Dromore squeeze through
Dromore were 1/10 shots going into this senior championship first round clash at Carrickmore yesterday evening and while they got the victory they were made to work hard for it against a determined Eglish side who really put it up to the champions in the closing stages, writes Kevin Kelly.
Champions Dromore led 1-5 to 0-3 at the short whistle and they were full value for their advantage. They got off to a great start in the game as they put he St.Patricks on the back foot from the off and it was only in the c losing stages of the half that Eglish began to come into the contest.
Midfielder Sean McDonnell opened the scoring before Niall Sludden cut in from the left wing to loft over a lovely score to double their advantage after five minutes.
Sean McNabb then got through on goal but he elected to pass the ball instead of going himself and keeper Stephen Colton came off his line to clear the danger.
Colm McCullagh and Conor O’Neill added points from frees before they struck for a well worked 18th minute goal. A surging run from county defender Ronan McNabb saw him fist the ball to Cathal McCarron who in turn set up Niall Sludden for a cool finish low to the net.
It looked like game over at that stage but Eglish finally got their challenge up and running. Peter McCann opened their account after twenty three minutes from a long range free that went over via the bar before Gregory Jordan got a fine score.
Conor O’Neill responded with a Dromore point but Eglish had the final say of the half through Jordan to leave it 1-5 to 0-3 at the short whistle.
Respective fullforwards, Colton and Conor O’Neill, swapped points on the restart before the champions grabbed a fortunate goal in the 43rd minute when Paddy Montague’s long range free deceived keeper Colton and went all the way to the net.
It looked like game over at that stage but Eglish knuckled down to enjoy their best spell of the game. A mistake from Dromore defender Ryan O’Neill saw Colton first time the ball to the net past keeper Peter Ward and while Dromore responded with a superb Sean McNabb point it was the St.Patricks who now had their tails up.
They put the Dromore defence under pressure winning a couple of frees which Gregory Jordan converted before Montague lifted the siege for the St.Dympnas with a long range point.
Eglish introduced Matthew Jordan and he contributed a brace of points with Colton converting a 45 to set up a tense finish.
Eglish, though, missed a couple of chances as they took their wides tally to eleven and a relieved Dromore side held on to advance.
Dromore – Peter Ward, Fabian O’Neill, Cathal McCarron, Conor O’Hara, Ryan McMenamin, Sean O’Neill, Ryan O’Neill, Hugh McNulty, Sean McDonnell, Niall Sludden, Paddy Montague, Ronan McNabb, Colm McCullagh, Conor O’Neill, Sean McNabb. Subs – Emmett O’Neill for Conor O’Neill, Kevin Donnelly for Ryan O’Neill, Ruairi Sludden for Ronan McNabb, Ronan McNabb for Montague
Scorers – Paddy Montague 1-1, Niall Sludden 1-1, Conor O’Neill 0-3, Sean McNabb 0-2, Sean McDonnell 0-1, Colm McCullagh 0-1
Eglish – Stephen Colton, Jonathan Jordan, Ryan Jones, Shane McCann, Joey Jordan, Paraic Martin, Ryan McKenna, Conal Martin, Conor McCann, Conal McNulty, Brendan Donnelly, Martin McCann, Peter McCann, Ciaran Colton, Gregory Jordan. Subs – Ciaran Donnelly for Jones, Matthew Jordan for Martin McCann, Sean McKillion for Peter McCann
Scorers – Ciaran Colton 1-2, Gregory Jordan 0-4, Matthew Jordan 0-2, Peter McCann 0-1
Referee – Fergal Ward, Errigal Ciaran
Attendance – 1200 approximately
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