Second half performance turns the tide for Dromahair

Drumshanbo’s world famous Joe Mooney Music Summer School may have been wrapped up for another year but St Patrick’s Dromahair hit the right note in a superb second half display which saw them come from behind to beat Fenagh St Caillin’s on Saturday.

Drumshanbo’s world famous Joe Mooney Music Summer School may have been wrapped up for another year but St Patrick’s Dromahair hit the right note in a superb second half display which saw them come from behind to beat Fenagh St Caillin’s on Saturday.

Fenagh led this GWP Intermediate Championship first round game by two points at half-time with the help of an early Shane Doonan goal but the north Leitrim side changed their tune in the second period, scoring 1-6 to Fenagh’s modest 0-2.

In a physical opening, it was a combination of Brendan Flynn and Michael Doonan who supplied Shane Doonan who, despite facing the goal at a tight angle, finished well past keeper Killian Torseny to give St Callin’s an early three point lead.

Dromahair were guilty of six wides in the first half and it took 12 minutes for Dromahair to register their first score of the evening through corner-forward Conor Kelly as he twisted and turned to find the angle to shoot over from 30 metres.

St Patrick’s kicked two more wides before scores from Cammillis McMorrow and a Conlan free levelled the tie on 15 minutes before a magnificent two-handed block by Dromahair’s Declan Fowley stopped Niall Butler’s goal bound.

With both sides still nose to nose on the scoreboard, Dromahair’s Christy McGowan found himself with just the keeper to beat but stumbled and lost control of the ball as keeper Killian McLoughlin cleared the danger.

St Caillin’s Brendan Flynn hit the target twice, one from a free, giving his side a 1-2 to 0-3 lead at the break.

Dromahair’s poor showing in front of goal continued as Killian McLoughlin produced a magnificent save early in the second half to deny Christy McGowan a goal.

Dromahair found a purple patch and forced the game back to just one point on 34 minutes when the unmarked John Evans found the posts from 13 metres and then levelled the game at 1-2 to 0-5 a minute later courtesy of a side-footed Kevin Conlan point.

Gerry Ballantine’s troops took the lead for the first time on 40 minutes. Conor Kelly gained possession down the left and the corner forward sent the ball between the posts to leave the score at 0-6 to 1-2.

Dromahair began to dominate from here on in and galloped into a four point lead with two points from Cian Clinton and one from Kelly. Fenagh introduced the physicality of Ciaran Crinnigan and Paul Gill to the game and gained two points back with points from Flynn and Shane Doonan with only four minutes left.

St Callin’s mini-revival came to a shuddering halt just before the final whistle, when a searching ball evaded the grasp of two Fenagh defenders. The ball ended up in the arms of Conor Kelly and he fired low and hard past Killian McLoughlin from just outside the square to send Dromahair back to North Leitrim with all the points.

Fenagh St Caillin’s

Killian McLoughlin, Ronan Ellis, Pauric Flynn, Peter Honeyman, Gary Butler, John Leddy, Dara McHugh, Niall Butler, Donal Wrynne, Diarmuid McHugh, Brendan Flynn (0-3), Martin Doonan, Michael Doonan, Shane Dwyer, Shane Doonan (1-1). Subs used: Ciaran Crinnigan for Dwyer (49 mins), Paul Gill for M. Doonan (53 mins).

St Patrick’s Dromahair

Killian Torsney, Fergus Meehan, Stephen Keegan, Michael McKeon, James Conlon, Adrian Fowley, Stephen Smyth, Camillus McMorrow (0-1), Patrick McGowan (0-1), Cian Clinton (0-2),John Evans (0-1), Kevin Conlan (0-2), Declan Fowley, Christy McGowan, Conor Kelly (1-2).

Referee: Seamus McCaffrey