Easy win for Glenfin over Downings in All-County Football League Division Two

Alan Foley at Páirc

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Alan Foley at Páirc

Easy win for Glenfin over Downings in All-County Football League Division Two
Glenfin eased their way to a comfortable win over Downings at Páirc Taobhoige in the All-County Football League Division Two on Saturday.

Glenfin eased their way to a comfortable win over Downings at Páirc Taobhoige in the All-County Football League Division Two on Saturday.

Glenfin 1-13

Downings 0-6

Liam Ward’s team were essentially in control for the entire hour and if anything might’ve won even more comfortably.

Over the course of the contest, they kicked no fewer than 14 wides and also were culpable of over-playing on occasion.

However, with the season still in its nappies so to speak, Glenfin can still be reasonably satisfied to add the win to the draw they picked up in their opening encounter against Dungloe.

On Saturday, Downings, a side that has been hit hard by a number of recent transfers to London, never really got into the match.

Perhaps they knew it was going to be one of those evenings when full-back Gerard Coyle went down with a hamstring injury in the opening seconds and had to be replaced.

Glenfin had six points on the board and many more opportunities aside before their visitors got the chance to claim a score of their own.

Stephen and Daniel McGlynn both pointed from the hosts’ half-back line as Ciaran Moy and Gerard Ward both contributed an early brace.

Sean McBride joined the Downings attack from centre-field and his long range point got his team on the scoreboard on 24 minutes

That, though, was only a prelude to the only goal of the game as Glenfin stamped down their authority.

Gerard Ward took on all comers as he darted into the Downings square and although he lost control of the ball for an instant, it was cleverly chipped back to his chest by Stephen Ward.

Now with the whites of Downings goalkeeper Brendan McGee in his line of vision, Gerard Ward slid home the opening goal.

Twenty-six minutes had been played and without so much as gusp of wind in their faces, Downings were past the point of rescue as they trailed 1-6 to 0-1.

Moy added to Glenfin’s advantage with a point thre minutes before the break before a couple of Downings scores - one apiece from John McGroddy and Shane Buchanan - meant the half-time score was Glenfin 1-7 Downings 0-3.

The home team began the second half on the front foot but their chances of adding to their lead was temporarily scuppered by four successive wides.

But with their dominance of centre-field the chances just kept coming.

Downings’ Colin Gallagher did open the scoring for the second period before Glenfin found their range again with Michael McGlynn and Moy on the mark.

Buchanan freed at the other end prior to Glenfin landing four more points to make the score 1-13 to 0-5.

This time it was Gary Dorrian, Moy with a free, Gerard Ward and Jason Marley.

And although it was Gallagher who concluded the evening’s scoring with a late effort for Downings, it was an uncomplicated win all in all for Glenfin on home turf.

Glenfin: A Walsh; G Martin, M McGinty Snr, D Herron; S McGlynn (0-1), D McGlynn (0-1), G Dorrian (0-1); M McGlynn (0-1), S Ward; C Ward, C Foy, P Costello (0-1); C Moy (0-5, 2f), G Ward (1-3, 1f), J Marley. Subs: M Martin for S Ward (42), John Harkin for Dorrian (46), L Keane for Foy (48), M O’Donnell for S McGlynn.

Downings: B McGee; S Gallagher, G Coyle, B McNutt; B McBride, D McBride, M Bradley; S McBride (0-1), D Hay; JL McBride, J McGroddy (0-1), D McFadden; C Gallagher(0-2, 1f), S McClafferty, S Buchanan (0-2, 2f). Subs: S Toye for Coyle (3), S Boyle for McFadden (47), J McClafferty for Bradley (56).

Referee: T Gallagher (Red Hugh’s)