By Noel Carr, PRO
Realt na Mara 4-13
Bundoran gained two valuable league points in a real rollercoaster victory over a dogged Cloughaneely in Gaelic Park last evening.
The home side were a real mixed bag playing some excellent football early in both halfs before switching off for a period to allow their visitors gain momentum before finally getting the job done.
Bundoran had a whirlwind start with Daragh Hoey crashing the ball off the crossbar before Cian McEniff reacted quickest to fist to the net after only 2 mins. This was immediately followed by a well taken Tommy Hourihane point.
The Cloughaneely response was excellent and they had levelled matters by the 5th min with a Ciaran McFadden point and a well finished Darren Ferry goal.Sean McGuire added 2 points before the experienced Shane McGowan replied for the Realt.Ferry split the posts again on 20 mins and shortly after they lost veteran Kevin Mulhern to injury which had an unsettling impact as it was to be their final score of the half as the men in black and amber registered 1-4 to finish the half strongly. Points from Alan Russell Timmy Govorov Michael McEniff Hourihane and a unstoppable penalty from Gary Clancy following a crude challenge on Govorov which saw Noel Sweeney black carded sent the homeside into the dressing rooms at the break leading 2-6 to 1-4.
A brilliant run and finish from centre half back Paul Murphy increased Bundorans lead after only 20 secs of the new half.For the next 10 mins the homeside produced some fantastic football.Russell again found the range and this was followed by a superb team move with at least 5 players exchanging passes before Michael McEniff produced a quality finish past the helpless Sean McClafferty in the Cloughaneely goals.3 further points from Govorov Hoey and Hourihane had Bundoran out of sight and increased their lead out to 13 points.At this stage you would not have blamed the visitors for throwing in the towel but instead they finally registered their first score in 25 mins with a fine score from sub John Fitzgerald.Slowly but surely the Cloughaneely men gained belief .2 further points from McFadden and Ferry left 10 between the sides midway through the half.Another Cloughaneely goal from the impressive Fitzgerald who rounded his man to fire past Conor Carty left the natives feeling very anxious .Their nerves were jangling further by the 55 min with 3 further points on the board for the men in blue with points from Paul Sweeney and 2 frees from McGuire. Unbelievably it was now only a 4 point game but a point from sub Christopher Keaney settled the home teams anxiety.Then on 58 mins Bundoran finally put the game to bed when sub Niall Carr pounced on a goalkeeping error to finish well to the net.On 58mins Cloughaneely were reduced to 14 when Aiden Doohan saw red for a high boot on Oisin Walsh.Another Keaney point added the gloss to the scoreboard to give Realt na Mara a deserved victory.Bundoran manager Niall Dunne will be delighted with this win gaining another brace of valuable points even if it was a bit of a Jekyll n Hyde performance. Finalscore Realt na Mara 4-13 Cloughaneely 2-10
Realt na Mara
Conor Carty Matthew Duffy Diarmuid McCaughey Adam Gallagher Oisin Walsh Paul Murphy 0-1 Johnny Boyle Cian McEniff 1-0 Michael McEniff 1-1 Timmy Govorov 0-2 Daragh Hoey 0-1 Shane McGowan 0-1 Tommy Hourihane 0-3 (1f) Gary Clancy 1-0 pen Alan Russell 0-2 subs Christopher Keaney 0-2 for T Hourihane 48m
Niall Carr 1-0 for P Murphy 50m
Brian McHenry for D McCaughey 52m
Sean McClafferty Fionn McGinley Kevin Mulhern Noel Sweeney Aidan Doohan Michael Fitzgerald Ciaran McFadden 0-1 Martin McGuire Ciaran Scanlon Mark Harley Darren Ferry 1-2 Ciaran McGeady
Sean McGuire 0-4 (3f) Paul Sweeney 0-1 Cillian Gallagher subs
Cian McFadden 0-1 for K Mulhern 21m
Michael McHugh for N Sweeney (BC) 29m John Fitzgerald 1-1 for N McGuire 38m Sean McGarvey for Ciaran McGeady 54m
Referee Enda McFeely (McCumhaills)
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