Drumreilly

Dramatic Comeback: Four minutes from the end of ordinary time in the Annaduff v Drumreilly Senior Championship encounter in Ballinamore on last Saturday evening defiant Drumreilly performed what might be deemed the impossible. To most it seemed obituary-writing time for Drumreilly with Annaduff a safe four points ahead. However, Drumreilly’s last-ditch effort yielded a devastating goal from ball-winner supreme James Holahan, and two points from ace free-taker Nigel Maguire to keep their side’s hopes of further Championship progress alive. In what was a keenly-contested game, Drumreilly will look back on the negatives of a disallowed goal, some basic errors in their approach work and the consequent surrender of possession and the two first half Annaduff goals that on another day might not have been. On a positive note they will recall the incisive runs and steadying influence of John McKeon, two telling saves by goalie Mick McGirl, James Holahan’s great goal, the bountiful harvest reaped by ice-cool free-taker Nigel Maguire, the last- minute fetch by Seán Fee that denied Annaduff a levelling score, the hard grafting of their midfield duo and the response of all when it mattered most. The first half exchanges were fairly even with Annaduff holding a 2-4 to 0-7 lead at the interval. Drumreilly’s marksmen were Nigel Maguire with four points and a point each courtesy of John McKeon, Brian Fee and Damon Maguire. On the restart Annaduff scored from a free and play and Damon Maguire sent over twice before the 15th minute of the half. Seán McNabola’s two pointed frees opened a five points gap, before Nigel floated a long-range point from the left sideline. With Annaduff seemingly galloping to a four points victory Drumreilly were rescued by the dramatic sequence of scores described at the outset. The Drumreilly lineout was Mick McGirl, Chris Mimna, Seán Fee, Paddy O Connell, Kevin Holahan, John McKeon (pt.), Brian Mitchell, Francis Holahan, Graeme Taylor, Brian Fee (pt.), Nigel Maguire (7pts.-6fs), John Fee, Damon, Maguire (3pts.), James Holahan (gl.), and Adrian McGirl. Subs used: Killian Maguire, Ronan McCartin, Seán Mitchell.

Dramatic Comeback: Four minutes from the end of ordinary time in the Annaduff v Drumreilly Senior Championship encounter in Ballinamore on last Saturday evening defiant Drumreilly performed what might be deemed the impossible. To most it seemed obituary-writing time for Drumreilly with Annaduff a safe four points ahead. However, Drumreilly’s last-ditch effort yielded a devastating goal from ball-winner supreme James Holahan, and two points from ace free-taker Nigel Maguire to keep their side’s hopes of further Championship progress alive. In what was a keenly-contested game, Drumreilly will look back on the negatives of a disallowed goal, some basic errors in their approach work and the consequent surrender of possession and the two first half Annaduff goals that on another day might not have been. On a positive note they will recall the incisive runs and steadying influence of John McKeon, two telling saves by goalie Mick McGirl, James Holahan’s great goal, the bountiful harvest reaped by ice-cool free-taker Nigel Maguire, the last- minute fetch by Seán Fee that denied Annaduff a levelling score, the hard grafting of their midfield duo and the response of all when it mattered most. The first half exchanges were fairly even with Annaduff holding a 2-4 to 0-7 lead at the interval. Drumreilly’s marksmen were Nigel Maguire with four points and a point each courtesy of John McKeon, Brian Fee and Damon Maguire. On the restart Annaduff scored from a free and play and Damon Maguire sent over twice before the 15th minute of the half. Seán McNabola’s two pointed frees opened a five points gap, before Nigel floated a long-range point from the left sideline. With Annaduff seemingly galloping to a four points victory Drumreilly were rescued by the dramatic sequence of scores described at the outset. The Drumreilly lineout was Mick McGirl, Chris Mimna, Seán Fee, Paddy O Connell, Kevin Holahan, John McKeon (pt.), Brian Mitchell, Francis Holahan, Graeme Taylor, Brian Fee (pt.), Nigel Maguire (7pts.-6fs), John Fee, Damon, Maguire (3pts.), James Holahan (gl.), and Adrian McGirl. Subs used: Killian Maguire, Ronan McCartin, Seán Mitchell.

Athletics: Success in Race Walking at National level continues for Dylan Mimna, Drumshangore and Ballinamore A.C. On Saturday July 23rd in the Woodies D.I.Y. Track and Field Championships at Tullamore Harriers Stadium he collected the silver medal in theU-15 2,000 metres Walk event.

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