Sunday, 21 July 2019 at 02:32 PM Joe Hegarty
MINOR CHAMPIONSHIP PRELIMINARY ROUND:
OWEN ROE’S 2-12 DROMORE 3-15
On a sweltering evening, the Owen Roe’s Minor (boys) team played host to Dromore in the preliminary round of the Grade 2 Championship. Having had a poor run in the League, the Leckpatrick side, teamed up with a number of Clann na nGael players, were determined to redeem themselves and that they certainly did.
It was the visitors who made the early push and from the throw-in could have had an early goal but for a good save from the Roe’s netminder, Joe Melarkey. They did still get first score however with a free. Pearse Devine levelled and a Shea Brown point put the hosts in front. A Dromore free restored parity before the St Dympna’s side hit a purple patch. From the kickout Dromore picked up well, finding their corner back Ruairi Mc Laughlin free on the edge of the square, who smartly passed across the goalmouth for a simple punch to the net. The resulting kickout again worked in Dromore’ favour with them promptly gathering and sending onto the Roe’s square for their second goal. With a 6 point deficit in their face, it was the Leckpatrick side who met the challenge the stronger. A pointed free made it 5 and a well taken Seamus Devine goal and a Shea Brown free cut it to 1 within a matter of minutes. Dromore and Brown traded frees and a Pearse Devine free levelled it. Dromore hit back with 4 unanswered points approaching half-time but 2 points from Brown and another from Seamus Devine left it a 1 point advantage to the visitors.
Half-time: Owen Roe’s 1-09 Dromore 2-07
Brown levelled things on the restart and put the hosts into the lead shortly after. Dromore hit for 2 points to level but a Seamus Devine regained the lead. A good save by Aidan Mc Carron in the Dromore nets kept the Roe’s momentum at bay. Three quick points from Dromore and the loss of Eoghain Kelly to a second yellow would have looked as if it was game up for the Owen Roe’s side but the introduction of Oran O’Neill seemed to give the hosts new life and it was they who seemed to be the side more up for the fight! Hard work and a great solo run from Jordan Mc Fadden only resulted in a goal miss but it was soon forgotten when David Conway rattled the net to level matters. Unfortunately Dromore won the kickout and it was they who broke downfield and cancelled it out with a goal of their own with 5 minutes of normal time left to play. Three consecutive points finally saw the visitors bag the victory but nothing can take away from the Owen Roe’s performance in a game where Dromore might count themselves lucky to get away with a win.
A spirited, hard fought showing from the Roe’s showed what they are capable when, according to some of the home spectators, they put in their performance of the season! For some of the lads, they still have a year or 2 left in the Minors, but for others it’s time for Reserve and Senior football in 2020 and going by the game last night, there could be bright futures ahead for them in the Owen Roe’s and Clann na nGael jerseys!
Full-time: Owen Roe’s 2-12 Dromore 3-15
Owen Roe’s: Joe Melarkey, Oran Kelly, Shane Mc Elhinney, Conor Mc Elhinney, Adam Mc Colgan, Christopher Brown, Ciaran Kerlin, Ryan Ward, Pearse Devine, Jordan Mc Fadden, Jack Kelly, David Conway, Eoghain Kelly, Shea Brown, Seamus Devine.
Subs: Luke Conwell, Conor Mc Aleer, Shane Biggs, Aodhan Gormley, Niall Doherty, Oran O’Neill.