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Accurate O’Reilly points the way for Drum in exciting cup final

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Accurate O’Reilly points the way for Drum in exciting cup final thumbnailDrum captain Rory O’Reilly holds aloft the Neal Carlin Cup after leading his side to victory over Limavady.

DRUM....................................0-19 LIMAVADY...............................2-10

A COMPETITION that started back last March came to an exciting conclusion at Owenbeg on Friday night.
It was chilly but the spectators were kept highly entertained by an hour of fast end to end football which proved, once again, that Gaelic football played 13-a-side will provide a high degree of entertainment.
This was the fourth meeting of these closely matched teams this year and they have finished with two victories each. Their first meting came in the league at Scroggy Road early in the league when a 14 man Drum team won comfortably. In the second leg of the league the Wolfhounds travelled up to the high country to secure a most impressive seven point victory.
When they met in the preliminary stages of the championship at Celtic Park a last gasp Sheagh McLaughlin goal saw Limavady emerge 1-9 to 0-10 winners. This Drum victory has now levelled the series and the Wolfhounds will now be glad to see the back of them as the St. Colm's will ply their trade in Division Two next season.
Much was said pre-match about Limavady's inactivity beforehand. The Wolfhounds haven't had a fixture in five weeks while the Gortnaghey side have been kept busy with a championship final and a Neal Carlin Cup semi-final clash with Faughanvale reserves in the last two weeks. Limavady had played their semi-final against Glack on March 26.
Drum midfielder Damian Brolly opened the scoring in the second minute but by the 10th minute Richard King and Eoghan Kelly had Limavady ahead 0-02 to 0-01. With this competition adopting the 13-a-side format there was a huge amount of space on the vast Owenbeg pitch which allowed more players to express themselves and it was the Limavady men who stepped up.

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