Concarr rescues Ardara with late goal

Concarr rescues Ardara with late goal
Peter Campbell @dgldemocrat

There was a dramatic end in Gaelic Park, Bundoran, as a '45' from Gareth Concarr, deep in added time, went all the way to the net to give Ardara a much needed win.

Bundoran . . . . . . . . 2-13

Ardara . . . . . . . . . . . .4-8

Ardara, who have been ever present in Division One for 40 years, still have a battle on their hands for survival, but this could be a kick-start. They have six games left, just one of them at home, so they will need to have some battling qualities to survive. They are still two points adrift, but have a game in hand on Glenswilly, while Termon are just a further point ahead.

Bundoran had James Keaney back for his first game after a broken collar bone and he was influential early on as the home side had the aid of the breeze.

They were 1-2 to no score ahead after seven minutes, thanks to a wonderfully finished goal by Shane McGowan, set up by the run of Paul Brennan, who broke two tackles to create the opening.

Alan Russell and Tommy Hourihane had hit the opening points, but Ardara hit back when Kevin Whyte was taken down as he bore down on goals and Gareth Concarr despatched the penalty.

The Bundoran response was good as Shane Moohan, Hourihane (free), James Keaney and Alan Russell added points to stretch the lead to 1-6 to 1-0.

Paul Watters had Ardara only score from play in the opening half on 22 minutes but they should have had a second penalty minutes later when CJ Molloy was grounded in front of the goals, but play was waved on.

Alan Russell had his third point of the half on 25 minutes before Concarr pointed a free to leave it Bundoran 1-7, Ardara 1-2 at the break.

Ardara did pull the deficit back to three inside ten minutes of the restart with Concarr and Brendan McNelis frees, but Alan Russell and Hourihane responded to leave it 1-10 to 1-5 by the 45th minute.

But all hell broke loose in the final quarter. Kieran Breslin started the Ardara revival finishing a goal, although they were lucky that Brendan McNelis was not penalised for an off the ball foul. Nicholas Breslin followed with a point to leave just a point in it, 2-6 to 1-10.

But when Niall Dunne came in, Bundoran hit back with two McEniff points and then a wonderful goal from Johnny Boyle after an inch perfect pass from Paul Brennan. Bundoran were leading 2-12 to 2-7 with just four minutes left.

But Ardara came again. Peter McHugh pointed and Kevin Whyte got in for a third goal. Just as the game entered added time Conor Classon, from the sideline, saw his lobbed effort go over off the crossbar, but when Alan Russell came forward on 72 minutes to point, it seemed as if Ardara's chance was gone.

But they were awarded a free. Concarr lobbed it but it was batted away for a '45', and from the '45' Concarr's shot went all the way to the net for a dramatic win.

Bundoran: Calvin Mulhern; Diarmuid McCaughey, Peter McGonigle, Matthew Ward; Barry McGowan, Paul Brennan, Johnny Boyle; Michael McEniff, Ciaran McCaughey; James Keaney, Alan Russell (0-3), Shane McGowan (1-0); Tommy Hourihane (0-2,2f), Christy Keaney, Shane Moohan (0-1). Subs., Niall Dunne for J Keaney 40; Dara Hoey for C Keaney 48; Conor Carty for Mulhern 52; Paul Delaney and Niall Carr for C McCaughey and T Hourihane, both 58.

Ardara: Gary McHugh; Nicholas Maguire, Declan Gavigan, Kevin Breslin; Johnny Herron, Conor Classon (0-1), Kieran Breslin (1-0); Nicholas Breslin (0-1), Brendan McNelis (0-1,f); Jack Brennan, Kevin Whyte (1-0), Lorcan O'Donnell; CJ Molloy, Gareth Concarr (2-3, pen,'45',2f), Paul Watters (0-1). Subs., John Ross Molloy for K Breslin 22; Peter McHugh (0-1) for J Brennan 33; Cillian Boyle for J Herron 45.

Referee: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh)