FL Div 1: First defeat for holders
01 May 2017
Paul Gilligan - Donaghmore Ashbourne
Dunshaughlin 1-9 Donaghmore/Ashbourne 0-11
Donaghmore/Ashbourne's Senior footballers suffered their first defeat of the season when going under by the minimum in an entertaining A League game at Dunshaughlin on Sunday.
The home side made the most of the strong breeze to lead at half time by 1-5 to three points with Darragh McGovern, Conor Carton and Paul Gilligan accounting for Don/Ash's scores.
Dunshaughlin opted for a defensive approach in the second half and it took ten minutes of play before a score was registered - Paul Gilligan on target with a free. Soon afterwards the visitors hit a purple patch with another Gilligan free, two points from Conor Carton and another from substitute Leo Reilly to draw the sides level before Dylan Brady put Don/Ash ahead with ten minutes remaining.
Dunshaughlin got their first score of the second half in the fifty third minute to level again and moved ahead with another point a few moments later. Leo Reilly levelled the game again only for the home side to go back in front as the game moved into injury time. John Brodrick appeared to keep the league leader's unbeaten run intact when he drew the sides level again in the sixty second minute but Dunshaughlin conjured up another score to win the game.
Donaghmore Ashbourn: Jack Hannigan, J.P. Casserly, Cormac McGill, Jack McCarney, Conor Carton 0 - 3, Shane Melia, Paul Gilligan 0 - 3, Conor Carey, Kevin Lannigan, Ciaran Ellis, David Carey, Darragh McGovern 0 - 1, Dylan Brady 0 - 1, John Brodrick 0 - 1, Jack Giles.
Leo Reilly 0 - 2 for Ciaran Ellis, Colm O'Mealoid for David Carey.