Gritty performance by seniors sees them through to next round
A gritty performance from our senior team saw them progress to the next round of the McGuigan Builders intermediate football championship thanks to a 0-10 to 0-5 win against a determined Drumhowan side yesterday evening (Sunday 17th July).
We started the game brightly and opened the scoring on the 1st minute when Fergal McGeough scored an absolutely stunning point. Drumhowan responded almost immediately when they pointed from play on the 3rd minute but we regained the lead a minute later when Mark Daly tapped over a free-kick. We forged further ahead on the 6th minute when Garry Calvert was hauled down and Stephen McGuirk coolly converted the free-kick and Paul McKeown extended our lead on the 13th minute when he cut inside his opponent and slotted over a lovely score to leave it 0-4 to 0-1. Drumhowan kicked a couple of wides before closing the gap on the 16th minute with a neat point from play but this was quickly cancelled out when Paul McKeown finished superbly after a sweeping move down the field involving Jamie Smith, Dwayne Rooney and Fergal McGeough. We stretched our lead on the 23rd minute when Stephen McGuirk converted a free-kick following a foul on Noel Carroll and with half time approaching Fergal McGeough scored two more fabulous points on the 28th and 31st minute to give us a 0-8 to 0-2 advantage at the break.
When play resumed Drumhowan reduced the gap when they pointed on the 2nd minute and they managed to close the gap further when they scored another fine point on the 4th minute to leave it 0-8 to 0-4. We kicked wides on the 6th and 7th minutes and I imagine Jamie “the Dodger” Smith caused a few hearts to stop on the 8th minute when he fumbled a high ball on the goal line but thankfully he was able to rescue the situation and clear his lines to calm everyone down! Drumhowan closed the deficit when they pointed on the 10th minute to leave three points separating the sides, 0-8 to 0-5. But we struck back immediately and managed to increase our lead on the 14th minute when Mark Daly pointed a free-kick after Paul McKeown was hauled to the ground and shortly afterwards he showed his accuracy again when he glided over another free-kick following a foul on Noel Carroll to leave the final score 0-10 to 0-5.
Speaking to a delighted David McGregor after the game he stated “ I am pleased for the lads as they all worked extremely hard and supported each other throughout the game and that’s teamwork…their work ethic tonight was tremendous and moving forward we have to make sure they repeat this”. He continued by saying “I’m convinced they can have a good run in this competition if they continue to put the time and energy into it. It’s up to them and how bad they want to achieve it”. I certainly agree with you David, it was a dogged and determined performance from the lads and moving forward let’s hope they can build on this display in the league campaign. Well done lads and keep up the good work.
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