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Drumgoon 4-16 St. Josephs 4-08
Drumgoon under 15 boys put in a brilliant team performance in Redhills on Tuesday evening to outscore their formidable opponents Arva / Killeshandra combination, in the final of the Division 4 League. The boys led from start to finish and were quickly on the scoreboard through their livewire corner forward, the dashing Damien Hughes. Damien added a well taken goal before St. Josephs opened their account with points from Tommy Fay and Keelan O’ Hanlon. Damien continued to add to his points tally and after a good clearance from Rian Crosson, a blistering shot from Cameron Reilly ended up in the net. St. Josephs continued to fight back and goals from Tommy Fay and Shea Brady seen the scores at half time 2-10 to 2-05 in Drumgoon’s favour. With great defensive work by the dependable Brian Mc Dermott and Rian Crosson marshalling the defence throughout, St. Josephs were finding the scores hard to come by. Drumgoon continued to apply the pressure in the second half and great passing movements the full length of the field, resulted in goals for Damien Hughes and attacking wing back Ciaran Clerkin. St. Josephs continued to battle hard and their efforts were rewarded with goals from Shea Brady and Daire Finnegan. Caolan Crosson and Jamie Smith worked their socks off and with time running out Matthew Sherlock and Cormac Clerkin added points for Drumgoon to seal a deserved victory. St. Josephs pressed hard at the end but a brilliant goal line clearance from Daniel O’ Reilly and good work from the ever reliable Breen Clerkin kept the lead intact. Ciaran Brady presented the cup to joint captains, Rian Crosson and Cameron O’ Reilly. Cameron thanked Redhills for hosting the final, St. Josephs for an exciting game, referee Conor Lyons and the team management of Barry Crosson, Martin Hughes, Martin Clerkin and Aogan Og Farrell.
The winning team was Daniel O’ Reilly, Brian Mc Dermott, Breen Clerkin, Rian Crosson, Ciaran Clerkin, Matthew Sherlock, Cameron O’ Reilly, Jamie Smith, Cormac Clerkin, Caolan Crosson, Damien Hughes, Subs Charlie Gallagher, Dylan Keappock, Breen Mc Donald, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
Scorers for Drumgoon, Damien Hughes 2-09, Ciaran Clerkin 1-2, Cameron O’ Reilly 1-1, Cormac Clerkin 2, Jamie Smith 1, Matthew Sherlock 1
St. Josephs, Dean Comiskey, Aaron Donohue, Noah O’ Reilly, Adam Smith, Euan Magee, Tommy Fay, Shea Brady, Kevin Martin, Sean Brady, Keelan O’ Hanlon, Daire Finnegan, Subs Danny Mulligan, Rian Keaney, Josh Hastey, Adrian Magee, Michael Dobson, Luke Fox, Rene Pokuta, Kalvin Duffy
Scorers for St. Josephs, Tommy Fay 1-5, Shea Brady 2-0, Daire Finnegan 1-1, Adam Smith 1, Keelan O’Hanlon 1
Referee:- Conor Lyons
MAX McGrath Park in Redhills was the venue for this exciting final on a balmy summer’s evening. With two contrasting styles of play, this was sure to be an interesting affair; St Joseph’s power and size versus Drumgoons quick passing and movement. It went the way of the Éire Óg outfit whose accuracy through the foot pass and effectiveness in front of goal proved the difference.
Drumgoon settled the quicker and after a flurry of missed opportunities they finally got on the board with the first point from sharp shooter Damien Hughes.Dean Comiskey in the st. josephs goal kept Cameron O’Reilly at bay before a great turnover from the impressive Brian McDermott led to Hughes netting the first of eight goals in this game.
St Joseph got on the scoreboard through the powerful Shea Brady before two quick points from Hughes nudged Drumgoon further ahead. Keelan O’Hanlon kept the Arva/Killeshandra men in touch before three successive points from the hardworking Jamie Smith, Damien Hughes and the talented Ciarán Clerkin stretched the Maudabawn boys’ lead.
Clerkin now had the game by the scruff of the neck and was putting in a towering performance for his side. He set up Hughes for two excellent points before releasing the hard running Cameron O’Reilly for a brilliantly taken goal.
St Joseph’s to their credit stayed in touch and rattled off a goal from Shea Brady before Tommy Fay and Adam Smith pointed to close the gap even further. With half time approaching a mix up in the Drumgoon defence allowed Brady to secure his second goal of the game before Daire Finnegan scored a 45. Drum- goon finished the first half scoring with a free from Damien Hughes to leave the half time tally 2-10 to 2-5.
Drumgoon made all the run ning at the start of the second half and were rewarded with a well taken point from Cameron O’Reilly. Shea Brady replied for St Joseph’s and after three wides in a row from drumgoon. the would be winners struck for two hammer blows inside a minute with goals from the reliable Hughes and Clerkin. These were followed up with a superbly taken point from Cormac Clerkin, who was a thorn in the side of the St Joseph’s rearguard all evening.
Showing great spirit, St.Joseph’s never gave up and another Shea Brady goal sandwiched in between points from Tommy Fay kept them nipping at the heels of the Éire Óg lads. Drumgoon replied again with points from the hard working Matthew Sherlock and a free from Hughes.
Coming down the stretch Cormac Clerkin pointed superbly with the outside of the left foot to thunderous cheers from the Drumgoon supporters. With St Joseph’s coming on strong, Breen Clerkin and goalkeeper Daniel O’Reilly pulled off great saves to keep them at bay before s Tommy Fay eventually broke through for another goal and point.
After a hard working display, Caolán Crosson was replaced by the fresh legs of Charlie Gallagher and his strong running was needed as full time approached. Joint captain Rian Crosson who had marshalled his troops excellently from start to finish made a crucial interception before fittingly, after a magnificent performance, Ciarán Clerkin sailed over the final point of the game. Referee Conor Lyons brought proceedings to game. an end to a great ovation from the crowd.
After a pulsating game that ebbed and flowed the Drumgoon team had come out on top. With tired bodies all round it was clear that both teams had emptied the tank. The huge Drumgoon support flowed onto the pitch at the final whistle to greet the victorious team. County star Ciaran Bardy was on hand to present the cup and he paid tribute to both teams who thrilled the large crowd with a wonderful game.
Drumgoon: Danie O’Reilly, Brian McDermott, Breen Clerkin, Matthew Sherlock, Rían Crosson, Ciarán Clerkin, Cameron O’Reilly, Cormac Clerkin, Jamie Smith, Caolán Crosson, Damien Hughes Subs: Charlie Gallagher. Panel: Dylan Keappock, Breen McDonald, Ryan Fitzpatrick.
St Joseph’s: Dean Comiskey. Aaron Donohoe, Kalvin Duffy, Noah O’Reilly, Adam Smith, Rene Pokuta, Euan Magee, Tommy Fay, Shea Brady, Kevin Martin, Luke Fox. Subs: Adrian Magee, Rian Keaney, Danny Mulligan, Joshua Hastey Sean Brady, Keelan O’Hanlon, Michael Dobson, Daire Finnegan, Josh Hastey.