Hamilton the hero as Dromina regain North title

Dromina 1-15, Ballygiblin 0-14

Operating as centre-forward, six foot three Hamilton made a handsome contribution of a goal and three points as Dromina held off the spirited challenge of Ballygiblin who were appearing in the final for the first time.

While Hamilton was the key player for the winners, Dromina’s defence can also take their share of the credit in particular team captain Donal O’Shaughnessy, Liam Hayes, John Delee, and James O’Shaughnessy.

Ballygiblin contributed handsomely to a tremendously exciting contest that was level six times.

However, they were far too reliant on Dave Moher for scores although county minor Michael Allen did contribute three points.

There was little to choose between two evenly matched sides in the opening half as they swapped points regularly.

Hamilton was a constant threat but his marker Diarmuid Lynch succeeded in holding the big centre forward scoreless in the opening half.

Dave Moher’s excellent free taking had his side 0-10 to 0-9 in front at the break but this game took a dramatic turn in Dromina’s favour five minutes into the second half when James Hamilton got through for the game’s only goal.

More importantly it rocked Ballygiblin completely and with Martin Finn and Hamilton doing a lot of excellent work in attack Dromina led 1-13 to 0-11 at the end of the third quarter.

It might have been more but for a great save by goalkeeper Joe Caplice who denied Martin Finn from 20 metres. Ballygiblin were badly in need of a goal if they were to have any chance of winning their first divisional title but they wasted a couple of good chances including one from a 20 metre free by Michael Allen.

Ballygiblin threw everything at Dromina in the last quarter but a resolute defence in which James O’Shaughnessy at centre back was particularly impressive, held firm.

There was one late scare for Dromina when Kevin Duggan got inside the backs but he shot across the face of the goal and wide.

It was very much a learning process for a youthful Ballygiblin side who had outstanding players in Declan Power, Tom Daly, Joe O’Brien and Michael Allen who earlier this year won a Harty Cup medal with St Colman’s.

Scorers, Dromina: T Hamilton 1-3, M Finn 0-4, D Morrissey 0-3, K Hayes, P Gould, J Finn, P Hayes, R Crowley 0-1 each.

Ballygiblin: D Moher 0-8, M Allen 0-3, K Duggan, M Feeney, A O’Brien 0-1 each.

DROMINA: M Shanahan, D O’Shaughnessy, L Hayes, M Naughton, J Delee, J O’Shaughnessy, G Hayes, D Morrissey, A O’Shaughnessy, P Hayes, J Hamilton, J Finn, K Hayes, M Finn, P Gould. Subs. B Bowles for K Hayes, G Buckley for Bowles, R Crowley for Gould.

BALLYGIBLIN: J Caplice, K O’Farrell, D Power, J O’Brien, T Daly, D Lynch, C O’Mahony, A O’Brien, T Tierney, D Moher, K Duggan, M Feeney, A Walsh, M Allen, S Duggan. Subs. K McGrath for Walsh, S Fox for Feeney, D Holohan for McGrath.

Referee: M O’Halloran (Churchtown).

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