Realt na Mara, Bundoran 3-10
Gaoth Dobhair 2-15
Odhran McNiallais showed his undoubted quality again orchestrating everything and hitting 6 points to deny a brave homeside in this enjoyable encounter in Gaelic Park. Both sides were short plenty of regulars but this didn't take away from the match in anyway.Gaoth Dobhair hit the first score after 6 mins from McNiallais after a cagey opening. Michael McEniff soon equalised and Daragh Hoey had Bundoran ahead on 12mins.A Cian Mulligan effort split the posts to level matters again on 15 mins.
A brilliant solo effort from Oisin Walsh saw him crashing an unstoppable effort past Gavin Sweeney. 2 further points from Shane McGowan and Walsh left 5 between the sides.on 24 mins.Gaoth Dobhair finished the half strongly with 2 points from Ethan Harkin and 1 from Niall Friel with a Cian McEniff free in reply Halftime Realt na Mara 1-05 Gaoth Dobhair 0-05.
Mervyn O Donnells halftime teamtalk had the desired effect and within 7 mins of the restart the visitors went from 3 down to 3 up with Mulligan and McNiallais hitting points and Conor McCafferty finishing a typical Gaoth Dobhair team goal with multiple passes to the Bundoran net.James Boyle hit a super point from defence and a further McNiallais free left 5 between the sides on 40mins.At this stage one expected the Ulster Champions to coast to victory but a brilliant turnover by Paul Murphy saw him hit an excellent fist pass to Matthew Duffy who blasted past Sweeney to breath new belief into the homeside.Another Hoey point left the bare minimum between the sides. Kevin Cassidy eventually found his range and McNiallais added another to settle the men in greens nerves.A Johnny Boyle effort was soon cancelled out by Harkin and Cassidy again to leave 4 between the teams with 8 mins left on the clock.Cian McEniff split the posts but once again McNiallais replied from a placed ball.2 further long range efforts from Michael McEniff left 2 between the sides on 57mins.Then in a frantic finish both sides found the net.Firstly Dan McBride finished a trademark move to palm to the net and then almost immediately a foul on Hoey saw Christopher Keaney dispatch the resultant penalty.As the natives believed that a shock was still on the cards their hopes were soon extinguished as referee Shane Toolan blew the final whistle having played 90 secs of added on time Considering that there was several subs and a stoppage for a head injury to Paul Murphy one could understand the homesides frustration. Finalscore Realt na Mara 3-10 Gaoth Dobhair 2-15
BUNDORAN: Conor Carty; Matthew Duffy (1-0), Diarmuid McCaughey, Adam Gallagher; Oisin Walsh (1-1), Paul Murphy, Johnny Boyle (0-1); Michael McEniff (0-3), Niall Carr; Timmy Goverov, Dara Hoey (0-2), Shane McGowan (0-1); James Stewart, Cian McEniff (0-2,1f), Brian McHenry. Subs: Christy Keaney (1-0,pen) for Stewart 41; Peter McGonigle for Goverov 56.
GAOTH DOBHAIR: Gavin Sweeney; James Boyle (0-1), Gary McFadden, Christopher McFadden; Niall Friel (0-1), Dan McBride (1-0), Conor McCafferty (1-0); Ronan Mac Niallais, Michael Carroll; Ethan Harkin (0-3), Odhrán Mac Niallais (0-6,4f), James Carroll; Cian Mulligan (0-2), Kevin Cassidy (0-2), Conor Boyle. Subs: Naoise Ó Baoill for Carroll 11; Seaghan Ferry for C McCafferty 53.
REFEREE: Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh)
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