Stewartstown found themselves in a bit of bother in their LCC Junior championship clash with Drumquin Wolfe Tones on Saturday afternoon at Augher. Played in windy conditions but on a first class playing surface the match was exciting and competitive but punctuated with lots of spilled ball and unnecessary turnovers.
The Tones came from six behind in the second half to move two points clear with the game in added time but Stewartstown dug deep and took the game to extra time courtesy of points from Macauley Quinn and Gareth Devlin. Unfortunately for Drumquin they could not raise their game sufficiently in extra time and the Harps held on to win 1-19 to 2-14.
Most people expected this to be one way traffic but Drumquin turned the form book on its head and produced a display full of character and resilience. Stewartstown showed several changes from their listed side with Gareth Devlin coming in to the starting fifteen.
Shea Burke opened the scoring for the Harps who added points from Gareth Devlin (3) Cathal Devlin and Gerard O’Neill (2) but Drumquin clung on with scores from Sean Mc Donagh, Paul Sheridan, Oisin Gormley and Mattie Mc Dermott.
Half time score: Harps 0-7, Drumquin 0-5.
Oisin Gormley scored the first point of the second half to leave one in it but 1-1 from Shea O’Neill and a further point from Gareth Devlin put Stewartstown six clear. It looked like the Harps had made a significant move in the game.
Drumquin dug deep and points from Oisin Gormley and Sean Mc Donagh had the gap down to three points but with eight minutes remaining Gareth Devlin scored his team’s tenth point. The Tones refused to yield and Mc Donagh pointed once again to give them belief.
Drumquin had gone close to hitting the net a couple of times but they finally got the goal they needed when Sean Mc Donagh picked up a break ball from Benny Gormley and fired to the net. With the game tied and entering added time Drumquin hit the next two points from Oisin Gormley and Ryan Mc Callion to move two clear with three minutes remaining.
The Harps refused to panic and Macauley Quinn landed a point before Gareth Devlin took the game to extra time when he hit a forty five yard free with time almost up.
Extra time saw Stewartstown race into a five point lead as Drumquin tired with points from Tiernan Rush, Gerard O”Neill, Stephen Talbot, Shea Burke and Gareth Devlin. Drumquin did reduce the deficit following a goal from Pauric Rodgers and a point from Sean Mc Donagh but Stewartstown sealed the win with late points from Gareth Devlin and Shea O’Neill.
Full time score: Stewartstown Harps 1-19, Drumquin Wolfe Tones 2-14