McLaughlin’s wonder goal the difference

Brendan McLaughlin scored the vital goal that saw Sean MacCumhaill’s take the two league points in this Finn Valley derby clash at Pairc Taoiboige, Glenfin, on Sunday afternoon.

Brendan McLaughlin scored the vital goal that saw Sean MacCumhaill’s take the two league points in this Finn Valley derby clash at Pairc Taoiboige, Glenfin, on Sunday afternoon.

Glenfin 0-11

Sean MacCumhaill’s 1-11

Report: Tom Comack

Photos: Conor McGonagle

Livewire corner forward McLaughlin struck 12 minutes into the game after he was spotted in space by Darren O’ Leary. And from 20 metres and at angle he curled the ball around the outstretched arms of Benji O’Meara for a super goal, a goal that will linger long after the importance of the two points picked up in Sunday’s win fades away into the distance of time.

It was one of those once-in a lifetime strikes when a player just gets the perfect strike and the end product is just magic. If that is not the case and Brendan does it on a fairly regular basis, then he should be playing on a higher stage.

The goal put MacCumhaill’s into a 1-3 to a 0-2 lead after an even open ten minutes when the sides were level twice with Leigh Herron – the game’s opening point on 15 seconds – and Mark McGinty senior pointing for the home team, only for Darren McGowan and Darren O’Leary to respond for the men from the Twin Towns.

Boosted by McLaughlin’s wonder strike, O’Leary (free) and Joe Dunnion up in attack from centre back split the Glenfin posts to open up a six point advantage for Pat McNabb’s charges.

Francie Martin was forced to take remedial action moving former county man Stephen McDermott from centre forward to midfield and taking Frank McGlynn, who started at midfield, back in his more familiar surroundings in the half-back line.

The changes seemed to have an instant impact as McGinty, Malachy Martin and Ciaran Moy - with the first of his four - all raised white flags to reduce the margin to three.

And while David White hit MacCumhaill’s first score in 11 minutes, it was a three point game at the interval with MacCumhaill’s 1-6 to 0-6 in front.

The sides traded early scores at the start of the second half before Leigh Herron, followed shortly afterwards by Stephen McDermott, reduced the margin to a single point as the clock ticked towards the three quarter mark.

And with a stiff breeze in their back it looked as if it was advantage the locals. But Joe Dunnion and Brian Lafferty had other ideas. Dunnion pointed and Lafferty prodded and probed and carried the ball at every opportunity and Gavin Gallagher drew a good save from O’Meara and blasted another opportunity wide with the goal gaping.

Moy, with a free, kept home hopes alive, McLaughlin and O’Leary converted from placed balls before Ciaran Foy and Lafferty swapped late scores.

Sunday’s victory for MacCumhaill’s means they have completed a league double against their neighbours and arch rivals. They won the first game in MacCumhaill Park by 0-13 to 1-8. So the bragging rights for 2012 are with the men from the Twin Towns.

Glenfin: Benji O’Meara; Gary Herron, Gavin McDermott, John Harkin; Dean Herron, Gareth Martin, Malachy Martin (0-1); Michael McGlynn, Frank McGlynn; Leigh Herron (0-2), Stephen McDermott (0-1), Stephen McGlynn; Ciaran Moy (0-4,4f), Mark McGinty (snr)(0-2), Kevin McGlynn. Subs: Gerard Herron for D Herron (39); Ciaran Foy (0-1) for M McGinty (44).

Sean MacCumhaill’s: Rory Patton; Eoghan Wright, Seamus McGinty, Andrew McCloskey; Gavin Gallagher (0-1), Joe Dunnion (0-2), Darren McGowan (0-1); Paddy Hannigan, Pat McNulty; Brian Lafferty (0-2), David White (0-1), Stephen O’Reilly; Brendan McLaughlin (1-1), Darren O’Leary (0-3), Gary Dunnion. Subs: Eoghan Corry for P McNulty (h/t); Ryan Duffy for S. O’Reilly (41).

Referee: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh)

Killybegs 0-14

Cloughaneely 0-7

Killybegs continued their good form with a comprehensive win over a stubborn Cloughaneely side in Fintra.

Both sides were slow to start with good chances spurned by either side. Killybegs started the scoring through Pauric Gallagher and Hugh McFadden and raced to a four point lead before Cloughaneely got on the score sheet through Joe Boyce and Denis Boyle.

Killybegs went in at half-time leading by 0-6 to 0-2 and added four points at the start of the second half to put them out of reach.

Cloughaneely, to their credit, fought hard and kicked some fine scores from Shaun McGarvey, Shaun Maguire and Darren Ferry.

Killybegs closed the game out with scores from Brendan Boyle and Conal Molloy. The game was played at a great pace with no quarter asked or given. For the visitors Lee McFadden in goals pulled of a number of fine saves; full-back Kevin Doogan, Darren Ferry and full forward Shaun Maguire had fine games.

For Killybegs David Conwell, Shane Molloy, Matthew Smith, Hugh McFadden and Brendan Boyle turned in good performances.

Killybegs: M Mullin, D Conwell (0-1) S Boyle (0-1), C Conaghan, C Murrin, S Molloy, A O Hara, M Smith (0-1) H McFadden (0-3), B Boyle (0-4), P Mc Ginley, P Gallagher (0-2), R Boyle, C Molloy (0-2), D Breslin, C Tully for R Boyle, E Murphy for H McFadden, M Boyle for P Gallagher.

Cloughaneely: L McFadden, M Lynch, K Doogan, C McFadden, J Gallagher, K McFadden, C McGee, P McClafferty, B Cuffe, E Maguire, J Boyce, D Ferry (0-1), D Boyle (0-2) S Maguire (0-2), S McGarvey (0-2).

Referee: Michael Mc Shane ( Kilcar)

Naomh Mhuire 2-8

Malin 1-9

Ownie McGarvey was outstanding as Naomh Mhuire took two valuable league points from their home encounter with Malin on Sunday.

The home side led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break and it was a titanic struggle in the second half before they prevailed by just two points.

Naomh Mhuire: Sean Gallagher; Robert O’Donnell, Brian Gillespie, Daniel Gallagher; Shaun Gallagher, Adrian O’Gara, Tomas Duffy; Owen Grant 0-1, Owenie McGarvey

0-1; Harry Harden, Paul Yank Boyle 1-1, Paddy McCafferty; Sean Yank Boyle 1-1, Tom McHugh, Sean J Boyle, 0-2. Subs., Ciaran McGinley 0-2 for Harden; Darragh White for S Yank Boyle; Seamus Gallagher for Shaun Gallagher.

Malin: Daniel Mullarkey; Conor Farren, Damian Harkin, Charlie Byrne; John G McLaughlin, John McLaughlin, Gerard Farren; Declan Walsh, Anthony Kelly 0-6 Paul McLaughlin 0-01, Matthew Byrne 0-2, James Doherty; Adam Byrne, Turlough Doherty, Stephen McLaughlin 1-0.

Termon 1-11

Burt 0-6

Termon retained their top spot in Division Three with an eight point win over Burt at the Burn Road on Saturday night.

County goalkeeper Michael Boyle, who pulled off a number of top class saves including a point blank effort from Conor Harkin, scored six of his team’s 11 points, with Trevor Alcorn netting the goal.

Termon, led by four points at half-time, 0-6 to 0-2, with Steven McIlwaine and Boyle (5) the scorers while Sean McDaid and Mickey McCann were the Burt marksmen.

Trevor Alcorn hit the Termon goal early in the second half as the locals took a firm grip and Boyle, McIlwaine and Marty Sweeney (2) posted the points with McDaid and Paddy McDermott responding for the Inishowen men.

Termon: M Boyle (0-5, 5f); J O’Donnell, A McGrenra, B McNelis; D Conaghan, K McIlwaine, A Duffy; J McIlwaine, Kevin McDaid; A Sweeney, M Sweeney (0-2) , S McIlwaine (0-2); P Hilferty; M Gallagher, T Alcorn (1-1). Subs: B Trearty, J English, J L McLaughlin.

Burt: K McDermott; B Harrigan, M McGowan, K Glynn; P McHugh, M Donaghey, R Grant; J Boyle, P McDermott; M McCann, N Campbell, S McDaid; D Grant, M McHugh, C. Harkin.

Referee: Paddy McKeever (Glenfin).

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