Naomh Brid needed the last three scores to force a draw with Burt at sunny Trummon on Sunday.
Naomh Brid . . . . . . . . . 0-8
Burt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Burt were looking good for an away win when they stole into a three point lead by the end of the third quarter, but Naomh Brid responded and probably deserved the draw in the end.
It was not a game for the purist with defensive formations from both sides. The sides had already drew in their league meeting.
The first half started and finished with disputed Naomh Brid points. The opening score from Shane Walsh was waved wide by one umpire and awarded by the other and the score stood.
In the second minute of added time, David Walsh, with a magnificent high fetch, won a free, but his effort went inches wide, even though one umpire was waving the flag.
In between scores were like hen’s teeth. After Walsh’s opening point, Burt hit two points inside three minutes in the middle of the half, both by Sean McHugh, to edge a point clear, but then three David Walsh points, two from frees, had the home side back in front by 0-4 to 0-2 at the break.
But they had played with the aid of a stiff breeze in the first half and the margin was a cause for concern.
When Shane Walsh swung his trusty left boot to fire over the opening point of the second half on 34 minutes, it looked good for Naomh Brid.
But they lost influential midfielder Thomas Gallagher to a black card and that seemed to give Burt a lift. Joe Boyle hoisted a point on 41 minutes and four minutes later the game was turned on its head. Darragh Brogan lost possession and like a flash, Mark Coyle broke on to the ball and careered through the Naomh Brid defence like a knife through butter to fire to the net and a one point lead - 1-3 to 0-5.
Conor Harkin and Joe Boyle (with a magnificent 48m free) pushed Burt three clear with 12 minutes of normal time left.
To be fair Naomh Brid stayed patient. Substitute Gearoid Gallagher pulled a point back on 49 minutes and four minutes later ‘keeper Pauric McDaid came forward to point a free and reduce the margin to the minimum.
It looked as if their chance was gone when a Paul McGrory effort dropped just wide of the angle of post and crossbar, but the big full-forward was on hand a minute and a half into added time to clip over the much-needed equaliser.
A good result for both sides, but both have plenty to work on. Ross Gallagher, Sam Burgess, Tomm Gallagher, Cian Gallagher and Paul McGrory worked hard for the home side; David Walsh looked sharp but tired a little near the end.
For Burt, the McHughs and Mark Coyle were excellent; Joe Boyle’s points were vital to the cause while Ciaran Dowds and David O’Donnell also played their part.
Naomh Brid: Pauric McDaid (0-1,f); Gary McCafferty, Ross Gallagher, Micheal Travers; Sam Burgess, Clint Walsh, Sean Gormley; Tommy Gallagher, Cian Gallagher; David Walsh (0-3,2f), Shane Walsh (0-2), Darragh Brogan; Owen Harron, Paul McGrory (0-1), Declan McCafferty. Subs., Dermot Langan for C Walsh 27; Gearoid Gallagher (0-1) for Harron 43; Clint Walsh for D McCafferty 54.
Burt: Kevin Glenn; Paddy Doherty, Stephen O’Donnell, Tom Doherty; Martin Donaghy, Ciaran Dowds, Dara Grant; David O’Donnell, Stephen Gillespie; Conor Harkin (0-1), Joe Boyle (0-2,1f), Sean McHugh (0-2); Darren Gallagher, Mark Coyle (1-0), Paul McHugh. Sub: Calvin Lynch for J Boyle 58.
Referee: Connie Doherty (N Conaill)
A late pointed free from Ryan Gillespie gave Naomh Columba a share of the spoils in The Scarvey on Saturday night
Buncrana 0-14 . . . N Columba 1-11
Buncrana were first to settle in this game with points from Oisin Doherty, Oisin O’Flaherty (2), Kevin Treacy and Kevin O’Loughlin helping them open up a five point lead early in the first half.
However, the visitors, who made the two hour journey from Glencolmcille gradually found their way into the game with Padraig Cunningham and Padraig O’Neill finding their range with some very well taken scores.
The Division 2 side got back to within a point of their hosts before Odhran Doherty got on the end of an excellent team move to slot over for the Inishowen men who took a two point lead into the break. Half time score: Buncrana 0-08, Naomh Columba 0-06.
Ryan Gillespie and Treacy traded scores early in the second period before the only goal of the game arrived ten minutes into the half.
Donegal midfielder Caolan McGonagle gave away possession in the middle of the field, the visitors broke at speed and Michael Maguire eventually stabbed the ball past Sean Parker who had made two superb saves to deny Maguire and Gillespie.
This gave the Glen men a one point lead and from here on in it was nip and tuck until the end.
Peter McLaughlin brought the sides level with an excellent score at the other end.
Gillespie and Treacy then traded scores before the home side took the lead through Oisin Doherty.
Paul Doherty soon levelled before a brilliant free from keeper Paddy Byrne gave the visitors the lead again.
Buncrana responded again through Oisin Doherty and when Kevin O’Loughlin got forward to kick a booming score with two minutes remaining, Robert Farren’s side looked like they had done enough to claim the win.
There was to be one more twist in injury time however when substitute Adrian McColgan gave away a needless free and Ryan Gillespie held his nerve to give his side a share of the spoils.
Buncrana: Sean Parker, Noel McLaughlin, Bruce Waldron, Mickey Gallagher, Kevin O’Loughlin (0-2), William McLaughlin, John Doherty, Peter McLaughlin (0-1), Caolan McGonagle (0-2), Aidan Stokes, Odhran Doherty (0-1), Oisin O’Flaherty (0-2), David Bell, Oisin Doherty (0-3, 2f), Kevin Treacy (0-3, 1f) Subs used: Conor Grant, Adrian McColgan
Naomh Columba: Paddy Byrne (0-2,2f), Barry Carr, Ciaran McBrearty, Philip Doherty, Kevin McNern, Michael Maguire (1-0), Stephen Jones, Declan Maguire, Christopher Byrne (0-1), Ryan McNern, Philip McNern, Padraig Cunningham (0-2), Paul Doherty (0-1), Ryan Gillespie (0-4, 4f), Padraig O’Neill (0-1) Subs used: Martin Cunningham.