Longford SFC: Dromard come storming back to draw against Granard

Peter Hanley Motors Senior Football Championship Group 4 - Round 1

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Darren Gallagher, who scored 1-5 for St Mary's Granard in the draw against Dromard in the senior football championship

Dromard and St Mary’s Granard are no nearer to learning their 2020 Senior Championship fate after both sides played out a pulsating draw at Oliver Lynch Park in Abbeylara on Saturday evening. 

Dromard . . . 0-14      St Mary’s Granard . . . 1-11

Both sides knew the importance of securing the win going into the encounter, especially with much fancied Abbeylara in the same group, but it was Granard who for large parts looked the likelier to do just that.

County star Darren Gallagher was once again the mainstay behind St Mary’s getting a positive result as he racked up an impressive personal haul of 1-5.

The sides were deadlocked at 0-8 apiece at the break but Granard established a four points lead in the early stages of the second half.

Not surprisingly, it was star man Darren Gallagher who led by example in first dispatching a monstrous point from all of 60 yards before cooly slotting home a penalty moments later after Jordan Martin was brought down by opposing goalkeeper Gavin McNerney.

But Dromard came storming back to level matters and looked like winning the match when Joseph Hagan shot over the bar to give his side a slender lead with time running out.

Granard hit back with a point from Jordan Martin to earn a deserved draw and are back in championship action against neighbouring rivals Abbeylara next weekend. 

DROMARD: Gavin McNerney; Kevin Kane, Dylan McCormack, David Pettit; Niall Vance, Diarmuid Masterson (0-1), Peter Reynolds; John Sheridan, Ronan McEntire; Conor McGahern (0-1), Joe Hagan (0-2), Ronan Bleakley; Aaron Farrell (0-1), Ross McNerney (0-6, five frees), Frankie McGee (0-3, one free).

Sub:- Peadar Kiernan for N Vance (49 mins).

ST MARY’S GRANARD: Dessie Kiernan; Patrick McGivney, Thomas Gallagher, Edward Smyth; Mark O’Neill, Vinny Nally, Dylan Corcoran; Darren Gallagher (1-5, goal from penalty), Charlie Martin; Paul Smyth (0-1), Liam Sullivan (0-1), James Kiernan (0-2); Jordan Martin (0-1), Mark Tully, Derek Sheridan (0-1).

Subs:- Jordan Shiels for D Sheridan (45 mins); Brian Sheridan for V Nally (53 mins).

 Referee: Fergus Kelly (Ballymahon).