When championship comebacks are recalled in years to come this seven point second half Dungloe revival against Ardara will be right up with the best of them.
Dungloe . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-17
Ardara . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-9
Down by six points at half-time, 2-6 to 0-6 and having been played off the park for most of the opening 20 minutes,Tony Boyle’s young side looked in real trouble at half-time.
And when Lorcan O’Donnell pointed to extend the Ardara out to seven, 2-9 to 0-6, thoughts of a place in the quarter-final draw drum looked all but gone.
Ardara had been the better side in the opening 30 with Ryan Malley, on nine minutes, and Gareth Concarr, on 24 minutes, scored the second three pointer.
The pace and running of Concarr and Mailley and the ball winning ability inside of C J Molloy had Dungloe at sixes and sevens early on.
But then came an unbelievable revival prompted by Noel McBride stepping up in the middle of the park to break the Brendan McNelis, Conor Classon first half stranglehold.
McBride, who kicked two first half points, added two more after the interval and with Adam Neely, Conor and Ryan Greene enjoying a more generous supply, the scores flowed for the locals.
Dungloe hit nine points without reply, five from placed balls. Adam Neely, who ended the game with a personal tally of 0-8, kicked four of those points, while Ryan Greene posted three and McBride two.
Dungloe led 0-15 to 2-7 by the 53rd minute. Ardara, who only scored three points in the second half, twice reduced the lead and Gareth Concarr had a great chance to snatch a dramatic win.
But veteran Dungloe keeper Ciaran Sharkey turned hero when denied Concarr from the penalty spot after C J Molloy had been dragged down.
Ardara were down to 14 for the closing six minutes after Declan Gavigan was shown a straight red card.