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Gilfillan strikes late to earn Mountjoy promotion

Drumquin 0  Mountjoy 1

MOUNTJOY United were crowned Fermanagh and Western League Division Two champions after a late, late show earned the Lisnagirr Road men a hard fought victory at Drumquin on Saturday.

The league leaders dominated the game but it wasn’t until striker Andrew Gilfillan (pictured)  swooped with a last-gasp goal that Mountjoy were assured of the victory which ultimately clinched the coveted Enda Love Memorial Cup with still two games to play.

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Mountfield’s shock 3-1 win over title contenders Lisnsakea Rovers meant David Gilfillan’s unbeaten team couldn’t be caught in the race for league glory.

After hearing Mountfield had did his team a huge favour Gilfillan said, “Credit to all the players who never gave up today. While it was scrappy we still got the win we set out for, and in the end it was the win that got us the title.

“The title was what we have worked towards all season so to achieve it with two games to spare and still undefeated is quite an achievement.”

Two title wins in three seasons means the Lisnagirr Road men are well and truly back in the Fermanagh and Western big time and, on the evidence of their latest success, they looked well placed to hold their own in the top flight. Mind you the visitors had to work hard for Saturday’s victory against a side battling for survival.

Clear-cut openings were at a premium in the first half with Mountjoy defender Richard Marshall having an early effort well saved while at the opposite end visiting netminder John Long did well to keep out an attempt by Stephen Gormley.

On the stroke of half-time both Stuart Graham and John Edgar went close to giving the table-toppers the lead and, it was more of the same at the beginning of the new half, as Graham somehow missed a header three yards out before Gregory Dickson was narrowly off target.

The pressure though was mounting and with 20 minutes remaining Gilfillan had a shot hoofed off the line following a Lee Frazer corner. Edgar then rattled the Drumquin crossbar from close range before Drumquin almost stole the lead on the counter attack with 10 minutes remaining.
Shane Cassidy skipped away on the right but Long rode to the visitors’ rescue with a fine save.

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That apart, it was visitors who looked the more likely and in the dying embers Edgar, Frazer, Gilfillan and Graham all had opportunities to plunder a winner before Gilfillan swooped right at the death.

With time almost up a long throw-in by David Long was flicked on and Gilfillan proved to be the man in the right place at the right time to poke home a last-gasp winner.

That late, late goal brought delight for the visitors and heartbreak and frustration for the hosts whose cause wasn’t help by the fact that Stephen Gormley and Jamise Winters both got their marching orders for their part in skirmishes following the goal. That won’t help Drumquin’s plight who now face a real battle for survival following that surprise victory by fellow strugglers Mountfield.

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