Bundoran on form to dismiss Ardara

Bundoran on form to dismiss Ardara

A masterclass from the Brennans, Jamie and Paul, along with Mikey McEniff saw Bundoran see off Ardara in Gaelic Park, Bundoran.

Bundoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15

Ardara . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-13

A Bundoran blitz at the start of the second half settled this game, with Jamie Brennan on fire up front. They hit six points without reply to go 1-10 to 0-7 in front and there was no way back for the visitors.

Jamie Brennan finished with a personal tally of 1-6, but the only worry for Bundoran was that only two other points from play came from the forward line.

In a very competitive first half, scores were hard earned. Brendan McNelis had Ardara on the board inside 25 seconds, but Bundoran were deprived of a goal at the other end seconds later as Tommy Hourihane's effort was saved by Gary McHugh.

Bundoran were ahead by the 8th minute with Jamie Brennan and Tommy Hourihane finding the range. Brennan was very lively but Ardara got the next three scores with Gareth Concarr, CJ Molloy and Johnny Herron finding the range.

Michael McEniff won a free for Tommy Hourihane to reduce the leeway to a point and on 23 minutes Bundoran hit the front with Jamie Brennan powering through to find the net.

Almost immediately Ardara lost Paddy McGrath to injury, but they again responded with the next three points, Concarr from a free, Lorcan O'Donnell and Johnny Herron with his second.

In the second minute of added time Johnny Boyle lofted a great reply for Bundoran to leave the sides deadlocked at the break, Bundoran 1-4, Ardara 0-7.

Then came the Bundoran blitz with points from Hourihane (free), Jamie Brennan (2), Pauric Rooney, Ciaran McCaughey (fist) and Johnny Boyle. It was a real purple patch with some great scores.

There were 13 minutes gone before Brendan McNelis raised a flag for Ardara, but immediately Michael McEniff found the space to set up Jamie Brennan to reply.

Conor Classon had a rare Ardara score but Jamie Brennan hit back with two to leave seven in it, 1-13 to 0-9, with 52 gone.

Ardara did rally, getting four points to reduce the leeway to three with two minutes of added time played, but Bundoran did not allow a repeat of the league game, as they closed it out with points from Hourihane and Johnny Boyle, who had his effort tipped over.

A well deserved win for Bundoran, who were just too strong, especially up the middle where James Keaney, David Stuttard, Paul Brennan, Ciaran McCaughey, Tommy Hourihane and Niall Dunne were very strong.

BUNDORAN: Conor Carty; James Keaney, David Stuttard, Pauric Rooney (0-1); Matthew Ward, Paul Brennan, Johnny Boyle (0-3) Michael McEniff, Ciaran McCaughey (0-1); Alan Russell, Tommy Hourihane (0-3,2f), Shane McGowan; Jamie Brennan (1-6), Niall Dunne, Christy Keaney (0-1). Sub., Dara Hoey for Russell 17.

ARDARA: Gary McHugh; Declan Gavigan, Kenneth Doherty, Kevin Breslin; Johnny Herron (0-2), Paddy McGrath, Kieran Breslin; Conor Classon (0-1), Brendan McNelis (0-3,2f)); Nicholas Maguire, Jack Brennan, Ryan Malley (0-1); CJ Molloy (0-1), Gareth Concarr (0-4,2f), Lorcan O'Donnell (0-1). Subs., Killian Boyle for P McGrath 23

REFEREE: Connie Doherty (N Conaill)