Wednesday, 17 January 2018 at 01:50 AM Joe Hegarty
Zero losses, and zero draws was the record shared by the reserve footballers of Owen Roe's and Drumragh going into this top of the table clash on Sunday afternoon with some team’s perfect record set to go. After an absorbing clash played with an intensity rarely seen in reserve football it was both teams that lost their perfect records with the game ending in a draw.
The Sarsfield's set about their task straight from throw in moving into a three point lead in the opening 3 minutes.
Mark Kellly eventually got Owen Roe's on the board on six minutes, but the away side went back up field to cancel that out. The Leckpatrick side were struggling to find their feet and despite Kelly’s free, things were going to get worse before they got better, as the Clanabogan men struck for a major on 16 minutes.
It didn’t end there as a score from play and a placed effort made the lead 7 points. However the hosts were starting to get a handle on the Drumragh scoring threat to eventually get to work on their task.
Kelly again from play and a Stephen Harper score clipped a bit off the arrears and despite another Drumragh score, late frees from Kelly (0-02) and Ryan Porter left Owen Roe's within touch at the break.
Drumragh notched the first score of the second period, but Owen Roe's direct running was paying dividends with accurate free taking from Harper, and Kelly (0-03) clawing their team level just 9 minutes into the second half. Indeed the home side could’ve had a goal of their own but Porter’s drive was well stopped by the Drumragh net minder.
It was all Owen Roe's at this juncture though and Porter twice from dead balls put his side ahead with ten minutes to go.
Back came Drumragh and when a pointed effort came off the post, Sean Mór Devine made a great save from the rebound. However the keeper’s luck was out and Drumragh bagged a goal at the third attempt.
Buoyed by the goal, Drumragh nosed two ahead with five minutes to go. However neither team refused to yield. Kelly knocked over a dead ball and on 30 minutes showed nerves of steel to send over from the narrowest of angles under pressure.
In added time Porter put Owen Roe's ahead, and with 6 minutes of additional time elapsed it looked like it would be the winner. However Drumragh found one final opportunity from a free of their own and took it to leave the teams inseparable at the end.
Owen Roe's: Sean Mór Devine, Ruairi Kelly, Conor Doherty, Davy Harte, Ruairi Boylan, Kevin O’Neill, Paul Devine, Gerard Mc Shane, Ryan Mc Shane, Marty O’Neill, Stephen Harper (0-02), Ricki Devine, Ryan Porter (0-04), Mark Kelly (0-10), Mark O’Neill. Subs: Aidan Christy for Ryan Mc Shane (9 mins), Ronan Parker for Paul Devine (25 mins), Art Anderson for Davy Harte (56 mins)