamon Mc Cluskey scored the next three points to bring Drumgoon right back into the game. Gowna had points from Michael Gormley and Drumgoon replied through the tireless Conor Bates, who had a great game for the winners on the forty. At half time the sides were level on a scoreline of 1 – 5 to 0 – 8.
In the second half Conor Bates took up where he had left off in the first and quickly shot over two more points. Gowna applies the pressure through Stephen Ellis but sound work in the Drumgoon defence by Martin Hughes and Killian Kelly kept the tide at bay. The Drumgoon keeper Adam Bates also pulled off a number of superb saves. With time running out a point by Patrick Hughes sealed the victory for Drumgoon
Best for Drumgoon were, Conor Bates, John Fitzpatrick, Sarah Mc Cabe, Philp Smith and Martin Hughes
Best for Gowna were Shane Briody, Niamh Mc Glade, Shane Bouchier, Stephen Ellis, and Brendan Madden
Drumgoon:- Adam Bates, Martin Hughes (Capt), Sarah Mc Cabe, Padraic Mc Gorry, Killian Kelly, John Fitzpatrick, Cathal Smith, Philip Smith, Tommy O’ Brien, Conor Bates, James Mc Donald, Patrick Hughes, Eamon Mc Cluskey,
Subs used:- Killian Moynagh, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Michael O’ Brien
Gowna:- Jimmy Cullen, Colm Briody, Shane Briody, Niamh Mc Glade, Shane Bouchier, Stephen Ellis, Jack Holesworth, Brendan Madden, Pauric Keogh, Michael Gormley, Kathleen Lynch, David Philips, T. J. Fitzpatrick
Referee:- Tommy Lyons Intermediate Championship – 8/9/2002
Drumgoon qualify for the Semi-Finals
Drumgoon 0 – 15 Laragh Utd 0 – 04
Drumgoon had too many aces for a dis-appointing Laragh side in Cootehill on Sunday last. Drumgoon dominated in every sector and Laragh were in trouble all through.
Seamus Morris, Paul McEnroe, Colm Hannon, Paul Crossan, Adrian Crossan, Michael Andrew Hannon, Keith Fannin(4), Edward Jackson(1), Jim McNally, Phillip McDermott(1), Martin Clerkin(1), Paddy McCabe, Peter Hand(5), Paul McCabe(1), Ian O’Reilly(1).
Subs used: Bryan Bates, Niall Fortune. Intermediate Championship – 25/7/2002
Good run continues
Drumgoon 1 – 11 Drung 0 – 08
On a beautiful Sunday evening in O’ Reilly Park, Cootehill, Drumgoon deservedly defeated Drung in the final of their preliminary first round games. In the first half the honours were evenly divided, with little to choose between both teams. However in the second half Drumgoon show a superior fitness level and ran out deserving winners. Drung did stage a late rally in order to salvage something from the game but they found the Drumgoon keeper, John O’ Reilly in top form.
Drumgoon started well and soon had points apiece from the two midfielders Jim mc Nally and Edward Jackson following good runs against the Drung defence. Philip Monaghan got Drung on the scoreboard with a well taken free. Niall O’ Rourke then pointed for Drung to bring the sides level. Philip Mc Dermott had two good points for Drumgoon and Phil Monaghan replied with two similar scores for Drung. A point from Alan Curran seen Drung go into the break with a one point lead. In the second half Drumgoon played with more purpose and soon got in front, thanks to points from Paul Mc Cabe, Seamus Morris, and Ian Reilly. With Michael Andrew getting better and better in the heart of defense, Drung were finding it difficult to break through. Austin Curran had a point for Drung and Philip Mc Dermott had another for Drumgoon.
Then came the turning point in the match. With Seamus Morris switched to full forward and Paul Mc Cabe out in the half forwards, Paul was tormenting the Drung defence. Paul won a good ball from Michael Hannon around midfield. Paul went on one of his jinking runs, beat several players and ended up being brought down in the square for a penalty. Up stepped the ever cool Keith Fannin and he struck a brilliant ball to the net, giving James Reilly no chance in the Drung nets. From here to the end Drung threw everything they had at the Drumgoon defence but nothing was going to get past John Reilly in the Drumgoon nets.
Best for Drumgoon were, John Reilly, Michael Hannon, Colm Hannon, Paul Mc Cabe and Jim Mc Nally,
Best for Drung, Karl O’ Rourke, Alan Curran, Noel Fitzpatrick, Philip Monaghan and Finbarr Crowe
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Paul Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Michael Andrew Hannon, Adrian Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Ian Reilly, Martin Clerkin, Seamus Morriss, Paul Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates Subs used:- Paddy Mc Cabe, Barry Crosson
Drung:- James Reilly, Noel Reilly, Karl O’ Rourke, Ronan Crowe, Alan Curran, Noel Fitzpatrick, Brendan Brady, Paul Slowey, P. Galligan, Niall O’ Rourke, Austin Curran, Shane O’ Rourke, Philip Monaghan, Eamon Reilly, Finbarr Crowe
Referee:- Jimmy Galligan
Drumgoon Minors are county champions

Drumgoon 4 – 09 Muintir Connacht 4 – 07
In the proverbial game of two halves, Drumgoon deservedly just pipped Muintir Connacht in Breffni Park on Wednesday evening last to take the Division 3 minor championship. Playing with a strong breeze on their backs, Drumgoon raced into an early lead. Their dynamic corner forward, Bryan Bates was in devastating form and he quickly helped himself to two points. With the towering Mc Donald brothers dominating mid-field, the Drumgoon forwards were getting plenty of possession. Niall Fortune who recently has broken into the senior squad was also having a great game and he score a goal to put Drumgoon five points ahead before Muintir Connacht had their first score through Tommy Brady. The Mc Donald brothers added points apiece before the man of the match Bryan Bates score two goals in quick succession. Muintir Connacht struck back with a goal from their county minor star, John Mc Cabe, to leave the scoreline 3 – 08 to 1 – 01 at halftime in Drumgoon’s favour. With the wind on their backs Muintir Connacht now staged a major comeback. With John Mc Cabe now operating at full forward, he scored three points in quick succession to bring Muintir Connacht right back into contention. It took heroics in the Drumgoon defence especially from Peter Mc Dermott and Niall Fortune tracking back to help his beleaguered defence. In a rare Drumgoon attack Edward Gaffney shot over for a point and shortly afterwards Bryan Bates was dragged down for a penalty. Niall Fortune was once again Drumgoon’s hero as he shot the resultant penalty to the net. John Mc Cabe scored two goals in quick succession to leave the narrowest of margins between the two sides. A strong up-field run by wing back Michael Murray resulted in Paul Mc Enroe shooting over. Muintir Connacht threw everything they had in the efforts to gain a late winner, but Drumgoon just held out.
Best for Drumgoon were, Bryan Bates, Niall Fortune, Francis Mc Donald, Edward Gaffney and Peter Mc Dermott
Best for Muintir Connacht were, John Mc Cabe, Tommy Brady, amd James Hetherton
Drumgoon:- Ciaran Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Bride, Peter Mc Dermott, Bernard Mc Bride, Paul Mc Enroe, Michael Murray, Michael Mc Donald, Francis Mc Donald, Niall Mc Entyre, Ciaran Lennon Niall Fortune, Bryan Bates, Edward Gaffney
Subs used: – Gene Mc Donald,
Referee:- B. Seagrave
Junior “B” Championship

Drumgoon 4 – 12 Redhills 1 – 06
Drumgoon reserves had Redhills as visitors to Boyle Park on Wednesday evening last. The “B” team gave a very good performance and ran out deserving winners. From the start Drumgoon brought the game to Redhills and went into an early lead thanks to an in form Paddy Mc Cabe and Sean Clerkin. Ronan Crosson and Niall Fortune dominated midfield and this ensured that all the Drumgoon forward line got on the scoreboard. Redhills had good players in Leo Mc Entee and Shane Mooney. At the break Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 3 – 7 to 0 – 4, the third goal coming from a well taken penalty by Niall Fortune. On the re-start Michael Murray set up Sean Clerkin for another goal and left Redhills with no way back. Best for Drumgoon were, Paddy Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Michael Murray, Sean Clerkin and Ronan Crosson. Best for Redhills were B, Rudden, B. Smith, S. Mooney, P. Gumley and M. Young
Drumgoon:- Gerard Hughes, Declan Boyle, John Mc Donald, Felim Reilly, N. Crosson, Colm Crosson, Michael Murray, Ronan Crosson, Niall Fortune, Conor Lennon, Paddy Mc Cabe, Ciaran Lennon, Francis Mc Donald, Sean Clerkin, Michael Fitzpatrick, Subs used:- Sean Crosson, Barry Reilly, Charlie Coyle, Peter B. Hand, Thomas Cochrane
Redhills:- P. Fitzpatrick, B. Mc Garvey, B. Rudden, D. Faulkner, D. Courtney, B. Smith, S. Mc Kernan, L. Mc Entee, S. Mooney. N. Mc Phillips, P. Gumley, S. Mc Garvey, N. Murphy, M. Young, S. Brady
Referee:- Popeye Woods (Kill) Under 13 Championship
Drumgoon 2 – 15 Gowna 4 – 06
Drumgoon overcame Gowna in a thrilling under 13 match on Boyle Park on Tuesday evening last. The game was extremely well contested by both sides and in the end with home advantage and support the Drumgoon boys came out on top. Gowna started strongly and went into an early lead. C. Donohue and D. Mc Gahern were playing very well for Gowna in the middle. Good work in the Drumgoon defence by Eamon Clerkin and Eugene Hughes prevented further scores. As the game wore on Drumgoon gradually got on top thanks to good work in the middle by Philip Smith and Tommy O’ Brien. Up front James Mc Donald and Dean Hand were causing problems for the Gowna defence. Indeed Dean ended up Drumgoon’s top scorer helping himself to 1 – 5 of their scoreline. Best for Drumgoon, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Eugene Hughes, Philip Smith, Tommy O’ Brien and Dean Hand Best for Gowna were P. Briordy, D. Mc Gahern, P. Madden, and C. Grey
Drumgoon:- Daniel Hartnett, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Eugene Hughes, Killian Moynagh, Pauric Mc Gorry, Mark Hartnett, Philip Smith, James Mc Donald, Tommy O’ Brien, Paul Smith, Brendan Mc Cabe, Dean Hand, Dylan Bates Subs Used, Paul O’ Hare, Ashley Boylan, Sinead Mc Donald,
Gowna:- D. Halton, P. Mullhall, D. Phillips, P. Briordy, A. Lynch, C. Grey, C. Donohue, D. Mc Gahern, P. Madden, P. Mc Gahern, J. Mc Loughlin, S. Briordy, P. Madden
Referee:- Popeye Woods (Kill)
Intermediate Championship

Drumgoon 1 – 13 Drumalee 2 – 08
On a damp Sunday in Ballyhaise, Drumgoon just done enough to keep their position at the top of the group in the Intermediate championship. In a game which Drumalee had to win to stay in the championship, they played very well and gave it their best shot. Indeed Drumgoon were never able to put them away and it took a lucky break when a ball floated in from 40 yards out deceived the defence and ended up in the net. Drumgoon got off to a good start and had points from Paul Mc Cabe and Peter Hand. Peter was in good kicking form and shot over two good frees. Micky Lee shot over two points Paul Crosson and Edward Jackson extended Drumgoon’s lead. A good Drumalee move resulted in C. Flood shooting a terrific shot low to the left hand corner of the net giving the Drumgoon keeper John O’ Reilly, no chance. At half time Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 0 – 8 to 1 – 2.
On the restart good work from Edward Jackson in midfield resulted in Paul Mc Cabe shooting over to ease Drumgoon nerves. Seamus Morris extended the lead before K. Donohue shot over for Drumalee. The youthful Darragh Gaffney had a great game on the forty for Drumalee. A shot from Darragh came back of the post and in ensuing confusion in the Drumgoon defence, Kevin Donohue shot to the net. This score brought Drumalee right back into the game and it took good work in the defence from Adrian Crosson and Paul Mc Enroe to prevent more scores. Adrian Crosson made a brilliant interception for Drumgoon and went on one his trademark forays forward. Adrians runs brought relief to the Drumgoon defence and caused panic in the Drumalee defence each time he went forward. A good run from Adrian set up Bryan Bates who cooly slotted over the bar. Philip Mc Dermott sent in a hopeful shot from 40 yards out on the right and as the defence stood back expecting the ball to sail over the bar, it dipped and ended up in the top corner of the net. Drumalee to their credit fought back and points from D. Tighe and C. Flood brought them level again. A surging run forward by Paul Mc Enroe resulted in Drumgoon regaining the lead and when Bryan Bates added another to ensure a deserved Drumgoon victory. Drumgoon now play Drung on Sunday fortnight in the final game of the group. The first two weeks in August are closed for GAA matches, so most of the boyo’s are off on a well deserved break.
Best for Drumgoon were Adrian Crosson, Paul Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally and Paul Mc Cabe,
Best for Drumalee, D. Gaffney, C, Flood, A, Donohue, C. Mc Caffrey and M. Lee
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Adrian Crosson, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Seamus Morris, Bryan Bates, Martin Clerkin, Paul Mc Cabe, Peter Hand
Drumalee:- J. Heffernan, C. Caffrey. C. Mc Caffrey, S. Lee, D. Mc Cormack, J. Malone, T. Mc Caffery, J. Higgins, S. Donohue, D. Tighe, D. Gaffney, C. Flood, A. Dempsey, M. Lee, K. Donohue
Referee:- Donal Reilly (Kingscourt) Ladies 9 a-side Competition

Drumgoon 2 – 07 Castlerahan/Denn 0 – 07

Drumgoon Ladies qualified for the semi-final of the 9 a side competition by virtue of a good win over Castlerahan / Denn on Friday evening last. There were very good performances from Teresa Clerkin, Blathnaid Farrell and Ann Smith. Drumgoon welcomed back Margaret Mc Bride and Ciara Farrell after a lengthy absence.
Scorers for Drumgoon:- Teresa Clerkin 1 – 2, Ciara Farrell 1 – 2, Ann Smith 0 – 1, Aisling Mc Dermott 0 – 1 and Siobhan Mc Gorry 0 – 1
Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Katherine Mc Bride, Blathnaid Farrell, Clare Mc Caffrey, Aisling Mc Dermott, Ann Smith, Theresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell, Sarah Mc Cabe
Subs Used:- Michelle Murray, Lisa Murray, Emma Kate Reilly, Muireann Mc Dermott, Margaret Mc Bride, Irene Mc Cabe, Siobhan Mc Gorry,
Referee:- Thomas Cochrane, Esquire Juniors over first hurdle

Drumgoon 1 – 10 Killgarry 0 – 10
On Wed evening, 24/7/02, Drumgoon Junior “B” team qualified for the next round of the championship when they had a well deserved win over Killygarry. Leading the way for Drumgoon was near veteran Michael Fitzpatrick, who dominated the game from start to finish. Indeed there age spread on this team ranges from sixteen year old Michael Murray to Michael Fitzpatrick, Charlie Coyle and Peter B. Hand, all of whom have been playing for Drumgoon for more years than they care to remember. However, this blend of youth and experience was enough to see them through. Niall Fortune had a great game in the mid-field scoring 1 – 2. Also high in the scoring stakes was Paddy Mc Cabe helping himself to five points. The remaining scores came from the talented Sean Clerkin.
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Liam Mc Dermott, John Mc Donald, Declan Boyle, Niall Crosson, Colm Crosson, Michal Murray, Niall Fortune, Ronan Crosson, Shane O’ Connell, Paddy Mc Cabe, Conor Lennon, Ciaran Lennon, Sean Clerkin, Michael Fitzpatrick
Subs Used:- Charlie Coyle, Peter B. Hand Intermediate Championship – 18/7/2002
Drumgoon win Thriller
Ballinagh 2 – 06 Drumgoon 1 – 10
On Thursday evening last in Breffni Park, Drumgoon staged a remarkable comeback to win one of the best games witnessed at Kingspan Breffni Park all year. Despite trailing for most of the game, Drumgoon’s never say die attitude seen them deservedly win through in the end. Ballinagh got off to the perfect start when their county minor star, Colin Gumley broke through on the left and dashed forward shooting to net, giving the Drumgoon keeper John O’ Reilly no chance. This gave the Ballinagh side the confidence to run at the Drumgoon defence and Alan Durkin was unlucky when his shot rebounded off the crossbar and over the bar when it would have been easier to shoot under. Drumgoon slowly dragged themselves back into game thanks to good work in the middle from Edward Jackson and Jim Mc Nally. Edward set up an attack which resulted in Bryan Bates being fouled and Keith Fannin drove over the resultant free with his trusty left foot. Paul Mc Cabe then shot over and when Paul was fouled again shortly after, Ian O’ Reilly shot over the resultant free to narrow the gap. Declan Beard and Philip Mc Dermott exchanged points and then Ballinagh went further ahead. A good move from the Maguire brothers resulted in Declan Beard shooting to the net despite the best efforts of John Reilly. Ian Reilly pointed a free for Drumgoon to leave the score 2 – 05 to 0 – 05 in favour of Ballinagh at the break.
In the second half both teams cancelled each other out and there were great whole hearted performances from both sides, particularily in the half back lines. Anthony Gaynor had a great game for Ballinagh, while the athletic centre half back for Drumgoon, Keith Fannin, was easily the best player on view. Keith covered every blade of grass on Breffni Park and gave an exhibition of high fielding and inch perfect passes. The introduction of Peter Hand into the Drumgoon side brought about the hoped for change in fortune. From way out on the left, Peter sent over one of his long distance trade mark points. Indeed this is a feature which is sadly missing in many of todays teams, the ability to shoot over from distance. Ballinagh replied with points from Michael Dunne and Alan Durkin and looked to be on their way to victory. However, Drumgoon had other ideas and the long awaited goal came via route one.
The Drumgoon keeper, John Reilly drove one of his now customary long kick outs well past midfield. Jim Mc Nally rose highest for the ball and fielded brilliantly. Jim drove a long high ball into the danger area where it broke into the path of the in rushing Seamus Morris. Seamus drove the ball hard and high to the top left corner of the net. Right from the kickout, Seamus collected the ball and shot over to leave only one point between the sides. Adrian Maguire fisted a ball over the bar to extend Ballinagh’s lead. Drumgoon responded immediately and Edward Jackson was fouled as he drove through. The ever cool Peter Hand shot over the resultant free. With time running out more Drumgoon pressure resulted in a point from Seamus Morris to bring the sides level for the first time. Into injury time and the winning point was scored by full forward Paul Mc Cabe. Paul had worked tirelessly throughout the game and is was fitting that the winning score should fall to Paul. From an acute angle out on the left with the minimum of room, Paul managed to get the ball over the bar much to the delight of the large Drumgoon support.
Best for Drumgoon were, Keith Fannin, Edward Jackson, Paul Mc Cabe, Jim Mc Nally, and Paul Mc Enroe
Best for Ballinagh, Anthony Gaynor, Enda Brady, Colin Gumley, Damien Mc Inerney and Declan Beard
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Seamus Morriss, Ian Reilly, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates Sub used:- Peter Hand
Ballinagh:- Darragh Mc Carty, Cian Mc Dermott, Anthony Duffy, Ollie Gumley, Anthony Gaynor, Enda Brady, Damien Mc Inerney, Adrian Maguire, Pauric Maguire, Declan Beard, Noel Gumley, Alan Durkin, Colin Gumley, Kevin Galligan, Michael Dunne
Referee:- Brian Crowe (Cavan Gaels) Intermediate Championship – 12/7/2002
Drumgoon on Song
Ballyhaise 2 – 5 Drumgoon 2 – 18
On a beautiful evening in Breffni Park on Friday last, Drumgoon defeated Ballyhaise in their first ever Intermediate Championship game.
In an all round team performance, nine Drumgoon players got their names on the scoresheet. Leading the way in the scoring stakes was full forward, Paul Mc Cabe who finished with a personal tally of 1 – 5. Drumgoon were first on the scoreboard when a dashing run forward by Keith Fannin set up Bryan Bates to shoot over.
Adrian Crosson and Paul Mc Cabe added points to extend Drumgoon’s lead. With Drumgoon Edward Jackson and Jim Mc Nally dominating midfield, Ballyhaise were on the back foot from the word go. Edward Jackson drove at the Ballyhaise defence every half chance he got and a strong run from Edward set up Bryan Bates who finished sweetly to the net.
Ballyhaise then got on the scoreboard through two frees from Stephen Smith. These points help to spark Ballyhaise into action and a foul in the square on Adrian Delaney resulted in a penalty. Gerry Mc Crudden struck the ball very well and was unlucky to see his shot rebound off a post and wide. This miss seemed to dis-hearten Ballyhaise and Drumgoon started to pull away with points from Ian Reilly, Paul Mc Cabe and Philip Mc Dermott to leave the score 1 – 7 to 0 – 4 in favour of Drumgoon at half time.
Right on the re-start, Edward Jackson found Paul Mc Cabe with a brilliant inch perfect pass. As cool as a cucumber, Paul rounded his marker, dummied the keeper and shot home to the delight of the large Drumgoon attendance. A procession of points followed for Drumgoon before Gerry Mc Crudden shot over two for Ballyhaise. With Edward Jackson driving Drumgoon forward all the time, the result was never in doubt.
Half backs, Paul Mc Enroe and Keith Fannin both stole forward to score for Drumgoon. Ballyhaise never gave up and they staged a late rally when Gerry Mc Crudden scored two goals in quick succession. Fittingly the final score of the game fell to one of the best player on the pitch, when an in form Paul Mc Cabe shot over.
A feature of the game was around 100 Spanish Students supporting Ballyhaise as they are staying in Ballyhaise College, They brought great fun and good humour to the game with their continental flavours as they continually chanted and supported their side.
Best for Drumgoon, Edward Jackson Paul Mc Cabe, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Mc Enroe and Adrian Crosson
Best for Ballyhaise, Gerry Mc Crudden, Stephen Smith, Adrian Delaney, J.C. Brady and Michael Rooney.
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Michael Andrew Hannon, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Seamus Morriss, Ian Reilly, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates Subs used:- Barry Crosson
Ballyhaise:- Brendan Maguire, Declan Reilly, Mark Rourke, Jimmy Leonard, Brendan Lyons, Michael Rooney, Adrian Rourke, Barry Mc Crudden, Stephen Smith, Com Reilly, Eamon Costello, Brendan Duggan, Gerry Mc Crudden Adrian Delaney, J. C. Brady
Referee:- Jimmy Galligan (Killygarry) Minor League
Minors play well away
Mountnugent 1 – 07 Drumgoon 4 – 14
Drumgoon Minors scored a very impressive 4-14 to 1-7 win over Mountnugent, in Mountnugent on Monday evening last.
This victory takes them into the knock out stages, with a play off game against Denn being their next outing.
With Paul McEnroe playing only his second game for the club in 2002 following his long run with the county minors, lining out at centre half back, Drumgoon started in a whirl wind fashion and raced into a 0-4 to 0-0 lead after only 5 minutes.
When Bryan Bates scored the first of his 3 goals a few minutes later, Mountnugent faced an up hill battle.
With the McDonald brothers (Michael and Francis) controlling mid field, and Edward Gaffney running at the Mountnugent defence at every opportunity, by half time Drumgoon had built up a solid lead of Drumgoon 1 – 9 to Mountnugent 0 – 3
The second half continued in the same vein as the first, with Michael McDonald scoring 3 points in a row, Niall McIntyre adding 2 more and Niall Fortune also getting on the scoreboard, Mountnugent just had no answers.
This was a very good team performance all through the field. Ciaran McCabe was sound in goals, Peter McDermott and Gene McDonald manned the full back line, Paul McEnroe was excellent at centre half getting good support from wing men Michael Murray and Paul McBride. At midfield Michael and Francis McDonald held control for most of the hour, and every forward got on the score sheet. Bryan Bates lead the way with a personal tally of 3 – 03, while Ciaran Lennon, Niall Fortune, Niall McIntyre, and Edward Gaffney all performed well. Damien “The Fonz” Kiernan and Bernard McBride both done well when introduced early in the second half. This was a very good result, and the management team of John Joe Lennon, Benny Mc Entyre and Seamus Morris all travelled home happy. ACFL Division 1
Drumgoon win Final League game
Bailieborough 2 – 8 Drumgoon 0 – 15
Drumgoon played Bailieborough on Saturday evening last and deservedly collected both points albeit by the narrowest of margins. The game was played in Kingscourt due to the unavailability of the Bailieborough pitch as it is currently being renovated. The pitch is Kingscourt is in immaculate condition and both sides served up a feast of football making best use of wide open spaces and the perfect playing conditions. Drumgoon started the stronger and soon began piling on the points. Their full forward Paul Mc Cabe was back to his best and he ended up Drumgoon’s leading scorer with four points. The Bailieborough full back, Gerry Sheridan did his best to contain Paul, but he proved to be a real live wire throughout the match. Good work from Ian Reilly and Philip Mc Dermott added to Drumgoon’s lead but Bailieborough fought back and kept right in contention through two goals coming from A. Larkin and R. Orwell. At half time Bailieborough led by two points on a scoreline of 2 – 6 to 0 – 10. In the second half the midfield duo of Jim Mc Nally and Edward Jackson got totally on top of their opposition.
This dominance was of great help to the forward line who got chance after chance to score. Bailieborough struggled to penetrate the Drumgoon defence. Barry Crosson was in great form as Paul Mc Enroe at centre half back. The unfortunate loss by Cavan minors provided a welcome boost to Drumgoon as Paul dominated his sector throughout the game and regularly found time to drive forward and join his attack.
Two points from Niall Fortune helped keep Drumgoon in touch as Bailieborough only managed two points in the second half. A strong run by Edward Jackson opened up the Bailieborough defence and Paul Mc Cabe coolly slotted over for the winning score.
Bailieborough did battle hard in the end to gain a draw but the resolute defence stood their ground and ran out deserving winners.
Best for Drumgoon were Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson, Barry Crosson, Ian Reilly and Paul Mc Cabe
Best for Bailieborough were, A. Larkin, C. Clarke, M. Murtagh, P. Cooney and R. Brennan
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Adrian Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Seamus Morris, Ian Reilly, Bryan Bates, Paul Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune
Bailieborough:- Paul O’ Dowd, P. Sheridan ,Gerry Sheridan ,Philip Clarke ,Ronan Olwell ,Mickey Murtagh ,Finbarr Clarke ,Charlie Clarke , Adrian Connolly, S. Reilly, Adrian Larkin, Paul Cooney, Andy Coleman, Roy Brennan, Ciaran Clarke
Referee:- M. G. Brady (Mullahoran) ACFL Division 1
Drumgoon on Top
Knockbride 0 – 8 Drumgoon 0 – 9
Drumgoon travelled to Canningstown on Friday evening last and deservedly collected the points. Both sides were evenly matched and were level at four points each at half time. In the second half Knockbride raced into a four point lead. However this was to be their last score as Drumgoon dominating midfield through Edward Jackson and Jim Mc Nally brought the game to their more illustrious opponents and scored five points without reply. Drumgoon with several new faces in the side were first onto the scoreboard when the youthful Niall Fortune shot over the bar making a good start to his first ever senior start. Knockbride replied immediately when the strong running John Tierney shot over from the fifty-yard line. Ian Reilly on the forty for Drumgoon was working his heart out and added two points for Drumgoon. Knockbride replied when Larry Reilly went on one his mazy runs and shot over. Another point from a difficult angle by Raphael Rogers levelled things up again. A brilliant move started deep in defence by Colm Hannon resulted in Paddy Mc Cabe being fouled for Drumgoon. The versatile Keith Fannin, who was having a majestic game for Drumgoon on the heart of the defence stepped up and shot the resulting free over the bar from wide on the left. A well taken free from Peter Reilly left the side level at four points each at half time. On the re-start Knockbride went ahead through Larry Reilly. John Tierney shot over the bar and Peter Reilly added another long range point to push Knockbride further ahead. However the Drumgoon side were not going to give up without a battle and they staged a magnificent comeback. Drumgoon dominated midfield to the end and both Jim Mc Nally and Edward Jackson found time to steal forward and shoot points apiece. Keith Fannin was in superb form at centre half back and covered every blade of grass on the Knockbride pitch. A point form Ian Reilly brought the sides level and the stage was set for a grandstand finish. Both sides strove forward in searching of the winning score and great defensive work by both sides kept the scores to a minimum.
With time running out and legs getting tired on the heavy pitch, it was the super fit full back, Colm Hannon who found time to move from full back right through the field and cap a magnificient performance by shooting over the winning score.
Best for Drumgoon, Keith Fannin, Colm Hannon, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson & Ian Reilly.
Best for Knockbride, Peter Reilly, Larry Reilly, Raphael Rogers, John Tierney, Alan Carolan
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Hannon, John Mc Donald, Ronan Crosson, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Bryan Bates, Ian Reilly, Paul Mc Cabe, Paddy Mc Cabe, Adrian Crosson, Niall Fortune
Knockbride:- Ronan Keaskin, David Traynor, Sean Og Smith, David Reilly, Michael Donohue, Peter Reilly, Ciaran Lynch, Alan Carolan, John Tierney, Shane Reilly, Larry Reilly, Ollie Mulvey, Colm Fitzpatrick, Raphael Rogers, S. O’ Brien
Referee:- Donal Reilly (Kingscourt) ACFL Division 1
Drumgoon collect the points
Drumgoon 2 – 14 Laragh Utd 3 – 6
Drumgoon had Laragh United as visitors to Boyle Park on Sunday morning last in the Division 1 League. In a very enjoyable free flowing game, Drumgoon ran out deserving winners. Drumgoon led all the way having gone into an early lead through points from an in form Jim Mc Nally. D. Smith replied with a point from a free for Laragh. With Edward Jackson and Jim Mc Nally dominating mid-field, Drumgoon set up attack after attack. Lovely free flowing football from Drumgoon resulted in good scores from Paddy Mc Cabe and Philip Mc Dermott. Points from J. Johnson and Patrick Shields kept Laragh in touch. At half time Drumgoon led by seven points to three. Laragh launched a strong attack in the second half but they found the Drumgoon half back line a tough nut to crack. Keith Fannin was in tremendous form as was Colm Hannon at full back who found time again and again to join the attack. The Drumgoon side stitched together plenty of intricate football with great support play coming from the Crosson brothers. On the forty for Drumgoon Ian Reilly was having the proverbial blinder. Ian went on a scoring spree and in a 10 minute period, personally scored 1 – 4 in a row without reply from Laragh. More good play from the Drumgoon midfield resulted in Edward Jackson shooting over to give Drumgoon a thirteen point cushion. With time running out Laragh suddenly woke up and E. Tully shot twice to the net in as many minutes. With their tails now up Laragh had a further score from M. Johnson. Drumgoon launched a final assault on the Laragh goals and were duly rewarded when Philip Mc Dermott shot the net.
Best for Drumgoon, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson, Colm Hannon, Keith Fannin & Adrian Crosson.
Best for Laragh:- , P. Shields, C. Oates, E. Cullivan, J. Johnson and D. Smith
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Hannon, Ronan Crosson, Paul Crosson, Keith Fannin, Adrian Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson, Philip Mc Dermott, Ian Reilly, Bryan bates, Paul Mc Cabe, Paddy Mc Cabe, Niall Fortune, Subs used:- Colm Crosson, Peter Hand, Gerry Hughes, John Mc Donald,
Laragh Utd B. Carolan, M. Smith, P. Cooney, B. Conaty, J. Johnson, P. Shields, P. Hand, C. Oates, C. Hand, E. Cullivan, M. Johnson, N. Smith, E. Tully, R. Maguire, D. Smith
Referee:- P. Carroll Dernakesh Girls are county champions

Dernakesh 8 – 07 Farnham 2 – 02
Cummann na mBunscoil Dernakesh Girls win Senior Schools Football Title
On Monday 17th June, the Division 1 Cummann na mBunscoil girls football final between Dernakesh NS and Farnham NS Cavan, took place in Kingspan Breffni Park. Fotball conditions were near perfect with only a slight wind blowing towards the hill end of the field.
Both teams approached the final with an unbeaten record, having drawn with each other in an earlier group encounter in Cavan, and the high calibre of both teams was evident from the early exchanges as there was little to choose between the teams in the opening ten minutes.
It was Dernakesh that opened the scoring with a fine point scored by Siobhan Smith. From the kick out, Sinead McDonald secured possession and delivered the ball to the Farnham net for a 1-01 to no score lead to Dernakesh. Undaunted, the Farnham midfield began to get more into the game, and a fine opportunist goal brought them right back into the game. It was Dernakesh however, who, playing against the breeze in the first half, began to exert significant pressure on the Farnham defence.
Taking posession at Midfield, Team captain Siobhan McGorry delivered the ball to Cliona Farrell who carried the ball toward the Farnham goal. Niamh McDermott had worked her way inside, took the pass and delivered the ball to the Farnham goal. Another point from Sinead McDonald, two well taken goals from the on-running Cliona Farrell, and a further goal from Susan McDermott before half time, solicited a goal and a point in reply from Farnham. At half time, Dernakesh led by 5-02 to 2-01.
Assisted by the wind in the second half, Dernakesh began to exert even greater pressure on the Farnham defence. Picking up where she left off in the first half, it was Cliona Farrell who recommenced the scoring, with another top-drawer goal from play. Midfielder Siobhan McGorry, now firmly in control, delivered a long range point to extend the Dernakesh lead, before Sinead McDonald netted another goal, and Cliona Farrell killed off the Farnham resistance with three consecutive points.
To their credit, Farnham never gave up, and continued to mount raids into the Dernakesh half. However, a staunch defence marshalled by Doireann Farrell at Centre-half, and ably assisted by Mary Fitzpatrick and Cora McBride at full-back, with Fiona Smith and Player of the Match Grainne Boyle at half-back, ensured that Farnham were constrained to a single point in the second period.
In goal, Karen Kelly was secure, keeping a clean sheet in the second half. Siobhan McGorry and Siobhan Smith controlled the ebb and flow of the game, while Cliona Farrell shone at centre forward. Sinead McDonald and Lisa Kelly caused continuous problems for the Farnham defence, while Niamh McDermott and Sesan McDermott took their scores well to ensure a Dernakesh win.
The Final scores of the game came from a well struck Sinead McDonald point, and a well executed goal from Siobhan Smith, following good interplay through the Dernakesh team.
Once again, this was a solid team performance by a team of very competent players. Special mention goes to Doireann Farrell who controlled the back line, and Grainne Boyle, who secured the Player of the Match award. At midfield Siobhan Smith was solid, while Siobhan McGorry played a captains part. Cliona Farrell engineered scores from difficult situations and led the attack very impressively with Sinead McDonald working hard throughout. Dernakesh won the Division 1 County Title on a score-line of 8-07 to 2-02, to regain the title last won in 1998.
Dernakesh: Karen Kelly, Cora McBride, Mary Fitzpatrick, Grainne Boyle, Doireann Farrell, Fiona Smith, Siobhan McGorry (C) (0-1), Siobhan Smith (1-01), Sinead McDonald (2-02), Cloina Farrell (3-03), Lisa Kelly, Niamh McDermott (1-0), Susan McDermott(1-0).
Subs Used: Orla Dowd, Carmel McBride, Nuala Mulligan, Laura O’Hare, Carina O’Brien ACFL Division 1
Kingscourt 2 – 13 Drumgoon 1 – 10
Drumgoon had Kingscourt as visitors to Boyle Park on Sunday last. In a very enjoyable free flowing game, Kingscourt ran out deserving winners. Kingscourt led all the way having gone into an early lead through G. Sheanon. At half time Kingscourt playing with a strong breeze led by 1 – 10 to 0 – 4. In the second half Drumgoon put in a good fight back and got back closer towards the end of the game.
Kingscourt played with very good teamwork and opened the Drumgoon defence time after time. Luckily for Drumgoon, keeper John Reilly was in top form and denied Kingscourt on several occasions. Midfielder Jim Mc Nally put in a powerhouse performance for Drumgoon and had he have had a little more help the result might have been different. A. Corcoran was in great form on the forty for Kingscourt and thoroughly enjoyed his hours work.
Scorers for Kingscourt, R. Mc Cabe 1 – 3, A. Corocran 1 – 1, G. Sheanon 0 – 4, S. Gargan 0 – 2, G. Patterson 0 – 1, M. Malone 0 – 1
Scorers for Drumgoon, Ian Reilly 0 – 5, K. Fannin 1 – 1, P. Mc Dermott 0 – 2, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 2
Kingscourt:- B. Mc Cormack, C. Kearns, T. Wakely, K. Mc Cabe, T. Pierce, B. Corcoran, N. Smith, G. Patterosn, G. Sheanon, N. Mc Cabe, A. Corcoran, S. Gargan, R. Mc Cabe, M. Malone, P. Crosbie
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Barry Crosson, John Mc Donald, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Eddie Jackson, Colm Crosson, Paul Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Seamus Morris, Ian Reilly, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe
Subs used:- Niall Fortune, Niall Crosson Fifth win in a row

Drumgoon 1 – 09 Denn 0 – 08
On Friday evening, 7/6/02, Drumgoon reserves secured their fifth win on the trot to deservedly remain at the top of the Division 2 League. Following in on a long ball into the danger area by Peter “Chick” Hand, the hand of Sean Clerkin shot to the net. The foundations of this victory were laid at full back where John Mc Donald reigned supreme over former county star Donal Keogan. In a good team performance, Peter the chick was Drumgoon’s top scorer. A special feature of the game was the fact that Drumgoon finshed the game with six Crosson brothers in the side. Sean, Colm, Barry, Niall, Paul and Ronan Crosson were all on the winning side. This is the first time since the sixties that six brothers played on a Drumgoon team. In the sixties the Mc Nally brothers from Drumroohill all featured on the same team. They were John, Peter, Seamus, Frank, Eamon and Hughie
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Liam Mc Dermott, John Mc Donald, Niall Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Barry Crosson, Colm Crosson, Paul Crosson, Seamus Morris, Conor Lennon, Paddy Mc Cabe Niall Fortune, Michael Murray, Sean Clerkin, Peter Hand.
Subs Used:- Felim Reilly, Sean Crosson Roinn ‘C’ U12 Football League – 2002
Drumgoon 3 – 09 Gowna 1 – 03 Drumgoon through to County Final
Drumgoon continued their unbeaten run in Roinn C of the All County U12 league in accounting for a spirited Gowna team in dry but blustery conditions in Gowna, on Tuesday 4th June. The team will now contest the County final during June, where they will face either Lavey or Redhills who contest the second semi-final on Monday 10th June.
Drumgoon once again lined out at full strength, and playing with the advantage of a blustery wind, quickly gained an early advantage at midfield through team captain Pauric McGorry and Tommie O’Brien. Two early chances for scores drifted narrowly wide, but within five minutes Paul Smith operating at centre half forward, sent a now customary left-foot shot to the net to settle the Drumgoon nerves. Points followed from Pauric McGorry, Dean Hand, Dylan Bates and Aogan Farrell to establish a cushion for Drumgoon, while Gowna found it difficult to break out of their own half and challenge the Drumgoon goal.
At half time, Drumgoon led by 2-05 to no score, however, the wind, now favouring Gowna, could still prove significant in determining the final result.
On the re-commencement, it was Drumgoon again who were first to challenge, and Pauric McGorry, fed by the hard working O’Brien, who scored the first point of the second half. Tactical changes by Gowna, and the introduction of fresh legs to their half-back line, stimulated their team into action. A well-worked goal, followed by two unanswered points gave the Gowna support reason to cheer. For ten minutes, Drumgoon weathered the storm. Full Back Eamonn McCluskey took control of the defensive area, and supported by Mark Hartnet, and the running half-back line of Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe and Peter McGorry, again began to assert their dominance on the game. Two fine saves by Michael O’Brien in the Drumgoon goal, and his tactical awareness in delivering his clearances ensured that the Drumgoon superiority was maintained.
The last ten minutes saw the hard working Gary Lavery, Dylan Bates and Ashley Boylan again challenge the Gowna goal, and the game was effectively ended when Dean Hand sent the ball to the net for the third Drumgoon goal with ten minutes remaining. Drumgoon ran out worthy winners on a score-line of 3-09 to 1-03.
A special word of thanks goes to the Drumgoon supporters, who at extremely short notice, travelled to Gowna to support this talented young team. They can now look forward to another day out, where the prize on offer is an U12 county title, last won in 1986.
Drumgoon Team:
Michael O’Brien, Eamonn McCluskey, Mark Hartnett, Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe, Peter McGorry, Pauric McGorry, Tommie O’Brien, Gary Lavery, Paul Smith, Dean Hand, Aogan Farrell, Dylan Bates. Subs Used: Ashley Boylan, Damian McGorry Juniors good run continues

Drung 0 – 14 Drumgoon 2 – 10
On wednesday evening, 22/5/02, Goals apiece by the Borroughy Road brothers, Paul and Paddy were enough to keep Drumgoon in pole position in the reserve League. Down eight points at half time, the introduction of the youthful Mc Donald brothers, Francis and Michael helped to bring about a dramatic reversal of fortunes. Roinn ‘C’ U12 Football League – 2002

Drumgoon 5 – 24 Killygarry 0 – 2
Drumgoon convincingly through to League semi-final

Having progressed unbeaten through the group stages of the League Championship, Drumgoon entered the quarter-finals as favourites to progress against Killygarry, when they clashed at Boyle Park on Tuesday 21st May. On a blustery evening that threatened and delivered rain, the Drumgoon squad was rampant, and clinically despatched their opponents in an exhibition of team play and scoring capability.
A full strength Drumgoon team took the field, led by their talisman captain, Pauric McGorry. Playing with the advantage of the breeze in the first half, Drumgoon settled quickly, and in their second raid on the Killygarry goal, secured an ideal start as in-form striker Aogan Farrell despatched the ball to the Killygarry net.
More of the same was to follow, as Pauric McGorry won and scored frees from 30 metres, and the forward line of Dylan Bates, Aogan Farrell and half forward-line of Dean Hand, Gary Lavery and a sparkling Paul Smith all got onto the score-sheet in the first half. Tommie O’Brien continued to perform his incessant running game, sweeping up the breaking ball from midfield and bearing down onto the now pressurised Killygarry defence.
With Eamonn McCluskey marshalling his defensive quartet of Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe, Peter McGorry and Mark Hartnett, they were able to deal comprehensively with the Killygarry attack in the first half. At half time, Drumgoon led by 3-16 to no score.
The wind threatened to change the balance of power in the second half. Now favouring the Killigarry team, they started brightly with an initial attack that ended in the ball drifting wide. From the kick out, Drumgoon once again laid siege to the Killygarry full-back line. Further points from McGorry, Hand, Farrell, Bates and Lavery and a goal from Paul Smith ended any ambition that Killygarry might have had of a comeback. To their credit, Killygarry continued to initiate attacks, and scored two points from play. A penalty awarded to Killygarry in the final 10 minutes of the game was saved by the Drumgoon keeper Michael O’Brien. His error-free performance secured yet another clean sheet for Drumgoon.
Looking resplendent in their new kit, sponsored by Maudabawn Cultural Centre, Drumgoon played some very impressive football in what were difficult playing conditions. More importantly, this was a true team performance by a disciplined and capable side. Pauric McGorry with a personal tally of 1-14 controlled mid-field. Tommie O’Brien launched the Drumgoon scoring machine with his linkage play. Paul Smith led the Drumgoon attack and Dean Hand, Dylan Bates, Aogan Farrell and Gary Lavery were always threatening.
In defence, Eamonn McCluskey closed out the Killygarry forwards, ably assisted by Mark Hartnett. Peter McGorry and Conor Moynagh cut out all the incoming Killygarry wing play while Brendan McCabe continued to grow in his central defensive role, in a fine performance.
Drumgoon now advance to the County semi-final, at a date and time to be advised.
Drumgoon Team: Michael O’Brien, Eamonn McCluskey, Mark Hartnett, Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe, Peter McGorry, Pauric McGorry, Tommie O’Brien, Gary Lavery, Paul Smith, Dean Hand, Aogan Farrell, Dylan Bates.. Subs Used: Cliona Farrell, Sinead McDonald, Ronan McDonald, Grainne Boyle, Luke O’Brien, Martin Fitzpatrick.

Captain speaks to an Anorak
Yea, I am deadly from 3 feet, Did I tell you about the goal I scored in the county final with my fist
All Ireland Junior Club Football Final

Drumgoon 1 – 14 Belmullet 0 – 12
At Cremartin in County Monaghan, Drumgoon became the first club from Cavan ever to capture an adult Football All Ireland title. They won the All Ireland Junior Club title on saturday evening, deservedly defeating the Connacht champions, Belmullet from Co. Mayo in the Final. Having performed very well all through this competition, defeating Doohamlet from Monaghan in the Ulster final and Leinster champions Roundwood in the semi-final, Drumgoon once again put in a very good performance. This was a highly entertaining free flowing game, thoroughly enjoyed by the large attendance. Fielding a full strength team for the first time this year, Drumgoon were slow to get used to their changed line out and it was Belmullet that got off to the best start. Brian Lynch (2) and Michael Gaynard shot Belmullet into a 3 point lead before Drumgoon opened their account. A driving run forward by their versatile wing back, Keith Fannin resulted in Keith shooting over from wide out on the left. Adrian Crosson operating at full forward got the first of his three points, before Philip Mc Dermott brought things level for Drumgoon. With Belmullet shading it at midfield, it took brilliant play from the Drumgoon half back line to stem the tide. Centre half back, DCU student, Michael Andrew Hannon, despite a high speed spin from Dublin to make the game with minutes to spare following an exam, was in excellent form. Michael continued to drive the play forward and the constant presure had to pay off. Ian Reilly was back to his brilliant best on the forty for Drumgoon and he shot over to give Drumgoon the lead for the first time. Brian Lynch shot over an excellent point for Belmullet from wide on the left before the strong running Philip Mc Dermott replied with a similiar score for Drumgoon. At half time Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 0 – 8 to 0 – 6. In the second half Belmullet came out with all guns blazing and points from Stephen Carolan and Paddy Barrett brough them right back into contention. However with a slight breeze on their backs, Drumgoon were never going to give up the fight. A good clearance out if defence by Colm Hannon found his younger brother Michael. Michael surged forward covering at least 70 yards before attempting to shoot over the bar. Michael’s shot fell short and deceived David Padden in the Belmullet goals. The Belmullet keeper knocked the ball forward and fastest to re-act was the in rushing Edward Jackson, who shot to the net. With their tails now up Drumgoon played some excellent passing football and had two more points from Philip Mc Dermott and Ian Reilly. Belmullet were not going to give up without a fight and in the final five minutes launched an all out assault on the Drumgoon goals. Luckily, for Drumgoon their keeper John Reilly was in top form and pulled off two world class saves. Belmullet also struck the crossbar in a final attack, but Drumgoon were not going to be denied their finest hour. This was a tremendous display of football from a club with only half a parish to pick from and until last year had never won a county championship title. Belmullet were very dis-appointed to loose as they also are an excellent side and currently are leading their League in Mayo. Their county star and captain Stephen Carolan was very well contained by Keith Fannin. In all round team performance it is difficult to nominate Drumgoon’s best players but their were sterling performances from Philip Mc Dermott, Michael Hannon, Ian Reilly, Keith Fannin and John Reilly.
There were fears in Monaghan at the weekend also that the inclement weather might cause the cancellation of the All-Ireland final in the junior club tournament which is organised by the Cremartin club but the fixture went ahead and produced a hugely entertaining, free flowing game that attracted a very big crowd to the mid-Monaghan venue.
In the end it was celebration for Cavan club side Drumgoon who added the All Ireland title to their Cavan Junior championship of last year, the latter their first ever championship title at county level and their progress in the series of games in this tournament augurs well for their future in the higher grades.
The competition itself has been a huge success and it’s success is a great tribute to everyone concerned in the Cremartin club for the many hours of unseen work that has been put in by so many people. Initially the competition was to be a provincial club series but having realised that there was such a competition in the other three provinces Cremartin sought approval from Croke park to move it on to All-Ireland level. After a series of very entertaining games with clubs from Tyrone, Derry, Armagh, Down, Antrim Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan it was a local derby final between Doohamlet and Drumgoon, a match that was won convincingly in the end by the Cavan Junior champions.
Vindicated
The form Drumgoon showed in those games was vindicated further with an all Ireland semi final victory against An Tochar, Roundwood, Co. Wicklow, while last Saturday’s finalists, Bellmullet contested the second All Ireland semi final with the Kerry and Munster champions St.Michaels/Foilmore.
Part of the success of the tournament has been that it has allowed the Junior Champions in the respective counties to progress to a higher stage and the commitment of all the clubs that took part was exemplary.
Club football is the very basis of the survival of Gaelic games and affording the junior clubs the opportunity to compete on a provincial and all Ireland stage can only be of benefit to everyone concerned and the game of football in general.
The final itself produced a fitting climax to what has been a great series of matches with the game delicately balanced until Edward Jackson scored the only goal of the game in the 18th minute of the second half for an advantage that Bellmullet could not wipe out despite their best efforts.
Hard work is the ethic in Drumgoon’s game and in this regard a number of players contributed above and beyond the call of duty with Colm Hannon at full back and Michael Andrew Hannon at centre half back marshalling their defensive forces effectively while left half back Keith Fannin, showed his penchant for attacking with some great forays into enemy territory that yielded four points.
Ultimately however it was the grit and accuracy of their three half forwards that secured victory for Drumgoon with the tireless Philip Mc Dermott getting through a mountain of work even if he was a little restricted after suffering a heavy tackle in the second half. Adrian Crosson showed some touches of class on the forty and Ian O’ Reilly underlined what a valuable player he is with four excellent points. Belmullet launched an all out assault on the Drumgoon goal in the dying minutes but the Drumgoon keeper, John O’ Reilly was in top class form and made three excellent saves.
For Bellmullet it only happened in short bursts at the beginning of the game and at the start of the second half, but if was the fact that their three star performers in previous matches, particularly Billy Joe Paden and Michael Gaynard were effectively shackled that saw their influence reduced. The staging of this tournament was a courageous decision by the Cremartin club. And its success this year means that it is well on its way to establishing itself as a permanent fixture in the gaa calendar. For Drumgoon its celebration time again and irrespective of future honours their victory on Saturday last is a first that will be cherished in the years ahead.
For Belmullet Brian Lynch, Kieran Lavelle, Pauric Keane and Johnny Sweeney were all to the fore.
Scorers for Drumgoon, Keith Fannin, (0 – 4), Ian Reilly (0 – 4), Philip Mc Dermott, (0 – 3), Adrian Crosson (0 – 3), Edward Jackson (1 – 0).
Scorers for Belmullet, Brian Lynch, (0 – 5), Stephen Carolan (0 – 2), Pauric Keane, (0 – 1), Paddy Barrett (0 – 1), Johnny Sweeney (0 – 1), Tony Geraghty (0 – 1), Michael Gaynard (0 – 1)
DRUMGOON:- John Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Michael Hannon, Paul Mc Enroe, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson (Capt.), Paddy Mc Cabe, Ian Reilly, Philp Mc Dermott, Bryan Bates, Adrian Crosson, Seamus Morris Subs used, Peter Hand, Paul Crosson
BELMULLET:- David Padden, Ian Mc Cafferkey, Cathal Healey, Eamonn Dixon, Pauric Keane, Derek Mc Donnell, Kieran Lavelle, Paddy Barrett, Johnny Sweeney, Andy Howard, Billy Joe Padden, Stephen Carolan (Capt), Brian Lynch, Michael Gaynard, Tony Geraghty Subs: M. Kilroy, K. Lally, D. Sweeney.
Referee: B. McNally (Cremartin). Fifth Annual Killian O’Connell Memorial Football Tournament

