Dromard on top in the second half to conquer Clonguish

Dromard defender Jamsie Martin letting the ball go ahead of Clonguish opponent Kevin Burke. Action from the Senior Football Championship first round game at Higginstown, Granard on Sunday evening last. Photo: Declan Gilmore Photography
A fine second half performance saw Dromard overcome Clonguish in the Senior Football Championship Round 1 game in Granard on Sunday evening last.

A fine second half performance saw Dromard overcome Clonguish in the Senior Football Championship Round 1 game in Granard on Sunday evening last.

It was a tight game with very little between the sides throughout with the score level four times. The difference was Dromard put away a lot of the chances they created and took the right options. They played some good football, particularly in the second half, and definitely sent out a signal of their title intentions for this year.

Clonguish had chances to get something out of the game but made a lot of mistakes which Dromard duly punished; on several occasions Dromard were able to overturn the ball and they got some scores out of that.

Both sides had chances in the opening minutes to register scores but hit a number of poor wides before Ross McNerney got the first point in the 10th minute. Declan Mimnagh followed up by pointing a free.

A free from Joe O’Brien and a nice point from play from the Clonguish captain drew the game level in the 16th minute. Two minutes later O’Brien hit over another free to put his side in front.

Cian Mimnagh’s fine point levelled the game again one minute later before Clonguish hit a purple patch and points from Shane O’Brien, Joe O’Brien (free) and Conor Shields put them ahead by three by the 23rd minute.

Dromard though levelled in the 29th minute with three frees but a good point from Joe O’Brien in the 30th minute gave his side a slender lead going in at the break, 0-7 to 0-6.

One minute into the second half and Ciaran Williams put Clonguish ahead by two points but that was to be their last score for 17 minutes as Dromard began to get a grip on proceedings and had drawn level again by the 40th minute with frees from Declan Mimnagh and Ross McNerney.

Another Declan Mimnagh free in the 43rd minute put them ahead and then McNerney hit over another free minutes later.

It was a game littered in frees and another Joe O’Brien free in the 48th minute saw Clonguish back to within one point. Dromard replied with a free from Declan Mimnagh as the north Longford side opened up the Clonguish defence on a number of occasions.

Substitute Paddy Dowd fired over a free for Clonguish in the 55th minute to put one between them again but that was to be their final score of the game. Despite having possession Clonguish failed to do anything with it and gave the ball away.

A good Francis McGee point in the 58th minute put Dromard ahead by two. Clonguish went in search of a goal to get back into the game and one minute later Paul Barden picked up the ball and raced through but his shot just went wide. Down the other end, Cian Mimnagh sealed the win for his side with a good point.

DROMARD: Damien Sheridan; James Mimnagh, Peter Reynolds, David Pettit; Paul McGee, Jamsie Martin, Emmet Masterson; Diarmuid Masterson, Ronan McEntire; Peter Masterson, Francis McGee (0-1), Cian Mimnagh (0-2); Declan Mimnagh (0-6, 6f), Bernard Sheridan, Ross McNerney (0-4, 3f).

Subs:- Kevin Donohoe for J Mimnagh (half-time); John Sheridan for D Pettit (half-time); Padraig Martin for D Mimnagh (51 mins).

CLONGUISH: Stephen Watters; Brendan Burke, Ronan Sweeney, Ciaran Corcoran; Stephen McLoughlin, Enda Williams. Conor Shields (0-1); David Barden, Padraig Cooney; Stephen Norton, Paul Barden, Shane O’Brien (0-1); Joe O’Brien (0-6, 4f), Ciaran Williams (0-1), Kevin Burke.

Subs:- David Faughnan for P Cooney (37 mins); Paddy Dowd (0-1, f) for S O’Brien (49 mins).

Referee: Fergal Kelly (Ballymahon).