I’m a very happy Bundoran man after yesterday’s Intermediate Championship final for Bundoran over Naomh Colmcille. I know I’m a little biased but it was an outstanding performance from Bundoran. The first 20 minutes of football they played was the best I have ever witnessed from any Bundoran team.
It was simply brilliant and there is no other way to describe it. I knew these bunch of lads were capable of playing like that but I never saw them do it before to the level they did yesterday.
I was aware that they had put a lot of work into the championship and Brian Gavigan and his management team left no stone unturned in their preparations. They trained a number of nights in Longford and Cavam to accommodate the boys that are working in Dublin.
But the game came together for them. They are a big strong side and they are capable of playing good football and thankfully it came together for them on the day.
We had a number of very good individual performances. Jamie Brennan was very good; unfortunately he tweaked the hamstring but I thought our half-back line of Shane McGowan, Paul Brennan and Johnny Boyle had very good games.
Ciaran McCaughey and Peter McGonagle were very strong in the middle of the field and Gary Clancy was exceptional at centre half-forward and Tommy Hourihane kicked some very good points and hit the penalty well. There are riches in abundance right through the team. James Keaney was in control at the back and in reality Bundoran had too much for Naomh Colmcille,
But we have to realise, too, that Bundoran are at the top of Division Two and Naomh Colmcille are at the bottom of Division Three and the disparity was shown there today.
They are facing into Ulster next Sunday against the Armagh champions and it is unfortunate that they have such a short turnaround and it is unfortunate, too, that Jamie Brennan tweaked his hamstring and has to be doubtful for next Sunday.
But we have a good bench. Alan Russell replaced Jamie and did well. He is only back from injury after being out for the last five to six weeks. We don’t know anything about Clan Eireann from Armagh, but no doubt the lads will pick some information up on them during the week.
We would like to do well in Ulster as I’m sure Naomh Conaill and Naomh Ultan would too.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.