DONEGAL GAA - DIVISION TWO

Bundoran overcome Naomh Columba to edge closer to promotion back to Division One

Gerry McLaughlin

Reporter:

Gerry McLaughlin

Bundoran overcome Naomh Columba to edge closer to promotion back to Division One

Gary Clancy on the ball for Bundoran against Naomh Columba Photo Thomas Gallagher

The ‘Brennan Boys’ were back in town as Bundoran took a huge step towards promotion after this hard fought victory over a youthful but plucky 14 man Naomh Columba in miserable rainy conditions at Gaelic Park.

Bundoran 2-16
Naomh Columba 3-7

Paul started and Jamie came on in the second half and set up the clinching last gasp goal for substitute Matthew Duffy in the 63rd minute.
The home side just about deserved their victory as veteran Tommy Hourihane (37) and he certainly does not look it, hit an even more precious goal for them in the 42nd minute after good work from Michael McEniff.
Hourihane slammed the ball into the roof of the Glen net to put the home side ahead by 1-11 to 2-5 and negated Glen’s outstanding Aaron Doherty’s superbly converted penalty in the 35th minute.
It came a minute after Glen’s Ryan Gillespie was very unlucky to see his rasper rebound off the Bundoran upright.
From there to the finish Bundoran never really looked like losing with full forward Gary Clancy lofting over some superb long range points when his side needed them most.
But there was a twist in the tale when Glen’s Kevin McNern blasted the ball to the roof of the Bundoran net in the 59th minute to leave Bundoran leading by 1-16 to 3-7.
Glen threw everything into attack and when an Aaron Doherty free was cleared, Jamie Brennan dribbled the ball soccer style for 40 metres before unselfishly finding sub Matthew Duffy for a simple tap in and victory was assured.
But the visitors were badly hampered by the loss of midfielder Paddy Byrne who got a straight red card for a striking action on Bundoran’s Paul Murphy in the 13th minute.
That was a huge blow but the wind assisted Glen did not panic and were well worth their half-time lead of 1-4 to 0-6.
The goal came once again from Doherty after a somewhat bizarre penalty when Bundoran’s Niall Dunne pulled on a ball in the home side’s square just as Glen full-forward Christopher Byrne tried to gain possession.
Byrne was struck in the face and referee Enda McFeely pointed to the spot for Doherty to slot home with impressive assurance in the 20th minute.
That goal came after both sides swapped points from Doherty, Clancy and Hourihane.
Bundoran found it difficult to break down a well organized Glen defence playing into the wind in the opening half.
But their superior experience and physique told in the final quarter as they surged clear before surviving a late rally from a game Glen side.

BUNDORAN: Ashley Mulhern, Matthew Ward, Diarmuid McCaughey, Pauric Rooney; Brian McHenry (0-1), Paul Brennan, Paul Murphy (0-1), Shane McGowan (0-1), Ciaran McCaughey; Timmy Govorov (0-1), Michael McEniff (0-2), Niall Dunne; Tommy Hourihane (1-4,2f), Gary Clancy (0-6,2f), Cian McEniff. Subs: Jamie Brennan for Brian McHenry 45, Matthew Duffy (1-0) for Tommy Hourihane 48, Niall Carr for Niall Dunne 52, Diarmuid Spratt for Shane McGowan 58.

NAOMH COLUMBA: Shane O’Gara, Barry Carr, Martin Cunningham, Kieran McBrearty; Tadgh McGinley, Pauric Ward, Stephen Jones; Paddy Byrne, Fionn Gallagher; Ryan McNern; Ryan Gillespie (0-2), Kevin McNern (1-0), Aaron Doherty (2-3, 2pen), Christopher Byrne, Philip Doherty (0-2). Subs: Lanty Molloy for Christopher Byrne ht.

REFEREE: Enda McFeely (Convoy)