A soft goal after just four minutes proved to be the decisive score of this entertaining contest at Bundoran on Sunday. Both sides had their periods of dominance with the game having scoring bursts for each side, more akin to an underage contest.
Report: Peter Campbell
MacCumhaill’s led 1-4 to 0-2 after 15 minutes, the goal from David White after a rare mistake from James Keaney, with Martin O’Reilly and Benny McLaughlin lively up front.
Bundoran owned the second quarter, hitting four in-a-row, one of them a great score from the aforementioned Keaney to be just a point adrift at the break, 1-5 to 0-7.
Midway through the second half, MacCumhaill’s looked to be on their way as they added six points to the home side’s two and led by 1-11 to 0-9.
But amazingly Bundoran hit back with five unanswered points, two of them from Keaney, to level matters with seven minuts left.
But they then let their guard drop and MacCumhaill’s struck for home with David White, the O’Reillys and Brian Lafferty pushing them over the line. A good day all round for the O’Reillys with old man Terry celebrating Mayo’s success against Kerry as well.
It was a very entertaining contest, played in a competitive and sporting manner with Michael McShane not having to flash a yellow until ten minutes from the end.
For the winners, Gary Dunnion, Eoghan Wright, Brian Lafferty, Martin O’Reilly and Benny McLaughlin were best while for Bundoran James Keaney, Shane McGowan, Gary Clancy and Ciaran McCaughey were best.
Bundoran: A Mulhern; J Boyle, P Delaney, S Moohan; B McGowan, S McGowan (0-1), J Keaney (0-3); G Clancy (0-1), C McCaughey; A Coyne, M McEniff (0-5,4f), J Ward; T Hourihane (0-4,2f), D Hoey, N Dunne. Subs., A Russell (0-1) for Ward; R McKiernan for Boyle, both 20; C Keaney for Coyne 48
MacCumhaill’s: C Patton; E Wright (0-1), J Lynch, A McCloskey; S Duffy, G Dunnion, J Dunnion (0-1); P Hannigan, P McNulty; G Gallagher, D White (1-2), B Lafferty (0-2); B McLaughlin (0-2,1f), S O’Reilly (0-1), M O’Reilly (0-6,4f). Sub., S McGowan for P McNulty 52.
Referee: M McShane (Kilcar)
Naomh Mhuire 0-6
Cloughaneely had it easy enough in the end after the sides were level at 0-4 each at half-time.
Naomh Mhuire will be disappointed, though, with their wides count.
Cloughaneely: L McFadden; M Lynch, PJ Doohan, K McFadden; D Curran, K Mulhern, D Ferry; D McGeever, Ciaran McFadden (0-1); S McGarvey (0-5), D McGarvey (0-1), S McBride (0-1); D Boyle (0-2), S Maguire, P McClafferty. Subs., Cian McFadden for D Ferry; B Cuffe (0-1) for D McGarvey
Naomh Mhuire scorers: S Yank Boyle 0-5, Ciaran McGinley 0-1.
Killybegs made it three wins out of three in Division 2 with a narrow win in Malin on Sunday.
In a highly entertaining and closely contested encounter the winners came from two points down at half-time. Brendan Maguire got the winners up and running from a free after five minutes before Matthew Byrne hit a quick brace to give the home team the early advantage.
The Inishowen men then raced into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead thanks to a super strike from Paul McLaughlin and but for some wayward shooting the locals should have been further ahead.
And they paid the price when Conal Molloy and Charles Tully pointed to tie up the game, before Anthony Kelly and Matthew Byrne hit the target to send their side in two up, 0-5 to 0-3, at half-time.
Malin suffered a body blow before half time with Michael McLaughlin and Declan Walsh both picked up injuries.
It was all aboard again within five minutes of the restart as Molloy and Shane Boyle split the Malin posts.
As the game ebbed and flowed Byrne hit his third score of the game to regain the lead for Malin and when Anthony Kelly converted from close range the locals were two up once more.
