Glenfin got out of jail thanks to a last gasp Gerard Ward goal against arch rivals Termon, in this keenly contested All County Football League Divsion Two clash,at Pairc Taobhoige yesterday afternoon.
Ward struck for the all important three pointer in the first minute of injury time, seconds after Stephen McDermott had tied up the game at 0-11 each, and the draw looking the likely outcome.
But in one final assault Ward polished off a sweeping move that began with Frank McGlynn at the back and went through McDermott and Kevin McGlynn, who popped the ball in front of the in-rushing Ward who smashed to the roof of Michael Boyle’s net.
It was cruel justice in the end for Termon, who controlled most of the second half after falling five points down within three minutes at the start of the second half.
Glenfin led 0-10 to 0-5 on 33 minutes following three quickfire points from Ward - who scored 1-4 of Glenfin’s total - Kevin McGlynn and Ciaran Foy raised the white flags for the locals.
But instead of Glenfin kicking on, it was Termon,who raised their game and powered by Ollie Doherty in the middle of the park, the men from the Burn Road, hit six unanswered points to sneak to the front with three minutes remaining.
Doherty, Stephen McIlwaine and Daire McDaid with three points each were the Termon scorers. Doherty converted from way out on the left wing and close to the sideline to give Termon the lead. They also missed a number of good scoring chances in the second period too.
The game as a contest ebbed and flowed from the off with Kevin McDaid and Ollie Doherty posting early points for Termon, either side of a Gerard Ward pointed free, before Glenfin enjoyed a good spell to race into a 0-6 to 0-2 lead by the end of the first quarter.
But Termon responded courtesy of three Doherty points to get back in the game by the 22nd minute mark with just a point between the teams.
With scoring proving and elusive art Michael McGlynn pointed with five minutes of the half remaining to send Glenfin in two in front at the interval, 0-7 to 0-5.
Played in difficult and greasy conditions this was a good honest encounter while the quality of the football was not of the highest order. But what it lacked in class was more than made up for in honest endeavour.
Gerard Ward and his brother Conor, Kevin McGlynn (who was given a roaming commission), Stephen McDermott, Michael McGlynn, Paddy Costello, Frank McGlynn and Ronan Gallagher shone brighest for Glenfin.
Ollie Doherty kicked six of Termon’s total and was their standout player while Daire McDaid, Stephen McIlwaine, Aidan Sweeney and Kevin McIlwaine also had their moments and were unlucky to be in the losers dressing room at the finish.
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh; Ronan Gallagher, Gavin McDermott, Gary Dorrian; Daniel McGlynn, Frank McGlynn, Stephen McGlynn; Michael McGlynn (0-1), Paddy Costello; Ciaran Moy (0-2,2f), Stephen McDermott (0-1), Conor Ward (0-1); Ciaran Foy (0-1), Gerard Ward (1-4,2f), Kevin McGlynn (0-1).
Termon: Michael Boyle; Joe O’Donnell, Thomas Cullen, Jamie McIlwaine, Jamie Gallagher, Kevin McIlwaine, Shane Callaghan; Bernard Alcorn, Ollie Doherty (0-6,5f); Stephen McIlwaine (0-2), Kevin McDaid (0-1), Barry Nelis; Daniel Conaghan, Daire McDaid (0-2), Aidan Sweeney. Subs: Paddy McDaid for B. Nelis (27); Anthony McGrenra for D. Connaghan (h/t); Johnny McCafferty for T. Cullen (53).
Referee: Andrew Mullen (Killybegs).
This was an exciting game with the visitors clawing back a four point defiict in the last ten minutes only to lose out with the last kick of the game allowing Bundoran squeeze out only their second win of the year. Buncrana were quick out of the blocks in Gaelic Park to take the lead from an Oran Doherty free in the first minute but with a strong breeze in their back Bundoran soon exerted control with Clancy and Hourihane moving the Seasiders into the lead within five minutes. Oisin Doherty again and then his brother Oran moved Buncrana back in front but Adam Coyne left it all square at the end of the first quarter. Shane McGowan pointed Bundoran into a lead they would not relinquish and Gary Clancy converted a free to stretch Bundoran’s lead and then Adam Dunmore put clear daylight between the sides, latching on to a Tommy Hourihane knockdown for the game’s opening goal. Each side hit tit-for-tat points to leave it 1-8 to 0-6 at the break.
The second half open explosively. A slick Bundoran move saw Darragh Hoey through on goals within 30 seconds but his drive was acrobatically saved. Tommy Hourihane’s 45 dropped short and helped by the breeze two clearances saw the ball travel the length of the pitch and in a replica of the Bundoran goal half-time substitute Paul McGonigle knocked the ball down for William “the boxer” McLaughlin to crash the ball home – 1-8 to 1-6 and Bundoran looked in trouble. Buncrana failed to capitalise, however, going twenty minutes without a score but recording a succession of wides. Bundoran were far more economical with Ciaran McCaughey and Alan Russell both scoring good points into the breeze to lead by 1-10 to 1-6 as the game entered the last ten minutes.
Things started to go wrong for the home side with Gary Clancy getting his marching orders for abusive language. Oran Doherty soon pointed for Buncrana, Oisin made it a two point game and a long range free from the same player left a point between the sides with minutes left. Oran was again on the mark a minute into stoppage time to level the match but Bundoran had the last say with a free from Tommy Hourihane in the third minute of added time allowing Bundoran to squeak through.
Best for Buncrana were the Doherty brothers, Ryan Bradley and Aidan McColgan, while Shane McGown, Adam Coyne, Ciaran McCaughey and Johnny Boyle were best for Bundoran.
