Drumlane made their way into the last four of the intermediate football championship on Sunday evening with the narrowest of wins over rivals Killeshandra at Kingspan Breffni Park.
In another close battle between these two sides, it was Drumlane’s brilliant final quarter display which proved the difference here as they rattled off three points without reply to come from behind and storm into a lead which they held until the long whistle.
It took ten minutes for the first score to arrive and when it did it was certainly worth the wait for the Leaguers as they blasted in the game’s only goal from close range. Drumlane recovered well and struck over three unanswered points through Barry Corrigan and Barry Cunningham, but it was the town side which went in at the break with a 1-2 to 0-4 lead after two Shane Murphy frees.
Killeshandra added two more white flags to their tally just minutes into the resumption, before Drumlane upped the ante and through the scores of Dane O’Dowd, who along with brother John was excellent, Corrigan and JP Kelly they drew level.
Limited up front, Killeshandra had no response and Ollie Fay’s men grafted in the closing stages to earn a free which Corrigan coolly stroked and last-gasp interceptions from Stephen McCann and John O’Dowd towards the very end denied the Leaguers any way back.
The win is another which sums up the entire squad’s attitude and heart all season long, but the lads know now that they must re-focus with a crucial semi-final against Bailieborough just around the corner this Friday night at Kingspan Breffni Park (throw-in 8.00pm).