In buoyant mood but Drumgath beaten by Bosco

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

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NEWRY City's St John Bosco recorded their first win of the season with a determined and gusty win over rivals Drumgath, writes Steve Malone.

Drumgath ...0-10
Bosco ...2-09

Played in Drumgath, Bosco went into this contest low in confidence after last week's mauling to Saul, while the Drums were self-assured having been unbeaten in Division Three up until Friday's defeat.

Bosco were looking a response and they gave it in buckets with outstanding performances from full-back Stephen Byrne, goal-scorer Declan Morgan and the hard working Oisin Car ne gie.

Drumgath to a degree, played into Bosco's hands as when the Newry side had established a six-point lead they opted to shut-up shop for the last 15 minutes and defend in numbers.

It was at that stage Drumgath decided to try and aim for goals and pump long balls in towards the square, when they had ample time and almost all the possession to pick-off points, but with numbers on their side Bosco defended ferociously.

It was physical encounter and at times got overheated but referee Davy Carr let the game flow as best he could.

All-Ireland winner with Crossmaglen Kyle Brennan gave Bosco the lead after an excellent pass from Morgan but the game was only five minutes old when big Chris Duggan crunched into Paul Connelly to set the tone and Colm McComish levelled the score with the resultant free.

Following a brilliant run down the wing by Daire Rooney he kicked into the corner to Brennan and while Drumgath thought they had him boxed in the former Rangers man narrowed his angle and skipped between two defenders to slip over a lovely point.

With the proverbial wind in their sails Bosco extended their lead when Aaron Beattie caught a high Morgan pass and from the edge of the square he coolly drilled into the net.

Drumgath's Michael Quinn was impressive in midfield and made five marks over the hour, however they failed to turn that possession into scores and kicked three wides in a row before rattling the post.

Ryan Hillen's converted free narrowed the gap and Drumgath would have bagged a goal but for an excellent save from Bosco keeper Ronan Haughey who denied McComish from close-range.

Brennan and McComish exchanged converted frees but Bosco were guilty of dropping a number of efforts short before Duggan's excellent 40-metre converted free.

Rainfall increased as the game progressed and with visibility poor Shea McConville made a great mark, which resulted directly in a point from Cathal Tumilty but it was Bosco who had the last say with the robust Brian Dillon running 30 metres down the middle before steering his shot between the posts.


Half-time: Drumgath 0-04 Bosco 1-05


Drumgath returned with a more cohesive plan of attack and points from midfielder Colm Maginn after a 30-metre run, Colm Comiskey (free) and Ryan Hillen narrowed the gap (0-07 to 1- 06).

But Bosco responded with two Brennan points another from Morgan and the same man rattled the Drumgath net.

In a five-minute spell the Newry men had increased the lead to go 2-9 to 0-7 in front and it was at that point they decided to pull everyone back and defend in numbers.

Despite this Drumgath opted to pump long balls high into an outnumbered attack. The Bosco lads defended brilliantly and while it looked easy due to their numerical advantage they were forced to put their bodies on the line when needed. So much so that Drumgath forced three 45s in the last ten minutes.

Connolly, Ryan McCusker and McComish pulled back three points in the last 15 minutes, which was a poor return but shows just how hard the Bosco defence worked.

Friday 's win was massive for Bosco and could be a turning point for their season, for Drumgath it can be an early wake-up call that they still have a bit of work to do.

Drumgath: Calvin Parsons, Liam Hynes, Paul Hillen, Christopher Hynes, Aaron Sloan, Ryan McCusker, Gary O'Reilly, Michael Quinn, Colm Maginn, Matthew McConville, Mark Connolly, Shea McConville, Ryan Hillen, Colm McComish, Cathal Tumilty.

Subs: Shea Byrne, Oisin Harte.


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