IHC Round 3 Drumree dig deep to see off Kilskyre/Moylagh


Intermediate Hurling Championship Round 3

Drumree 2-10 Kilskyre 0-13

Drumree picked up their second win of the championship with this 3rd round victory against Kilskyre/Moylagh. Having put in a disappointing performance when losing out Gaeil Colmcille in round 2 they were eager to get their championship campaign back on track & they managed just that in a spirited hard fought victory that will have pleased the management team.

Drumree were quick out of the traps with two quick points from David Wallace however Kilskyre/Moylagh were causing plenty of problems up front & scored the next 3 points on the trot to take the lead with 12 minutes on the clock. Drumree responded well with 2 points of their own from the birthday boys David Wallace & Josh Wall. Both milestone birthdays, however Josh has a fair few years to catch up on Wally !

County player Seanie Geraghty was starting to impose an influence on the game from midfield & notched on 2 points for the Kilskyre/Moylagh men late in the second half. There was nothing between the sides & the intensity of the game continued to rise the further into the half we got, great hassling & physicality from the likes of Mark Devaney, David Dunne & Gavin Byrne ensured Drumree were well in contention as the half drew to a close, a cracking score by Shane Troy from out along the sideline was the highlight of the half as the sides retreated for half time with Drumree in front by the slimmest of margins of 7 points to 6.

Early into the second half Drumree had to make two early changes when Gareth Rooney & Seamus White picked up injuries which forced them from the field of play, Liam Carey & Shane Gallogly were the replacements. It took a while for the second half to get up to the tempo of the 1st half however in burst into life after 15 minutes when Liam Carey pounced for Drumree’s 1st goal to give them a 5 point lead however Kilskyre/Moylagh responded admirably & scored the next 4 points in a row to bring the deficit back to 1 point. By this stage both sides were going toe to toe with no inches given, some excellent defending from Keith Rooney & CaoÍmhin King ensured Drumree stayed 1 point clear with King in particular winning crucial ball time after time. Rooney was to have a telling & unexpected impact on the game when his speculative free from inside his own 45 yard line landed down ontop of the Kilskyre/Moylagh goalkeeper who misjudged the ball & flicked it into his own net which restored a 4 point lead for Drumree. Again as expected the men from Kilskyre/Moylagh didn’t lie down & scored the next two points, they pressed hard for what would have been a winning goal however the Drumree rearguard held firm.

The final score of the game was left to the one & only Jimmy Gaughan who won the ball on his own 65 yard line before channeling his inner Paudie Maher to launch a monster drive over the bar from way out, Jimmy was as relieved as anyone to see it go over the bar as 9 times out of ten they hit the corner flag in training. The referee blew the final whistle minutes later & Drumree were victorious by 3 points on a scoreline of Drumree 2-10 Kilskyre/Moylagh 0-1.

Best for Drumree were: Caoimhin King, David Wallace, David Dunne & Mark Devaney.

Drumree Team: Brian Coughlan, Paul Walsh, Keith Rooney (1-00), Gavin Byrne, Diarmuid Shanahan, Caoimhín King, Jimmy Gaughan (0-01), Gareth Rooney, David Dunne, Seamus White, David Wallace (0-07), Josh Wall (0-01),  Mark Devaney, Shane Troy (0-01),  Brendan Walsh.

Subs: Liam Carey (1-00) for Garreth Rooney, Shane Gallogly for Seamus White, Liam Shanley for Josh Wall.