Drumoghill FC 3 Eany Celtic 2
Drumoghill FC held their nerve to secure 3 vital points against promotion chasing Eany Celtic at the Moss, and in doing so boosted their chances of securing their Division 1 status. But they needed nerves of steel to do so, withstanding a second half fight-back from Eany after the home side went into the interval with a 3-0 lead. But a brace from Barry Rose ensured an anxious conclusion for the home side. Not for the first time, the hero for Drumoghill was striker Liam O’Donnell. The division’s top scorer started on fire and put his side ahead on 5 minutes, pouncing on a rebound from Richard Tinney’s 20 yard drive which keeper Colm Kelly had failed to hold. Six minutes later O’ Donnell had turned creator with a mazy run into the penalty area before squaring the ball for Richard Moore to tap home. Drumoghill were absolutely clinical during the opening period and looked dangerous on the break as Eany dominated possession. And it was from one such break on 32 minutes that Drumoghill grabbed their 3rd goal, his time Tinney sent O’Donnell free on the right wing and the young striker raced towards goal before slotting past Kelly at his near post to send Drumoghill into the break 3 goals in the ascendency.
It was perhaps an unfair reflection on the first period as Eany dominated for large spells. They should have been ahead as early as the 2nd minute when Liam Mc Groarty sent namesake Paul through on goal, but the striker saw his effort well smothered by Greg Regan. Martin Shovlin, the game’s outstanding performer, then created a chance for John Rose but he too found Regan in top form.
The second half started in a similar fashion as Eany maintained their dominance from the first half. They quickly reduced the arrears when Barry Rose glided past John Madigan and Christopher O’Donnell to finish and the same player repeated the trick when he latched on to a long goal kick from Kelly to set up a nervous conclusion.