Dromahair claim Division 1 crown after gripping encounter

The Dromahair ladies continued their astonishing rise through the ranks on Sunday last as they defeated Kiltubrid in what was very competitive and keenly fought Gilbert’s Pharmacy Division 1 League Final.

The Dromahair ladies continued their astonishing rise through the ranks on Sunday last as they defeated Kiltubrid in what was very competitive and keenly fought Gilbert’s Pharmacy Division 1 League Final.

The Dromahair ladies continued their astonishing rise through the ranks on Sunday last as they defeated Kiltubrid in what was very competitive and keenly fought Gilbert’s Pharmacy Division 1 League Final.

GILBERT’S PHARMACY LADIES DIVISION 1 FINAL

DROMAHAIR 1-9

KILTUBRID 0-10

By Philip Rooney

Played in dreadful conditions in Shane McGettigan Park, both sides served up an entertaining and gripping encounter with the outcome far from certain as the game entered its closing stages.

Dromahair will feel their dominance in terms of possession and chances created was enough to see them deservedly emerge victorious, while Kiltubrid will point to some excellent performances from the likes of Sinead and Aine Tighe and on another day they could well have been celebrating victory.

With the rain driving down and the strong wind making life difficult for both sets of players, the opening exchanges were dominated by the defences. Mary Farrell and Leonie Conlan were particularly sharp for Dromahair while Clare Kelly and Sinead Tighe both started the game brightly for Kiltubrid.

With chances at a premium during the opening exchanges, it was perhaps little surprise that it was arguably the most accurate shooter in the county, Aine Tighe who registered the game’s opening score in the seventh minute.

Dromahair responded well and after a Roisin Fowley point and a fine score from Joyce Cunningham after an incisive sequence of passes, Dromahair took the lead for the first time.

However, their advantage wasn’t to last long as Kiltubrid responded almost immediately. Aine Tighe demonstrated that not only is she an excellent point taker but she is also very difficult to dispossess when in possession. Having won the ball in midfield she burst forward before slotting the ball between the uprights.

Midway through the opening half, Kiltubrid regained the lead after Mary Farrell fouled Siobhan Kelly as she raced towards goal and the resulting free was dispatched by Aine Tighe.

Dromahair were undoubtedly the better team for the remainder of the half. The pace of Roisin Fowley and the work rate of her sister Sinead caused plenty of concern for the Kiltubrid defenders, but Dromahair were finding it difficult converting that dominance into scores.

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