A Calvin Bradley penalty in the closing minutes saw Red Hugh’s take their biggest scalp in years as they pulled off a surprise win over league pace setters at the Cross on Sunday.
Red Hugh’s 1-7
While Damien Browne kicked the game’s opening score Termon had the better of the first half exchanges to lead 0-4 to 0-2 at half time thanks to points from Anthony McGrenra, Barry Nelis, Trevor Alcorn and Paddy McDaid.
Termon held the lead for most of the second half with Marty Sweeney, Pauric Hilferty, Francie Friel and Joe English but Red Hugh’s hung on and kept the Burn Road men in their sights.
And courtesy of points from Browne, Gerard Melaugh and Martin Bonner the game was still in the melting pot going into the closing minutes with Termon 0-9 to 0-7 in front.
And with the clock ticking Bradley made no mistake from the spot to earn his side a famous victory and maintained their winning run.
Red Hugh’s: M. Shiels, P. McGlinchey, A. Mongan, S. Gallagher, P. McMenamin, K. Melaugh, K. Gallen, M.McMenamin, G. Melaugh, R. Kelly, M. Bonner, C. Melaugh, PJ Gallagher, C. Bradley, D. Browne Subs: A. McConnell, P. Byrne, S. Sweeney, C. Bonner.
Termon: M Boyle; K Murray, S McDaid, B Nelis (0-1); S McIlwaine, A McGrenra (0-1), D Conaghan (0-1); J McIlwaine, J McCafferty; K McDaid, P Hilferty (0-1), M Sweeney (0-3); P McDaid (0-1), F Friel (0-1), T Alcorn (0-1).
Subs., J English (0-1) for P McDaid (inj); A Duffy for S McDaid (inj).
St. Naul’s 1-13
A disputed point near the end was the main talking point in this game. Shane Conneely’s effort was waved wide by one umpire and a point by the other and Ryan Walsh allowed the score. It put St. Naul’s two points up and although Padraig Doherty had a late Carn point, it was not enough.
The sides were locked together for much of the game, being level at half-time after a very good opening half hour. A misjudgement by St. Naul’s ‘keeper Lee McBrearty allowed Dara McLaughlin in for an easy goal on eight minutes, but thanks to five Stephen Griffin points, the home side were in touch at the break with Eddie Gallagher outstanding around midfield.
Padraig Doherty hit three first half points and he edged Carn ahead again at the start of the second half. Three points in succession from Aaron Jenkins, Ryan Kelly and Michael McLaughlin midway through the half but Griffin kept the home side in touch.
With three minutes left St. Naul’s got back on level terms when they won a penalty and Griffin fired home. Griffin then put them ahead in the 58th minute before Conneely’s disputed score.
Griffin was outstanding for the winners with Padraig Doherty equally impressive for Carndonagh, who remain joint top of the table.
St. Naul’s: Lee McBrearty; John Rose, Conor McBrearty, Jamie White; Liam McGroarty, Stuart Johnson, Conor McDevitt; Daniel Friel, Fiachra McGinley; Stephen Griffin (1-9), Mark Ward, Edward Gallagher; Brendan Breen, Shane Conneely (0-3), Cathal Lowther (0-1). Subs; James Flynn; Pauric Coyle; Aidan Meehan.
Carndonagh: Ger Crossan; Michael Nelson, Conor Doherty, Ryan Davenport; Liam Shiels, Paddy Nelson, Padraig Doherty (0-6); O McConollogue, Cathal O’Kane; Ryan Kelly (0-1), Dominic Doherty (0-2), Fergal Mathews; Garvin McGrenra, Dara McLaughlin (1-0), Robert McCartney (0-1). Subs., Aaron Jenkins (0-1) for Mathews; Michael McLaughlin (0-1) for D Doherty; Dermot McGonigle for Jenkins.
