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Friday 18 October 2019

Third win on the bounce for Calry

Calry/St Joseph's 2-10 Drumcliffe/Rosses Point 0-8

David Goulden at Kent Park

Carly/St Joseph's boosted their chances of finishing in pole position in group two of the Senior Football Championship, after they overturned a three point half-time deficit to beat Drumcliffe/Rosses Point at Kent Park on Saturday evening.

Drumcliffe looked like they might make it two wins from two in this year's series, when they led 0-6 to 0-3 at the break. 

But despite playing over twenty minutes of the second half with an extra man, a desolate Drumcliffe could only find two scores as Calry hit them with as many late goals. 

Following on from their opening day win over Eastern Harps, Fergal O'Flaherty's Drumcliffe started this game the brighter but were quickly pegged back.

Points in the opening two minutes, one a piece from Paul Logan and captain Neil Ewing were matched by a score from distance from Calry's Conor McGovern and late change Aaron Flynn. 

Eoin Doherty's attempt from the angle then fell short of Justin Lyons's goal. A desperate goalmouth scramble ensued in front of the Rosses Point posts, but the ball was finally cleared to safety.  

Drumcliffe had a goal chalked off nine minutes in when referee Gus Chapman ruled Niall Colleary to have been inside the Calry square before latching onto Logan's cross ball. 

This didn't seem to affect Drumcliffe in the short term at least. Quick hand-passing bamboozling and twisting the Calry back line before Jamie Gillen finished off the move with his only score of the evening. 

A stout breeze at their backs, Calry and Doherty used it to their advantage and squared the game at three each from a free six minutes from the break. 

But the Red and Black pulled away from their rivals with three white flags in the last five minutes of the half.  Logan finishing off a fine opening period for the corner forward with three scores of his own, while Calry hit two poor wides before the whistle.

One from 'keeper Aidan Devaney and the second courtesy of Danny Keown after he was afforded space down the spine of the Drumcliffe 15. Like Mayo's showing at Croke Park just hours previous, Drumcliffe's second half performance on Ballydoogan Road was one they might want to forget.   

A brief lapse in concentration in defence permitted McGovern the space to fist over Calry's fourth sixty seconds into the restart. While Doherty closed the gap to one score with a close range free from the floor two minutes later. That work looked like it might come undone on 37 minutes when the Hazelwood side had skipper Conor Griffin sent to the bench for a second yellow. But they remained competitive and levelled proceedings courtesy of Doherty. 

Both teams sat in for a brief spell and offered little room in advantageous areas. 

Calry eventually ending the shadow boxing on 50 minutes when Eoin Nicholson ventured forward for his only score of the game. 

Logan, who was later withdrawn with a hamstring injury, floated over a monster free eight minutes from time as either side struggled to get ahead.

However, Calry's patience paid off on 57 minutes. Two ahead after both Darragh Cummins and Damien O'Boyle found the posts, the Division Two winners put daylight between themselves and Drumcliffe when O'Boyle and Adrian Cummins combined.

The latter providing a neat finish as he tucked the ball past Lyons. Flagging at this point, Drumcliffe then lost their captain Neil Ewing in injury time after he received a yellow card, followed immediately by a black.

The teams now level on the team sheets, Calry ensured their superiority on the scoreboard in the second minute of added time. Paddy Woulfe diverting a breaking ball into the path of Doherty who fisted home Calry's second green flag. 

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