Wednesday 13 December 2017

Senior 3 team throws away four-goal lead in the closing quarter

DROGHEDA's Leinster Senior 3 team passed up a four-goal lead and eventually had to settle for a draw as they kicked off their season against Clontarf.

After a slow start the Boynesiders kicked into gear and took control of the game, leading 5-1 at one stage after some impressive goalkeeping from man-of-the-match Carl Fogarty.

Still 7-4 up with a quarter to go, a late Clontarf rally and a controversial penalty decision saw the game end in stalemate, Drogheda's goals coming from Simon Heffernan, Conor Gradwell and Alan Torris.

Meanwhile, the Drogheda Invitational Tournament took place in the wonderful facilities of the NAC the weekend before last, with Ulster, Connacht, Leinster Blues and Gorzow from Poland entering teams.

Drogheda had five representatives on the Leinster team and they helped play a pivotal role in the Blues' victory.

In the first game, a narrow loss to Ulster, clubmen Conor McQuaile and Duncan Mullaney scored, while Conor Gradwell was prolific, scoring a hat-trick in a victory over Connacht before grabbing another one against Gorzow.

The Gorzow v Leinster Blues match showed everything that is good in Irish water polo, as a titanic match was played out between two excellent teams.

Again, Drogheda was to have a pivotal role to play, with Luke Callaghan putting in a wonderful performance and scoring twice, while Carl Fogarty played excellently in goals, helping Leinster to a 10-6 victory and eventually to first place overall.

Drogheda Water Polo were delighted with the smooth running of the tournament and all the help they received from the sponsors and the Irish Water Polo Association.

Huge credit must go to Dom Gradwell for setting up and ensuring that the whole day ran smoothly, and Drogheda also wish to thank Gorzow and their team for helping to strengthen the strong links between the towns with a wonderful weekend of sportsmanship.

Drogheda Independent

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