Bundoran scorers: Tommy Hourihane (0-4, 2f), Adam Dunmore (1-0), Adam Coyne (0-2), Gary Clancy (0-2, 1f), Alan Russell (0-1), Ciaran McCaughey (0-1), Shane McGowan (0-1).
Buncrana scorers: Oisin Doherty (0-5), William McLaughlin (1-1), Oran Doherty (0-3) and Alan McLaughlin (0-1).
Bundoran: Ashley Mulhern, Adrian Mullarkey, James Keaney, Johnny Boyle, Shane McGowan, Peter McGonigle, Shane McGowan, Ciaran McCaughey, Gary Clancy, Adam Coyne, Diarmuid Spratt, Darragh Hoey, Tommy Hourihane, Alan Russell. Subs used: Barry McGowan for Adrian Mullarkey.
Sean Mac Cumhaills 0-6
It was honours even in this low scoring Division 2 league game played in blustery conditions in Rosses Park Dungloe on Sunday last.
It was the visitors who raised the white flag first with points from Martin O’Reilly and Michael Lynch. The home side didn’t register
a score until 15 minutes with a points from a free by Adrian Hanlon, they had to watch their earlier attacks fall either side of the posts.
Brendan McGarvey pointed from a free on 21 minutes to level the game and the only goal chance of the first half fell to Dungloe’s
Cory Gallagher but his shot was cleared off the goal line by Seamus McGinty and the resulting 45 went wide. Adrain Hanlon hit
the home sides 3rd point on the stroke of half time to leave the half time score Dungloe 0-3 Sean Mac Cumhaills 0-2.
Dungloe started the second half more determined and had 2 goals chances in the first 2 minutes but couldn’t finish to the back of the net.
Adrian Hanlon pointed after 3 minutes running on to a great bal from midfielder Noel McBride.
On seven minutes Darren O’Leary pointed from a free to keep the visitors in touch. Dungloe’s Mark Clerkin put two between the sides again pointing on 10 minutes. This was followed by a point from Brendan McGarvey as the game entered the final quarter. Gavin Gallagher broke down the field for McCumhaills and pointed on 16 minutes and Steven O’Reilly pointed on 24 minutes to leave only one between the sides as the clock ticked down. Martin O’Reilly hit the equaliser on 30 minutes.
Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey, Doalty Boyle, Sean Sharkey, Martin Redmond, Gerard Walsh, Cory Gallagher, Mark Sweeney, Raymond Sweeney,
Noel McBride, Mark Clerkin (0-1), Brendan McGarvey (0-2,1f), Michael Connolly, Adrian Hanlon (0-3,1 f), Conor Greene, Eoin Redmond, Subs - Basil Malone for Michael Connolly, Adrian Sweeney for Eoin Redmond.
Sean Mac Cumhaills: Rory Patton, Seamus McGinty, Joe Dunnion, John Lynch, John Duffy, Gary Dunnion, Gavin Gallagher (0-1), Steven O’Reilly (0-1), Paddy McNulty, Michael Lynch (0-1), Martin O’Reilly (0-2), Brian Lafferty, Brendan McLaughlin, Darren O’Leary (0-1f), Rory Dunleavy.
Subs - Ryan Duffy for John Duffy, Brian Patton for Michael Lynch.
Referee Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh)
Division 2 Reserve
Sean Mac Cumhaills 0-12
Dungloe reserve team got the day off to a winning start by defeating Mac Cumhaills in Rosses Park Dungloe on sunday last.
James Boyle had the home side in front after 1 min finishing to the back of the Maccumhaills net. Steven Mulligan pointed from a free on 5 mins form Mac Cumhaills. Dungloe’s Mark Boyle pointed on 9 mins for the home side but the visitors claimed the next 20 mins of the game with points from Steven Mulligan (0-5 3f), Mark Sullivan and Aaron Kelly to put 4 points between the sides but JOhn
Ward pointed on 29 mins to keep the home side in touch Adrian Gillespie and Steven Mulligan (f) pointed for the visitors to leave the half time score Dungloe 1-2 Sean Mac Cumhaills 0-10.
Dungloe had the wind advantage in the second half but it was Bernard McGeehin who opened the scoring pointing from a free before the
Dungloe forward line got into gear. Points from Paul Ferry (f), James Boyle (0-2 1f), Roberty Wehrley reduced the deficit for the home side.
Mark Dorrian pointed for Mac Cumahills on 10 mins, Damiel Hanlon (0-2 2f), Mark Boyle, James Boyle 0-3), Robert Wehrley, Paul Ferry found the range in the last 20 mins.
Dungloe: Chris McGlynn, Eimhin Bonner, Alan Rodgers, Conor Carr, Daniel O’Donnell, Martin McGarvey, John Ward, (0-1), Daniel Bonner, Donal ROdgers, James Boyle (1-5 1f), Damien Hanlon (0-2 2f), Paul Ferry (0-2 1f), Robert Wehrley (0-2), Joe Sweeney, Mark Boyle (0-2. subs Declan Greene for Joe Sweeney
Sean Mac Cumhaills: Owen Gallen, Oliver McGroarty, Martin Gallagher, Barry Doherty, Paddy Kelly, Gavin DOherty, Ogilvy McGroarty,
Mark Sullivan (0-1), Adrian Gillespie (0-1), Steven Mulligan (0-7 5f), Bernard McGeehin (0-1 f), Aaron Kelly (0-1), Paddy McCloskey
Michael Patton, Mark Dorrian (0-1).
Referee Damien Craig