A HIGHTLY motivated Dromtariffe turned the formbook on its head to upset the odds and record a well deserved win over Knocknagree in the opening round to the Kanturk Credit Union Duhallow Junior A Football Championship in Boherbue on Friday evening.
Hard work and dogged resistance demanded a reward and Dromtariffe were ultimately granted it with a competent all round team performance. The mantle of favouritism had accompanied Ducon Cup winners Knocknagree beforehand yet Dromtariffe forced to alter their backroom management days before the fixture shredded such talk with a purposeful and passionate showing.
Dromtariffe's success was built around a dominant midfield where long serving Seamus O'Sullivan emerged a pivotal figure and a shining light in his fielding and general workrate.
And another one of the O'Sullivan clan, full-forward John hit a smashing goal of paramount importance that firmly put Dromtariffe in the driving seat.
A wind assisted Dromtariffe had hit pole position from the outset, underling their desire on the prominence of Seamus O'Sullivan and Paddy Daly at midfield, well supported by Vincent Browne, Shane and Colum Murphy in defence. And upfront, Niall O'Sullivan along with Darren O'Connor posted early points.
At times, Dromtariffe failed to translate their superiority onto the board, let down on seven wides in the opening quarter. Knocknagree offered flashes of potential once Stephen Heelan and Anthony O'Connor pointed. Scores became a premium, Dromtariffe close to a goal, Knocknagree 'keeper Damien Browne performing well to deny Niall O'Sullivan that helped keep the minimum between the sides at the break, Dromtariffe ahead 0-4 to 0-3.
As the breeze dropped, the sides traded points upon the restart prior to Dromtariffe grabbling the decisive score in the 39th minute.
From a Gearóid Murphy free, the ball fell into the danger zone for target man John O'Sullivan to fetch brilliantly and kick home for the game's lone goal. Knocknagree did respond from points to Matthew Daly and Matthew Dilworth.
It was question time for Dromtariffe and not unexpectedly, their response was well co-ordinated on points to Daniel O'Keeffe and substitute Noel O'Riordan.