Joe English was the toast of the Burn Road on Saturday night as his late goal saw Termon snatch dramatic win over Burt, at Hibernian Park, Burt.
With the clock ticking and the sides locked on 0-5 each, English got on the end of a sweeping move involving Trevor Alcorn and Paddy McDaid to bundle the ball over the Burt goal line for a match winning goal.
Minutes earlier Jamie Gallagher had kicked Termon’s fifth point to tie up the game after they had come from four points down at half-time 0-5 to 0-1.
As the scoreline suggests this was the proverbial game of two halves. Burt dominated the first half thanks to the top class displays from Ciaran Dowds, Paul McHugh and Seamus O’Donnell and two points each from Dowds and Conor Harkin and one from Christopher McDermott.
Andrew Duffy scored Termon’s sole first half point as they struggled to break down Burt’s packed defence.
However, with the introduction of Marty Sweeney, Francie Friel, English and Paddy McDaid, Termon found the key after the break.
And with two points each from Sweeney and Jamie Gallagher, Termon had levelled before Alcorn gritted the teeth and English provided the finish.
Burt: Kevin McDermott; Jonathan Downey, Mark McGavigan, Benny Harrigan; Paul McHugh, Mickey McCann, Seamus O’Donnell; Ciaran Dowds (0-2), Paddy Mc Dermott; Rory Grant, Michael McHugh, Shane McDaid; Conor Harkin (0-2), Joe Boyle, Christopher McDermott (0-1).
Termon: Michael Boyle; Brian Trearty, Shaun McDaid, Barry Nelis; Sean O’Donnell, Kevin McIlwaine, Ollie Doherty, Jamie Gallagher (0-2); Trevor Alcorn, Daniel Connaghan, Anthony McGrenra; Pauric Hilferty Johnny McCafferty, Andrew Duffy (0-1).
Subs: Marty Sweeney (0-2) for D. Connaghan; Paddy Daid for Anthony McGrenra, Francie Friel for A.Duffy; Joe English (1-0) for Pauric Hilferty.
Aodh Ruadh 2-9
Naomh Padraig, Muff 1-6
Report: Peter Campbell
The final scoreline was comfortable for Aodh Ruadh, but the win was far from that.
There were just three points between the teams early in the second half when Paul Kane denied Damien Diver from the penalty spot, and that seemed to knock the stuffing out of Muff.
The visitors had a great start as Damien Diver was gifted a goal on 40 seconds, but Aodh Ruadh fought back to be 1-6 to 1-3 up at half-time, thanks to a Diarmuid McInerney goal and some good points from Peter Boyle.
When Paul Kane denied Diver, albeit by coming well off his line, to save the penalty, Aodh Ruadh pushed on and when Conor Patton won a penalty at the other end, man of the match Diarmuid McInerney put the game beyond Muff with 20 minutes still to play.
Aodh Ruadh: P Kane; Ronan Drummond, J Gallagher, D Finnerty; K Keown, C Patton (0-1), PJ McGee; J O’Donnell, C Whoriskey (0-1); K Ryan (0-1), D McIntyre, P Loughlin; A Boyle (0-1,45), P Boyle (0-3), D McInerney (2-2). Subs., R McGurrin for Ryan 35; Ruairi Drummond for McInerney 47; G Carty for Keown; R Granaghan for P Boyle, both 50.
Naomh Padraig, Muff: G Harkin; B McColgan, E McColgan, B Hegarty; L Lynch, E McColgan (0-1), D Laird; G McColgan (0-1), D Keaveney (0-1); M Duffy (0-1), E Keaveney, G McKinney; C McColgan, D Diver (1-2).
Referee: T Gallagher (Red Hugh’s)
Red Hugh’s 1-11
Carndonagh ended up one point winners in this high quality encounter on Saturday evening in Killygordon.
Carndonagh raced into a four point lead early on courtesy of a goal and a point from Gerard Doherty. But Red Hugh’s pulled it back to level with the help of a good point from Eugene Browne and a great goal from Damien Browne.
The game was level at 1-3 apiece as it neared half time but two quick Carndonagh goals from Liam Shiels and Gerard Doherty sent the Inishowen men in 3-3 to 1-3 in front at half-time.
In the second half Red Hugh’s came out fighting and they completely dominated the second period with Damien Browne, Colm Melaugh, Martin Bonner, Calvin Bradley and Peadar McGlinchey all posting points.
Despite several chances to win the game they fell agonisingly short at the finish with Carndonagh’s first half goals proving just too big a mountain to climb.
Red Hugh’s: T McCormick; T McMenamin, G Kelly, P McGlinchey (0-1; K Gallen, K Melaugh, M Bonner (0-2); E Browne, M McMenamin; G Melaugh,C Bradley (0-3),R Kelly; D Browne (1-4), PJ Gallagher, C Melaugh (0-1).Subs: A Mongan, J McMenamin, S Gallagher.
Carndonagh: G Crossan; M Nelson, L Shiels (1-0), R Davenport; P McCallion, P Nelson (0-1), D McGonagle; D Doherty, C O’Kane; F Matthews (0-2), R Cunningham, T Coyne; G Doherty (2-3), P Doherty, C Doherty (O). Sub: C. Doherty.
St. Naul’s 1-11
St Naul’s continued their good start to the league campaign with another win, at home to Urris.
Once again Stephen Griffin was central to their victory, contributing 1-6 of their total.
The home side led 1-5 to 1-2 at the interval and were always in control in the second half.
St. Naul’s: L McBrearty; C McBrearty, E Lynch, J White; P Coyle, S Johnston, C McDevitt; F McGinley (0-1), S Conneely; S Griffin (1-6), B Griffin (0-1), L McGroarty (0-1); J Flynn (0-1), B Breen (0-1), B McCabe.
Naomh Columba 0-12
Noel McGinley and Dermot McGuire hit two pate points and Pauric O’Donnell pulled off a brilliant last gasp save as Naomh Columba came from behind to claim two precious points away to Buncrana on Saturday evening.
Naomh Columba had the better of the opening exchanges and led by five points at half-time.
Buncrana stepped it up after the break with Garbhan Friel, Christopher McDermott, Odhrán Doherty and Oisín Doherty all pointing to see the local hit the front for the first time.But Naomh Columba responded with those late points from McGinley and McGuire.
Buncrana: N O’Donnell; C Jones, S McGrory, A McLaughlin; M Gallagher, J Doherty, A McColgan; R Bradley, O Doherty; K O’Loughlin, P McMyler, A Doherty; O Doherty, G Friel
Naomh Columba: P O’Donnell; B Carr, C McBrearty, M Cunningham; K ‘Beag’ Cunningham, M Maguire, K Cunningham; N McGinley, A O’Gara; J McNern, R McNern, D McGuire; C Butler, O McGinley, D McGuire.