Brilliant opening round Championship win for Loughmacrory
Loughmacrory St. Teresa’s produced a terrific display of character and tenacity to carve out a one point victory against a fancied Kildress in the opening round of the 2015 Intermediate football championship on Saturday evening.
It was a contest that was always expected to be a tough call and with a near gale force wind to contend with, Loughmacrory went in at the break with a 0-3 to 0-2 advantage, having played with the wind at their backs. That first half had seen two brilliant long range scores from captain, Mark McCullagh and a fine long range score from Pauric Meenagh, while both sides were also reduced to fourteen men.
On the resumption Kildress got off to a whirlwind start and delivered four unanswered points before a fantastic 12 man move the full length of the field with great work from Cathal Donaghy and Nathan Kelly ended with a weaving run and shot at goal from Declan Grimes. That levelled the match and then a super curling point again from captain, McCullagh, put Loughmacrory back in front. In that same period there were a couple of superb saves from Ryan Keenan as well as decisive blocks at crucial stages by Aaron Kelly and Shane Dobbs.
The St. Teresa’s dictated much of the play from that stage but Kildress went on to level with three minutes to go before a thumping injury time winner from a 35 metre free into a severe win from McCullagh proved enough to send Loughmacrory into the quarter finals.
That sets up a last eight test against Urney, who had defeated Eskra in their opening round tie.
You can check out a full match report at www.loughmacrorygfc.net