At one point, it looked like Gaeil Colmcille was going to win this SFC encounter at Pairc Tailteann at the proverbial gallop.
In the dying seconds of this engaging contest, they were lucky not to concede – and the game – with Gaeil Colmcille keeper Barry Farrelly making a vital save to keep Jamie Browne out of Donaghmore/Ashbourne.
In the end, Gaeil Colmcille held on to win 0-16 to 2-7 and achieve the desired start to the campaign.
Luke Dempsey’s Gaeil Colmcille led 0-11 to 1-4 at the break after producing swashbuckling football in those opening 30 minutes with Andrew Tormey finding the net for the Boys in Green.
In the 47th minute Gaeil Colmcille led 0-15 to 1-4 and looked home and watered but they were lost in the closing stages as Donaghmore/Ashbourne came back with the help of a Kevin Fenton goal.
Brian Hanlon had a top-notch outing for Gaeil Colmcille scoring eight points, including some booming efforts from the game and some set balls.
Seamus Mattiemoe, Barry Tormey, Johnny Quigley, Oisin Reilly and Martin Barrett were others to point for the winners
Donaghmore/Ashbourne did well to bounce back from a slow start but failed to catch their opponents.
Gael Colmcille – Brian Hanlon 0-8 two franks, three ’45’; Seamus Mattimoe 0-3 two free; Martin Barrett 0-2 one free; Oisin Reilly, Jonny Quigley 0-1; Barry Tormay 0-1.
Donaghmore/Ashbourne – Andrew Tormey 1-1 free; Kevin Fenton 1-1; Darragh McGovern 0-1 free; Sean Curran 0-1; Bryan Menton 0-1; Dylan Brady 0-1; Stephan Cardboard 0-1.
SEE MORE DETAILS, ANALYSIS AND PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE GAME IN THE NEXT ISSUE OF THE MEATH CHRONICLE