Referee: Ryan Walsh (Bundoran)
Aodh Ruadh 1-9
Report: John Hughes
Downings only played for 20 minutes of this division three encounter, but that was sufficient to beat an Aodh Ruadh team who contrived to blow an eight point cushion in the second half.
Aodh Ruadh had the ball resting in the back of the net with less that 20 seconds of the game gone. Ballyshannon won the throw in, Niall McCready ripped through the Downings defence and fed Brian Roper whose rasping shot didn’t give Brendan McGee a prayer. Less than a minute later Roper was on the attack again and was unlucky to see his audacious lob glance off the crossbar and out. Colin Gallagher opened Downings account on five minutes with a close range free. The following 15 minutes were quiet with the homesters controlling proceedings. They were able to profit from their possession with two sumptuous long range frees from Anthony Boyle. Downings mustered a response in the form of a close range free for Colin Gallagher on 21 minutes. That was followed a minute later by Downings first score from play which was executed by Gary McClafferty. McClafferty had a poor first half, but his time was yet to come.
Aodh Ruadh finished out the dying moments of the first half with two lovely left footed efforts. The first was squeezed over by James O’Donnell from an acute angle near the sideline. The next came with a minute of normal time remaining. David Dolan made a lung-busting run from defence which put him in acres of space. He received the ball still some distance out, but he steadied himself and showed superb technique to steer the ball over the bar and send Aodh Ruadh in at the break leading by 1-5 to 0-3.
Downings got the first score of the second half, Gary McClafferty blasting over a majestic point from well out on the wing after 50 seconds. However the Ernesiders resumed control of proceedings and Donagh McIntyre’s point, the product of good build-up play by the homesters, restored the five point margin. David Dolan burst through the Downings on 36 minutes and struck over his second point of the game. A minute late Donagh McIntyre also added his second, sending over a monster of a point from out on the left.
At this point Ballyshannon were attacking at will and Anthony Boyle had a great chance to add a second goal but a supreme save by McGee denied him and Downings were able to scramble the danger away. Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward opened his account on 41 minutes with a close range shot which pushed the margin out to eight points. Aodh Ruadh were utterly dominant and Downings already looked dead and buried. They needed a lifeline, and they were about to get it.
An absolutely scintillating long range pass was gathered by Shea Coyle in the Aodh Ruadh square and, defying the best efforts of Karl O’Brien, he managed to bundle the ball over the line. It wasn’t pretty, but it was the shot in the arm the visitors needed.
Gary McClafferty came alive and started to cause the Aodh Ruadh defence huge problems. As the game ticked into the final quarter he added a point to cut the deficit to four points. Three minutes later Downings won a penalty for a haul down in the area. McClafferty stepped up to take it and slotted his shot down the left, sending the keeper the wrong way in the process. McClafferty’s confidence was soaring and he sent over two fine long range frees to put Downings into the lead for the first time in the game with just seven minutes of the game remaining. A minute after McClafferty’s leading point Shea Coyle once again found himself with a gilt edged goal opportunity, but his driving shot screamed over the bar.
Downings now had total control of centre field and they saw out the remainder of the game with modicum of ease. Two close range frees from Gary McClafferty on 56 and 60 minutes completed an amazing 12 point turnaround for the visitors. Ballyshannon didn’t score for the final third of the game, but they will still be asking themselves how they managed to lose this game.
The win carries Downings into mid-table security, while the 1998 county champions now find themselves in a battle with Muff, Urris and Burt to avoid the drop into the basement.
Aodh Ruadh: Karl O’Brien; Ronan Drummond, Ciron Whoriskey, Michael Dolan; Niall McCready, PJ McGee, David Finnerty; Donagh McIntyre (0-2), James O’Donnell (0-1); Conor Patton, Brian Roper (1-0), David Dolan (0-2); Diarmaid McInerney, Michael Ward (0-1), Anthony Boyle (0-3f). Subs: Kerry Ryan for Brian Roper; Ryan Granaghan for Diarmaid McInerney; Pauric Loughlin for Donagh McIntyre; Shane Ward for PJ McGee;
Downings: Brendan McGee; Seamus Gallagher, James McBride, Gerard Coyle; Danny McBride, David Hay, Micheál Bradley; Sean McBride; Sean McBride, Shea Coyle (1-1); Aaron McClafferty, Gary McClafferty (0-7, 5f), Colin Gallagher (0-2f). Subs. Finnian McClafferty : Half time; Paul Coyle, Shane McClafferty, Rory Connor, Gerard McGee
Referee: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill)
It was honours even at the Scarvey, on Sunday afternoon, as Buncrana and Urris ended all square after a closely contested encounter that was pretty even throughout.
The sides were level 0-6 each at half time and while a Kevin Doherty penalty early in the second half edged Urris ahead Buncrana hit back with points from Paul McGonigle and Odhran Doherty to earn a well deserved draw.
Buncrana: N O’Donnell; C O’Una, S McGrory (0-1), M Gallagher; C McDermott, R Doherty (0-1), K McLaughlin; C McCann(0-1), Odhran Doherty (0-4), A Doherty (0-1); R Curran, P McGonigle (0-2), O Doherty.Subs: A McConnell, P Byrne, S Sweeney, C Bonner.
Urris: K Friel; J Griffin, K Kelly, M Grant; S McDaid, J Grant, D Kelly; Phil Pat Doherty Doherty (0-1), D Kelly (0-1); M Doherty, J Doherty (0-3), A Friel ; K McLaughlin (1-3), M McLaughlin. Sub: D Grant for M Doherty.
Brian McCormick Sports Division 1: St Eunans 3-12, Glenswilly 0-4; Ardara 2-5, Kilcar 2-13; Four Masters 2-20, Gaoth Dobhair 1-10; Dungloe 0-5, Naomh Conaill 1-13; St Eunans 2-11, St Michaels 0-6
Brian McCormick Sports Division 1 Reserve: Four Masters 2-11, Gaoth Dobhair 2-11; St Eunans 1-8, Glenswilly 1-5; Ardara 0-5, Kilcar 2-11; Dungloe 2-5, Naomh Conaill 1-10; St Eunans 0-8, St Michaels 0-6.
McGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2: Cloch Cheann Fhaola 1-10, Glenfin 0-12; MacCumhaills 2-8, Malin 1-15; Fanad Gaels 1-10, Na Cealla Beaga 1-12 ; Naomh Brid 1-9, Glenfin 1-18 .
McGlynn’s Restaurant Castlefin Division 2 Reserve: Cloch Cheann Fhaola 0-5, Glenfin 3-9 ; MacCumhaills 2-6, Malin 1-7; Fanad Gaels 0-4, Na Cealla Beaga 2-15.
Centra Supermarkets Division 3: Red Hughs 1-7, Termon 0-9; Naomh Naille 1-13, Carndonagh 1-12 ; Aodh Ruadh 1-9, Downings 2-10; Buncrana 0-11, Urris 1-8.
Centra Supermarkets Division 3 Reserve: Red Hughs 0-8, Termon 4-8 ; Aodh Ruadh 4-11, Downings 1-7; Buncrana 2-9, Urris 3-3.
Marley Coach Hire Division 4: Na Rossa 2-11, Moville 2-8; Milford 2-17, Letterkenny Gaels 1-6; Naomh Padraig Leifear 0-8, Convoy 1-10; Naomh Colmcille 2-15, Naomh Ultan 4-1; Robert Emmets 1-10, Naomh Ultan 1-9.
Marley Coach Hire Division 4 Reserve: Milford 1-15, Letterkenny Gaels 0-6; Naomh Padraig Leifear 1-7, Convoy 0-4; Naomh Colmcille 0-12, Naomh Ultan 2-6.
Marley Coach Hire Division 5: Glenswilly 0-10, St Eunans 1-7; St Michaels 2-10, Pettigo 7-9 ; Ardara 0-9, Naomh Conaill 0-15.