It was honours even between Naomh Muire and Termon at the end of a highly absorbing second round senior championship clash at the Banks, on Saturday evening.
Naomh Muire 0-15
The game was laced with passages of good play and some high quality point taking with Harry Harden and Sean Boyle for Naomh Muire and Christy Conaghan and Daire McDaid, Termon landing super points,
And there was drama at the finish too as favourites Termon came from two down in injury time to earn the draw and deny Naomh Muire a first ever senior championship success. Young Daire McDaid, six minutes into time added on, converted from 35 metres for the leveller.
After a slow burning opening six minutes the Naomh Muire attacking machine finally clicked into gear as they reeled off seven points without response to lead 0-7 to 0-1 by the 20 minute mark.
Corner forward Harry Harden posted four of the seven with two from frees and two from play from a variety of ranges and angles as very thing he seemed to touch turned to gold.
Hugh the Yank and Sean the Yank and Brian Gillespie hit the other three points in a golden quarter hour spell that had Termon in a spin and in real bother.
Indeed but for two brilliant point blanks saves by Noel O’Donnell, in the Termon goals, Gary Boyle’s men would have been out of sight by this stage.
The introduction of Austin Marron, for Termon halted the slide; all of a sudden the Burn Road men started to win more possession around the middle of the field. And it was they that took over for the closing ten minutes of the half and amazingly went in one up, 0-8 to 0-7 at half-time.
Dara McDaid (3), Stephen McElaine, Ricky Gallagher, Johnny McCafferty and Christy Conaghan knocked over the Termon points.
Naomh Muire went 0-9 to 0-8 up early in the second half before player manager Paddy McDaid pointed from a tight angle and Ricky Gallagher drilled home the game’s only goal. Gallagher first timed to the net after all Lee Boyle could do was parry Marron’s volley from just outside the large rectangle. That was on 37 minutes to open up a 1-9 to 0-9 lead.
However, Naomh Muire responded and by the 52 minute they had drawn level with three unanswered points before Harden kicked a fine point to restore a 0-13 to 1-9 lead for the locals, with six minutes of normal time remaining.
And the locals were still in front 0-15 to 1-10 as the game moved into injury time before Ollie Doherty set up Christy Conaghan to make it a one point game and a grandstand finish and McDaid’s saviour.
Naomh Muire: L Boyle; P Rodgers, T Duffy, R O’Donnell; A O’Gara, B Gillespie (0-1), J Boyle; P Gillespie, J O’Brien; S White (0-2, 1,f), S Burns, D Gallagher;H Harden (0-7,3,f), H ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-2), S ‘Yank’Boyle (0-3). Subs: P McCafferty for J Boyle; P ‘Yank’ Boyle for D Gallagher (both h/t); A O’Brien for T Duffy (44); C Boyle for H Harden (64).
Termon: N O’Donnell; F O’Flynn, K McDaid, N Fowler; S McElwaine (0-1), K McElwaine, J Gallagher; J McCafferty (0-1), C Mellett, C Conaghan (0-3,1,f), O Doherty, R Gallagher (1-1); D O’Donnell, D McDaid (0-4,2,f); P McDaid (0-1), Subs; A Marron for C Mellett (18); D Gibson (0-1) for K McElwaine (45); J English for S McElwaine (54).
Referee: C Doherty (Naomh Conaill).