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Victory in Dromintee

posted 2 Sep 2012, 15:22 by Unknown user   [ updated 2 Sep 2012, 15:25 ]

Dromintee 0-10  Sarsfields 3-12

It was apparent early on that the home side seemed to have a bare looking squad and they took to the field without Kevin Dyas and Martin O’Rourke as well as playing county keeper Philip McEvoy out the field. Sarsfields though had their injury problems and had some potential first choice players unavailable.

Dromintee hit the first score with a free and Sarsfields after a few missed chances pulled level with a decent Johnny Reynolds point. The next period saw Dromintee have the lion’s share of possession and three points on the trot had them comfortably ahead. The lead might have been greater but for very poor shooting, though Sarsfields had dropped a few efforts short. Richie Stevenson went off injured midway through the half and it would be fair to say things were looking poor enough for the Highmoss. A super long range point from Johnny Reynolds stopped the rot and within a couple of minutes two Michael Stevenson points had pulled Sarsfields level. The first free was a superb goal chance for Paul McGaughey, but he was taken down denying him the chance. The second free from Michael was an excellent shot from the side-line straight over the bar. A few chances to put Highmoss ahead were spurned but an injury time free from Michael Stevenson put Sarsfields ahead for the first time in the match. No doubt both half time talks would have had some mention of wasting chances.

Sarsfields had a dream start to the second half. Dromintee won the throw in, but an excellent Eimeid Murray tackle won back possession and he dropped a great ball in front of Paul McGaughey and he confidently beat the South Armagh keeper, hitting the top corner from the 20 meter line. Johnny Reynolds quickly added a fisted point and in his next move found Mark Reynolds with a great pass who made no mistake with a goal that put Sarsfields eight points clear. Sarsfields then seemed to sit back on their lead and the home side clawed their way back into the match. Five points without reply had pulled the lead down to three points. This sparked Sarsfields into action and a Michael Stevenson free made it the first Highmoss score in over a quarter of an hour. It might well have been a penalty as Michael almost certainly had been brought down in the square. To be fair to the referee if Dromintee had any white paint about the place, they certainly hadn’t used any to line out the field so just where the square was would have been a bit of a guess. Eamon McGeown palmed over a point above the keeper, a half goal chance you might say. At the other end Darren McAvoy did particularly well to deny a palmed goal chance to the home side. Sarsfields went straight up the field and a great pass from Michael Stevenson set Eamon McGeown up for his second point. Dromintee had a few chances but all were missed and the Highmoss defence could claim the credit since they were putting great pressure on the Dromintee forwards. A third Highmoss goal from Johnny Reynolds secured the victory and he could thank Eamon McGeown for a great catch and subsequent pass across the square, which he was able to palm into a practically empty net. Two Eamon McGeown points made it an eleven point win, but it was fair to say that the performance wasn’t that of a typical eleven point victory.