IF league form was anything to go by Dromahair were expected to emerge easy winners in last Sunday’s Gallogly Catering Division 4 League Final in Pairc Sean MacDiarmada and while the final score may give the impression of a routine victory, Aughavas brought the fight to their opponents in the opening half and deservedly held a three point lead at the interval.
Despite playing against the wind in the second half, Dromahair improved considerably and a return of 2-10 in the space of 30 minutes gives an indication of their superiority as their opponents registered just three points during that period.
While several of the younger players on the Dromahair team such as Cian Clinton, Gerard Kelly and Adrian Fowley impressed for Dromahair, the tempo for their second half resurgence was set by their captain Camillus McMorrow who rolled back the years with an excellent performance.
From an Aughavas point of view another veteran, Padraig McLoughlin, caused Dromahair plenty of problems using all his experience to help his side dominate the opening half while Kevin Keegan, Michael Moran and Francis McLoughlin also impressed.
The opening exchanges proved to be very competitive with David Cassidy’s point for Dromahair arriving either side of Kevin Keegan frees as Aughavas settled quicker to the pace of the game.
An excellent point from Camillus McMorrow looked as though it may steady Dromahair nerves but Aughavas hit back with five points in four minutes. Michael Moran and Padraig McLoughlin both struck excellent points, with seconds of each other. Those scores were then quickly followed by a Kevin Keegan free and further points from Michael Moran and Padraig McLoughlin as Aughavas suddenly enjoyed a five point lead.
Although not playing particularly well, Dromahair were still creating chances and two Cian Clinton points (one free) before the interval reduced the deficit to three points with Aughavas leading 0-7 to 0-4.
While they may not have hit the heights that would have been expected in the opening half, Dromahair were much improved in the second half and proved too good for Auaghavas. Cian Clinton set the tone for Dromahair as he scored the first point of the half less than a minute after the restart and the same player further reduced the deficit shortly afterwards.
The blistering start made by Dromahair to the second half showed no sign of relenting and within four minutes of the restart they had registered the game’s opening goal.
Cian Clinton and Conor Farrell combined to release Camillus McMorrow and with Dromahair’s captain at full pace and the Aughavas defence unable to get near him a goal looked certain. With only Gary Shortt to beat, McMorrow made no mistake as his powerful shot flew into the top corner of the goal.
Although Aughavas hit back with a point from a Keegan free, Dromahair were now in control and extended their lead with points from John Gibsey (two), Camillus McMorrow, Cian Clinton (free), Alan Harvey and Gerard Kelly.
Aughavas refused to give up the fight and continued to battle until the end but they were unable to find the same space that was so plentiful in the opening half. A Dan O’Brien point after good approach play involving Eamon Heslin and Francis McLoughlin was followed by a Kevin Keegan pointed free as the Aughavas supporters were given an opportunity to find their voice again.
However, it was to be Dromahair’s day and Alan Harvey’s point was soon followed by the second goal of the game. Conor Farrell found himself on the end of an excellent pass from Camillus McMorrow and he duly dispatched the ball to the Aughavas goal in a very composed manner.
The scoring was completed by Michael Clancy who struck for a fine individual point as Dromahair sealed a deserved win.
St. Patrick’s Dromahair
Stephen O’Hara, Fergal McMorrow, Enda Fowley, Ronan Fowley, David Cassidy (0-1), Adrian Fowley, Rory Kelly, Gerard Kelly (0-1), Camillus McMorrow (1-2), Cian Clinton (0-5), Sean Kelly, Alan Harvey (0-2), Declan Fowley, Conor Farrell (1-0), John Gibsey (0-2). Subs: Michael Clancy (0-1) for S. Kelly (42 mins), Terry Leyden for Gibsey (59 mins).
Gary Shortt, Eoin Brennan, John Conefrey, Trevor Farrelly, Trevor Shortt, Enda Shortt, Peter McBrien, Francis McLoughlin, Eamon Heslin, Dan O’Brien (0-1), Kevin Keegan (0-5), Colin McKiernan, Gavin Farrelly, Padraig McLoughlin (0-2), Michael Moran (0-2). Subs: Keith Conefrey for T. Shortt (HT), Martin Bohan for K. Conefrey (55 mins), Derek Maguire for Francis McLoughlin (57 mins), Shane Shortt for Peter McBrien (59 mins).
Referee: James McCaffrey.