Boyle Park, Drumgoon was bathed in sunshine on Saturday 13th May as the local club hosted the fifth annual Killian O’Connell Schools Football tournament. A large crowd, including John Argue, Chairman of Bord Peil na nOg, and Cavan Senior and U21 players, Colm Hannon, Edward Jackson and Michael Hannon were on hand to wittness some high calibre football, and considerable passion in pursuit of the titles that were on the line.
Mary Ann Sherry Cup – U10 Challenge
Dernakesh NS 2-07 Shercock NS 1-04
The first final of the day saw a Dernakesh U10 squad take on Shercock NS. Dernakesh were defending the Mary Ann Sherry Memorial Cup won at the expense of St. Finbarr’s in the 2001 final. Energy, enthusiasm and no little skill were evident in this closely contested match.
An early score from Cillian Brady settled the Dernakesh nerves, and this was followed by a goal from Conor Moynagh and a further point from Gary Lavery before Shercock struck back with a point from Lee Clarke. Both teams were connecting well, but strong defences from Francis Mahon, Daniel Boyle & Christopher Kelly, and impressive performances by the hardworking Peter McGorry, Ryan Harkin and Martin Fitzpatrick, kept the Shercock forwards at bay.
In the second half, and with the advantage of the breeze, Dernakesh began to get on top. Ronan McDonald came more into the game, while Mark Murray, Francis McCabe and Tommy & Adrian McKitterick began to exert more pressure on the Shercock defence. Further scores from Moynagh, Lavery, Brady and McGorry were enough to secure the Dernakesh victory, while a penalty save by a staunch Declan Smith in the Dernakesh goal, from Shercocks Killian Clarke ensured that the six-point gap remained at the final whistle.
Killian O’Connell Girls Football Shield
Dernakesh 4-07 Ballyhaise 2-02
The Girls Football Challenge Shield final witnessed a keenly conested encounter between DernakeshNS and Ballyhaise NS. The Dernakesh girls, coming off a solid run in the schools league and winners of the recent Mini-7’s league were keen to regain the Shield lost to Lisboduff in 2001.
Ballyhaise started brightly bringing eraly pressure to bar on the Dernakesh girls. However, it was Dernakesh who scored first, and through their influential midfield and forward line, began to exert significant pressure. In goal, Karen Kelly was secure, the defensive line-up of Susan McDermot, Sarah McCabe,
It was the superior strength of the Dernakesh teram team, particularly in central defence and mid-field that proved decisive. As the second half wore on the Dernakesh forwards began to take control. Niamh and Cliona Farrell added scores while Grainne Boyle, Doireann Farrell and Sinead McDonald ensured a plentiful supply of ball.
At the final whistle, Dernakesh had carved out an 11 point margin, securing for them the Killian O’Connell Challenge Shield for the fourth time in five years.
Killian O’Connell Senior Schools Cup
Semi Final 1 Dernakesh 5-09 St Finbarrs 2-01
The opening semi-final saw Dernakesh NS face St. Finbarrs from Kill/Drung. Early exchanges saw Luke O’Brien for St. Finbarrs and Dylan Bates for Dernakesh swap scores. Two goals from Philip Smith. And points from Pauric McGorry, & Killian Moynagh, for Dernakesh, and Eoin O’Brien and Stephen Fay for St. Finbarrs left the half time score, St Finbarrs 2-01, Dernakesh 2-04.
Dernakesh played with the advantage of the wind in the second half, and took control of the game. Pauric McGorry and Tommie O’Brien tightened their grip on mid-field, while scores from Philip Smith, Aogan Farrell, and Dean Hand, togther with clinical defence from Paul O’Hare, Brendan McCabe, Michael O’Brien and Jonathan Smith, ensured safe passage for Dernakesh to the Final.
Semi Final 2 Cootehill 2-6 Shercock 2-03
The second semi-final saw last years beaten finalists, St. Michaels Cootehill, facing a strong Shercock NS team, both of who had performed well in the U12 and U14 league series this year.
The Shercock team, marshalled by Michael O’Reilly at midfield and with the advantage of the breeze in the first half, scored first, and looked threatening as Sean Ward menaced the Cootehill defence. However, Liam Walsh was secure in the Cootehill goal, and with Cathal McCabe and Mark Mullen at midfield now starting to influence the pattern of the game, and Dean Connolly stretching the Shercock defence, it was Cootehill who led at the interval by 1-04 to 0-03
Against the breeze in the second half, Cootehill worked hard to stretch their lead with scores from both Mark Mullen and Connolly, while Cian McPhillips also made his mark. While Shercock threatened continuously, good work by Liam Walsh, Eoin Roche and Simon McDonagh in defence, closed out the Shercock. In the last ten minutes Cootehill returned two un-answered points, bringing them again into a final to face Dernakesh.
Local Derby in FinalDernakesh NS 4 – 11 Cootehill NS 2 – 07
The decider was a repeat of the 2001 final, with Dernakesh facing parish rivals, St. Michaels, Cootehill. The early exchanges were balanced with opening points from Dernakesh, being cancelled out by the Cootehill forward line.
However, the physically stronger Dernakesh midfield pairing of Pauric McGorry & Tommie O’Brien began to exert themselves on the game, edging out Mark Mullen and Cathal McCabe of Cootehill. Goals by Dean Hand and Aogan Farrell and points from Philip Smith, Killian Moynagh and Pauric McGorry stretched the Drumgoon lead.
St. Michael then made a tactical switch, bringing Cathal McCabe to full forward. The change had the desired effect, with McCabe converting 2-01 in late exchanges in the first half. At half time, Dernakesh led by 3-08 to Cootehill’s 2-03.
In the second half, Eamonn McCluskey reverted to full back, while Killian Moynagh picked up the centre-half position while an unfortunate injury to Paul O’Hare led to the introduction of Peter McGorry at wing-half back.
A more controlled Dernakesh, now playing against the wind, played a shorter, running game through mid-field. Further scores from play by Philip Smith, Dean Hand, Aogan Farrell and Dylan Bates edged Dernakesh further ahead. In defence, Eugene Hughes came more into the game, and began to feed the forward line. Peter McGorry and Conor Moynagh secured the left side of the defence ably supported by Brendan McCabe on the right. A further switch saw Eamonn Mc Cluskey move to half back, and Killian Moynagh drop onto the threatening Cootehill full forward, Cathal McCabe, with the desired effect. Killian Kelly in the Dernakesh goal was solid, securing a clean sheet I the second half, which saw Dernakesh run-out winners on a score-line of Dernakesh 4-11, Cootehill 2-07. Special Presentation
Following the presentation of awards to the tournament finalists, Bernie Walsh made a special presentation on behalf of Cootehill Celtic to Mrs Margaret O’Connell.
In addition, special awards were made to the tournament referees, Raymond Kelly (Knockbride) and Thomas Cochrane (Drumgoon) for their contribution to the tournament. Belturbet 3 – 8, Drumgoon 0 – 07

Drumgoon started brightly and ran into an early lead. Belturbet fought back to level the scoring at half time at 3 points each. In the second half Drumgoon following their exertions in Friday evening match with Cuchullains visibly tired on the heavy ground and Belturbet ran out easy winnires.
Scorers for Belturbet, G. Mc Donald, 1 – 3, D. Mc Donald 1 – 3, O. Donohue 1 – 2,
Scorers for Drumgoon, Paddy Mc Cabe 0 – 3, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 2, Michael Hannon 0 – 1, Jimmy Reilly 0 – 1
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Martin Clerkin, John Mc Donald, Jimmy Reilly, Adrian Crosson, Paul Crosson, Michael Hannon, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, Keith Fannin, Peter Hand, Seamus Morris,
Subs used:- Sean Clerkin, Paul Mc Cabe
Belturbet, C. Drum, S. Murphy, R. Donohue, R. Murphy, K. Mc Dwyer, P. Murphy, O. Mc Guigan, C. Mc Caffrey, O. Donohue, B. Mc Ilvanny, G. Mc Donald, C. Walsh, B. Reilly, D. Donald, G. Fitzpatrick
Referee:- Noel Callan Drumgoon 0 – 7, Cuchullains 0 – 07

In a tough bruising encounter the points were shared in Boyle Park on Friday evening 3/5/2002. Drumgoon started the brighter and ran into an early lead through good points from Philip Mc Dermott and Adrian Crosson. Paddy Mc Cabe added two points from frees to give Drumgoon a four point to zero lead. Twenty minutes into the first half Cuchullains opened their account through a free from P. Tate Full forward for Cuchullains T. Reilly scored two points and Drumgoon struck back with points from Philip Mc Dermott and a brilliant score from Jim Mc Nally. At half time Drumgoon led by six points to four.
Drumgoon lost Shane Mc Gorry due to injury and their game plan fell apart for a while. Cuchullains came right back into the game with points from S. Clarke and T. Reilly. Peter Hand pointed for Drumgoon to put them a point ahead with time running out. A Cuchullains attack resulted in a point from P. Murtagh to level the scoring. At the whistle there were a lot of tired relieved bodies as the referee had done his best to let the game flow, resulting in many crunching tackles. In the end a draw was probably a fair result
Best for Drumgoon were Martin Clerkin, Philip Mc Dermott, Jim Mc Nally & Ronan Crosson
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Martin Clerkin, Jimmy Reilly, Shane Mc Gorry, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Paddy Mc Cabe, Bryan Bates, John Mc Donald, Seamus Morris
Subs used:- Ian Reilly, Peter Hand, Paul Mc Cabe
Cuchullains, C. Anderson, M. Lynch, J. Doughty, M. Quinn, M. Lynch, B. Smith, S. Lynch, P. Tate, F. Reilly, N. Farrelly, P. Murtagh, G. Daly, S. Smith, T. Reilly, S. Clarke
Referee:- Brian Seagrave
Mini 7’s Football
Dernakesh Girls advance to County Finals
The regional qualifiers for the Mini-7’s schools football tournament was held on Boyle Park, on Wednesday May 1st. Featuring Dernakesh, Shercock, Lisboduff, Drung, Cootehill, Castletara, Clifferna and Kill, the event served up a feast of entertainment and an abundance of Gealic Football skill. The qualifying round saw Dernakesh in an opening encounter with near neighbours St. Michaels of Cootehill. After an evenly contested opening session, the Dernakesh midfield pairing of Siobhan Smith and Sinead McDonald began to take control of the field in the second half, providing a plentiful supply of ball to the hard working forward line, led by Cliona Farrell. A goal and two points in the second half was enough to clinch the opening game for the Dernakesh squad. Next up, Dernakesh faced Shercock NS. In a fast paced game, the Dernakesh girls were too strong for Shercock, and with Karen Kelly securing a clean sheet in the Dernakesh goal, and Grainne Boyle slotting in at Full Back alongside Susan McDermott, the visitors found it difficult to get scores. Dernakesh progressed to a match with Clifferna to determine who would progress through the group unbeaten.
The Clifferna/Laragh team were a physically strong team, and no quarter was asked or given in this decider. Clifferna started brightly, but for each score, Dernakesh replied with a similar effort. Superior fitness began to show in the second half, with Cliona Farrell now running freely from midfield to take advantage of gaps opening up in the Clifferna defence. A resolute Dernakesh defence and Midfield ensured that Dernakesh would progress to the knock-out stages unbeaten, with Clifferna in the runner-up position. On the other side of the draw, both Drung and Lisboduff and progressed at the expense of Castletara and Kill. As group winners, the Dernakesh squad faced Drung in the semi-final. From the throw-in, Dernakesh were determined to illustrated that they could make the final show-down for the second consecutive year. Early scores from Siobhan Smith and Sinead McDonald and a goal from the hard-working Cliona Farrel, along with stout defence from Grainne Boyle, Susan McDermott and Karen Kelly in goal, ensured a comfortable passage for the home team. In the second semi-final, Lisboduff proved too strong for Clifferna, and they stepped forward to defend the title they had won at the expense of Dernakesh, in 2001. The final would prove the most challenging game of the day. Two resolute teams were determined to progress to the county finals in May, and the game progressed score for score through the first half. At half time, Dernakesh held a narrow two point advantage. In the second half, it was the stern resolve of the Dernakesh squad which proved decisive.
The team pushed themselves through the pain barrier to score a decisive goal three minutes from time which broke the Lisboduff team. A further two points ensured the victory for the Dernakesh girls. This was a fine team performance. Karen was solid in the goals with Susan dealing with threats on the forward line. Grainne Boyle ran continuously, and cut out much of the attacking play that threatened Dernakesh. At Midfield, the Pairing of Sinead McDonald and Siobhan Smith was very effective in taking control of the game, while up front, Grainne Smith worked hard in support of an inspired Cliona Farrell. Having beaten last years over-all winners, Dernakesh will relish the opportunity to compete in the County finals in the coming weeks. 1/5/2002 Reserve League Knockbride 0 – 11, Drumgoon 1 – 12

Scorers for Drumgoon, Sean Clerkin 1 – 4, John Mc Donald, 0 – 4, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 2, Shane Mc Gorry 0 – 2
Drumgoon:- Gerry Hughes, Phelim Reilly, Barry Crosson, Declan Boyle, Ronan Crosson, Jimmy Reilly, Niall Fortune, Paul Crosson, Seamus Morris, Paul Mc Cabe, Shane Mc Gorry, Sean Clerkin, Michael Murray, John Mc Donald, Conor Lennon,
Subs Used:- Liam Mc Dermott, Michael Mc Donald, Francis Mc Donald Drumgoon 0 – 8, Crosserlough 1 – 11

