Termon the Donegal U16 Football champions
Termon are celebrating a first ever Donegal Division One U16 Championship following Friday night's gigantic final tussle with Gaoth Dobhair, in Moyle View Park, Milford.
TERMON …………… 1-9
GAOTH Dobhair …….1-8
It took a point in the closing seconds from one of their heroes of this first win Jack Alcorn to finally clinch a tie that had extra time written all over it from a long way out.
Alcorn, the son of manager Trevor Alcorn, got onto the end of a patient Termon build up to knock over the winner under pressure at the end of a barnstorming second half performance.
Behind by three points, 1-3 to 1-6, at at the end of an opening half, Termon had the greater fire in the belly and the greater hunger when the game was in the melting pot in those spine tingling closing minutes.
Along with Alcorn the new champions had big performances from Marty Steele at centre half-back, Kevin McGettigan in the middle of the field, Jamie Grant Aaron Reid in the half-forward line and James Cassidy in the front line of the attack.
Conor Black also made a huge impact on his introduction for the second half and his penetrating runs had the Gaoth Dobhair defence at sixes and sevens.
Gaoth Dobhair were not without their big performers too with Micheál Doherty in the half-back line, goal scorer Eoin De Burca and Donal McBride in the middle of the park, turning in big performances.
Gaoth Dobhair led 1-1 to 0-0 after two minutes thanks to a Donal McBride point and a goal from powerful midfielder Eoin De Burca. But three minutes later Termon were up and running when Marty Steele got on the end of a sweeping move to rattle the Gaoth Dobhair net.
And while Gaoth Dobhair raced into a three point lead courtesy of strikes from the busy Jamie Doherty and Michaél Doherty, Termon had found their mojo. And Aaron Reid and Jamie Grant hit fine points, Reid from a 40 metre free, to draw level at 1-3 each at the end of the first quarter.
In a game where packed defences were on top Gaoth Dobhair found the key to unlock Termon’s rearguard and posted three unanswered points from McBride (2) and Michaél Doherty to go in at half-time three in front.
With Conor Black replacing the injured Bobbie McGettigan, Termon resumed on the front foot to hit the first three points of the half to tie up the game for the second time, 12 minutes into the new half.
And while De Burca and Cian McBride quickly restored Gaoth Dobhair’s two point advantage with just eight minutes remaining Termon were not to be denied.
A huge hit on Michaél Doherty by Alcorn and a turnover turned the game. Termon scored from the turnover when Reid converted from 35 metres and Alcorn levelled it shortly after before knocking over the winner three minutes into injury time for a famous victory.
TERMON: Emmett Maguire; Michael Trearty, Bobby McGettigan, Mark Toye; Manus O'Connell, Marty Steele (1-0), Brian McGettigan; Jack Alcorn (0-3), Kevin McGettigan; Jamie Grant (0-1), Lorcan Callaghan, Aaron Reid (0-4,3f); Mark Gallagher (0-1), Aaron Gallagher, Conor Cassidy.
Subs., Patrick McDaid for L Callaghan 15; Conor Black for B McGettigan halftime inj; Stephen Black for A Gallagher.
GAOTH DOBHAIR: Daithi Roberts; Sean Noel McFadden, Aidan Breathnach,Sean Gallagher; Kyle Doohan, Micheal O Dochartaigh (0-2), Cian McEntee; Domhnall McBride (0-3,3f), Eoghan De Burca (1-1); Odhran O hAilbhic, Stephen McFadden, Ryan O Dochartaigh; Aidan Griffin, Jamie Doherty (0-1) Fionnan Coyle.
Subs: Cian McBride (0-1) for S McFadden, black card 39.
REFEREE: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin)