Blanket defence anyone? Well, if it’s good enough for Tyrone

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A ruthless second-half display by Kingscourt dismantled a luckless and depleted Drumlane in O’Raghaillaigh Park last Saturday evening in this Division Two clash.  A barrage of goals from Colm Smith and Sean Og Gargan inflicted a heavy defeat on the visitors who could just not catch a break all day.


While Kingscourt were undoubtedly superior to their opposition, they benefited from every break going and had the luxury of calling on a supremely strong bench, whereas Drumlane’s options were as plentiful as Fianna Fail councillor out canvassing.


Despite the second half barrage, the first half was quite tight with both sides struggling to make an impact despite the perfect conditions.  Reckless abandon seemed to be the theme as each side squandered possession time after time and despite rare points from Mark McKeown & Philly Tinnelly, the only bright spot of the half was the strong sun as the sides went in with Kingscourt leading 0-3 to 0-0.


Drumlane started the second half strongly and burst through the Kingscourt defence and K. Maguire was dreadfully unlucky when his superb effort smacked the post instead of the net.  Kingscourt responded with a couple of quick scores before Drumlane again hit the post.  At that stage, the visitors may again have felt this may not be their day, and when Gargan & Smith quickly found the net, it began to look bleak from the Milltown side.


To their credit though they battled on, despite having little options due to them missing over half of their first team.  On the contrary, Kingscourt were able to bring on the likes of Philly Smith, Gavin Sheenan and Darragh Gunne into proceedings.  This just illustrated the gulf in resources on the day.


Two majestic solo scores from Anthony Corcoran & Tinnelly further increased the Stars’ lead and when Sean Og Gargan pounced on a superb crossfield ball from McKeown he exquisitely rounded the keeper and finished to the net.


Drumlane continued to battle and forced Cathal McCabe into a goal line clearance but the visitors could just not catch a break.  Further scores from Tinnelly, Smith & McKeown rounded off matters for a resounding victory.


For Kingscourt, Paddy Farrelly, Daire McMahon & Alan Clarke were ruthless in defence quashing out any Drumlane attacks that came their way.  While up front, Philly Tinnelly & Mark McKeown put over some delightful scores, and 2-1 from play from Sean Og Gargan wasn’t a bad tally for 30mins football.  For Drumlane, well it was hard to pick out too many positives, save for the fact that their heads never dropped despite their under-strength team never catching a break.  I can only suggest that all ladders and black cats in the Milltown area be immediately banished.




C McCabe, P Farrelly, D McMahon, S Gray, JP Reilly, A Clarke, K McCabe, N McCabe, C Smith (1-1) (G Sheenan), P Tinnelly (0-2), J McMahon, B Tully (S og Gargan (2-1)), A Corcoran (0-1) (D Gunne (0-1f), R McCormack (0-1f) (P Smith), M McKeown (0-4, 0-1f) (M Malone)








D Kelly, JP Kelly, J O’Dowd, A Greene, F Brady, P Kelly, J Deighnan, J Fitzpatrick, D Murphy, B Corrigan, G Corrigan, S McCann (Eamonn Fitzpatrick), K Maguire, S Kelly, K O’Reilly (Enda Firzpatrick)


Referee:  Ray Tynan (Virginia)