In a wind and rain swept Boyle Park, the stronger Crosserlough side deservedly collected both points. With the wind on their backs in the opening half, Crosserlough soon started on the attack. Points from P. Smith, E Reilly, and R Reilly seen Crosserlough run into an early lead. Drumgoon were guilty of some poor shooting and saw a number of efforts go wide of the target. Drumgoon’s only score of the first half cam from a free by Ian Reilly. Crosserlough played some strong direct football, driving the ball deep into the Drumgoon defence. Crosserlough went in at half time leading by 0-6 to Drumgoon 0-1
With the wind on their backs, the second half saw Drumgoon creep back into the match with fine points from Philip Mc Dermott. Drumgoon were unlucky on at least 3 occasions not to score a goal. With Paddy Mc Cabe through on goal his shot went left and wide. Minutes later again Crosserlough’s defense were caught out when with Paddy through again through again his shot was saved by the keeper, D. Clarke. Five minutes later Paddy seen another shot come of the bottom of the upright and Crosserlough held onto their lead. Crosserlough meanwhile added points from an inform Paddy Smith on the forty, E. Reilly and J. Higgins.
The introduction of Peter Hand into the Drumgoon attack had the desired effect and Peter quickly shot over 3 points to bring Drumgoon right back into contention. With 2 minutes remaining in the game Crosserlough sealed victory when Paddy Smith lobbed the advancing Drumgoon keeper to see off the Drumgoon challenge. A final point from E Reilly sealed the visitors victory.
Scorers for Crosserlough, Paddy Smith 1 – 4, E. Reilly 0 – 4, R. Reilly -0 – 2, J. Higgins 0 – 1
Scorers for Drumgoon, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 3, Peter hand 0 – 3 , Ian Reilly 0 – 1 and Paddy Mc Cabe 0 – 1.
Best for Drumgoon, Philip Mc Dermott, Martin Clerkin & Paddy Mc Cabe.
Best for Crosserlough, Paddy Smith, E. Reilly, R. Reilly, & D. Cronin
Drumgoon:- John Reilly, Shane Mc Gorry, Martin Clerkin, Jimmy Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Ian Reilly, Paddy Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald, Seamus Morris
Crosserlough:- D. Clarke, M. Lynch, D. Cronin, J. Lyng, P. Mc Cabe, J. Crowe, J. Reilly, D. Gaffney, B. Tully, M. Campbell, P. Smith, J. Higgins, K. Kelly, E. Reilly, R. Reilly
Referee:- Donal Reilly (Kingscourt) Roinn “C” Under 12 Football League
Shercock 1-03 Drumgoon 1:13
On Tuesday 23rd April, the Drumgoon U12 squad travelled to near neighbours Shercock in round 3 of the ACFL U12 League, fresh from their second round victory over Lavey. On a balmy evening, and with some exceptional football on show, Drumgoon extended their unbeaten run when accounting for Shercock by a ten point margin at the final whistle.
Playing into the sun and against the slight hill on O’Hagan Park, Drumgoon started brightly, with a stream of attacking play ably marshalled by Pauric McGorry and Tommy O’Brien at midfield. However, the significant advantage that the Drumgoon squad had in possession was not shown on the scoreboard when a number of early chances were shot narrowly wide.
After six minutes, and much of the play, it was Pauric McGorry who shot the first point, and with the pressure off, the Drumgoon full-forward line of Dean Hand and Aogan Farrell began to move more freely. Further points from the ever improving Gary Lavery, a brace of points from Aogan Farrell and strong support play by the hard working half forward line of Paul Smith and Dylan Bates, seemed to position Drumgoon strongly. However, Shercock responded with a point, and a goal against the run of play, converted by corner forward Lee Clarke, left the score at the interval reading Shercock 1-01, Drumgoon 0-07.
A restructure of the Drumgoon defence in the second half saw the impressive Eamonn McCluskey revert to full back alongside Mark Hartnett. An attacking half-back line-up of Conor Moynagh, Brendan McCabe and Peter McGorry shored up the defence, and provided an ample supply of ball to the Drumgoon forwards. The introduction of Martin Fitzpatrick at half time had the desired effect, and Drumgoon started to control the game in all sectors. Points from Pauric McGorry, Dean Hand, Tommy O’Brien from Midfield and Damian McGorry on his introduction secured a deserving win. The presence of Cliona Farrell, Sinead McDonald and Luke O’Brien on the Drumgoon team During the second half added fresh legs and a new energy to the Drumgoon attack, with the desired result.
This was a competent Shercock side who were resilient throughout, and showed ability on the ball when they managed to escape the attentions of the keen Drumgoon team. However, when Drumgoon exerted themselves they showed an ability to both make and take chances, while also dealing well with incoming attacks. In goal, Michael O’Brien was again effective and efficient in his ball distribution. Pauric McGorry played a Captains part, and Tommy O’Brien picked up much of the breaking ball from Midfield. Aogan Farrell showed a poachers instinct in front of goal while Eamonn McCluskey marshalled his young defence well, while dealing with any danger that arose.
Drumgoon now face Drung in a re-arranged Round 1 encounter at Boyle Park on Saturday 27th April.
Drumgoon: Michael O’Brien, Mark Hartnett, Conor Moynagh, Peter McGorry, Eamonn McCluskey, Brendan McCabe, Pauric McGorry, Tommy O’Brien, Gary Lavery, Paul Smith, , Dylan Bates, Aogan Farrell, Dean Hand. Subs Used: Martin Fitzpatrick, Cliona Hand, Damien McGorry, Sinead McDonald, Luke O’Brien.
Referee: D. Kelly (Knockbride) Under 14 Girls League
Drumgoon 1 – 08 Cootehill 2 – 0 On Monday, 22nd April, Drumgoon under 14 girls had Cootehill as visitors to Boyle Park for an under 14 league game. On a beautiful evening the Drumgoon girls ran out deserving winners. There were great performances all round, especially by Sarah Mc Cabe and Niamh Farrell who dominated the midfield area. In a good defence Siobhan Smith and Doireann Farrell were to the fore. Up front Siobhan Mc Gorry and Fiona Murray performed very well Drumgoon team: Anita Mc Kitterick, Catherine O’ Brien, Doireann Farrell, Mary Fitzpatrick, Siobhan Smith, Niamh Farrell, Sarah Mc Cabe, Siobhan Mc Gorry, Cliona Farrell, Fiona Murray, Grainne Boyle, Cora Mc Bride, Karen Kelly
subs Lisa Kelly Division 1 ACFL League
Killygarry 1 – 07 Drumgoon 1 – 09 Drumgoon travelled to Killygarry on Sunday last and deservedly collected both points. Despite being short seven regulars due to county commitments and injuries, Drumgoon still had enough in the tank to overcome a spirited Killygarry side. In the proverbial game of two halves, playing with a strong breeze, Drumgoon raced into an early lead. Drumgoon opened the scoring through their versatile wing back, Keith Fannin. Just back from injury, Keith had a brilliant hour covering every blade of grass on the pitch. Up front Paddy Mc Cabe was working tirelessly for Drumgoon and soon got on the scoresheet.. A delightful move starting in the corner back position with Shane Mc Gorry worked it’s way up through the entire field and finished with the stylish Adrian Crosson shooting over the bar. Philip Mc Dermott and Bryan Bates both added points before Killygarry opened their account with a free from R. Galligan. Paddy Mc Cabe added two more points for Drumgoon before S. Moloney replied with a similar score for Killygarry. Continuous Drumgoon pressure had to result in a score and sure enough, a long range shot from Keith Fannin ended up in the back of the Killygarry net when the Killygarry keeper was put under pressure by Bryan Bates. At half time Drumgoon led by 1 – 7 to 0 -3. On the re-start Drumgoon scored immediately through attacking wing back, Keith Fannin. Killygarry were not going to go down without a fight and with the wind on their backs, chipped away slowly at Drumgoon’s lead. A goal from P. Hyland brought Killygarry right back into the game. It took heroics in the Drumgoon defence to keep the repeated attacks at bay. Leading the line for Drumgoon was the fit again Jimmy Reilly who was back to his normal best. Martin Clerkin who never put a foot wrong all afternoon and the strong running Shane Mc Gorry. The breeze made it difficult for Drumgoon to clear their lines but hard work from Philip Mc Dermott and John Mc Donald kept the Killygarry tide at bay. F. Lovett was dangerous for Killygarry at full forward but he was well marshalled by play anywhere Martin Clerkin. The midfield battle was evenly divided with some good fielding by both sides. With time running out Paddy Mc Cabe scored a point for Drumgoon to give them some breathing space.
Best for Drumgoon, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott & Paddy Mc Cabe.
Best for Killygarry, S. Lynch, R. Galligan, P. Hyland, N. Smith and S. Mc Govern, Drumgoon John Reilly, Shane Mc Gorry, Martin Clerkin, Ronan Crosson, Keith Fannin, Jimmy Reilly, Barry Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Seamus Morris, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Bryan Bates, Paddy Mc Cabe, John Mc Donald,
Killygarry:- M. Doherty, S. Moloney, G. Braiden, P. Reilly, O. Smith, M. Greeny, A. Mc Govern, S. Lynch, R. Galligan, P. Hyland, S. Moloney, N. Smith, S. Mc Govern, F. Lovett, M. Mc Govern
Referee:- Brain Seagrave Roinn ‘C’ U14 – Football League – 2002
Drumgoon 3 – 05 Lavey 1 – 06 On Thursday 18th April, Drumgoon’s U14 Footballers continued their good form with a hard earned win over Lavey. Played in almost perfect conditions the Drumgoon boys were slow to settle but once they going in the second half they ran out deserving winners.
At half time Lavey led by 0 -4 to 0 – 2. In the first half it took brilliant goal keeping by Conor Bates and sound defence from Sarah Mc Cabe, Pauric Mc Gorry and the brave hearted Eamon Mc Cluskey to keep Drumgoon in contention. In the second half, the Drumgoon forwards with team captain Conor Bates leading the line finally got moving James and John finally broke through to shoot to the net. Points from Conor Bates and Patrick Hughes put the game beyond Lavey’s reach. Scorers for Drumgoon, Patrick Hughes, 1 – 1, James Mc Donald, 1 – 0, John Fitzpatrick, 1 – 0, Conor Bates, 0 – 3, Cathal Smith 0 – 1, Drumgoon Team:
Adam Bates, Pauric Mc Gorry, Eugene Hughes, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Martin Hughes, Sarah Mc Cabe, John Fitzpatrick, Cathal Smith, James Mc Donald, Philip Smith, Killian Kelly, Patrick Hughes, Conor Bates
Subs Used: Killian Moynagh, Paul O’ Hare Division 3 Minor League
Drumgoon 1 – 09 Lavey 2 – 05 On Wednesday, 17th April, Drumgoon’s minors travlled to Lavey and duly collected both points by the narrowest of margins. Best for Drumgoon were Bryan Bates Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Bride, and Gene Mc Donald
Liam Dempsey, Gene Mc Donald, Peter Mc Dermott, Paul Mc Bride, Michael Murray, Noel Markey, Michal Mc Donald, Francis Mc Donald, Ciaran Lennon, N. Fortune, Damien Mc Kiernan, Niall Mc Entyre, and Brian Bates Roinn ‘C’ U14 – Football League – 2002
Drumgoon 3 – 05 Lavey 1 – 06 On Thursday 18th April, Drumgoon’s U14 Footballers continued their good form with a hard earned win over Lavey. Played in almost perfect conditions the Drumgoon boys were slow to settle but once they going in the second half they ran out deserving winners.
At half time Lavey led by 0 -4 to 0 – 2. In the first half it took brilliant goal keeping by Conor Bates and sound defence from Sarah Mc Cabe, Pauric Mc Gorry and the brave hearted Eamon Mc Cluskey to keep Drumgoon in contention. In the second half, the Drumgoon forwards with team captain Conor Bates leading the line finally got moving James and John finally broke through to shoot to the net. Points from Conor Bates and Patrick Hughes put the game beyond Lavey’s reach. Scorers for Drumgoon, Patrick Hughes, 1 – 1, James Mc Donald, 1 – 0, John Fitzpatrick, 1 – 0, Conor Bates, 0 – 3, Cathal Smith 0 – 1, Drumgoon Team:
Adam Bates, Pauric Mc Gorry, Eugene Hughes, Eamon Mc Cluskey, Martin Hughes, Sarah Mc Cabe, John Fitzpatrick, Cathal Smith, James Mc Donald, Philip Smith, Killian Kelly, Patrick Hughes, Conor Bates
Subs Used: Killian Moynagh, Paul O’ Hare Under 16 Football League – 2002
Drumgoon 2 – 15 Lavey 1 – 10 Drumgoon Team:
Liam Dempsey, John Fitzpatrick, Gene Mc Donald, Ronan Kelly, Michael Murray, Cathal Smith, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Bride, Peadar Markey, Martin Hughes, Conor Bates, Sean Smith, Niall Mc Entyre, Padraig O’ Bhfaoil Under 16 boys win
Drumgoon 2 – 15 Shercock 1 – 10 Drumgoon under 16 boys recorded their first win of the season when they defeated Shercock on Boyle Park on Monday evening. At half time they were behind by 1 – 5 to 0 – 4. In the second half Paul Mc Bride and Michael Mc Donald took over at midfield and the rest is history. The Drumgoon pressure paid off with Niall Mc Entyre putting in some deadly finishing at full forward Drumgoon: Liam Dempsey, John Fitzpatrick, Gene Mc Donald, Ronan Kelly, Michael Murray, Cathal Smith, Michael Mc Donald, Paul Mc Bride, Peadar Mc Cluskey, Seam Smith, Paddy Boyle, Conor Bates, Niall Mc Entyre Ladies Challenge Match
Drumgoon 3 – 08 Knockbride 0 – 09 Drumgoon girls were too good for an under strength Knockbride side in a challenge game at the weekend. Best for Drumgoon were, Teresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell, Ann Smith, Tracy Cochrane, and Catherine Mc Bride Drumgoon: Paula Lynch, Tracey Cochrane, Michelle Murray, Catherine Mc Bride, Emma Kate O’ Reilly, Lisa Murray, Ciara Farrell, Aishling Mc Dermott, Teresa Clerkin, Claire Mc Caffery, Sarah Mc Cabe, Ann Smith, Gowna 2 – 14 Drumgoon 1 – 6

An under strength Drumgoon team made the long journey to Gowna on Saturday last and went under to a strong Gowna side. Drumgoon started well and matched Gowna score for score for most of the first half. However, fielding such county minor stars as Mark Mc Keever and Niall Madden Gowna finished the stronger and ran out deserving winners. Best for a Drumgoon team fielding without 7 regulars due injury or county commitments were Shane Mc Gorry, Jim Mc Nally, Adrian Crosson and Paddy Mc Cabe. Drumgoon: John O’ Reilly, Shane Mc Gorry, Martin Clerkin, Colm Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Michael Hannon, Barry Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, John Mc Donald, Paul Crosson, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Seamus Morris, Paddy Mc Cabe, Brian Bates
Subs used, Sean Clerkin Drumgoon in All Ireland Final Drumgoon 0 – 9 An Tochar 1 – 05

Drumgoon march on. In a very entertaining game, played in Cremartin on Easter Monday afternoon, Drumgoon qualified for the All Ireland Junior Football Final by defeating An Tochar from Roundwood in Co. Wicklow. An Tochar came into this game with a big reputation having defeated four good county champions in Leinster on their way to the Leinster title. However, this young Drumgoon side have no regard for reputations and they quickly stamped their authority on the game. Their attacking wing back Keith Fannin was first on the scoreboard when he drove forward to shoot over from the left. Playing with a stiff breeze Drumgoon totally dominated the first half and their relentless pressure paid off when the winner of the Man of the Match award, Jim Mc Nally, pushed forward to shoot over.
A tremendous run by the powerful Philip Mc Dermott was justly rewarded with a good point. Try as they might An Tochar could make little headway against a water tight Drumgoon defence. Another good interchange of play by Drumgoon seen Paul Crosson cutting in from the right to shoot ever. Such was Drumgoon’s dominance at this stage that centre half back Paul Mc Enroe stole forward to add another good score. The game was 20 minutes old before An Tochar got on the scoreboard through a free from Shay Cullen. Indeed in the earlier rounds Shay had scored an average of 1 – 7 per match, but on this occasion he was kept scoreless from play by Michael Hannon. Full forward Paddy Mc Cabe got on the scoresheet to leave the score 0 – 6 to 0 – 1 at half time in Drumgoon’s favour. With the wind on their backs, An Tochar were not going to go down without a fight. Noel Kavanagh and Richard Brady score two points to leave 3 points between the sides. With the loss of Keith Fannin through injury, Drumgoon were guilty of some bad misses particularly from frees. A good strong run from Edward Jackson resulted in a point and this helped to settle the Drumgoon nerves. Substitute Peter Hand shot over for Drumgoon before a strong An Tochar attack resulted in their full forward Luke Ferguson shooting to the net. This young Drumgoon side never surrender however and brilliant play by Shane Mc Gorry resulted in Peter Hand shooting over a good point from way out on the left. With time up, centre half forward Des Fanning had a point for Roundwood and in all out last attack deep into injury time their full back Nick Nolan shot over a long range point. Jim Mc Nally won the resultant kick out and to the delight of the large Drumgoon support the referee whistle blew.
Drumgoon now play the winners of the Connacht v Munster clash in the All Ireland Final. This is a tremendous achievement from a small club who only last year managed to capture their first ever title.
Best for Drumgoon were Jim McNally, Shane Mc Gorry, Michael Hannon, Philip Mc Dermott, and Paul Mc Enroe
Best for An Tochar were Nick Nolan, Alan Jenkinson, Joe Price, Donal Brady and Paul Kenna. Scorers for Drumgoon. Peter Hand 0 – 2, Edward Jackson 0 – 1, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1, Keith Fannin 0 – 1, Paddy Mc Cabe, 0 – 1, Paul Crosson 0 -1, Jim Mc Nally 0 – 1, Paul Mc Enroe 0 – 1 Scorers for An Tochar Luke Ferguson 1 – 0, Shay Cullen 0 – 1, Des Fanning 0 – 1, Noel Kavanagh 0 – 1, Richard Brady 0 – 1, Nick Nolan 0 – 1,
Drumgoon, John Reilly, Shane Mc Gorry, Martin Clerkin, Michael Hannon, Ronan Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe, Keith Fannin, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Paul Crosson, Bryan Bates, Paddy Mc Cabe, Seamus Morris, Subs used: Peter Hand, Sean Clerkin, An Tochar
John Power, Brian Power, Nick Nolan, Lorcan Nolan, Paul Kenna, Alan Jenkinson, Joe Price, Noel Wolohan, Donal Brady, Enda Nolan, Des Fanning, Noel Kavanagh, Shay Cullen, Luke Ferguson, Noel Brady Subs used:- Richard Brady, Declan Murphy, Alec Wolohan, Dermot Davis Referee:- Brendan Mc Nally (Cremartin) Mullahoran 2 – 13 Drumgoon 1 – 5

An under strength Drumgoon team made their first ever visit to Mullahoran on Sunday last and went under to a good Mullahoran side. Drumgoon started well and matched Mullahoran score for score until a long range lob into the Drumgoon square ended up in the back of the net. Drumgoon now faced a serious up hill battle but never looked good enough to get back into contention. The introduction of Peter Hand into the attack had a dramatic effect in the second half and Peter scored 1 – 3 to stage a good comeback. However Mullahoran finished the stronger and ran out deserving winners. Drumgoon: John O’ Reilly, Jimmy O’ Reilly, Martin Clerkin, Colm Crosson, Ronan Crosson, Edward Jackson, Barry Crosson, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson (0 – 1), Seamus Morris, Paul Mc Cabe (0 – 1), Paddy Mc Cabe, Shane Mc Gorry
Subs used, Peter Hand (1 – 3), John Mc Donald, Niall Crosson, Sean Clerkin & Brian Bates Cuchullains 2 – 5 Drumgoon 2 – 13

Drumgoon Ladies han other good win in the 9 a side competition. Tracey Cochrane, Katherine Mc Bride, Emma Kate Reilly, Michelle Murray, Ciara Farrell, Aisling Mc Dermott, Margaret Mc Bride, Theresa Clerkin, Clare Mc Caffrey
Subs Used, Blathnaid Farrell, Sabrina Chalonder, Elizabeth Mc Cabe, Rosemarie Mc Dermott Ballkymachugh 1 – 8 Drumgoon 1 – 13

Drumgoon minor footballers had a good away win to Ballymachugh on saturday. Scorers for Drumgoon were, Bryan Bates 1 – 6, Paul Mc Enroe 0 – 2, Michael Mc Donald 0 – 2, Francis Mc Donald 0 – 1, Edward Gaffney 0 – 1, Nial Fortune 0 – 1
Drumgoon team:- Ciaran Mc Cabe, Gene Mc Donald, Peter Mc Dermott, Michael Murray, Paul Mc Enroe, Niall Mc Entyre, Francis Mc Donald, Michael Mc Donald, Damien Mc Kiernan, Bryan Bates, Ciaran Lennon, Edward Gaffney, Niall Fortune ULSTER CHAMPIONS
DRUMGOON 1 – 13 DOOHAMLET 0 – 10 The good news story continues for Drumgoon. Having won their first ever Junior Championship only a few months ago, they have now gone and become the first club from County Cavan ever to win an Ulster adult title. In Cremartin on Monday last, they defeated a gallant Doohamlet team to capture the title. Despite the heavy underground conditions this was as good a game as was played anywhere this year. Doohamlet put up a brave fight and fought hard all the way but in the end Drumgoon’s superior strength seen them through. Doohamlet raced into an early lead with points from Shane Mc Manus and Ted Duffy. Drumgoon were slow to settle but once again it was one of the older heads on the team which settles the nerves. Having missed a few free scoring opportunities, a good move started by Keith Fannin was finished by the powerful Philip Mc Dermott. Ted Duffy had another point for Doohamlet before Paul Crosson added to Drumgoon’s account. Having played as a defender or at midfield all year, Paul was reveling in his role as a half forward and had one of his best games in his career. Paul’s younger brother, the classy Adrian was next onto the scoresheet with two good points. Once into the lead Drumgoon never looked back. Doohamlet’s midfielders Greg Duffy and Ciaran Mc Manus were urging their side forward but the found the Drumgoon defence an irristable force. With the Hannon brothers in top form and Keith Fannin giving an exhibition on how to play the wing back position, Doohamlet found the scores difficult to come by. Martin Clerkin started a good move which ended up with Edward Jackson shooting over the bar. The sucker blow for Doohamlet came just before half time when Philip Mc Dermott shot a long ball the ended up in around the goalmouth. In the ensuing scramble, quickest to react to the breaking ball was the speed merchant, Brian Bates. Brian coolly collect the ball and shot to the net much to the delight of the large Drumgoon support. Indeed the Cremartin organisers must have been delighted with the packed attendance from all over the two counties. At half time Drumgoon deservedly led on a scoreline of 1 – 7 to 0 -6. In the second half, continuing to look the sharper side, Drumgoon added to their lead when the versatile Keith Fannin stole forward to shoot over. Midfielder Greg Duffy and Ciaran Mc Manus both had points for Doohamlet to keep them in touch. Just when it seemed the Doohamlet were getting back into the game a double Drumgoon substitution had an immediate impact for Drumgoon. Seamus Morris shot over a good point from a free to be followed immediately by a similar score from Peter Hand. On a day when ten Drumgoon players got on the scoresheet, Martin Clerkin stole forward to his name to the list. Drumgoon now had their tails up and wild horses were not going to stop them capturing this trophy. Try as Doohamlet might in the closing stages, there was no going past the Drumgoon defence and in particular, full back Colm Hannon, who deservedly won the “Man of the Match award”. Their large loyal following were in full song when the final whistle blew. The president of the Ulster Council, John O’ Reilly, praised the Cremartin club and both teams for such good entertainment. Paul Kerr’s father who incidentally is an uncle of Drumgoon Player, Seamus Morris, presented the cup to the winning captain, Edward Jackson. Drumgoon now play the Leinster champions, Roundwood from Wicklow in the All Ireland semi-final on Easter Monday. Best for Drumgoon were Philip Mc Dermott, Colm Hannon, Keith Fannin, Paul Crosson, and Adrian Crosson. Best for Doohamlet were Ciaran Mc Manus, Greg Duffy, Trevor Duffy, Shane Mc Manus and Ted Duffy. Scorers for Drumgoon. Adrian Crosson 0 – 3, Bryan Bates 1- 0, Peter Hand 0 – 2, Edward Jackson 0 – 2, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1, Paul Crosson 0 – 1, Martin Clerkin 0 – 1, Keith Fannin 0 – 1, Seamus Morris 0 – 1, Michael Andrew Hannon 0 – 1.
Scorers for Doohamlet Shane Mc Manus 0 – 4, Greg Duffy 0 – 2, Ted Duffy 0 – 2, Ciaran Mc Manus 0 – 1, Ollie Hughes 0 – 1. Drumgoon, John Reilly, Paul Mc Enroe, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Ronan Crosson, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin, Edward Jackson, Jim Mc Nally, Philip Mc Dermott, Adrian Crosson, Paul Crosson, Bryan Bates, Paddy Mc Cabe, Sean Clerkin, Subs used: Shane Mc Gorry, Paul Mc Cabe, Peter Hand, Seamus Morris, Ian Reilly Doohamlet James Casey, Gabie Casey, Pauric Murray, Enda Connolly Glen Comiskey, Trevor Duffy, Niall Connolly, Greg Duffy, Ciaran Mc Manus, Ted Duffy, Martin Hughees, Shane Mc Manus, Shane Connolly, Ollie Hughes, Gavin Duffy,
Referee:- Brendan Mc Nally (Cremartin) Under 10’s show promise at Ulster Final

On Easter Monday, at Shamrock Park, Cremartin, on the occasion of the Ulster Junior Championship Final, the Dernakesh/Drumgoon U10 footballers took on their Doohamlet counterparts in a half-time encounter that shared the fire and passion of the senior match. In their first outing of the season, an energetic squad led out on the day by Tommy McKitterick.
Early pressure from Drumgoon saw Conor Moynagh take the first score with a well worked point from play. Doohamlet struck back almost immediately working the ball up the right side. A speculative shot deceived the Drumgoon full back line of Eugene McCabe and Declan Smith and was parried by Ronan McDonald in the Drumgoon goal. The resulting loose ball was shot to the net by the Doohamlet corner forward. The Drumgoon squad held their nerve under pressure, and building from the half-back line of Martin Fitzpatrick, Ryan Harkin and a resolute Peter McGorry, continued to apply pressure to a resilient Doohamlet defence. The pressure paid off when wing half-forward Gary Lavery was fouled, and centre-forward Killian Brady coolly slotted the resulting free over the bar. Doohamlet had the last say of the first half with a point on the stroke of half-time to leave the half time score Doohamlet 1-01, Drumgoon 0-02.
The second half opened with a swift attack from Drumgoon launched by the Drumgoon midfield pair who were starting to get on top of their counterparts. The Doohamlet defence fouled Adrian McKitterick while in possession and Killian Brady once again put the free kick over the bar to narrow the gap to one point. The Drumgoon squad were now on top, with corner forwards Francis McCabe and Conor O’Brien getting more into the game.
The introduction of Felim Shalvey and Mark Murray had the desired effect. Another free from Killian Brady and a similar score from Doohamlet, followed by a further point from play from Gary Lavery left Drumgoon trailing by 1-03 to 0-05 with the final minute approaching.
A long kick out by goalkeeper Ronan McDonald resulted in a Drumgoon line ball 25 metres from the Doohamlet goal. Tommy McKitterick dropped back to cover and Gary Lavery & Conor Moynagh moved in on the Doohamlet goal. Killian Brady again took the kick, which found the fist of Moynagh and beat the Doohamlet goalkeeper to take a deserving victory for Drumgoon on the day.
Under 10 squad, Ronan Mc Donald, Eugene Mc Cabe, Peter Mc Gorry, Declan Smith, Ryan Harkin, Martin Fitzpatrick, Tommy Mc Kitterick, Felim Shalvey, Conor Moynagh, Mark Murray, Gary Lavery, Conor O’ Brien, Francis Mc Cabe, Killian Brady, Jason Taylor, Adrian Mc Kitterick, Michael Deery, Kieran Pierson Juvenile training (U10 and U12) continues at Boyle Park on Saturdays at 12:30pm and Thursday evenings at 5:30pm. Ladies first game for 2002
Drumgoon 0 – 10 Erne Gaels 0 – 06 As the saying goes “A good start is half the battle”, and that certainly goes without saying to the brave Drumgoon ladies playing under drastic conditions Saturday 16th March against Erne Gaels.
Drumgoon and Erne Gaels were the first two teams to commence under the new 9 a side tournament in Cavan. The first half, saw tight exchanges and the lead was exchanged between both teams on several occasions. It was Drumgoon’s Theresa Clerkin who obtained the first point of the game after a good exchange between Aishling McDermott and Claire Mc Caffery. The full forward line, Claire Mc Caffery, Sarah Mc Cabe, Theresa Clerkin kept battling through the first half, while on the other side of things the backs, Kathryn Mc Bride, Michelle and Lisa Murray, and subs Blathnaid Farrell and Emma O Reilly formed a firm wall in front of the brilliant Tracey Cochrane in goals. The second half commenced with a scoreline of 0 – 5 to 0 – 4 in favour of Drumgoon. Theresa Clerkin and Ciara Farrell in midfield who along with Aishling Mc Dermott in mid also kept strong possession and kept Drumgoon’s notably fast game together throughout the match even under treacherous conditions. Drumgoon had the lead for most of the match even though Erne Gaels were fighting back well after 15 minutes in the second half. But thanks to the consistent training and encouragement from their managers Sean Clerkin and Peter Hand, the girls pace seen them through a rally of scores after well coordinated hand passes and good understanding between players. These scores came from Theresa Clerkin, Ciara Farrell, Aishling Mc Dermott and Breda Mc Cluskey. The girls showed great determination and team support throughout the game and undoubtedly will continue for the whole season.
Scores for Drumgoon, Theresa Clerkin 0 – 5, Ciara Farrell 0 – 2, Michelle Murray 0 – 1, Breda Mc Cluskey, 0 – 1, Aishling Mc Dermott 0 – 1 Drumgoon: Tracey Cochrane, Michelle Murray, Catherine Mc Bride, Lisa Murray, Ciara Farrell, Aishling Mc Dermott, Theresa, Clerkin, Claire Mc Caffery, Sarah Mc Cabe,
Subs used:- Blathnaid Farrell, Emma Kate Reilly, Paula Lynch, Breda Mc Cluskey. Intermediate Championship Draw 2002
Group 1. Drumgoon, Drung, Ballyhaise, Drumalee, Ballinagh
Group 2. Drumlane, Kill, Swanlinbar, Cuchullains, Laragh
Group 3. Lavey, Denn, Cornafean, Cootehill
Drumgoon 0 – 2, Drung 1 – 2, 10/3/2002
Played in gale force winds on Boyle Park, scores were at a premium in this ultra low scoring game as the ball rarely travelled more than 20 metres due the ferocious cross winds. There was little to choose between the two sides all though with both sets of defenders well on top of their opposite numbers. At half time the score was one point each. The difference in the end was a long high punt into the square and under which the defenders and keeper got their wires crossed, and the ball ended up in the net. Best for Drumgoon were, Martin Clerkin, Michal Hannon, John Mc Donald, and Jim Mc Nally.
Team line out – John Reilly, Ronan Crosson, Colm Crosson, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Michael Hannon, Shane Mc Gorry, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Seamus Morris, Ian Reilly (0 – 1), Philp Mc Dermott, Bryan Bates, Adrian Crosson, Sean Clerkin (0 – 1)
Subs used, John Mc Donald, Paddy Mc Cabe, Paul Mc Cabe and Peter Hand. Dinner Dance 15/2/2002
The annual Dinner Dance took place on Friday, 15th in the White Horse Hotel, Cootehill. County board Chairman, George Cartwright, presented the medals to the double winners, Junior Championship and Division 2 League, and also the junior “C” Championship. Senior player of the Year award went to Colm Hannon, Junior player of the year went Declan Boyle. Senior Lady footballer, went to Ciara Farrell and the young player of the year award went to Michelle Murray. John Joe Lennon presented the Felix O’ Reilly memorial plaque to trainer Paddy Bates in recognition of his tremendous work with the team all year. Challenge Game 16/2/2002
Drumgoon played an anjoyable challenge game on Boyle Park with Clones. The previous night’s celebrations had some effect on the performance and only Edward Jackson and the Crosson brothers played up to their normal standard. The game ended Drumgoon 0 – 11, Clones 0 – 12. The Drumgoon team was John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Colm Crosson, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin, Edward Jackson, Shane Mc Gorry, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Seamus Morris, Ian Reilly, Paddy Mc Cabe, Adrian Crosson, Peter Hand, Brian Bates,
Subs Used, Paul Mc Cabe, Sean Clerkin, Jimmy Reilly, John Mc Donald, Gerry Hughes Colm makes debut
On Sunday last, 10/2/2002, Colm Hannon made a very successful debut for the Cavan senior team. Colm helped Cavan to a five point victory over Derry. The “Irish News” newspaper from Belfast, picked Colm in the corner back position on their influential “Team of the day”.

2002

Challenge Game 10/2/2002
Drumgoon had their first outing of the season on sunday last with a challenge game on Boyle Park with Aghabog. Despite the wind and rain, Drumgoon got off to a flying start and looked none the worse on the winter break. Ian Reilly and Jim Mc Nally were in particularily good form. Ian scored seven points in total. Scorers for Drumgoon, Ian Reilly, 0 – 7, Jim Mc Nally 0 – 3, Adrian Crosson 0 – 1, Sean Clerkin 0 – 1, Brian Bates 0 – 1, Paul Mc Cabe 0 – 1, Philip Mc Dermott 0 – 1. The Drumgoon team was John Reilly, Barry Crosson, Martin Clerkin, Colm Crosson, Keith Fannin, Shane Mc Gorry, Jim Mc Nally, Paul Crosson, Philip Mc Dermott, Ian Reilly, Seamus Morris, Paddy Mc Cabe, Adrian Crosson, Brian Bates,
Subs Used, Paul Mc Cabe, Sean Clerkin, Ronan Crosson, Felim Reilly, Niall Fortune, John Mc Donald, Gerry Hughes, Peter Mc Dermott, Very enjoyable trip to Italy
Almost 60 hardy annuals travelled to Italy on Friday, 25th January 2002 for a very enjoyable ski-ing weekend. Most of the crew also went to the Olympic stadium in Rome, where they seen Roma defeat Piacenza 2 – nil with Gabriel Batistuta both scoring.
Back in Training, on Wednesday night, 30/1/2002, the senior footballers re-commenced training. There was a good turnout and it was great to see Barry Crosson back to full fitness after a long lay off with a cruciate ligament injury. Also back in training is former corner back, Felim Reilly. Training is every Tuesday and Friday nights Free at last, Free at last, Free at last
Cavan Junior Football Championship Final (2001) Drumgoon 1 – 10 , Kildallan 0 – 7
DRUMGOON beaten in last year’s junior championship final by a late goal from Cornafean, made no mistake in this year’s decider at Breffni Park on Sunday last when they defeated Kildallan by 1-10 to 0-7. This is the first time the title has come to the parish and was due reward for last year’s disappointing defeat.
The fact that both teams were sprinkled with youthful players meant that the big occasion was a test of nerves and on this occasion, Drumgoon made the biggest impact. Kildallan made a brave attempt to gain the honours and had a one point lead with four minutes of normal time remaining. Drumgoon finished strongly and in drawing level and taking the lead scored 1-4 without reply in the last eight minutes, which included four minutes of injury time. In fact the game went on for a further two minutes and by that time, Drumgoon had the honours wrapped up, Edward Jackson scoring the game’s only goal game in the sixty third minute. Scoring Records:- Both sides had impressive scoring records coming up to the final, Drumgoon amassing a total of 5-71 (86 points) from their five matches including 0-20 against Corlough, 2-17 against Maghera; 2-10 against Shercock and 0-17 against Redhills. Kildallan reached a target of 6-61 (79 points) and among their impressive totals were 2-11 against Arva, 2-15 against Munterconnacht and 1-15 against Shannon Gaels. Drumgoon’s defence conceded seven scores fewer than their opponents.
It all boiled down as to which side had the capability of rising to the occasion and it was Drumgoon, with last year’s experience behind them who went into the game as favourites. Strong breeze:- Kildallan with first use of the strong breeze missed the opportunity to take an early lead instead they shot four wides in ten minutes, hardly something which helped boost confidence. Drumgoon had the opening score from Philip McDermott in the eighth minute before Trent Fitzpatrick ended a spate of wild shooting with the levelling score after eighteen minutes. Drumgoon took a 0-3 to 0-1 lead after twenty one minutes through Paul McCabe and Keith Fannin. With the exchanges being keenly fought yellow cards were issued to Enda Herron and Colm Hannon. Kildallan fought back and drew level with four minutes of the first-half remaining, Daithi Reilly with a fine effort from forty metres and Barry Rudden from a free. Pressure:- Kildallan maintained the pressure as John O’Neill was in full flight towards goal but lost possession and a shot from Trent Fitzpatrick hit the upright. Drumgoon thought they had snatched the lead through Peter Hand right on the stroke of half-time but a minute into injury-time, Barry Rudden from a free levelled the scores, 0-4 each. Low Scoring:- The first-half ended with a mere eight scores, an unusually meagre tally in the conditions which prevailed. It looked as if team manager Paddy Bates and his selectors Mick Fitzpatrick and Michael Hannon did some tough talking during the break. Immediately after the restart, full-forward Adrian Crossan scored a great point from the wing to regain the lead. As Drumgoon pressed forward Paul McCabe received a yellow card. Both sides introduced subs. Brian Bates coming into the Drumgoon attack and Andy Owens taking his place in the Kildallan side. Drumgoon went further ahead in the ninth minute through a Peter Hand free and should have extended their lead in the next few minutes. Down to 14 players:- With the game entering the final quarter, the title was very much in the balance as Brian Rudden continued to show his accuracy from frees and reduced the deficit to just one point with fourteen minutes left. Kildallan’s hopes suffered a blow when Daithi Neary received a red card in the eighteenth minute. The team rose to the challenge however and Trent Fitzpatrick levelled the scores in the nineteenth minute. Drumgoon were forced back on the defensive at this stage but despite the pressure, Kildallan were unable to make much impression on the scoreboard. Frustrating:- After a frustrating four minute period, Barry Rudden gave Kildallan the lead with six minutes of actual time remaining. That proved to be Kildallan’s last score as Drumgoon levelled through Peter Hand with five minutes left and Jim McNally, Philip McDermott and Brian Bates added further points to stretch the lead to three points two minutes into injury time. There was still time for Kildallan to force a late goal and a draw but the goal went instead to Drumgoon one minute later when a Peter Hand lob into the square was finished to the net by Edward Jackson. First junior title:- Drumgoon’s junior title win is their first in the club’s history and was achieved through top-class team work and team spirit. Out of this collective achievement there were a number of top-class individuals including a strong defence in which goalkeeper, John Reilly was fronted by a sound full-backline in Paul McEnroe, Colm Hannon and team captain Martin Clerkin. Edward Jackson at centre-half back got among the scorers and he got great support from Michael A. Hannon and Keith Fannin. Jim McNally at midfield along with Paul Crossan who replaced the injured Seamus Morris worked hard and in attack, Philip McDermott was chosen man of the match. Peter Hand was also a threat at right-corner as was Brian Bates who made a big impact when introduced seven minutes into the second-half. Lack of experience:- Kildallan’s lack of experience was very evident at various stages as they had the opportunity to take the honours but failed gallantly in their efforts. Team captain Enda Herron tried to inspire his colleagues from the left-half back position, and there were notable contributions from Barry Rudden, Noel Maguire and Trent Fitzpatrick in attack. Drumgoon:- J. Reilly; P. McEnroe, C. Hannon, M. Clerkin; M. A. Hannon, E. Jackson (1-0), K. Fannin (0-1); J. McNally (0-1), P. Crossan; P. McDermott (0-2), I. O’Reilly, Paul McCabe (0-1); P. Hand (0-3), A. Crosson (0-1), Patrick McCabe. Subs. B. Bates (0-1) for Paul McCabe.
Kildallan J. Conaty; D. Neary, J. O’Reilly, B. Reilly; W. O’Grady, D. Crushell, E. Herron; P. Wynne, C. O’Hara; D. Conaty, B. Rudden (0-4), D. Reilly (0-1); N. Maguire, T. Fitzpatrick (0-2), J. O’Neill.
Subs. A. Owens for B. Reilly, S. O’Neill for D. Conaty.
Referee: Brendan Sweeney, Ballymachugh.

