In a tough and hard fought and at times tempestuous encounter at Rosses Park on Saturday evening Gaoth Dobhair finishing the game with 13 players.
Gaoth Dobhair 0-5
Report: Tom Comack
Former county man James Gallagher was the first to go on a straight red just before half-time, for a late charge while Eamonn McGee was shown a straight red in the closing minutes in after he went in late on Dungloe’s Brendan McGarvey, after McGarvey was fouled.
In a stop star encounter referee Kieran McShea had his hands full to keep a tight reign on things and flashed eight yellow cards. Gaoth Dobhair were without All-Star defender Kevin Cassidy.
On an evening that packed defences was the main game in town Gaoth Dobhair amazingly scored their total of five in a stiff breeze assisted first half.
That was enough to see them lead by two points 0-5 to 0-3, with Fionnan Diver (three frees) Neil McGee and Cathal Mulligan were their scorers.
Brendan McGarvey, Adrian Sweeney and Mark Forker raised the Dungloe white flags. Forker’s strike on 22 minutes edged Dungloe 0-3 to 0-2 ahead before Gaoth Dobhair took over in the closing ten minutes to rattle over three points, two from Diver and one from Mulligan, all frees.
With Gaoth Dobhair down to 14, and defences continuing to dominate, it was 13 minutes into the second half before the scoreboard changed, Brendan McGarvey pointing a close range free.
This was followed by converted frees from McGarvey and Adrian Sweeney in the space of four minutes as Dungloe hit the front once again.
With tensions rising Christopher McGlynn pulled off a good save to deny James Carroll from an acute angle in the early minutes of the final quarter.
With Gaoth Dobhair down to 13, following the dismissal of Eamonn McGee, Adrian Hanlon with a brilliant strike going away from the posts edged the locals close to victory.
And when Hanlon, free of the shackles of the dismissed McGee, popped over a second shortly afterwards in the second minute of injury time the points were staying in the Rosses.
Dungloe: Christopher McGlynn; Martin Redmond, Gavin Ward, Gerard Walsh; Doalty Boyle, Basil Malone, Mark Forker (0-1); Raymond Sweeney, Mark Clerkin; Noel McBride, Adrian Hanlon (0-2), Shaun Sharkey; Adrian Sweeney (0-2,1f), Brendan McGarvey (0-3,2f), Corey Gallagher. Subs: Niall Keenan for M. Clerkin (39); Joe Sweeney for B. Malone (61 inj).
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Sean McGarvey, Neil McGee (0-1), Anthony Blair; Manus Weed, Eamonn McGee, Danny Curran; Peter McGee, Donal McBride; Paul Mulligan, James Gallagher, Fionnan Diver (0-3, 2f, 1,45); Cathal Mulligan, Odhran MacNiallais, James Carroll. Subs: Micheal Roarty for O. MacNiallais (35).
Referee: Kieran McShea (Sean MacCumhaills).