Dungloe picked up two massive league points with Friday night’s one point victory over Glenswilly in Pairc Naomh Columba in a crunch AllSportStore.com Division One game.
Dungloe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-14
Glenswilly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
With Dungloe and Glenswilly locked on five points at the bottom of the table, and just two points ahead of bottom side Ardara, this was your proverbial four pointer and Dungloe, featuring nine of the U-21 team that put Glenswilly to the sword on Wednesday night in the U-21 championship, were well up for a fight.
They were worthy winners at the finish, although many of their supporters were a little surprised the margin was not greater.
But they gifted the locals two goals, both when they were in good positions.
The first of the Glenswilly goals came when a line ball from between the 45 and the 20 metre line was misjudged by Dungloe keeper Danny Rodgers and went all the way to the net.
That was on 18 minutes and propelled the locals into a 1-4 to 1-3 lead in a game in which they had largely been playing second fiddle in.
Rodgers had earlier denied Christopher McMonagle from five metres, though there was a hint of a foot block.
Dungloe got off to a great start, despite losing experienced defender Gavin Ward to a black card after seven minutes and playing into a strong breeze and heavy drizzle. They hit 1-2 to Glenswilly’s 0-2, in the opening ten minutes.
Ryan Greene polished off good approach play from Darren Curran to blast past James Gallagher from a tight angle. Greene and Noel McBride who, had a big game in the middle of the park, scored the Dungloe points. Darren McGinley and Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden pointed for Glenswilly.
Boosted by their stroke of good fortune and the goal from Cathal Gallagher and Gary McFadden pointed frees, both from fouls on Caolan McFadden - who was causing problems for the Dungloe rearguard - extended the Glenswilly.
But Dungloe finished strongly. David McCarron drew a good save from James Gallagher and Danny Rodgers posted two late frees for a one point half-time game. Glenswilly led 1-6 to Dungloe’s 1-5.
Adrian Sweeney and Darren McGinley traded early scores before Dungloe took a firm grip on the resumption and prompted by Darren Curran, Noel McBride and David McCarron, Tony Boyle’s men reeled off six unanswered points from Danny Rodgers (2), McBride (2), Hugh Moy and Adrian Sweeney to lead 1-12 to 1-6 by the three quarter mark.
Looking down the barrel, Glenswilly went all out on the attack in the closing ten minutes.
‘Copper’ McFadden cracked a shot off the crossbar after running through the Dungloe defence. Cathal Gallagher had the rebound saved from close range.
Darren McGinley and Caolan McFadden, who did not find it as easy to win frees in the second half as he had done in the first, also upped the heat.
And with Dungloe defending frantically, Glenswilly found the net for a second goal, when a Cathal Gallagher fisted pass across the Dungloe goal intended for Philip O’Donnell deflected off Rodgers into the back of his own net.
That was on 55 minutes and the difference was down to two pounts, 1-12 to 2-7. And when Ciaran Bonner pointed all the smart money was moving to Glenswilly.
But that was as close as they got and two late points from Darren Curran and his brother Barry closed out the game and a secured a deserved Dungloe win.
Glenswilly: James Gallagher; Paddy McFadden, Eamon Ward, Aidan McDevitt; Oisin Crawford, Ryan Diver (0-1), Caolan Kelly; Cathal Gallagher (0-1,f), Joe Gibbons; Darren McGinley (0-2), Gary McFadden (0-4,3f), Ciaran Gibbons; Christopher McMonagle,Caolan McFadden, Brian Farrelly (1-0). Subs: Ciaran Bonner (0-1) for C McMonagle; Philip O’Donnell for C Gibbons; Caoimhin Marley for O Crawford; Nathan Sweeney for A McDevitt.
Dungloe: Danny Rodgers (1-4,1,45,3f,og); Owen Scally, Raymond Sweeney, Doalty Boyle; Shaun Sharkey, Matthew Ward, Gavin Ward Darren Curran (0-1), Noel McBride (0-3); Davy McCarron (0-1), Adrian Sweeney (0-2,1f), Hugh Moy (0-1); Adam Neely, Ryan Greene (1-2,1f), Conor Greene. Subs: Barry Curran (0-1) for G Ward (black); Paul McGarvey for S Sharkey (black).
Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin)