Senior mens footballers - Season comes to an end
13th November 2016
Raymond Gormley's last senior football match report of the 2016 season, slightly late but always worth reading. The report concludes with a poem penned by Ray, a nice touch at this time of the year.
Bredagh senior footballers winning season comes to an end
Bredagh (Down) 1-17 Donaghmoyne (Monaghan) 2-17 (After extra –time)
Bredagh senior footballers were edged out in a titanic battle with Monaghan champions Donaghmoyne in the quarter finals of the Ulster Intermediate championship in Pairc Esler, Newry on Sunday 30th September.
The Down champions were just 30 seconds away from winning the game but lost possession of the ball in the Donaghmoyne half and to their credit the Monaghan men worked the ball down the field and won a free kick out on the wing 25 meters from goal. Corner forward David Garland stroked over the pressure kick and gave Donaghmoyne a lifeline with the teams locked at 1-13 to 1-13.
The 1st half was a tight affair (1-8 to 1-8) with the scores ebbing and flowing from one team to another. Alan Davidson (1-3) and Donal Hughes (0-4) accounting for all but one of the Bredagh scores, Niall Mulholland scored the other point.
In the second half Bryan Rice and Joe Shields helped the deadly duo of Alan (0-2) and Donal (0-1) with the scores before Donaghmoyne equalised at the death (1-13 to 1-13).
The 1st half of extra time saw Donal Hughes point twice for Bredagh and Niall Keenan pointed for Donaghamoyne, Bredagh took a slender one point advantage into the second period of extra-time (1-15 to 1-14). From the resulting throw in from Co Tyrone referee Martin Conroy, substitute Darren McElroy raced down the left wing, cut in and thundered into Jack Duffin’s net. Frank Markey, David Garland and Ronan McDonald add 3 points for the Ferney men before Bredagh scored a couple of late consolation points through Alan Davidson and Donal Hughes.
A gallant effort from the Bredagh team and we wish Donaghmoyne the best of luck in the semi finals.
Parador Man of the Match – Alan Davidson
Bredagh Team; J Duffin; O Costello; D O’Hara; C Savage; M Magee; E Costello; K Dornan; N Kelly; J Shields; C Francis; Alan Davidson, C Toland; D Hughes; N Mullholland; P McLaughlin (Subs; M Robinson for M Magee; B Rice for E Costello)
Bredagh scorer’s A Davidson 1-6; D Hughes 0-8 (0-4 frees); J Shields 0-1; B Rice 0-1; N Mullholland 0-1
Donaghmoyne scorer’s; D Garland 0-9 (0-4 frees); S Finnegan 1-0; D McElroy 1-0; F Markey 0-2; P Donaghy 0-2; R McDonald 0-3 (0-2 frees); N Keenan 0-1;
Referee; Martin Conroy
To all the men and women whoever washed a maroon and white or played for the maroon and whites
To all the players who ran laps and laps around the PEC on cold winter nights
To all the players who perfected the tight three-man weave
To all the players who sat in the changing room that Sunday in September and dared to believe
To all the families, partners and wives who made the sacrifices over the years, to allow these groups of players to give their all, their blood, their sweat and their tears
To An Riocht who thought they only had to turn up..... that was a big, big mistake! The sleeping giant on the road is now fully awake!
To the history books will show us intermediate champions new, to the Ormeau GAA community, Bredagh Abu!!