A well-taken penalty goal from Clonguish full-forward Joe O’Brien in the 7th minute proved to be the difference as the Newtownforbes side earned a hard fought win over Dromard in the Senior Football Championship Round 3 game at the Monaduff grounds in Drumlish on Sunday evening last.
Livewire forward Kevin Burke was going through when he was fouled by Dromard defender John Sheridan and O’Brien stepped up to duly dispatch the spot-kick past opposing keeper Damien Sheridan for the decisive only goal of the game.
There was very little between the two sides throughout the game with Clonguish finishing the stronger. Dromard had chances in the second half but kicked a number of wides during a dominant spell. Clonguish finished the game with 14 men after David Barden received a second yellow card four minutes from time.
A notable absentee from the Clonguish team was Paul Barden but they still managed to make a great start to the game and within the opening seven minutes had built up a four point lead. Paddy Dowd opened the scoring with a free before Joe O’Brien scored the goal from the penalty spot.
Dromard then began to come into the game and drew level by the 15th minute. Francie McGee got their first score in the 10th minute. Declan Mimnagh followed that up before McGee fired over his second point.
Ciaran Fox’s charges were then awarded a penalty in the 14th minute for a foot block on Cian Mimnagh’s shot. McGee stepped up to take the kick but his effort was well saved by Clonguish keeper Mikie McGuinness. McGee fired over the resulting ‘45 to leave the sides all square.
Points were then traded between Paddy Dowd and Francis McGee to level matters again for the second time. A great point from corner-back Anthony Watters put Clonguish ahead in the 18th minute but again Dromard responded with Jamsie Martin converting a free.
A fantastic point from John Sheridan put Dromard in front for the first time in the 27th minute but David Faughan equalised right before the break, 1-4 to 0-7.
Dromard dominated the early part of the second half and Kevin Donohoe put them ahead again in the 36th minute and in the 44th minute their lead was two points when Declan Mimnagh fired over a great score.
Clonguish got back on level terms with points from Eoin Keane and Paddy Dowd and in the 51st minute they were in front again thanks to another score from the boot of Dowd.
An excellent point from defender Brendan Devine edged them ahead by two in the 54th minute. It was all Clonguish at this stage as Dromard couldn’t find a way back into the game. A free from Paddy Dowd stretched Clonguish’s lead to four in the 58th minute before a Francis McGee free closed the gap.
Brendan Devine landed a second point in the 60th minute to make victory safe for Clonguish who are looking good even at this early stage of the championship under the guidance of former Ballymahon and Longford footballer Trevor Smullen.
CLONGUISH: Mikie McGuinness; Brendan Devine (0-2), Brendan Burke, Anthony Watters (0-1); Darren Quinn, Enda Williams, Padraig Cooney; David Barden, David Faughnan (0-1); Stephen McLoughlin (0-1), Shane O’Brien, Paddy Dowd (0-5, two frees); Kevin Burke, Joe O’Brien (1-0, penalty), Eoin Keane (0-1).
Subs:- Colin Clarke for S O’Brien (48 mins); Stephen Norton for E Keane (54 mins).
DROMARD: Damien Sheridan; Peader Faughnan, Cathal Conefrey, Padraig McNerney; John Sheridan (0-1), Diarmuid Masterson, Peter Reynolds; Noel Reynolds, Bernard Sheridan; Donal Sheridan, Kevin Donohoe (0-1), Cian Mimnagh; Jamsie Martin (0-1, free), Francis McGee (0-5, 2 frees, 1 ‘45), Declan Mimnagh (0-2).
Subs:- Conor Duffy for J Sheridan (45 mins); Emmet Masterson for P Reynolds (49 mins); Kieran McStay for N Reynolds (52 mins); James Mimnagh for Donal Sheridan (55 mins).
Referee: Derek Fahy (Ballymore).