Manor Farm U15 Division 2 Championship Final
Drumhowan 4-15 Donaghmoyne 4-8
Drumhowan secured an U15 Division 2 Championship title for the first time in their history when they had a seven point winning margin over a gallant Donaghmoyne side who were only a point behind with five minutes of normal time remaining. The game was played in almost perfect weather conditions at the well appointed Sarsfield Park, Aughnamullen.
Drumhowan got the perfect start when in the first minute Tristan Duffy following a layoff from fellow mid field partner Conor Curran ran through the centre to get the first of the eight goals in the game. In the first quarter of the game Drumhowan were put under severe pressure by the south Monaghan side. Tom Doherty and Jason Clark scored to leave four in it after ten minutes but Donaghmoyne had the lions share of the possession but just couldn’t get their noses in first despite scores from Brian Duffy, Paddy Mc Skeane and Danny Lennon. In this period they kicked a number of wides and this combined with resolute defending, Drumhowan had a one point advantage when Martin Mc Mahon blew for the first half water break.
Killian Mc Adam put Drumhowan two points ahead after the break but Donaghmoyne went ahead shortly afterwards with Brian Duffy kicking a point and Danny Lennon getting the Fontenoy’s only goal of the half to go two ahead. This was short lived as Jason Clark hit a goal and then kicked a point after excellent play from full back Jonathan Lavelle and then the team finished the half strongly with scores from Tristan Duffy and Martin Quinn. Goalkeeper David Traynor brought off a good save to leave the score at half time Drumhowan 2 -7 Donaghmoyne 1-6.
Just like the first half the first score of the second was a Drumhowan goal by Killian Mc Adam who rifled it to the net following a quick pass from Eoghan Mc Entee. Things got even better when Tristan Duffy scored his second goal of the game when his over hit pass managed to deceive the Donaghmoyne goal keeper Eoghan Cumiskey and Jason Clarke pointed after a Killian Mc Adam 45 to leave 11 points in it after just five minutes of the second half played. Many thought the game was now over as a contest but then Donaghmoyne hit a purple patch of their own scoring 2 -3 without reply 2-1 coming from Fiachra O’Roideáin as Drumhowan tried to walk the ball into the goal when perhaps points would have been the easier option. Killian Mc Adam stopped the rot with a point to leave just four in it at the second half water break.
The final quarter started slowly and both defences were getting the upper hand but the game sprang into life when Donaghmoyne’s Luke Connolly got their fourth goal to leave only a point in it with six minutes of play left. Drumhowan’s defence of Éanna Curran, Jonathan Lavelle at full back and the half back line of James Mc Entee, Tiernan Reilly and Tom Doherty now were in the ascendancy getting out in front of the Donaghmoyne forwards who earlier were proving a handful with Tom getting his second point of the game. In the remaining passage of the game Donaghmoyne failed to score as Drumhowan learnt from their previous mistakes and their forwards kicked points rather than going for goals, these coming from Jason Clarke and Killian Mc Adam who were supported well by Pete Mc Guirk. The final score of the game came with full back Jonathan Lavelle becoming the sixth Drumhowan player on the scoring sheet to leave the full time score Drumhowan 4-15 Donaghmoyne 4-8 . The cup was then presented by Central Council Delegate Padraig Sherry to joint captains Killian Mc Adam and Conor Curran.
Team and Scorers : Drumhowan: David Traynor, Éanna Curran, Jonathan Lavelle 0-1, James Mc Entee, Tiarnan Reilly, Tom Doherty 0-2, Conor Curran, Tristan Duffy 2-2 (1f), Pete Mc Guirk, Jason Clarke 1-5 (1f), Killian Mc Adam 1-4 (2f), Martin Quinn 0-1(1f), Eoghan Mc Entee Subs: Jerome Lavelle, Evan Treanor, Cian Mc Adam, Darragh Mc Adam, Oisín Quinn, Caolán Treanor and Francis Conlon
Donaghmoyne: Eoghan Cumiskey, Dáire Mc Kevitt, Matthew Ennis, Michael Kerley, Oisín Flanagan, Fionn Mulholland, Conor Burns, Maitiú Mc Ardle, Danny Lennon 1-1, Conal Mc Ginnity, Brian Duffy0-4 (2f), Paddy Mc Skeane 0-2, Fiachra Ó Roideáin 2-1 (1f)Sub used: Luke Connolly 1-0 Referee: Martin Mc Mahon