INTERMEDIATE LEAGUE TITLE FOR INNISKEEN

21 January 2011 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The oft postponed and long-awaited final of the 2010 Streamline Coaches sponsored Intermediate Football League saw Inniskeen clinch promotion to senior ranks for this year when they had two points to spare over Doohamlet at the end of a tough, physical battle in Drumhowan on Sunday last.
A somewhat fortuitous goal with six minutes of normal time remaining, when Gavin Dooley seemed to get the final touch in a goalmouth scramble, was the score that set Inniskeen on their way to victory but they had to hold out as Doohamlet mounted a late rally to try and clinch the intermediate double.
Fergal Duffy and Gavin Dooley by and large controlled midfield in the first half but Inniskeen’s wasteful finishing saw them unable to put any real daylight between themselves and the intermediate champions.
After playing second fiddle from most of the first half though Doohamlet hit a real purple patch in the final four minutes to register 1-3 without reply to come from being three in arrears to going in three in front at the break.

Within three minutes of the resumption Inniskeen had the margin down to the minimum but Doohamlet were always able to respond and looked to have that little bit extra in reserve as they kept their noses in front until that Inniskeen goal and thereafter they were fire fighting.
Colin Walshe anchored the Doohamlet defence at centre back and they gave Inniskeen little space or time on the ball while up front Shane McManus, Ted Duffy and Mark Murphy along with Greg Duffy put in a great effort. Seamus Loftus at centre back was soundness personified for Inniskeen and he got good support from his flankers Anthony Keenan and Trevor Hilliard.
Fergal Duffy played a captain’s part in midfield while in attack Ronan Meegan, Paul Meegan and Michael Lennon did most of the damage, Ronan Meegan winning some excellent ball to set up chances or earn frees and with the accuracy of Michael Lennon who finished with three points from frees and Paul Meegan who converted four frees they punished Doohamlet repeatedly.
Full report in The Northern Standard

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