Bundoran upset Glenfin

Michael McHugh at Ga

Reporter:

Michael McHugh at Ga

Two decisive second half goals were the difference between these two teams at Gaelic Park yesterday afternoon, with the home side recording their first senior championship victory of any description, in many years; an excellent result for manager Charlie O’Donnell.

Two decisive second half goals were the difference between these two teams at Gaelic Park yesterday afternoon, with the home side recording their first senior championship victory of any description, in many years; an excellent result for manager Charlie O’Donnell.

BUNDORAN 2-10

GLENFIN 0-9

Two decisive second half goals were the difference between these two teams at Gaelic Park yesterday afternoon, with the home side recording their first senior championship victory of any description, in many years; an excellent result for manager Charlie O’Donnell.

Frank McGlynn was making his first appearance in the club colours of Glenfin after his impressive display in the All-Ireland football final last week, but even he must have been surprised with how the final twenty minutes of the game paned out.

There were two sendings off, for double yellow cards in separate incidents, both in the second half, Stephen McGlynn for Glenfin and Johnny McHale for Bundoran.

This is a promising young Bundoran side, who in farness, continued to play football, when it looked like that the victory might have been heading northwards.

Glenfin for their part will be happy that they still have the return leg to bring this fixture to a third match. Bundoran started the livelier, but Glenfin and Ciaran Moy got the first score a minute later with Christy Keaney equalising.

On 14 minutes it was two points apiece with another free from Moy and an equally impressive from Tommy Hourihane.

A fine individual effort from Paul Sheridan gave the homesters a narrow lead, but a Gerard Ward free and a great individual effort from Kevin McGlynn put Glenfin ahead. Gary Clancy cancelled that advantage, while Christopher Keaney and Moy traded points to leave it 0-5 apiece at the interval,

Glenfin raced into a three point early second half lead thanks to three Ciaran Moy frees, but Bundoran clung in and frees from Tommy Hourihane and Christopher Keaney brought it back to a single score.

Frank McGlynn was fouled on 43 minute and again Moy was clinical in front of the posts. Glenfin led 0-9 to 0-7.

Then an almighty hoof from the boot of Hourihane on the Dinglei Coush side saw Peter McGonigle rise highest and he fisted to the back of the Glenfin net. Paul Sheridan quickly tagged another point and Hourihane got a rub of the green on 51 minutes as a thundering shot seemed to deflect off a Glenfin defender and into the net.

The visitors never really recovered after this, but a late Mark McGinty effort on goal was bravely saved by Bundoran net minder, Johnny Keenan. Moy’s consistency was also lauded and this round is far from over.

Bundoran: Johnny Keenan, Barry McGowan, James Keaney, Johnny McHale, Gary Clancy (0-1), Diarmaid McCaughey, Paul Sheridan (0-2), Ciaran McCaughey, Paul Delaney, Peter McGonigle (1-0), Michael McEniff (0-1), Shane McGowan, Tommy Hourihane (1-3, 2frees), Shane Moohan, Christopher Keaney (0-3). Subs: Fergal McKiernan for S. Moohan (45 mins); Darragh Hoey for P. Delaney (51 mins).

Glenfin: Brendan O’ Meara, Dean Herron, Mark McGinty Snr, Gavin McDermott, John Harkin, Frank McGlynn, David McGlynn, Michael McGlynn, Stephen McDermott, Ciaran Moy (0-6,frees), Gerard Ward (0-2 frees), Leigh Herron, Kevin McGlynn (0-1), Malachy Martin. Subs: Ryan Dorrian for B.O’Meara (inj), Conor Ward for D.McGlynn (50 mins).

Referee: Ian Molloy (Glenties)

Man of the Match

Bundoran’s Peter McGonigle (wearing No.20) impressed throughout and worked tirelessly for his team. His fisted goal was a gem. A great prospect for the future.

Turning Point

This had to be McGonigle’s fisted goal for Bundoran, which turned the game on its head, 15 minutes into the 2nd half. Glenfin had looked comfortable to that point.

Ref Watch

Two sending offs; play stopped and stuttered and never really flowed. Both teams felt at different periods that referee decisions went against them, but some sloppy tackling did not help.

Senior Reserve Championship

Bundoran 0-12

Glenfin 1-5

Bundoran were well on top in this Reserve championship match and never looked like losing although the visitors have to be credited for putting in a big performance In the final 15 minutes of the match when many other teams would have thrown in the towel.

Gavin Croghan impressed for the Seasiders.

Bundoran: M. Page, P.McGee, A. Mullaney, R.Walsh, M.McCabe, J.Boyle, R Gillespie, P Rooney, N Murphy, G Croghan (0-7), A Dunmore (0-2), DO’Keeffe, RMorris (0-1), D Spratt (0-2), F McSharry Subs: S O Donnell for Gillespie and S O’Reilly for McSharry

Glenfin: B Dorrian, S Foy, MMcGlynn, FMcGlinchey, S Dorrian, R Gallagher, M Temple, S Ward, PCostello, G Dorrian (0-2), JHealy, K McCool, BMcDermott, F Ward (1-1), D Doherty. Subs: P Bonner for D Doherty, N McGinty (0-1) for B McDermott, R McDermott (0-1) for S Dorrian