Last year’s Intermediate champions Carrickedmond made a great start in Division 1 of the All County Football League when they scored a surprise win over the title holders Dromard who were without county forward Francis McGee at Pairc na nGael on Saturday evening last.
Jamsie Martin was first off the mark with a fine effort from play. Both sides traded scores in the opening quarter with little between them throughout the first half. Excellent goals for both teams, John Lenehan on target for Carrickedmond and Declan Mimnagh for the home side, kept the pressure on their opposing backs.
Momentum seemed to swing in Carrickedmond’s favour when Dromard were reduced to 14 men after Jamsie Martin was sent-off. To their credit Dromard dug deep and in the closing stages of the first half both teams traded scores through Jonathan Keegan and John Lenehan for Carrickedmond and Ronan McEntire and Ross McNerney for Dromard. At the half-time whistle Carrickedmond led by the minimum of margins, 1-6 to 1-5.
The second half started in the same manner as the first with both sides getting scores and both midfields working very hard to win possession. Marty Mulvey and John O’Shea were on the mark for Carrickedmond while Ronan McEntire and Ross McNerney replied for the home side as the ding-dong battle continued.
Dromard, through Gary Maguire, went in front by a single score but Carrickedmond responded well with a point from Mark McDonnell, levelling the game and leaving it all to play for in the closing stages. Both sets of forwards were lively throughout and posed a threat at all times. The Carrickedmond full-forward-line were kept in abundant supply late on with Marty Mulvey on form, scoring 2 fine points.
Dromard closed the gap to a solitary point but Carrickedmond clinch a great victory when Marty Mulvey fired home the decisive second goal for the south Longford side - a fine performance which obviously delighted team manager Eugene McCormack.
DROMARD: Sean McNerney; James Mimnagh, Niall Vance, Padraig Martin; Paul McGee, Diarmuid Masterson, Peter Masterson; Peter McEntire, Ronan McEntire; Peter Reynolds, Ross McNerney, Kevin Donohoe; Jamsie Martin, Declan Mimnagh, Gary Maguire.
CARRICKEDMOND: Garret Higgins; Shane Mulvey, Kevin Moran, Rioch Farrell; Padraig McGrath, Padraig O’Shea, Niall O’Farrell; Barry O’Farrell, John O’Shea; Mark McDonnell, Cathal Belton, Paddy Farrell; Jonathan Keegan, John Lenehan, Marty Mulvey.
Subs:- John Burns for P McGrath (black card); Conor Kelly for C Belton.
Referee: Patrick Maguire
(St Mary’s Granard).