Glenfin truly buried their Bundoran bogey at Gaelic Park on Saturday evening with an emphatic win.
The home side could point to bad luck and a series of unforced errors that led to each of the visitors’ goals but a hungrier, fitter and more accurate Glenfin were good value for the nine point difference. Four Glenfin players, including Frank McGlynn, and one Bundoran player were black-carded but without any appreciable impact on the visitors’ impressive performance.
Glenfin had a dream start with a mix-up in the Bundoran defence letting Frank McGlynn through to power the ball to the net within 30 seconds. Bundoran’s reply was immediate with Peter McGonigle netting for the Sea-siders from the re-start. The game settled after this both sides having opportunities but only Glenfin converting with frees from Ciaran Moy and Gerard Ward and one from play by Kevin McGlynn to leave it 1-3 to 1-0 by the end of the first quarter. Another two minute scoring burst saw Tommy Hourihane and Gerard Ward trade frees and Jason Marley get Glenfin’s second goal. Under pressure, an off-balance Kevin McGlynn’s left-handed attempt at a fisted point came off the post and dropped invitingly for Marley who gleefully banged into an unguarded goal. Two Bundoran frees saw them close the gap back to four points before Gerard Ward benefitted from another handling error to waltz through the Bundoran backline for a third goal. Ciaran Moy moved the gap out to eight points with a close range free but Bundoran grabbed two just before the break to leave it 3-5 to 1-5 at half time.
Bundoran needed to start the second half like they finished the first but it was Glenfin who were fastest out of the blocks. A Ciaran Moy free was followed by a Michael McEniff point but a Gerard Ward free and a point form Frank McGlynn made it 3-8 to 1-6. McGlynn was black-carded for dragging Peter McGonigle to the ground but Glenfin responded with another free to put nine points between the sides. The rest of the quarter belonged to a profligate home side who hit five successive wides before a Moy point made it 3-10 to 1-6 on 45 minutes. A mini-Bundoran revival followed with McEniff again, Dara Hoey and Jamie Brennan on the mark for the home side, all within four minutes. That was as good as it got though. Bundoran were encamped in the opposition half seeking a morale boosting goal but Glenfin had parked the bus Mourihno style and were deadly accurate on the break. Lightening transfers out of defence lead to a well worked point from Gary Dorrian a beautiful long range effort from near the byline by Kevin McGlynn and a fisted effort from Gerard Ward to close out the game. Christy Keaney skimmed the cross-bar for a consolation Bundoran point in added time.
Kevin McGlynn was man-of-the-match for Glenfin with impressive displays also from Gerard and Stephen Ward and John Harkin. For most of the Seasiders it was a day to forget as they slumped to the first defeat since last September.
Bundoran: Johnny Keenan, Johnny Boyle, Diarmuid McCaughey, Pauric Rooney, Michael McEniff (0-3 1f), Niall Dunne, Jamie Brennan (0-1), Paul Delaney, Ciaran McCaughey, Paul Sheridan, Peter McGonigle (1-0), Johnny McHale (0-1), Dara Hoey (0-1), Tommy Hourihan (0-2, 2f), Johnny Ward. Subs, Ashley Mulhearn, David Stuttard (for Johnny Ward), Christy Keaney (for Paul Delaney, 0-1), James Keaney (for Dara Hoey), Peadar O’Keefe, Barry McGowan (for Johnny McHale, BC).
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh, Gareth Martin, John Harkin, Dean Herron, Lorcan Donnellan, Frank McGlynn (1-1), Gary Dorrian (0-1), Michael McGlynn, Stephen Ward, Conor Ward, Kevin McGlynn (0-1), Stephen McGlynn, Ciaran Moy (0-4, 3f), Gerard Ward (1-4, 3f), Jason Marley (1-2). Subs used: Ryan Dorrian, Gavin McDermott (for Frank McGlynn, BC), Mark McGinty (for Michael McGlynn), Luke Keane (for Gavin McDermott, BC), Ciaran Foy (for Ciaran Moy, BC), Martin O’Donnell.
