Dromahair stroll into quarter-finals with routine victory

The old saying that can only beat what’s put in front of you applied perfectly to Dromahair’s performance against Fenagh St Caillins in the GWP Intermediate Championship on Sunday afternoon last as the north Leitrim side emerged comfortable winners but also left plenty of room for improvement.

The old saying that can only beat what’s put in front of you applied perfectly to Dromahair’s performance against Fenagh St Caillins in the GWP Intermediate Championship on Sunday afternoon last as the north Leitrim side emerged comfortable winners but also left plenty of room for improvement.

By Philip Rooney

GWP INTERMEDIATE CHAMPIONSHIP

DROMAHAIR 1-12

FENAGH ST CAILLINS 0-5

As Dromahair had comprehensively beaten Aughavas who then defeated Fenagh, not many were holding out hope of a victory for Fenagh and from early on Dromahair dictated matters.

Fenagh struggled to cope with the pace and movement of Dromahair full-forwards Conor Kelly and Christy McGowan, but despite their dominance they were finding it difficult converting their chances.

Too often overly ambitious passes were attempted at times when greater patience may have helped carve open the Fenagh defence more effectively and their shooting was not always as accurate as they would have liked.

After they opened the scoring in the third minute through Conor Kelly, Dromahair looked to have settled into the game very quickly.

However, there was also an element of complacency evident in their performance as Fenagh should have opened their account a minute later when Martin Doonan released Lorcan Kavanagh. Unfortunately, Kavanagh was unable to take the ball in his stride and what seemed a real goal opportunity was gone in the blink of an eye.

Although Fenagh did equalise through Niall Flynn, it was Dromahair who continued to look the more dangerous and they deservedly extended their lead with two further points from Conor Kelly. That lead could have been greater but Kelly had a goal disallowed when he was penalised for a square ball.

Further goal chances came and went for Dromahair as Christy McGowan drilled a shot across the face of the Fenagh goal while Killian McLoughlin did very well to deny Conor Kelly.

Having gone 10 minutes without adding to their tally, Dromahair increased their lead when Paddy McGowan converted a free and that was quickly followed by a fine point scored by his brother Christy.

Although Donal Wrynn converted a free two minutes before the interval it was Dromahair who finished the half the stronger and extended their lead to five points when Christy McGowan and Stephen Smyth (free) pointed in quick succession.

To read the full report see this week’s Leitrim Observer.