“Did he mean it?” was the main talking point in the Bundoran dug-out as Tommy Hourihane chipped a wonder goal to seal a very close battle with Glenswilly on Saturday evening.
Bundoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Glenswilly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-11
The sides were deadlocked at 0-10 each as the game was a minute into added time when man of the match, Paul Brennan, broke up a Glenswilly attack and drove forward to deliver the pass. With Glenswilly caught a little short, Hourihane got the ball in space and when Philip O’Donnell came off his line, Hourihane found the corner of the net.
In a game of two halves, Glenswilly will feel they should have got a draw and maybe they deserved it for their second half comeback.
However, they were second best in the opening half as Bundoran were not flattered by their 0-8 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Paul Brennan and Shane McGowan were the driving force for the home side, always on the front foot. This duo were at the fulcrum of most of the scores. Jamie Brennan, who trained with the county team in the morning, had the opening point before Tommy Hourihane added a free.
Gary McFadden (free) and Hourihane traded points before Joe Gibbons left just a point between them at 18 minutes. Dara Hoey and Johnny Boyle stretched the lead before James Pat McDaid came forward to hit Glenswilly’s last point of the half.
Bundoran finished well with Hourihane (outside of left), Dara Hoey and Jamie Brennan skimming the crossbar with a left footed drive a minute into added time.
Glenswilly stayed in the dressing room for a while (obviously getting some hairdryer treatment for their lacklustre opening half) and it worked as they cut the deficit to two points inside five minutes with points from Darren McGinley, Christopher McMonagle and a great effort from Caoimhinn Marley from 45m.
Bundoran, in a rare attack, had a pointed free from Hourihane after Peter McGonigle was fouled, but the force was with the Glen men as three ‘Copper’ McFadden frees had them all square by the 44th minute.
Jamie Brennan won a free (before being surprisingly substituted) for Christy Keaney to kick his only point of the game from the free. The Bundoran full-forward was well marked this time around after his scoring spree the previous week!
Gary McFadden levelled matters again on 53 minutes from another free as both sides went for broke to get a winner. Johnny Boyle saw an effort come back off a post on 59 minutes before Hourihane’s intervention.
In the extra minutes added Glenswilly could manage just one more point, a ‘Copper’ McFadden free.
It was a good battle and referee Shane Toolan did well to just issue one yellow card. Both sides had strong claims for a first half penalty.
The win moves Bundoran two points clear of the bottom group, joining Termon on four points, ahead of Ardara, Dungloe and Glenswilly on two points.
Bundoran: Conor Carty; Pauric Rooney, Peter McGonigle, Diarmuid McCaughey; Barry McGowan, Paul Brennan, Johnny Boyle (0-1); Ciaran McCaughey, Niall Dunne; Dara Hoey (0-2), Tommy Hourihane (1-4,2f), Michael McEniff; Shane McGowan, Christy Keaney (0-1,f), Jamie Brennan (0-2). Subs., Shane Moohan for McEniff 40; Timmy Goverov for J Brennan 50; Paul Delaney for Dunne 54; Niall McGonigle for D McCaughey 60
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Mark McAteer, Eamon Ward, Aidan McDevitt; Cathal Gallagher, James Pat McDaid (0-1), Patrick McFadden; Ciaran Gibbons, Gary McFadden (0-6,6f); Joe Gibbons (0-1), Darren McGinley (0-1), Ryan Diver; Caoimhinn Marley (0-1), Cormac Callaghan, Christopher McMonagle (0-1). Sub., Ethan Sweeney for P Diver 60.
Referee: Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh)