Bornacoola proved much too good for Drumreilly in the second half of Saturday evening’s Leitrim senior football championship Group 3 game in Cloone and ran out easy winners at the end winners after being given something of a fright by Drumreilly in the closing stages of first half.
After putting in a strong first half performance, Drumreilly deservedly claimed a two point halftime lead. Bornacoola after a bright start faded noticeably in the final 12 minutes of the first half and were forced to play second fiddle by Drumreilly.
However after the restart the Bors found a new gear and once they got level with Drumreilly and took over the leadership of the contest there was only one team in the game from a long way out.
Bornacoola were extremely wasteful in the first half when they hit no less that nine wides while adding another four in the second half while Drumreilly, with just six wides over the game, ran out of steam for most of the final 30 minutes and now go in to this Saturday’s final Group 3 game winless with neighbours Aughawillan.
David O’Connor drew first blood for Bornacoola when he fisted over a second minute point. Another 12 minutes without a score in the game had elapsed before Damon Maguire put over a Drumreilly ‘45’ to level.
Michael Duignan put Bornacoola back in front when he found the target from an 18th minute ‘45’ but Nigel Maguire put Drumreilly on level terms when he slotted over a 25th minute free.
Drumreilly took the lead when Nigel Maguire tapped over a free and they doubled their advantage after Declan Maxwell quickly dispatched the ball to Damon Maguire near the 13metre line who made no mistake when firing over a well-taken point.
That left Drumreilly leading 0-4 to 0-2 at the interval but after the restart, Brian Conroy initiated Bornacoola’s second half fight back when he fired over a point from play three minutes later.
Within the space of another two minutes the Bors were back on level terms when the London domiciled David O’Connor proved his true worth for his side by making it level pegging with a point from play.
Paul Hackett fired over a 38th minute point that put Bornacoola into a lead they never subsequently relinquished. Drumreilly had a let off four minutes later when Michael Duignan blazed a goal chance wide from close range.
But Duignan made amends within two minutes when he found the range with a free while David O’Connor stretched Bornacoola’s lead to three when he shot over from play just sixty seconds later.
Bornacoola continued to dominate and crushed Drumreilly’s challenge over the next four minutes with four unanswered points. Michael Duignan shot from a free and play while Brian Conroy and Damien Moran each added a point.
Drumreilly who hadn’t scored for 24 minutes eventually opened their second half account when Declan Maxwell hit over a well-taken 52nd minute point. Three minutes later, Damien Moran hit back with a point.
Before the end Brian Conroy and Damien Moran added a point each for Bornacoola while the never say die John McKeon answered with a consolation point from Drumreilly.
Fergal McGill; Damien McGuinness, Morgan Shanley, Jason Conroy; Niall Conroy, Paul Hackett (0-1), John McGuinness; Gary McCloskey, David O’Connor (0-3); Sean McKeon, Michael Duignan (0-4), Oliver Vaughan; Damien Moran (0-3), Brian Conroy (0-3), Mark McCloskey. Subs: Philip Howard for McKeon (22 mins).
Michael McGirl; Fergal Mitchell, Kevin Holohan, Anthony Holohan; Nigel Maguire (0-2), John McKeon (0-1), Graeme Taylor; Declan Maxwell (0-1), John Fee; Sean Fee, Damon Maguire (0-2), Sean Mitchell; Ronan McCartin, Ollie Maguire, Cormac Maguire. Subs: Adrian McGirl for J. Fee (8 mins); Brian Fee & Ciaran Holohan for S. Mitchell & R. McCartin (46 mins); David O’Connell for A McGirl (53 mins).
Referee: Seamus Mulhern.