After a tough weekend for the Termon club with the death of Elaine Friel, there was triumph in the All Sports, Donegal Town Intermediate Championship final last night as they came from behind to win a very close encounter.
Aodh Ruadh 1-7
This was a game that was in the balance right to the end with Aodh Ruadh holding a narrow lead for most of the second half which was much tighter than the opening 30 minutes, which ended level, Aodh Ruadh 1-4, Termon 0-7.
It was point for point in the second half as mistakes became more evident and the difficult conditions proved a real handful for the players.
Termon had a whirlwind start with two points inside 90 seconds and a further point a minute later. Christy Connaghan, Johnny McCafferty and Martin Sweeney were the scorers as the Termon boys were on fire.
In an open game Aodh Ruadh were back in the contest on nine minutes when Kerry Ryan initiated the move and Brian Roper put Barry Mulligan through to fire to the net.
Almost immediately David Dolan put Aodh Ruadh ahead and suddenly the game had changed.
Brian Roper won a free for Michael Ward to add another point and Michael Ward won and pointed a free to leave Aodh Ruadh ahead by 1-3 to 0-3 after 13 minutes.
Termon responded with Johnny McCafferty pointing and Christy Connaghan turned his marker but was denied a goal by Peter Boyle, who deflected his effort over the crossbar.
At the other end Brian Roper was instrumental again in setting up a goal chance for Barry Mulligan, but he blasted well over the crossbar.
Aidan Sweeney hit the crossbar at the other end before pointing and there was time for Christy Connaghan to miss a 20m free before Paddy McDaid had the final point of the half to leave the sides level at the break, Aodh Ruadh 1-4, Termon 0-7.
Michael Ward had Aodh Ruadh ahead again inside 30 seconds of the restart, but a mistake by Donagh McIntyre saw Sean ‘The Decent’ O’Donnell level with a great effort from under the Stand.
David Dolan with a great turn and point put Aodh Ruadh back in front on 43 minutes but James Doherty, just on the field, levelled once more two minutes later.
Diarmuid McInerney, also just on for Aodh Ruadh, hit a great effort to put Aodh Ruadh back in front on 46 minutes but they failed to score again.
Christy Connaghan levelled from a free on 52 minutes and the vital winning point came on 57 minutes, from another substitute, Daireann Gibson.
There was great rejoicing as joint captains Michael Boyle and Francie Friel lifted the trophy at the end of the game.
The captain paid tribute to Elaine Friel and also remembered Andrew Duffy, who lost his life in Dublin earlier in the summer.
Scorers - Termon: Christy Connaghan 0-3,3f; Johnny McCafferty 0-2; Sean O’Donnell, Martin Sweeney, Aidan Sweeney, Paddy McDaid, James Doherty, Daireann Gibson 0-1 each.
Aodh Ruadh: Barry Mulligan 1-1; Michael Ward 0-3,2f; David Dolan 0-2; Diarmuid McInerney 0-1
Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle; Johnny Gallagher, Ciron Whoriskey, Conor Patton; Michael Dolan, Anthony Boyle, Eamonn McGrath; Kerry Ryan, Stephen Ward; Barry Mulligan, David Dolan, Martin Gallagher; Brian Roper, Michael Ward, Donagh McIntyre. Subs., Niall McCready for Ryan; James O’Donnell for S Ward, both 38; Diarmuid McInerney for McIntyre 40; PJ McGee for Whoriskey 53.
Termon: Michael Boyle; Joe O’Donnell, Kevin McGettigan, Anthony McGrenra; Sean O’Donnell, Kevin McElwaine, Stephen McElwaine; Ollie Doherty, Johnny McCafferty; Kevin McDaid, Martin Sweeney, Trevor Alcorn; Aidan Sweeney, Christy Connaghan, Paddy McDaid. Subs., Jimmy Gallagher for K McDaid, ht; James Doherty for S McElwaine 48; Daireann Gibson for Sweeney 49
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill)