Those who watched the All-County Football League Division Two play-off at O’Donnell Park yesterday left more confused than they arrived.
Dungloe, who weren’t playing, have an appeal sitting on the desk of the Ulster Council over why they believed they should be in the play-off instead of a Termon side they finished level with on 18 points in third place.
To cut a long story short, Termon, who were playing, were told their two head-to-head wins over Dungloe sealed third place. But the Rosses club feel it’s scoring difference that matters and the rule book is unclear.
Glenfin were not part of the equation, having finished second to Glenswilly in the final table on 19 points. Second place, by the way, plays third in the play-off with the winner getting promoted.
Halfway through the second half, Glenfin led Termon 1-13 to 1-7. But match referee Seamus McGonigle pulled up with what looked like a knee injury and handed the whistle to Liam McConigley, who had been on the line.
Trevor Alcorn’s goal on 48 minutes sparked a Termon revival and Aidan Sweeney levelled it on 60 minutes.
In injury time, Shaun O’Donnell was coming out from full-back to start a Termon attack, strongly holding off Gerard Ward.
Referee McConigley ruled a foul had been committed by O’Donnell and Ward, from the simplest of frees, stroked Glenfin in front again - 1-15 to 3-8.
Johnny McCafferty saw a second yellow for his justifiable protestations.
Ten minutes into injury time, at the other end, Kieran Foy was then adjudged to have fouled the ball and Termon levelled through Alcorn.
It was in the 13th minute of injury time that the final whistle went.
The teams belatedly went for the showers. Glenfin claimed it was extra-time, Termon a replay. God knows what Dungloe thought.
Anyhow, Glenfin and Termon must replay. What happens now if Dungloe get a reprieve?
An eternity beforehand, Glenfin made the worst possible start as it only took three minutes for Termon to post the first score of the match - a goal from Paddy McDaid on three minutes.
McCafferty then added a point and Termon, on a heavy November afternoon, were four points to the good.
Glenfin, though, mightn’t have been the earliest of risers but they soon clawed their way back into the contest and led by a point, 1-6 to 1-5, at half-time.
Michael McGlynn was their driving force from centre-field, scoring two fine points while the Glenfin goal came when Ward scooped the ball over Michael Boyle from a Michael Costello pass.
Five successive points at the start of the second half continued the forward trajectory for Francie Martin’s Glenfin.
Malachy Martin, Daniel McGlynn, Ward and Ciaran Moy all popped over points to put Glenfin 1-13 to 1-6 up midway through part two.
Referee McGonigle was replaced by McConigley. Termon needed something to keep their season alive and 12 minutes from time, Alcorn delivered it when he finished off Kevin McDaid’s pass for his side’s second goal.
Glenfin led 1-13 to 2-8 with 10 minutes remaining following Daire McDaid’s free and the balance of power was still at tipping point before the 12-odd minutes of injury time. The late drama that followed now means things are still at a three-way tipping point.
Termon: Michael Boyle, Joe O’Donnell, Shaun O’Donnell, Dan Connaghan; Jamie Gallagher, Kevin McElwaine, Anthony McGrenra, Johnny McCafferty (0-2), Aiden Sweeney (1-0); Steve McElwaine (0-1), Trevor Alcorn (1-3, 2fs), Kevin McDaid; Jimmy Gallagher, Daire McDaid (0-2,2fs), Paddy McDaid (1-1). Subs: James Doherty for Kevin McElwaine (19), Joe English for Steve McElwaine (44), Pauric Helferty for McGrenra (64)
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh; John Harkin, Gavin McDermott, Daniel McGlynn (0-2); Gary Dorrian, Frank McGlynn, Stephen McGlynn, Michael McGlynn (0-3), Stephen McDermott; Conor Ward, Kevin McGlynn, Paddy Costello, Ciaran Moy (0-2), Gerard Ward (1-4, 2fs), Malachy Martin (0-4). Subs: Kieran Foy for Costello (57 ), Hugh Foy for Conor Ward (59).
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh).