Lámhs fightback to see off 14-man Gorts

All-County Reserve Football Championship Group 1 

Lámh Dhearg 3-07 – 1-07 Gort na Mona 

By Kevin Herron 

Despite playing over three quarters of the game with 14-men, Gort na Mona held the advantage for the majority – though couldn’t see the job through and fell to a 3-07 – 1-07 defeat against Lámh Dhearg at Hannahstown on Friday evening. 

The Turf Lodge outfit controlled the early running’s with Niall Melaney swinging over an early point, he converted a free shortly after and a fisted Tim Scannell point moved their side 0-03 to the good. 

Niall Melaney was influential for the Gorts early-on

But the visitors were reduced to 14-men as Gavin McKenna received his marching orders after almost a quarter of an hour. 

Niall Melaney extended the lead however with a terrifically crafted point to make it three for the opening half. 

Lámh Dhearg had plenty of possession in the opening thirty minutes but failed to turn the possession into scores- eventually getting off the mark through Daniel Murray point before the break- though they trailed 0-04-0-01.

Francis Dugan shot over an early second half point to half the deficit and the hosts edged in front for the first time early in the second period. 

It was a wonderful goal that was patiently worked and then executed by Ryan Diamond with the hosts keeping the ball and working gaps before Diamond gained possession, a couple of quick passes saw Diamond advance and pull the trigger to give the hosts a 1-02-0-05 lead. 

It was one that was short-lived however as Gort na Mona immediately hit back with a goal of their own at the other end through Tim Scannell who shot into an empty net after some lax defending. 

Tim Scannell instantly responded for Gort

Daniel Murray restored parity and a Francis Dugan gave his side the lead for the second time in proceedings. 

Further scores from Cormac Hannan and Carl Maxwell opened up a gap, but Niall Melaney converted a free and Ciaran Donnelly swung one over to make it one-point game approaching the second half water-break. 

Gort na Mona almost reclaimed the lead through Tim Scannell who rounded Daniel Hartley but his effort crashed off the bar. 

It was a chance he would rue as a long ball forward released Francis Dugan who swept the ball home. 

It was game over with five minutes to play when a mistake from a side-line ball resulted in the Lámhs advancing forward at pace and Shane McKenna found the net to give his side a 3-07-1-07 win. 

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