Drumgoon’s winning habit
Drumgoon captured their first ever Cavan intermediate championship title last Autumn. Kevin Carney reviews their historic campaign. It’s a hell of an achievement to win an intermediate championship at the first time of asking. “And to do it with such a small panel of players is even harder. “Winning back to back championships is something else but the team deserved it.” Drumgoon team-captain Edward Jackson’s summing up of Drumgoon’s superbly crafted triumph in the 2002 IFC could have been penned by any number of his colleagues but the joy of it is no less exhillirating for the umpteenth telling. Unrestrained joy still envelopes the Drumgoon quarter of county Cavan. Funny how, just over ten years ago, Drumgoon were regarded as one of the whipping boys of Cavan football. A bit more than a decade later and the club is regarded by some as senior champions in-waiting. For the time being, the hugely ambitious rural-based club is enjoying a ‘breather’ after an almighty successful season. The club had a great year in 2002 at all levels. Little wonder then that it is wont to parade the silverware with the sort of pride and confidence a popular king exudes in strutting his stuff among his people. Last Autumn, the Drumgoon trophy cabinet was dusted down – yet again – to make room this time for the blue riband intermediate cup. Winning, it seems, is one big habit around Drumgoon. Winners of the JFC title in 2001, Drumgoon took to the intermediate stage last year with everything going for themselves except the value of being an unknown quantity. Pointedly, they began the championship season in 2002 as one of the favourites to go the distance. And not for the first time, the local turf accountants got it spot on! Drumgoon began their bid to scoop back-to-back titles by taking on Ballyhaise in round one of the championship back in mid-July at Kingspan/Breffni Park. It was to prove a wholly satisfying and rewarding opener with the winners-elect walloping their opponents by 2-18 to 2-5. The rest of the pack had been duly warned! In what was a clinical demolition of their opponents, Drumgoon hit the ground running and a goal by Bryan Bates helped ease them into a 1-3 to 0-0 lead as early as the fifth minute. Even at that early juncture, the writing was well and truly on the wall. Drumgoon were in fine fettle. Their direct football, running off the ball and a lethal full-forward line of Adrian Crossan, McCabe and Bryan Bates, who contributed 2-9 between them, proved much too much for Ballyhaise to get a handle on. Leading by 1-7 to 0-3 at the interval, Drumgoon cemented their opening brace of championship points after just 90 seconds of the second half when Paul McCabe collected a superb pass by Edward Jackson to rifle the ball to the net to leave a full 10 points separating the sides. In the best tradition of football cliches, it was, by that stage, all over bar the shouting. “We got off to a flyer in the championship and that helped our confidence a lot. But because we had been playing in division one of the league, we knew we had the ability to play at intermediate level. It was still good to get off to such a good start,” Edward reflected. Thereafter Drumgoon continued their fine mid-season form by putting behind them an indifferent first half display to come from behind to beat championship joint favourites Ballinagh in a dramatic finale to a fine match at Kingspan/Breffni Park at the end of July. Drumgoon’s one point win (1-10 to 2-6) may have been a tad harsh on Ballinagh but the winners were entitled to the spoils. Ballinagh burst from the blocks though and their first major arrived after just two minutes when Colin Gumley carried the ball some 20 metres before firing a shot from around the same distance into the Drumgoon net. The warning bells were well and truly sounding for Drumgoon as they sought to compose themselves under fire. In what was a repeat of the meeting of the two sides in the 2001 ACFL Division Two decider won by Drumgoon, the town team began to concede ground as the game progressed and the saffrons had a major let-off in the 14th minute when relocated corner-back Martin Clerkin saw his low shot ricochet to safety off the outstretched legs of McCarthy in the Ballinagh goal. Drumgoon lorded the possession for sustained periods and prompted up front by the ever-willing Paul McCabe deservedly drew level at 0-5 to 1-2 with an Ian O’Reilly converted free in the 21st minute. As things panned out, the interval arrived after some more frantic football with the would-be winners trailing by 0-5 to 2-3. On the restart Drumgoon slowly but surely chipped away at Ballinagh’s vaunted position. Their customary spirit and tigerish workrate – exemplified by Paul McCabe -saw them hit the jackpot when Seamus Morris scored a goal and a point in the 17th and 18th minutes. As the game wore on, Drumgoon’s bounty of possession increased significantly. As things transpired though the blue and yellows found that points were adequate enough and Peter Hand (free) and Seamus Morris found the target in the 26th and 28th minutes respectively to leave Ballinagh trailing by 2-5 to 1-9. Ballinagh dug deep to level matters approaching the end of normal time but just moments into added-on time, Paul McCabe was the personification of opportunism to make good a misjudgment of the bouncing ball by the Ballinagh full-back line to rifle over the winner just in the nick of time. Despite having already booked their place in the last eight, Drumgoon continued to demonstrate an unsatiable appetite for success by beating the 2001 beaten championship finalists Drung by 0-11 to 0-8 at Cootehill in the next round. In truth, the destination of the spoils was largely decided in the 46th minute when Drumgoon half-back Keith Fannin blasted home a penalty which had the effect of engineering a 1-9 to 0-7 cushioned lead for the would-be victors. Drumgoon’s win owed much to a five-star display by the Drumgoon ‘keeper John Reilly who pulled off three first-class saves, including one apiece from Niall and Shane O’Rourke in a three minute spell in the dying minutes of the second half which were instrumental in copper-fastening Drung’s fate. The teams were level on four occasions in a helter-skelter first half period at the end of which Drung led by the odd point in nine. On the restart, Drumgoon’s determination to retain their unbeaten run was manifest in Paul McCabe’s quickly engineered levelling point after a brilliant delivery by Ian O’Reilly was gathered by the pacy number 14 racing in behind the Drung defence. Then from the kick-out, Drung launched an attack but Colm Hannon won an important tussle on the square with Finbar Crowe and when the Drumgoon defender worked the ball up the left wing, Seamus Morris showed a clean pair of heels to his marker before splitting the posts after 37 minutes. Drumgoon continued to be the more energised side and Morris impressed again in finding the target after 41 minutes to leave Drumgoon 0-9 to 0-6 in front. Thereafter Drung were left chasing the game when Fannin converted a penalty in the 46th minute when Paul McCabe was fouled powering forward. From there to the finish, Drumgoon always had the look of winners. “The Drung game was always going to be one of our most difficult games because of the connections at underage between the players over the years and the fact that we’re almost neighbouring clubs. The football was never going to be pretty either and once we were drawn in the same group as them, we knew that it was a game we’d have to be at our best for to get the two points we needed to help us progress,” Edward reflected. Thereafter the quarter-final meeting with Laragh in Cootehill proved to be a shockingly one-sided encounter with Drumgoon proving a class apart in cantering to a 0-15 to 0-4 win. More aggressive in the tackle, faster to react to the spillages, fitter and altogether much more efficient with their use of the ball, the winners could hardly have anticipated such an easy ride. Drumgoon’s eleven point winning margin wasn’t in the least bit flattering. Laragh didn’t record their first point of the game until the stroke of half-time.Drumgoon had pace, invention and finishing power up front to complement their defence’s dynamism and their midfield’s grit. With 20 minutes played, Laragh were looking at a 0-0 to 0-5 deficit and from there on a cloak of inevitability wafted its way over proceedings. The only surprising aspect of the game was that Drumgoon failed to find the Laragh net. They were denied a goal in the 54th minute when Paddy McCabe’s point-blank effort was brilliantly parried by Laragh ‘keeper Brian Carolan. Predictably Drumgoon finished the game as they had started it – with a flourish; points at the death from Peter Hand and Keith Fannin adding some extra lustre to their win. And so to the semi-final and a meeting with erstwhile opponents Drung.
Once again it was a close affair but Drumgoon weren’t flattered one bit by their eventual 0-12 to 0-8 victory after they had chiselled out a 0-6 to 0-5 half-time lead. In essence it was a victory principally carved out of a power-packed second-half display, hallmarked by impressive fitness levels, powers of concentration and determination. An eight man move in the 38th minute symbolised the difference between the sides on the day. A move started in the half-back line was carried forward at great pace and with great skill and cohesiveness before being finished with a point by Jim McNally. After McNally’s point, Drung really tried everything they knew to unhinge their opponents’ fluency and focus but to no avail. The longer the game wore on, the greater the feeling abounded in Hugh O’Reilly Park that Drumgoon could only throw the game away. Drumgoon in 2002 were not so wasteful or foolish. “At the start of the year, we set out to reach the final and getting there left us just having to achieve our main objective which was to lift the cup. Preparations had gone well for us all year and we knew that whatever opposition was put in front of us, we’d be very hard to beat,” erstwhile senior countyman Jackson enthused. Narrow victors over Cootehill in the other semi-final, Denn provided the opposition for Drumgoon in the county decider in the first week of October. Drumgoon were to triumph by 0-8 to 0-6. The win was historic, unprecedented and thoroughly professional. Although it was a close contest throughout, once Drumgoon got into their stride around the 15th minute and took the lead for the first time courtesy of a Peter Hand effort, Denn were up against it. Drumgoon’s grip on the exchanges tightened in the closing stages of the first half with excellent points from man-of-the match Keith Fannin, Paddy McCabe and Philip McDermott which helped ease their side to a 0-6 to 0-3 interval lead. Drumgoon began where they left off by having the better of the opening exchanges on the restart with Philip McDermott increasing their lead with a fine point. And although veteran Tommy Smith pointed for Denn minutes later, a neat point from Keith Fannin in the 43rd minute restored Drumgoon’s four point lead. From there to the finish, it was all about Drumgoon holding Denn at bay and easing their way into the winners’ enclosure. Doubtless just minutes after the sounding of the final whistle, team-manager Paddy Bates and selectors Michael Fitzpatrick and Michael Hannon were already setting their sights on making it a glorious hat-trick of blue riband titles with a crack at the senior championship in 2003. For his part, team-captain preferred to savour the moment; “It’s been a dream come true so far in winning the junior and then intermediate, one after another. “The club has come a long way in a short space of time but the team is still a very young one. “We know the best has yet to come because we’re still learning and maturing as a team. It’ll be great playing in the senior championship and who knows what will happen.” For the record, the Drumgoon team which secured their historic IFC final victory over Denn was as follows; Seamus Morris; Paul Crossan, Colm Hannon, Paul McEnroe; Adrian Crossan, Michael Hannon, Keith Fannin (0-2); Edward Jackson, Jim McNally; Philip McDermott (0-3), Martin Clerkin, Patrick McCabe (0-1); Ian O’Reilly, Paul McCabe (0-1), Peter Hand (0-1). Sub; Bryan Bates for Peter Hand.
History-makers Drumgoon’s success in winning the All-Ireland Junior Club Championship title last May was historic and unprecedented . . .and definitely worth recording. “I couldn’t have asked for any more of the lads. They were terrific all through the tournament and carried the sort of form they produced to win the county junior championship on into the Ulster and All-Ireland championships. It’s great for the club, a great honour to be the first Cavan club to win an adult All-Ireland club title.” Spoken like a true Monaghan man! Paddy Bates, team-manager of the Drumgoon team, offers a genuine post-script to one of the greatest chapters in the history of Cavan football. Drumgoon’s success in winning the All-Ireland Junior club title was one of the highlights of the year in Cavan football circles. How ironic then that one could have been forgiven for thinking that rising stock of Drumgoon GFC appeared to have come to a climax with the club’s 1-10 to 0-7 JFC triumph in 2001 – their first-ever Cavan JFC title. But who would have thought it that just over a year later, the small parish outfit would be celebrating a county intermediate championship title AS WELL as an An-Ireland! To establish the genesis of Drumgoon’s successful run to the All-Ireland Junior club title, a brief synopsis of their county campaign serves to paint the sort of rosy vista that enveloped the yellow and blues in 2001. Drumgoon amassed a total of 5-71 (86 points) from their five matches in the 2001 Cavan JFC including 0-20 against Corlough, 2-17 against Maghera; 2-10 against Shercock and 0-17 against Redhills. Their 1-10 tally against west Cavan side Kildallan in the county decider wasn’t so hefty but it was more than enough to catapult the club into the Ulster Junior club championship, a competition hosted by the progressive Cremartin club in Monaghan. The team, and subs, who secured Drumgoon’s passage through to the provincial arena was as follows: John Reilly; Paul McEnroe, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin; Michael A. Hannon, Edward Jackson (1-0), Keith Fannin (0-1); Jim McNally (0-1), Paul Crossan; Philip McDermott (0-2), Ian O’Reilly, Paul McCabe (0-1); Peter Hand (0-3), Adrian Crosson (0-1), Patrick McCabe. Subs. Bryan Bates (0-1) for Paul McCabe.
A few months later, the history-making Drumgoon players were on their way to scooping another title, this time a provincial title. The Cavan champions took on the Monaghan champions, Doohamlet, in the decider at the pristine Cremartin grounds. Doohamlet meant business and started in turbo-charged style, racing into an early lead with points from Shane Mc Manus and Ted Duffy. Drumgoon were slow to settle but a good move started by would-be county senior Keith Fannin was finished by the in-form Philip McDermott. Ted Duffy had another point for Doohamlet before Paul Crosson opened Drumgoon’s account with an equally fine effort. Young Crossan was revelling in his role as a half forward. His younger brother, Adrian, used his electric pace to good effect to then get onto the scoresheet with two good points. Drumgoon had by this juncture eased their way into the lead, one which they were never to subsequently relinquish. Doohamlet’s midfielders Greg Duffy and Ciaran McManus were urging their side forward but the found the Drumgoon defence were composure personified. With the Hannon brothers in top form and Keith Fannin giving an exhibition in the wing back position, Doohamlet found it increasingly difficult to make progress in the last third of the field. At the other end, Martin Clerkin started a good move which ended up with Edward Jackson firing over the bar to increase his side’s lead. And then came the sucker blow for Doohamlet just before half time when Philip McDermott delivered a long ball forward into the Doohamlet square. In the ensuing scramble, the opportunistic Bryan Bates coolly collect the ball and shot to the net to leave his side 1-7 to 0-6 to the good at the interval. “We played some good stuff but I always felt we had more in the tank all the same. They gave us some problems in the first half but the goal gave us a cushion that Doohamlet just weren’t able to recover from,” team-manager Bates reflected. The Bates pep-talk at half-time also did the trick for his charges weren’t long about adding to their lead – the versatile Keith Fannin stealing forward to point on the run. However Doohamlet proved worthy provincial finalists and midfielder Greg Duffy and Ciaran McManus both had points for Doohamlet to keep them in touch. However just when it seemed as if Doohamlet were getting back into the game a double Drumgoon substitution had an immediate impact on affairs. Both Seamus Morris and fellow sub. Peter Hand rifled over a point apiece to all but seal the issue. A final point from the tireless Martin Clerkin served to put the icing on the cake to leave Cavan’s ambassadors 1-13 to 0-10 to the good at the final whistle. The following is the Drumgoon team and subs which scooped the Ulster title, John Reilly, Paul McEnroe, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin (0-1), Ronan Crosson, Michael A. Hannon (0-1), Keith Fannin (0-1), Edward Jackson (0-2), Jim Mc Nally, Philip McDermott (0-1), Adrian Crosson (0-3), Paul Crosson (0-1), Bryan Bates (1-0), Paddy Mc Cabe, Sean Clerkin. Subs used: Shane McGorry, Paul McCabe, Peter Hand (0-2), Seamus Morris (0-1), Ian Reilly.
And so to the All-Ireland semi-final and a meeting with Wicklow kingpins An Tochar. Played in Cremartin on Easter Monday afternoon, Drumgoon didn’t hang about in stamping their authority on the game. Keith Fannin drove forward to rifle the ball from the left wing over the bar for the opening point. Playing with a stiff breeze Drumgoon proceeded to dominate the first half and their relentless pressure paid off when the winner of the Man of the Match award, Jim Mc Nally, pushed forward to fire over another point. The pressure from Drumgoon was unrelenting and a tremendous run by the powerful Philip McDermott was justly rewarded with a good point. An Tochar could make little headway against a water tight Drumgoon defence and another fine move by Drumgoon saw Paul Crosson cutting in from the right to add to Drumgoon’s advantage. It was then the turn of Drumgoon centre half back Paul McEnroe to speed forward to add another good score. Significantly the game was 20 minutes old before An Tochar got on the scoreboard when Shay Cullen converted a free. Drumgoon had the last say before the interval though when full forward Paddy Mc Cabe got on the scoresheet to leave Drumgoon 0-6 to 0-1 in front. With the wind on their backs, An Tochar gradually came more into the game on the restart and a quick brace of points left just three between the sides. But an Edward Jackson point and a similar effort by sub. Peter Hand helped keep An Tochar at bay. A shock goal then by An Tochar full forward Luke Ferguson threatened to turn the game on its head minutes later though but after some brilliant play by Shane Mc Gorry, Peter Hand fired over a good point from way out on the left. With time up, centre half forward Des Fanning had a point for Roundwood and in all out last attack deep into injury time their full back Nick Nolan shot over a long range point. But that was that. Moments later with the score standing at 0-9 to 1-5 in Drumgoon’s favour, the final whistle blew and Drumgoon were into the All-Ireland final. The following was the Drumgoon line-out, and scorers, which featured against An Tochar: Drumgoon, John Reilly, Shane McGorry, Martin Clerkin, Michael Hannon, Ronan Crosson, Paul Mc Enroe (0-1), Keith Fannin (0-1), Edward Jackson (0-1), Jim McNally (0-1), Philip McDermott (0-1), Adrian Crosson, Paul Crosson (0-1), Bryan Bates, Paddy McCabe (0-1), Seamus Morris, Subs used: Peter Hand (0-2), Sean Clerkin. Mayo and Connacht champions Belmullet overcame the Kerry and Munster champions in the other semi-final so the scene was set for a cracking decider. “Going into the final against Belmullet, we knew they were very strong but we were more concerned with our own preparations and we were happy that, for the first time all year, we had a full panel to pick from. We felt that if the lads played to their potential they would be very hard to beat,” Drumgoon chief Bates explained. However it was Belmullet that flew into an early three point lead before Drumgoon wing back, Keith Fannin pointed from wide out on the left. Adrian Crosson operating at full forward got the first of his three points, before Philip McDermott brought things level for Drumgoon. With Belmullet shading it at midfield, it took brilliant play from the Drumgoon half back line to stem the tide. Centre half back, DCU student, Michael Andrew Hannon, despite a high speed spin from Dublin to make the game with minutes to spare following an exam, was in excellent form. Michael continued to drive the play forward and the constant pressure had to pay off. Ian Reilly was back to his brilliant best on the forty for Drumgoon and he shot over to give Drumgoon the lead for the first time. Brian Lynch shot over an excellent point for Belmullet from wide on the left before the strong running Philip Mc Dermott replied with a similar score for Drumgoon. At half time Drumgoon led on a scoreline of 0 – 8 to 0 – 6. In the second half Belmullet came out with all guns blazing and points from Stephen Carolan and Paddy Barrett brought them right back into contention. However with a slight breeze on their backs, Drumgoon were never going to give up the fight. A good clearance out if defence by Colm Hannon found his younger brother Michael. Michael surged forward covering at least 70 yards before attempting to shoot over the bar. Michael’s shot fell short and deceived David Padden in the Belmullet goals. The Belmullet keeper knocked the ball forward and fastest to re-act was the in rushing Edward Jackson, who shot to the net. With their tails now up Drumgoon played some excellent passing football and had two more points from Philip McDermott and Ian Reilly. Belmullet were not going to give up without a fight and in the final five minutes launched an all out assault on the Drumgoon goals. Cometh the hour cometh the man though and Drumgoon keeper John Reilly proceeded to pull off a brace of match-saving blocks. Belmullet still drove forward though but were out of luck in rattling the bar in a last-gasp attack. It was all over though for the Mayo men as they failed to alter the 0-12 to 1-14 scoreline thereafter. Drumgoon were not to be denied. The following is the Drumgoon team, subs and scorers, who hauled Cavan football back into the pantheon of All-Ireland champions by defeating Belmullet; John Reilly, Jimmy Reilly, Colm Hannon, Martin Clerkin, Keith Fannin (0-4), Michael Hannon, Paul McEnroe, Jim Mc Nally, Edward Jackson (1-0), Paddy McCabe, Ian Reilly (0-4), Philp McDermott (0-3), Bryan Bates, Adrian Crosson (0-3), Seamus Morris Subs used, Peter Hand, Paul Crosson

2000

Junior Championship Final 2000
late Goal Secures Dramatic Cornafean Win
Cornafean 1-12 Drumgoon 0-13

The footballers of Cornafean bridged a 44-year gap in Breffni Park last Sunday when they defeated Drumgoon in a thriling Junior Championship Final.

In the final minutes of the game, Drumgoon looked set for victory as they held on to a one point lead, but a last minute goal by Eamon Gaffney shot Cornafean ahead with only seconds left on the clock. Breffni Park erupted in rapturous scenes as Cornafean supporters celebrated, but the manner of their defeat was bitterly disappointing for Drumgoon.

The scoreline read 0-13 to 0-12 in favour of Drumgoon as full-time approached. Cornafean were awarded a free from the 45 metre line which Brian Doyle stepped up to take. Doyle, who had dominated in midfield throughout the game, send the ball narrowly wide. The ball was kicked out and Drumgoon gained possession at midfield. Rory McSéain, however, managed to win the ball back and passed it up to his brother Ciarán McSéain who gave it on to Brian Doyle.

Doyle shot for a point again, hoping to avenge the missed free less than a minute beforehand, but it dropped short. Cornafean defender Eamon Gaffney, whose forays into attack had earlier yielded two points, collected the ball near the end-line, and after a tussle with the Drumgoon goalkeeper and a defender, knocked the ball into the corner of the net.

The match itself had been an enthralling contest. Indeed there was a consensus among most neutrals present that the Junior Final overshadowed the largely one-sided Senior decider, which it preceded. There were never more than two points between the sides, and neither side established a commanding lead until Gaffney’s late Cornafean goal.

Drumgoon opened the scoring in the first minute of the game courtesy of a free from Martin Clerkin, and were two ahead by the time wing-back Eamon O’Reilly registered Cornafean’s first score in the ninth minute. Eamon Gaffney levelled the scores with a fine point, after a

Eamon O’Reilly was the Cornafean’s first scorer and less than a minute later the scoreline was equalised with a point from Eamon Gaffney.

Cornafean had two good goal chances in the first half but on both occasions, they failed to score. It was 0-6 to 0-5 to Drumgoon when Philip McDermott tried to widen the gap with a good attempt on goal but it hit the crossbar and hopped the right way, over the bar for a point. The score was level again on the half-hour mark but Drumgoon pulled ahead again before the half-time whistle and led by 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time.

Cornafean’s Art McSeain had been well marshalled by Drumgoon’s full-back Edward Jackson throughout the first half. Edward Jackson was later named “Man of the Match”. However, McSeain showed his class on the restart with three unanswered points, within five minutes. Cornafean now led by two. Peter Hand fisted an incoming ball over the bar for Drumgoon before Philip Wilson did likewise at the other end.

With 15 minutes gone, the losers were reduced to fourteen men when Philip McDermott was shown a red card for a challenge on Liam Young. Despite this setback, Drumgoon kept their cool, and their determined efforts belied their numerical disadvantage.

Man of the match, Edward Jackson, had a good attempt on goal for Drumgoon but he was fouled. The free was taken by Ian O’Reilly but, unluckily, it hit the post. With five minutes left, Peter Hand reduced the margin to the minimum and then Ian O’Reilly shot over the equaliser. It seemed as if Drumgoon had done enough to win, when Paul McCabe restored their lead in the 29th minute, but Cornafean’s last gasp goal shattered their dreams.

The Chairman of the Cavan County Board, George Cartwright, presented the Seán Leddy Memorial Cup to fellow Cornafean man Art McSéain. Accepting the cup, McSeain said that Cornafean had overcome all the odds to take the title. “Injuries, suspensions, you name it, everything happened but in the end, we came good” he said. He gave full credit to Drumgoon, accepting that many on the Cornafean side thought Drumgoon had it won. “We thought we were dead there but for Gaffney’s goal” he said.

This is Cornafean’s third success in the Junior Championship, while they hold a record 20 Senior titles.

CORNAFEAN: Pauric Smith; Liam Young, Rory McSéain, Oliver Gormley; Eamon Gaffney (1-2), Eamon O’Reilly (0-2), Michael McGibney; Ciarán Martin, Brian Doyle (0-2); Cathal Sheridan, Ciarán McSéain, Philip Wilson (0-2); Val Sheridan, Art McSéain (0-3, two from frees), Tanasie Kaldanis (0-1).

SUB:- Brian McCaffrey for Val Sheridan.

DRUMGOON: John Reilly; Jimmy O’Reilly (captain), Edward Jackson, Michael Hannon; Seamus Morris, Colm Hannon, Adrian Crossan; Jim McNally, Paul Crossan (0-1); Philip McDermott (0-2), Martin Clerkin (0-2, one from frees), Paul McCabe (0-2); Ian O’Reilly (0-2), Patrick McCabe, Peter Hand (0-4, two from frees).

SUBS:- Felim O’Reilly for Seamus Morris and Keith Fannin for Patrick McCabe.

REFEREE: Packie Smith (Killygarry).