Fanad Gaels 1-6
Adrian Hanlon kicked a goal and four points as Dungloe maintained their good start to the season with a victory over Fanad Gaels.
The ex-county man hit the goal in the first half which helped his side to a 1-7 to 0-2 half-time lead. And he popped over three of his four points in the second period as the locals cruised to another two points, in Rosses Park.
Adrian Sweeney scored two points in a game that Dungloe had nine different scorers with Sean Wallace (2), Conor Greene, Shaun Sharkey, David McCarron, Mark Sweeney, Gerard Walsh and Cory Gallagher also on the score sheet.
Seamie ‘Nanny’ Friel scored a goal and four points of Fanad’s total with the goal scored from the penalty spot on the stroke of time. Patrick McConigley was Fanad’s only other scorer on a night that Fanad suffered their first defeat of the campaign.
Dungloe: C Sharkey; G Ward, J Sweeney, Doalty Boyle; Mark Sweeney (0-1), S Sharkey (0-1), D Curran; R Sweeney, C Gallagher (0-1); S Wallace (0-2), A Hanlon (1-4), G Walsh (0-1); Adrian Sweeney (0-2,2f), C Greene (0-1), D McCarron (0-1). Subs: A Neilly for C Greene (h/t,ing); J Scally for D Curran; E Scally for M Sweeney; D Rogers for S Wallace; L Neilly for A Hanlon.
Fanad Gaels: O Blaney; J Blaney, F Friel, C Martin; R McAteer, P McConigley, J Coyle; K McElwaine, M Sweeney; A McAteer, S Friel (Nanny)(1-4,1-0 pen, 3f), M Ateer; O Shiels, M Friel, S Friel (Cocha). Subs: R McGonagle for M Sweeney; J Friel for M McAteer; B McVeigh for S Friel (Cocha).
Referee: M Coll(Gaoth Dobhair).
Killybegs 0 11
St. Naul’s 0 12
In a well contested division two league match in Fintra the visitors continued their very impressive start.
Killybegs started the brighter going into a two point lead but St. Naul’s with Daniel Friel and Stephen Griffin, who was very accurate from dead balls, got the away team into their stride and built up at one stage a four point lead in the first half.
Mark Boyle and |hugh McFadden got killybegs back to within two points just before the break. The second half started well for the home side and Eoin Ban Gallagher, who was very impressive for Killybegs throughout, got them back level with fifteen minutes to go.
St Naul’s got into their stride once again and scores from Stuart Johnston, Mark Ward and John Rose put them in control but Killybegs althoug Charles Tully and Hugh Mc Fadden fought back to within one and only a great save by Lee McBrearty ensured the points for the visitors.
For the home side Eoin Ban Gallagher, Hugh McFadden, David Conwell and Mark Boyle were excellent with Stephen Griffin, Barry Griffin, John Rose and Shane Conneely standing out for St Nauls.
Killybegs: M Mullen, G Boyle, D Conwell, B Mc Callig, Eoin Gallagher (0-1, J Gallagher, J Noctor, E Murphy, C Murrin, D Breslin, R Mc Closkey, V Smith, C Tully(0-1), H Mc Fadden (0-7), M Boyle (0-2). Subs, D McGuire for R McCloskey, P McGettigan for J Noctor, P Conaghan for McGuire, A O Hara for McGettigan.
St Nauls: L McBrearty, C MC Brearty, E Lynch, J Rose (0-1), B Griffin (0-1), A Kennedy, S Johnston (0-1), S Griffin (0-5), D Friel, C Lowther, M Ward (0-1), L Mc Grourty, D Brennan (0 -1), S Conneelly (0-1), A Gallagher (0-1). Sub., C Mc Devitt for A Gallagher (black card).
Referee: Robbie O Donnell (N Mhuire).