But just as it seemed Malin were beginning to get the upper hand Killybegs upped their game, Charles Tully, Mark Boyle, Daniel Breslin, Molloy and Maguire all pointing, the men from the south west were three up with ten minutes remaining.
And just when it seemed all was lost for the locals Malin mounted a late surge and courtesy of points from Byrne and Terence Doherty reduced the margin to one with the clock ticking.
Declan Lafferty produced two excellent saves in quick succession from Barry Cannon while Conor Farren came agonisingly close to landing a late equaliser.
Malin: Declan Lafferty; John C. Doherty, Damian Harkin, Michael McLaughlin; Ciaran McColgan, John McLaughlin, Conor Farren; Anthony Kelly (0-3, 3f), Paddy Kelly; John G McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne (0-4,1f) Paddy McColgan; Paul McLaughlin (0-1), Gary Farren, Declan Walsh. Subs: Seamus Doherty, Terence Doherty (0-1).
Killybegs: Andrew Mullen; David Conwell, Kevin Fallon, Ciaran Conaghan; Paul McGinley, Barry Cannon, Shane Boyle (0-1); Matthew Smith, Val Smith; Mark Boyle (0-1), Brendan Boyle, Ronan Boyle; Charles Tully (0-2, 1f), Conal Molloy (0-3,3f), Brendan McGuire (0-2, 1f). Subs: Daniel Breslin (0-1), Jason Noctor, Kevin Martin.
Naomh Brid 0-8
Glenfin had to pull out all the stops in the second half as they came from behind to claim the points from their clash with Naomh Brid, at Pairc Taobhoige on Sunday.
Newly promoted Naomh Brid really put it up to the home side and were much the better outfit in the first half and deservedly led by three points, 0-7 to 0-4, at half-time.
Frank McGlynn began the charge after the break and with two quick points in rapid succession from Stephen McGlynn, the locals were back on level terms within ten minutes of the restart.
And as Michael McGlynn and Stephen McDermott ramped it up around midfield Gerard Ward converted a free to edge the winners ahead. With Naomh Brid noticeably wilting Leigh Herron sent Glenfin two clear before substitute Shane Walsh hit Naomh Brid’s only point of the second period.
Late on Ciaran Moy landed a free to ensure another win for Glenfin.
David Walsh got Naomh Brid off to a flyer with the game’s opening two points and the visitors were 0-5 to 0-1 up by the end of the first quarter with Darragh Brogan, Paul McGrory and Calum Gallagher all splitting the posts.
Ciaran Moy scored Glenfin’s first on 11 minutes with Ciaran Foy scoring the second in the early seconds of the second quarter.
Moy made it a two point game shortly after being denied from the penalty spot by Stephen Doherty, and the ace marksman added one more before the break with Gary McCafferty and Paul McGrory both raising white flags at the other end.
Glenfin lost Stephen McDermott and Naomh Brid Dermot Gallagher, both to second yellow cards.
Glenfin: Benji O’Meara; Stephen McGlynn (0-2), Gavin McDermott, Gary Herron; Dean Herron, Paul McCrudden, Frank McGlynn (0-1); Michael McGlynn, Stephen McDermott; Gerard Ward (0-1,1f), Leigh Herron (0-1), Ciaran Moy (0-4,3f); Ciaran Foy (0-1), Malachy Martin, Kevin McGlynn. Subs: Gareth Martin for G. McDermott.
Naomh Brid: Stephen Doherty; Jamie Timoney, Clint Walsh, Stephen Quinn; Ross Gallagher, Gary McCafferty (0-1), Sean Gormley; Tommy Gallagher, Dermot Langan; Declan McCafferty, David Walsh (0-2), Darragh Brogan (0-1); Pauric McDaid, Paul McGrory (0-2,2f), Calum Gallagher (0-1). Sub: Shane Walsh (0-1).
Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).