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Dromore Win First Silverware of the Year

Thursday 09.05.2024
Team Talk Mag
Clonoe


Jim Devlin Cup Final

Dromore 0-12 1-4 Clonoe

Dromore collected the first piece of club silverware of 2024 by lifting the Jim Devlin Cup on Wednesday evening defeating Clonoe in the final. Ryan Mc Menamin’s side travelled to Fr Peter Campbell Park in the opening round of the competition to defeat their hosts via a penalty shoot out and returned to the same venue to defeat the Fianna’s near rivals Clonoe in the decider.

Coalisland Fianna deserve enormous credit for having the foresight to request the revival of the Jim Devlin Cup. Poignantly the final took place a day after the 50th anniversary of the violent murder of Jim Devlin and his wife Gertrude, by loyalist gunmen, aided by state forces. An exhibition in the clubrooms celebrating the life and achievements of Jim Devlin is also running concurrently, Ronan McSherry and his team worked tirelessly to provide a fitting tribute.

A strong second quarter showing from Dromore was the foundation for the victory with man of the match Niall Sludden to the forefront kicking three points in a five minutes spell to get the St Dympnas up and running.

Clonoe had opened the scoring through Ryan McCabe in the 4th minute, but were dealt a hammer blow losing both Patrick Doris and Rhys Donnelly through injury in the opening ten minutes having already taken the field without top scorer Conor McAliskey. Due to the injuries the first quarter was very stop start, with McCabe’s point the only score, although the Clonoe rearguard did well to smother a Colm McRory effort after McNulty’s free had come back of the upright in the 13th minute.

Niall Sludden and Paudie Dillon shared Dromore’s opening five points as they began to take control. The lead was extended by a Declan McNulty point before Oran Sludden clipped over a nice point in the 28th minute. A long range Stephen McNulty point had Clonoe back on the scoreboard and this lifted the Rahillys’. When McClure and Danny McNulty combined to set up Daryl Magee he rocketed to the net to leave only two points between the sides at the break.

Clonoe didn’t score again until the 53rd minute through a Declan McClure free as the second half never reached the levels of the second quarter. Dromore dominated with the highlights being an excellent Niall Sludden point and a brace from the impressive Peter Teague. Oran Sludden and Ryan McCabe kicked late scores for their respective sides but unfortunately for Clonoe their injury concerns worsened as Pascal McClure picked up a knock in added time.

Captain Conor O’hara lifted the Jim Devlin Cup, after a thoroughly deserved victory and the St Dympnas are in good shape as the opening league fixtures approach. The timing of the competition has provided much needed games for the senior league sides and hopefully the competition can be maintained on an annual basis.

Clonoe: M O’Neill, C Coyle, S McNulty (0-1), S Hughes, D McGrath, C O’Neill, J Taggart, D McClure (0-1, 1f), D McNulty, R McCabe (0-2), D Magee (1-0), R Morrow, R Quinn, P Doris, R Donnelly Subs: P McClure for Donnelly, C Devlin for Doris

Dromore: R Sludden , S Heung, Cathal Colton, Conor Colton, E O’Neill, P Teague (0-2), C O’Hara, R McCusker, T Sludden, N Sludden (0-4), O Sludden (0-2), C McRory, R McNabb, P Dillon (0-2), D McNulty (0-2,2F). Subs: C McCoy for O’Neill, J Law for McNabb, R McGovern for Conor Colton, T McCusker for Dillon, M McGale for R Sludden

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