Gaoth Dobhair held off a late Dungloe surge to come out on top of their clash in Magheragallon.
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In the end it was a well taken goal by Cian Mulligan that seperated the sides with Gaoth Dobhair coming away with a good win on home turf.
A howling wind slightly aided the home side in the first half but the swirling conditions made it difficult for both sides to settle into the game, played before a very large crowd.
The first real attack of the game came in the third minute when Adrian Hanlon forced a fine save from Chris Sweeney.
Gaoth Dobhair went on the attack and opened the scoring with an Odhran MacNiallais pointing from play after being set up by Gavin McBride.
Gaoth Dobhair had a goal chance themselves shortly after when a scramble saw the ball return to Noel Kelly to fire over.
Dungloe’s first score came in the 15th minute from Adrian Hanlon after he hooked up with Cory Gallagher and made a powerful run to finish well.
Ciaran Ferry struck back for Gaoth Dobhair with a fisted pointed after he made a strong run.
Odhran MacNiallais strucck a free after Kevin Cassidy was taken down illegally. In the last minute of the half, Cian Mulligan went on a strong run through the Dungloe defence and it looked like he had lost possession but regained his composure to fire off a shot that hit the back of the Dungloe net and this left the home side ahead 1-4 to 0-1 as the half came to a close. But his effort was not before Dungloe’s Conor Greene’s effort was saved and rebounded off the woodwork.
A further scramble saw Gerard Ward’s effort go unrewarded as the whistle went.
Veteran foward Adrian Sweeney clawed a score back for Dungloe in the first minute of the restart from a free.
Odhran MacNiallais had to improvise in their first attack of the half when he struck the ball cleanly off the floor from play to make it 1-5 for Gaoth Dobhair.
Sean Sharkey struck a fourth for Dungloe in the 35th minute but Gaoth Dobhiar hit back with a Gavin McBride point from play after he teamed up with Gary McFadden.
Kevin Cassidy was going well winning a lot of high ball and followed this up with a fine long range score in the 41th minute making it 1-7 to 0-4.
Dungloe hit back with what may have been the best worked score of the tie. Noel McBride started the move and some neat passing via Conor Greene saw Adrian Hanlon follow up with a sweet strike to bring their tally to 0-5 in the 13th minute of the half.
Noel Kelly struck agan for Gaoth Dobhair making but Dungloe were gaining momentum as the clock ticked down.
Newly introduced Dungloe substitue Adam Neely looked lively in the last few minutes as he hit two fine back to back scores as the Dungloe men pressed desperately to get something out of the game. Neely’s scores had left four between the sides as they entered injury time.
In the 32 minute Adrian Sweeney made a valiant strike on the score board leaving just a goal tween them deep into time added on and Gaoth Dobahir held out until the final whistle blew.
Gaoth Dobhair: Chris Sweeney, Chris McFadden, Eamonn McGee, Gary McFadden, Niall Friel, Ciaran Gillespie, Ciaran Ferry(0-1), Peter McGee, Odhran MacNiallais(0-3,1f), Michael Carroll, Kevin Cassidy(0-1), Padraig McGarvey, Cian Mulligan (1-0), Gavin McBride(0-1), Noel Kelly(0-2). Subs: James Gallagher for P McGarvey 43mins, Tommy Diver for G McBride 49 min, Dan McBride for C Mulligan 56min, James Boyle for O MacNiallais 56min, Paul Mulligan for P McGee 58mins.
Dungloe: Danny Rogers, Jack Scally, Gavin Ward, Doalty Boyle, Eoin Scally, Sean Sharkey (0-1), Darren Curren, Raymond Sweeney, Noel McBride, Gerard Walsh, Conor Greene, Martin Redmond, Adrian Sweeney (0-2,1f), Adrian Hanlon (0-3), Cory Gallagher. Subs: Mark Sweeney for G Walsh 41mins, David McCarron for M Redmond 47mins, Paul McGarvey for N McBride, Adam Neely(0-2) for C Gallagher 63mins,Barry Curran for G Ward 67min.
Referee: Connie Doherty