Dromore went into their first round championship clash with Galbally at Carrickmore as the warmest of favourites but they had to pull out all the stops to reach the quarter finals in a contest that was played in dreadful weather conditions.
The St.Dympnas had the wind at their back sin the first half and they got off to a great start with a brace of points from Niall Sludden and one from Conor O’Hara before Sludden set up Declan McNulty to palm to the net in the 9th minute. The Pearses responded four minutes later with a well taken goal from defender John Hetherington after a flowing move and in the 18th minute it was all square when right half back Marc Lennon got on the end of a Mark Donnelly cross to palm in. Tiernan Sludden and a Peter Teague brace was answered by a Daniel Kerr free to leave it 1-6 to 2-1 at the break. The Pearses could well have had two more goals but Niall Sludden blocked a Mark Donnelly shot on the line while Dromore keeper Mark McGale produced a good save to deny Conor Donaghy.
In the opening moments of the second half Galbally keeper Ronan McGeary denied Tiernan Sludden and as the half wore on it became clear that scores were going to be at a premium. Substitute Joseph Corrigan opened the second half scoring in the 40th minute to reduce the deficit to the minimum before GO POWER man of the match Niall Sludden drove forward to point.
In the final minute of normal time Galbally had a penalty claim waved away with McGale thwarting Lennon from the rebound at the expense of a “45” which Donaghy converted. Galbally pushed for an equaliser but it was Dromore who hit them on the counter attack with Oran Sludden clipping over the insurance point in injury time as it finished 1-8 to 2-3.