The hosts had made the perfect start when Shane Kelly rattled the Goonies¢¬¢ net inside the first five minutes, before a spirited Drumgoon outfit fought back to take the lead with four unanswered points.
However, a Darragh Seagrave free and a fine effort from Kelly made sure that Drumlane would have a 1-3 to 0-5 to work with after the interval.
In the second-half, the teams were evenly matches but it was poor passing on too many occasions that let the men green and white down. A well-converted penalty early on in the restart put the visitors in the driving-seat, but Drumlane recovered well through points from John Fitzpatrick and effective substitute Gary Tubman.
With the game right in the melting-pot, Ollie Fay¢¬¢s men looked to have it won when full-forward Padraig Leddy pounced on a save from the Drumgoon ¢¬Ëkeeper off Tubman and buried the ball to the net from close range and send his team two points clear.
However, Drumgoon crafted one last chance and took it brilliantly with an unstoppable shot flying in off the bottom of the crossbar past Brendan McKiernan late on to secure them the points.
After the postponement of last weekend¢¬¢s opening fixture, Drumlane seniors finally get their ACFL campaign underway next Sunday, April 18, against Cavan Gaels at Terry Coyle Park, where throw-in is at 12 noon.
Senior training resumes this Tuesday night at Staghall (7.00pm) and again on Friday night at 8.30pm.