Date Time Competition Season
2 October 2022 1:00 pm Leitrim Senior Football Championship 2022

Match Report

Dromahair leave it late to sink Melvin Gaels in Senior Championship playoff

A Rory Kelly goal, five minutes into added time and with the second last kick of the game, keeps Dromahair in the Senior Championship for 2023 and in the process relegates Melvin Gaels to Intermediate status.

The losers were devastated, leading by three points going into added time, it looked like they would retain senior status for next year, but two Martin Feeney frees left just a point between them. Peter McGowan pointed four minutes into the added time and that two point lead looked enough but a two point lead is dangerous and when the winners were awarded a free about thirty five metres out, Feeney had no option but to lob the ball into the Gaels goalmouth and when the ball landed eventually to Kelly, he made no mistake from close range.

The winners celebrated liked they had won the championship and who can blame them, no win in the championship but of course if you are going to win a game, this was the one.

The winners got off to the perfect start, Gary Fowley cutting in from the wing to blast the ball to the net. Caolan Clancy hit over a good point from play to open the losers account but points from Feeney (free) and James Clancy left a four point gap. Joseph McGloin and Martin Clancy exchanged points before McGloin hit the net to leave just the minimum between the teams.

Feeney extended his teams advantage to two with a free but the Gaels finished the half the better, Caolan Clancy hitting from three points from play and McGloin adding a free to leave the Gaels two up at the break. It could have been much better for them when McGloin punched the ball to the Dromahair net six minutes before the break but the goal was disallowed after consultation between the referee and umpires. Gaels carried their improved form into the second half and six minutes in, Caolan Clancy fired to the net to give his team a five point advantage.

But Dromahair did not panic and in a ten minute spell, hit over four points without reply to leave a point between the sides, two Feeney frees and two from substitutes James Clinton (45) and Diarmuid Giblin from play their marksmen, they also had a goal disallowed in that dominant period. McGloin (free) and Feeney (mark) exchanged points but with three minutes of normal time remaining the winners were dealt a blow when James Morrison received a second yellow card from referee Enda Egan.

Matthew Cleary and Caolan Clancy added points for the losers to leave a three point gap going into added time. As mentioned earlier, two Feeney frees and a point from substitute Peter McGowan left that two point difference, Caolan Clancy received a black card in the added time but it still advantage the Gaels until that last gasp Kelly goal. In fairness to Dromahair, they battled away when the found themselves five points down early in the second half and three points down going into added time and in the end got that vital goal to save their season, the Gaels will be very disappointed, they seemed to have the game wrapped up but once the late goal went in, they had no time to level matters with the final whistle going from the resultant kick out.


1John McGoldrick Goalkeeper
2Jamie McLoughlin Defender
3Rory Kelly Defender 60+6'
4Leon Harte Defender
5Declan Fowley 18 Defender 49'
6Martin Clancy Defender 16'
7Michael Clancy Defender
8James Morrison Midfielder
9Adrian Fowley Midfielder
10Keelan McLoughlin Defender
11Martin Feeney Forward 9', 20', 37', 45', 53', 59', 60+3'
12Jamie Conlon 21 Defender
13Gary Fowley Forward 2'
14Darragh McMorrow 15 Forward
26James Clancy Midfielder 11'
15James Clinton 14 Forward 40'
21Diarmuid Giblin 12 Forward 47'
18Cian Forde 5 Forward

Melvin Gaels

1Michael Neil Gallagher Goalkeeper
2Eoghan Gallagher Defender
3Cathal McSharry Defender 10'
4Adam Dolan Defender
5Philip McGowan Forward
6Shane McGloin Defender 19'
7Colm McGowan Defender 19'
8Conor Sheridan Midfielder
9Michael Ferguson Defender
10JJ Lipsett Defender
11Declan Roper 17 Forward
12Mathew Cleary Forward 57'
13Rhys Brennan Defender
14Caolan Clancy Forward 35'
4', 20', 26', 28'
15Joseph McGloin Forward 17'
14', 30', 52'
17Declan Clancy 11 Forward 42'
Gero Gilmartin 5
Peter McGowan 13 Forward 60+4'

Past Meetings

(Round 4)
3-12 1-12
Leitrim Senior Football Championship


Shane McGettigan Park
Drumshanbo, Leitrim, Ireland

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