The Miracle of Drumoghill for “Partners” Under 13’s. 11.05.2019

The Miracle of Drumoghill for “Partners” Under 13’s.
In a week of “Miracle Comebacks” the Monaghan United / Cavan FP’s under 13’s SSE Airtricity side staged one of their own against a good Finn Harps FC side in Drumoghill, Co. Donegal. The young “Partners” travelled up to face their Donegal opponents on Sunday afternoon on the back of 2 defeats to the Mayo SL and were looking to get back to winning ways. However it was the hosts who set the early pace and opened the scoring in the 6th minute after good approach down the Finn Harps left wing by Tiernan McGinty saw his cross reach Shaun Bradley inside the “Partners” area and he coolly slotted the ball beyond Thomas Brady’s reach. The Cavan / Monaghan lads had hardly time to regroup when they found themselves further behind 7 minutes later when McGinty again broke free down the left again despite Daniel Kelly’s attempt to block him and his near-post deliver was divert home by Shaun Patton. The young “Partners” midfield trio of Conor Burns, Jamie McCaughey and Thomas Doherty had struggled to contain the movement of their opponents up until this point but they now began to gain a foothold in the game and this allowed their forward line to cause Finn Harps some problems. Eanna Owen Carolan and Matthew Finn combined in the 30th minute and forced the hosts defence to concede a corner that was delivered deep into the area by Caolain Clerkin but evaded everybody and all of a sudden the Finn Harps forwards were counter-attacking. After a series of good passes the ball fell to Aaron McLaughlin with only Brady to beat and he found the bottom corner of the net to increase Finn Harps lead. All looked lost at this point for the visitors but the introduction of Luke Allison for McCaughey and Matthew Carolan for Doherty added a new energy to the “Partners” team. Ben Smith replaced Daniel Kelly just before the interval also.
Half-time: Finn Harps FC 3 MUCFP 0.
The second half got under way and again it was the home side who looked the more likely to add to the scoring in the early exchanges. In the 48th minute the “Partners” inspirational Captain Luke Povall won possession in midfield and drove forward at the Finn Harps defence and saw him unleash a rasping drive from 10 yards outside of the Harps area that just cleared Shane Adair’s crossbar. This piece of individual skill seemed to encourage the visitors that they could possibly still get something out of the encounter and 3 minutes later they came even closer after tremendous work by E.O. Carolan on the right wing resulted in Allison picking out Clerkin on the edge of the area in a central position but unfortunately his effort was too high again. Ben Tully, Adam Mullins and Jack Coombes-Morris came in for Carolan, Clerkin and Burns at different stages shortly after that. The addition of Tully in the central midfield role gave the “Partners” a new edge going forward and it was from his run and rising shot from 25 yards that they opened their account in the 56th minute. It was the visitors who now looked the more threatening while Povall, Sean Og Teevan, Sean O’Connell and Smith still had to be very careful of the constant threat of Finn Harps on the counter. The pressure began to mount on the Harps defence and this led to a series of corners being conceded. From a terrific near post-delivery from Combes-Morris in the 64th minute, Finn rose highest to head the ball home. The inform striker added his second and the equalising goal 4 minutes later great work by Mullins down the right wing created the opportunity for him to shoot low into Adair’s net. Finn Harps responded well to this and came looking to restore their lead but Brady’s handling, positioning and distribution was exceptional and the young “Partners” weren’t in the mood to give anything more away. Jamie McCaughey came back in for Finn with 8 minutes remaining and had a big part to play in the winning goal. His forceful run towards the Harps area resulted in the concession of another corner. Again the delivery was perfect from Coombes-Morris and as the ball reached the back post O’Connell connected sweetly to power the ball home to scenes of jubilation from his team-mates. The “Partners” comfortably saw out the remaining time to gain 3 valuable points.
Full-Time: Finn Harps FC 3   MUCFP  4.

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