Dungloe and St. Eunan’s fail to take late chances as Reserve final ends level

Peter Campbell, Spor

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Peter Campbell, Spor

Dungloe and St. Eunan’s fail to take late chances as Reserve final ends level
Both sides had chances in a dramatic finish but Dungloe and St. Eunan’s must meet again to decide the Reserve Championship.

Both sides had chances in a dramatic finish but Dungloe and St. Eunan’s must meet again to decide the Reserve Championship.

Dungloe 2-5

St. Eunan’s 1-8

James Boyle had the chance to clinch it for Dungloe in the final play but his effort from 20m came back off the upright.

Just before that Sean Hume had kicked a great free from 40m to level matters and St. Eunan’s had an attack to win it before it was broken up and Boyle had the chance.

But in fairness a draw was probably the correct result as St. Eunan’s were the better side for much of the game.

St. Eunan’s were on the scoreboard inside three minutes with Ciaran Maloney getting a good opening point.

Ryan Greene replied three minutes later before the first goal of the contest came on 12 minutes. It was a very well taken score by Jordan McBride after good initial work by Aidan Friell. When he got the chance McBride hit a rocket to the roof of the Dungloe net giving the ‘keeper no chance.

Sean Hume, excellent from placed balls, got the first of his four first half points two minuts later when he found the range from the sideline and about 17m from endline.

Dungloe got a point back on 16 minutes when a free was not cleared and Matthew Ward was alert to hit over with his left.

Sean Hume opened the gap to five points with two further well hit frees on 20 and 21 minutes but a minute later Dungloe were back in the contest when a high effort for a point by Donal Rodgers from under the stand dropped short. It was fumbled by the St. Eunan’s defence on to the crossbar and Ryan Greene was in like a flash to fist to the net.

Sean Hume had his fourth point from a free on 26 minutes and in added time Benny McGarvey had Dungloe’s only point from a placed ball in the opening half to leave the half-time score, St. Eunan’s 1-5, Dungloe 1-3.

Hume was again on the scoreboard inside ten minutes of the restart, pointing a free, but scores were much tougher to get.

The opening period of the second half was scrappy and Jordan McBride picked up a black card.

James Boyle pointed for Dungloe while Hume (from play) amd Benny McGarvey traded scores to leave two points between the sides still with ten minutes left.

Then came the drama with Ryan Greene winning a penalty after taking a tap down from Benny McGarvey on 56 minutes. Greene stepped up and coolly slotted home to the corner of the net to put Dungloe in front for the very first time.

St. Eunan’s had a couple of chances with Darren Ashmore dropping two into the ‘keeper’s hands from close range but when they got another free, Hume stepped up from 40m to level.

Boyle had a great chance to win it but the sides will have to meet again. Sean Hume was outstanding for St. Eunan’s while young Ryan Greene was equally impressive for Dungloe

St. Eunan’s: Conor Harley; Thomas Grant, John Foley, Cathal Roache; Jordan McBride (1-0), Adrian McClafferty, Damien McClafferty; Conal McGinley, Andrew Doherty; Barry McGeehin, Sean Hume (0-7,6f), Aidan Friel; Ciaran Maloney (0-1), Eddie Blake Jordan O’Dowd. Subs., Colm Grant for Grant 35; David O’Herlihy for McBride, blk card 42; Cillian Morrison for Maloney 48; Daniel Gillespie for O’Dowd 50; Darren Ashmore for Friel 57.

Dungloe: Ben Boyle; Declan O’Donnell, Alan Rodgers, Ryan Rodgers; Matthew Ward (0-1), Jamie Sweeney, Darragh McGee; Paul McGarvey, Mark Clerkin; Donal Rodgers, Robert Weherly, Michael Connelly; Ryan Greene (2-1,1-0pen), Benny McGarvey (0-2,1f), Sean Wallace. Subs., Mark Boyle for O’Donnell 35; James Boyle (0-1) for McGee, 36; Eimhin Bonner for Sweeney 42; Luke Neely for Wallace 46.

Referee: Paddy McGonigle (Buncrana)