Drumcliffe see off Gaels' rally
Physically the superior side at all times and having availed of the spaces created in the first half to take an eight point interval lead, Drumcliffe Rosses Point withstood a late and highly spirited challenge from Shamrock Gaels to book a place in the 2013 Intermediate football semi final at a wet and windy Community Park in Bunninadden on Saturday evening last.
Four yellow cards for dragging fouls issued by referee Marty Duffy in the first ten minutes left the sizeable attendance contemplating a possible and messy twenty four yellow card total but not so as it turned out, as from that moment on the dragging virtually ceased and we were treated to a lively and entertaining contest highlighted by a superb shootout between the winners Paul Logan and the losers truly magnificent John Paul Henry who emerged as the games top scorer with nine points including a number of beauties from open play.
Shamrock Gaels opened the scoring with a John Paul Henry point in the fourth minute and attacked well in the opening quarter but found scores hard to come by as Drumcliffe Rosses Point got extra bodies behind the ball - wing forward and county player Neil Ewing an example of this - thus having the open spaces in front of them when the turnover arrived which their then dominant midfield and alert forwards John Bellew, Niall Collery and Paul Logan used efficiently to stride into a commanding interval lead of 1-07 to 0-02 - their goal a fine finish on twenty two minutes from John Bellew.
The second half saw Shamrock Gaels take midfield control mainly through the efforts of the hard working Frank Quinn and with captain John Paul Henry continuing to torment the Northern sides defence they whittled away at the eight point deficit reducing it to one with ten minutes left and game on.
A Paul Logan free put the winners two points to the good once more and try as they might and as they did Shamrock Gaels couldn't manage to square this exciting match on the most important place of all - the scoreboard. Winning the second half by ten points to four will be of little consolation to the competitive Gaels whose lack of physique in many areas plus an under par first half showing contributed to their downfall while the methodical Drumcliffe Rosses Point side who stuck to their game plan, deservedly go forward to the intermediate semi finals and having been beaten in a few intermediate finals in recent years look a good bet to correct that imbalance this year.