It took two fine saves from Michael Boyle in the Termon goal and a strong team performance to help their side to victory in a hard fought contest against Killybegs at the Burn Road on Saturday evening.
The showery weather made for slippy conditions but the game was a well contested affair right up to the final whistle with Killybegs enjoying good spells of possession to help keep them in touch throughout.
Kevin ‘Wappa’ McMenamin opened the scoring from play in the third minute for Termon but two minutes later Brendan McGuire levelled.
Killybegs had a goal chance, the first of the game, in the eighth minute but Pauric Gallagher’s powerful shot was too high to trouble Boyle but he put his side in front with the point. Christy Connaghan pointed a free to make it 0-2 each after ten minutes before Ricky Gallagher put the home side in front again with a swift turn and shot for a point after a Steven McElwaine pass.
Daire McDaid followed this up with a free to put Termon 0-4 to 0-2 up in the 19th minute.
Killybegs responded with a strong attack when Pauric Gallagher fed a pass to Eoghan Gallagher who set up Hugh McFadden who was bearing down on goals. His powerful shot was tipped over the bar by ‘keeper Boyle who was at full stretch to deny him.
A free for McFadden in the 26th minute after Donal McGuire was upended tied things again. Termon’s Daire McDaid pointed a free after Johnny McCafferty was brought down to make it 0-5 to 0-4 but once again McFadden’s boot keep the visitors in touch with a close range free to bring it level again and this looked to be the way it would end for the half but on the 30 minute mark, a sweeping Termon move saw McCafferty link up with Jimmy Gallagher to find Ricky Gallagher in space and he coolly slotted home a goal just as the half ended.
Caolan McDaid extended Termon’s lead with a point in the first minute of the new half but a McFadden free followed for Killybegs. He followed this up with one of the scores of the game with a very long range free to make it 1-6 to 0-7 and a further free a minute later left just two points in it and the game was now simmering up into a fine contest.
Steve McElwaine had a goal chance for Termon but failed to finish and at the other end another long free from McFadden in the 13th minute left a point between them. Kevin McMenamin provided breathing room for Termon with a point, but another McFadden free continued to see keep them in touch. Scores from McDaid, McMenamin and Daireann Gibson saw Termon do just enough in the final minutes despite Killybegs best efforts.
Termon: Michael Boyle, Fintan O’Flynn, Declan O’Donnell, Kevin McElwaine, Austin Marron, Kevin McDaid, Steven McElwaine(0-1), Jimmy Gallagher, Caolan Mellett, Daire McDaid (0-2f), Caolan McDaid (0-2, 1f), Ricky Gallagher(1-1), Christy Connaghan (0-1f), Johnny McCafferty, Kevin McMenamin (0-3). Subs: Ollie Doherty for C Connaghan 50 mins, Daireann Gibson (0-1) for J McCafferty 55 min, James McSharry for C McDaid 58 min.
Killybegs: Antoine O’Hara, Niall Carbery, Ciaran Connaghan, Dan O’Donnell, Barry Cannon, Shane Molloy, David Conwell, Val Smith, Christopher Murrin, Pauric Gallagher (0-1), Brendan McGuire (0-1), Donal McGuire, Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Hugh McFadden (0-10,9f), Paul Cunningham. Subs: Sean Gallagher for P Cunningham 55min, Kevin Martin for C Connaghan 57min.
Referee: Sean McLaughlin (Malin)