A late goal from Colin McNicholas gave Naomh Ultan another chance as they came from six points down in extra-time to force a replay, writes Peter Campbell
Red Hugh’s 1-16
Naomh Ultan 1-16
In a dramatic game which saw the field cleared after six minutes to allow an Air Corps helicopter land to airlift a patient to hospital, also ended with drama at the end of normal time and extra-time.
On the restart after the airlift, Red Hugh’s forged ahead 0-5 to 0-2, with Damien Browne immaculate, but late in the half points from Aaron Byrne and a Cian Kennedy free left just a point in it at the break, 0-5 to 0-4.
Seven times in the second half, the sides were with Naomh Ultan forging a point ahead on three occasions before Dermot Gallier seemed to have given them the game with a point two minutes into added time.
But Red Hugh’s got a lifeline with a free on the 45m line but on the sideline. Browne was equal to the ask with a magnificent kick to take the tie to extra-time.
When Red Hugh’s hit fivepoints in as many minutes in the first period of extra-time it seemed this game was over with a Peter Alvey point all Naomh Ultan could muster in reply.
Three minutes into the second period it looked even worse for the Dunkineely side as Calvin Bradley tore through the defence and offloaded to Eugene Browne. He went for a point but his effort was bravely blocked by Damien Quigley, but the deflection saw it curl over ‘keeper Daniel McGlynn and a 1-16 to 0-13 lead.
It should have been game set and match, but Naomh Ultan kept plugging away and points from Peter Alvey, Cian Kennedy and the unfortunate Quigley got them back within three, and then Red Hugh’s, playing the possession game, gave the ball away on their own 45 and Naomh Ultan broke for Colin McNicholas to sidefoot home from close range and give his side a replay.
It was a frantic last 20 minutes with Gerard Melaugh black carded and his replacement Denham Rowan pointing with his first kick and then Colm Melaugh being shown red, but overall this game will be remembered for the point taking of Damien Browne, which was just majestic. Naomh Ultan had Alan Lyons black carded towards the end of the first period extra time.
Red Hugh’s: L Kelly; A McConnell (0-1), T McMenamin, D McCreary; G Kelly, S McMenamin, P McMenamin; P McGlinchey, E Browne (1-0); C Melaugh, G Melaugh (0-1), C Bradley (0-2); P J Gallagher, D Browne (0-10,8f), P Byrne (0-1). Subs., D Rowan (0-1) for G Melaugh bc; C Doherty for McCreary; R Gallen for E Browne; C Gallen for Byrne
Naomh Ultan: D McGlynn; C Shovlin, J Cassidy, P Gallier; J Alvey, A Kyles, D Gallagher; D Murrin (0-1), D Shovlin (0-1); P White, A Duddy, C Kennedy (0-3,2f); D Gallier (0-2,1f), A Lyons (0-3,45), P Alvey (0-4,3f). Subs., A Byrne (0-1) for White; M McGlynn for Cassidy; D Quigley (0-1) for Gallagher; C McNicholas (1-0) for D Murrin; D Murrin for Lyons (bc), J Cassidy for C Shovlin.
Referee: R Walsh (Bundoran)