Mohill secured their second win of this year’s Gallogly Catering Division 1 league campaign with a two point win over Aughawillan at the inaugural outing at Mohill’s newly named Philly McGuinness Memorial Park in Mohill on Sunday afternoon.
By David Goulden
A two point win leaves Mohill in fourth position in the division, two points off leaders St Mary’s-Kiltoghert with a game in hand.For Aughawillan, this is their third defeat of the season as they continue their search for their first points of this year’s league.
The game was the first at Philly McGuinness Memorial Park and the match was played both in the memory of former Mohill forward McGuinness and also of Sandra Earley, partner of Mohill forward Barry Lupton who passed away recently. And how fitting it was that Lupton, captaining his side, was the first player to score on the new field.
The home side started the brightet and looked to take an early advantage when forward Shane Quinn found Lupton who in turn fed Daniel Beck. Beck looked as if he had the room to shoot, but he was muscled off the ball by an Aughawillan defender. The game’s first point came on four minutes, in a move that was started with a wonderful block from John McGuinness on Kevin McTague as the away side looked to build an attack. The play eventually fell to Lupton who was 20 metres from goal. He outpaced his marker and finished well from 20 metres.
Mickey Quinn’s side almost levelled two minutes later when Paul Prior and Gary Plunkett exchanged passes before Prior was found short as he failed to get enough power behind his shot, Mohill ‘keeper Paul McLoughlin catching ball on the line. Prior made no mistake with his second effort when he kicked over, facing the left of the Aughawillan goal to level the scores.
It didn’t take long for Mohill to restore their lead, Colm Beirne sending his kick between the posts before Noel Plunkett had the chance to bring the away side back on terms, but his 45 lacked the pace and accuracy on eight minutes. Half back Daniel Beck was causing problems early on and his good work was rewarded on nine minutes when he scored his only point of the game. With his side now two points behind, Aughawillan’s Gerard Conlon stormed forward on 12 minutes, but he was eventually met 35 metres from goal by a series of Mohill defenders who did well to block any space Conlon was looking to capatalise on.
Gary Plunkett almost put Aughawillan in the lead on 12 minutes, when, after some good work down the left from Stephen Gilheaney and Gerard Conlon, Plunkett’s dipping shot struck Paul McLoughlin’s crossbar. The ball fell to Ciaran Gilheaney, but McLoughlin did well to get down low to block his resutling shot. A minute later, Ciaran Gilheaney converted a free after a foul on Michael Quiinn to leave a point between the sides.
To read the full story see this week’s Leitrim Observer.
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