After already winning the Reserve League Division 1 title this season, Dromard achieved another success when they got the better of Mostrim in the Senior ‘B’ Football Championship Final at Glennon Brothers Pearse Park on Wednesday evening last.
Goals at crucial stages of the game, particularly the gift that Donal Sheridan gratefully accepted just before the break, clinched the latest triumph for the north Longford club and most impressive was lethal corner-forward Gary Maguire who scored a total of 2-4.
Mostrim were seeking revenge for their defeat by Dromard in the Reserve League Div 1 Final and the Edgeworthstown outfit got off to a flying start to lead by 1-2 to 0-1 with just four minutes gone on the clock.
Alan O’Hara weaved his way through to register the goal and also landed a point while also on target for the Edgeworthstown outfit was Andy Kelly. But Dromard came storming back to turn the game around and were 1-4 to 1-2 in front after 11 minutes with all their scores coming from Gary Maguire.
The goal in the 5th minute materialised via the direct route with a long ball in from Donal Sheridan flicked on by Noel Reynolds into the path of the completely unmarked Maguire and he made no mistake in finding the back of the net from point-blank range.
Just one of Maguire’s four points came from a free and that was really putting it up to Mostrim but they recovered with a point from Michael Kenny in the 13th minute after a shot by Alan O’Hara had hit the post and the sides were all square when O’Hara converted a free in the 22nd minute.
But Dromard finished the first half strongly with a fisted point from Emmet Masterson and that gift goal from Donal Sheridan in the 29th minute after he capitalised on a bad blunder in the Mostrim full-back-line.
Leading by 2-5 to 1-4 at the break, Dromard extended their advantage on the changeover with a point from Bernard Sheridan and a cracking goal from Gary Maguire in the 39th minute that was set up by Donal Sheridan.
A point apiece was then exchanged between Michael Kenny and Emmet Masterson with Mostrim fighting a losing battle as they trailed by 3-7 to 1-5 with just ten minutes remaining. But they managed to close the gap with four points in a row through Michael Kenny (‘45’), Alan O’Hara and substitutes Jack Lynn and Barry Noonan with the latter also having a goal attempt blocked down in the closing stages of the game.
DROMARD: Sean McNerney; Conor Duffy, Padraig McNerney, James Conefrey; Peadar Faughnan, Kevin Donohoe, Paul McEntire; Donal Sheridan (1-0), James Mimnagh; Emmett Masterson (0-2), Bernard Sheridan (0-1), Kieran McStay; Enda Macken, Noel Reynolds, Gary Maguire (2-4, one point from free).
Subs:- Enda Kiernan for P McEntire (injured, 19 mins); Dermot Reilly for K McStay (injured, 44 mins); Michael Reilly for E Macken (58 mins); Conor Kiernan for E Masterson (63 mins).
MOSTRIM: Michael O’Hara; Damien Moran, John Lynam, Brian Smith; John Skelly, John Coyle, Adrian McLoughlin; Niall Quinn, Conor Tuite; Darren Bloomer, John Cullen, Andy Kelly (0-1); Brian Noonan, Michael Kenny (0-3, one ‘45’), Alan O’Hara (1-3, one point from free).
Subs:- Jack Lynn (0-1) for Brian Noonan (half-time); Barry Noonan (0-1) for J Lynam (45 mins); Ray Hussey for J Cullen (51 mins); Luke Kenny for A Kelly (60 mins).
Referee: Ger Carberry (Killoe Young Emmets).