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Match Report: Hotel Kilmore Under 21 Championship

posted 5 Feb 2011, 02:08 by Unknown user   [ updated 5 Feb 2011, 02:09 ]

Drumgoon 0-10
Laragh Utd 1-6

Drumgoon advanced to the semi-finals of this year's U21 FC Division Two competition on Saturday last by dint of a determined display on their home patch of Boyle Park.

Played in perfect conditions, this was a contest that had much for the purist to enjoy with two well-matched teams playing their hearts out to stay in the hunt for the title. Having beaten Bailieboro last time out, the Eire Og side went into the match in confident mood against a Laragh side who took their place in last Saturday's quarter-final courtesy of a bye.

With a fairly proud winning pedigree in recent years, last Saturday's United squad might have been the bookies' favourites but, from early on, it was obvious that the hosts were not to be intimated by past achievements. It had been expected that with a full complement of the players who had run 2009 champions Ballyhaise so close in their semi-final joust last year, Laragh would have a bit too much in their locker for their opponents. As things panned out, it was Drumgoon who showed the swagger and confidence of match favourites, racing from the traps and a point apiece from the impressive Pauric McGorry and Shane Smith had Laragh up against the ropes.

Attacking the dressing-room end of the field, Laragh stood their ground though and in the 5th minute their resilience reaped its due reward when Conal Donohue banged the ball to the Drumgoon net following a goalmouth scramble. Over the course of the next five minutes, the visitors enjoyed their best spell of the match with a point apiece from Darragh Brady and Declan King handing the Stradone-based side a 1-2 to 0-2 lead with 12 minutes on the clock. In what turned out to be an archetypal see-saw encounter, Drumgoon continued to give as good as they were getting and three further points, including two frees, from young McGorry helped the Eire Og side onto level terms, 0-5 to 1-2, at the half-time break.

Powered forward by Conor Moynagh and James McDonald, Drumgoon again started the brightest of the teams and another McGorry free edged Drumgoon into the lead once more. Conal Donohue countered with a free only for Padraig McGorry and Shane Smith to each find the target and leave the would-be winners ahead by 0-8 to 1-3 at the three-quarter hour mark. Shortly afterwards, substitute Seamus O'Rourke made an immediate impact for United by getting on the end of a sweeping move and knocking over a morale-boosting point to cut Drumgoon's lead to the minimum, 0-8 to 1-4, with just nine minutes left to play. A great point from the inspirational Conor Moynagh left Laragh two adrift once more and then with four minutes remaining, top scorer McGorry stretched Drumgoon's lead to 0-10 to 1-4.To their credit, Laragh refused to surrender their hopes of a last four place and they rallied yet again with Colm McKenna firing over in the 56th minute only for his score to be cancelled out by a McGorry free. It was helter skelter stuff to the death and while Conal Donohue converted a late free, Drumgoon battened down the hatches to see out the match in determined style.

Declan Smith; Tommy McKitterick, Eamon McCluskey, Martin Fitzpatrick; Brendan McCabe, Killian Moynagh, Philip Smith; James McDonald, Ronan McDonald; Conor Moynagh (0-1), Aogan Og Farrell, Shane Smith (0-2); Paul McGorry (0-7), Dean Hand, Ian Craddock.

Laragh Utd: Martin Smith; Enda Tierney, Paddy King, Ciaran O'Donoghue;
Declan King (0-1), Enda King, Liam Brady; Darragh Brady (0-1),
Colm McKenna (0-1); Adrian Cooney, Gerry Murray, Ruairi Power; Seamus Cooney, Paddy Rudden, Conal Donohue (1-2).
Subs: Seamus O'Rourke (0-1) for R Power; Declan Brady for L Brady.