Dungloe march on into the quarter-finals of the Ráidio na Gaeltachta Senior Football Championship with a hard earned victory over a Cloughaneely side out for revenge after last week’s defeat.
Adrian Hanlon opened his account when he pointed a free he won himself after four minutes putting the visitors in the lead.
Denis Boyle hit back for Cloughaneely to level before Connor McGee fired off a cracking long shot just seconds after he shifted a heavy challenge to put the home side one up after six minutes.
Two minutes later following a foul on Hanlon, Adrian Sweeney stepped into point the free to level the sides.
Denis Boyle pointed a free for Cloughaneely and a goal looked likely for Dungloe at the other end as a great save saw his Adrian Sweeneys low shot deflected over the bar to make it three points apiece.
A foul on Eugene Maguire saw Sean McGarvey blast over the free to put Cloughaneely a point up at 0-4 to 0-3 after 15 minutes.
Eight minutes later a high ball caused all sorts of difficulty for the home defence and after claiming it Adrian Sweeney’s quick thinking saw his pass go back out to the edge of the area to Raymond Sweeney, who passed on the inside to Noel McBride who powered past Lee McFadden to give Dungloe a vital goal.
Adrian Sweeney then pointed a free won by Hanlon to make the score 0-4 to 1-4 for the visitors at half time.
Just after the restart Dungloe stretched further ahead when good link up play between Hanlon and Shaun Sharkey saw his shot go over to put them a goal and point to the good.
A rampant Hanlon soon added another from a free after Adrian Sweeney went crashing to the ground. On the 10-minute mark Adrian Sweeney pointed from a move he started with a great catch putting Dungloe in a commanding position of 1-7 to 0-4 ahead.
Cloughaneely substitute John McGarvey then lead a spirited fightback when he took on the ball at distance, ran through a busy defence and fired over one of the scores of the game to take his side up to five points.
Then Dungloe put together a fine flowing movement between Raymond Sweeney, Hanlon and McBride when the latter pointed to leave 1-3 between the sides once again.
Seventeen minutes into the half Cloughaneely’s Sean Maguire came baring down on a badly needed goal only to see his hand passed effort go just over the bar to add a point to his sides cause.
Sharkey quickly hit back to nullify his effort with a superb long range score from play to make it 1-09 for Dungloe.
Denis Boyle replied from play for Cloughaneely bringing them to 0-7. This was swiftly followed by a Sean McGuire score from play and another on the 30 minute mark leaving just a goal between the sides as the clock ticked down.
Seconds later Hanlon fell foul of referee, Ian Molloy, and his apparent remark earned him a second yellow and off he went but his dismissal was too late to have any impact.
Cloughaneely: Lee McFadden; Michael Lynch, Kevin McFadden, Paddy Joe Doohan; Joe Gallagher, Kevin Mulhern, Conor McGee (0-1); Ciaran McFadden, Joe Friel; Eugene Maguire, Paddy McClafferty, Sean McGarvey (0-1); Denis Boyle (0-3, 2f), Sean Maguire (0-3, 1f), Declan McGarvey. Subs: John McGarvey (0-1) for E Maguire (37), Joe Boyce for Joe Friel (48), Brian Cuffe for Declan McGarvey (51).
Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey, Doalty Boyle, Jamie Sweeney, Gavin Ward, Mark Sweeney, Cory Gallagher, Martin Redmond, Noel McBride (1-1), Raymond Sweeney, Adrian Hanlon (0-3, 2f), Adrian Sweeney (0-3, 2f), Gerard Walsh, Mark Forker, Shaun Sharkey (0-2), Paul McGarvey. Subs: Jack Scally for Forker (45), Mark Clerkin for P McGarvey (49), Conor Greene for Sharkey (57).
Man of the Match
Adrian Hanlon ran this opposites ragged all afternoon and but a lapse with the lips saw him sent off in the end so man of the match goes to Adrian Sweeney. Some very strong fielding up front, coupled with some clever play earns him the accolade in what was a good team performance.
Adrian Sweeney’s clever pass back from a great catch in close saw him give up a hand fist point chance in favour of setting up a goal opportunity for McBride that proved to be the decisive score between the teams.
Ian Molloy dished out a deserved yellow card to Adrian Hanlon in the first half for a lingering grab high around PJ Doohan’s neck, as well as two other cards.
Later what seemed to be a soft free was awarded to the Dungloe man but a remark seconds later saw him booked again and headed for his pick of the showers.
Third match needed as Cloughaneely win reserve clash on home turf
A third match is required to see who will go to the next round after Cloughaneely held on for a narrow one point win in Falcarragh on Saturday.
The home team were looking good at 0-4 to 0-0 at half-time but losing McElroy to a straight red and Curran on a second yellow in the second half opened the door to a Dungloe fight back that saw them rattle the net three times. A free from Fitzgerald was what separated the sides.
Cloughaneely: M McGinley, S Gallagher, E Curran, D Curran (sent off, two yellows), S Sweeney, B McElroy (sent off, straight red), K Scanlon, M McCausland, B Ahern, D Ferry, P Cannon (0-2, 1f),S McBride,, J Harley (0-1), P Sweeney (2-01), J Fitzgerald (0-3f)
Dungloe: B Boyle, B Brennan, D O’Donnell,, C Carr, D Curran, A Rogers, E Bonner, D Rogers, M Boyle, D McCarron (0-1), R Weherly, P Ferry (1-0), D Bonner, T Brennan (0-1) Subs: J Sweeney (2-0) for D Bonner.
Referee: Liam McConigley