It was the biggest ever score in an Intermediate county final (4-17) and the winning margin of 25 points also set a new record.
It just couldn’t have been better for Bundoran on Sunday last as they produced their finest performance on the big day against a shellshocked Naomh Colmcille.
The Newtowncunningham were warming up former Armagh star, Barry O’Hagan, midway through the first half. O’Hagan, who hadn’t kicked a ball all year, was a desperate measure but then Jamie Brennan struck for a second Bundoran goal and a 2-6 to 0-1 lead with 17 minutes gone. O’Hagan warmed down as even desperate measures were no longer required - a miracle was needed.
It was just scintillating stuff from the Seasiders who were able to coast home and set scoring records in the process. If you dismiss the record scores in the Junior B by Kilcar and St. Eunan’s in 1999 and 2000, Bundoran were the holders of the biggest score in an A final. They beat Inch by 6-6 to 1-2 to win the 1966 Junior title (a 19 point winning margin), while before that Corlea’s 5-5 to 0-2 win over Downings in 1947 was the highest winning margin (18).
The score was one point better than Glenswilly’s 3-19 total against Killybegs in the 2013 senior county final.
I got a text immediately after the game - ‘did Christy score’ read the text. I replied that he hadn’t but that he had played very well.
The texter was happy as he was armed with some ammunition for the tea break in Abbotts when Christy Keaney returned to work on Tuesday - Bundoran had scored 4-17 but Christy was held scoreless. They wouldn’t give him a break, even though he led the line during Bundoran’s great period and then had to retire with a leg injury.
Still that wouldn’t matter. They had something to have the banter with him.
That is one of the great things about the GAA. Your workmates from other clubs will get you back to earth very quickly.
Bundoran were favourites from once the draw was made. They had performed well in the group of death in the Senior Championship in 2013 and 2014 - along with Glenswilly, St. Michael’s and Kilcar.
They wanted to get back to that level and on Sunday’s performance they know they can compete at the top level again. Confidence is not something they lack; discipline was probably the missing ingredient, but they seem to be much more focussed now.
If they can get past Clann Eireann (most likely without Jamie Brennan), they could do very well in Ulster (and Brennan would be back for the latter stages).
They have a number of players who will probably get county trials. Shane McGowan has been there before; Gary Clancy, if he puts his mind to it, would not be far away and Jamie Brennan will be knocking on the door.
It was a good day for the Seasiders.
- Peter Campbell, Sports Editor