Full-time report: Termon preserve senior championship status

Full-time report: Termon preserve senior championship status

Termon manager Francie Friel

Termon will play Donegal Senior Football Championship again next season after victory in their Donegal SFC relegation play-0ff at O'Donnell Park in Letterkenny.


Termon 1-11 

Milford 0-8 

The winners were in control at half time in this crunch relegation clash.They led by six points at the break thanks to four points from Darragh McDaid and two each from Enda McCormack and James McSharry.

Kane and Christopher Barrett scored the points for Milford who were way off the pace in the opening 30 minutes.

Powered by Ricky Gallagher and Ryan McFadden and with James  McSharry, Enda McCormick and Daire McDaid in sparkling form up front Termon reeled off four quick points two from McDaid and one each from McCormick.

They were 0-4 to 0-0 up inside seven minutes and were 0-5 to 0-0 by the time Jimmy White called the first water break. McDaid landed his second from play from way out on the right hand side.

Milford really struggled to make any headway. Matthew McLaughlin drew a good save from Emmett Maguire from 13 metres, on three minutes and Kane Barrett and Shay Durning hit a number of wides. 

Barrett was  denied by the upright for the opening point just before the water break. 

And he had to wait until the middle of the second quarter before he raised a first white flag.That was on 24 minutes but it was cancelled out almost immediately by a fine point from McCormick. 

Christopher Barrett did  raise Milford hopes a couple of minutes later but Termon got back on track with McDaid and McSharry splitting the posts to lead by six at the break.  

Milford, with ace marksman Cathal McGettigan in from the restart, did step up their performance after half-time. 

Kane Barrett won a good mark and kicked a point within three minutes of the restart. 

And while they were struggling to make any inroads against a well marshalled Termon defence McGettigan made it a three point game just before the second water break.

Man of the match Nathan McElwaine, Kevin McDaid and Oisin Cassidy did not give an inch in the Termon fullback line. Cassidy played so well he even got forward with good effect. 

McSharry and McCormick popped over points for a five point lead once more.

Termon led 0-10 to 0-5 going down the stretch. But Milford were in no mood to just throw in the towel and McGettigan from a free and Conor McHugh from play kept the game alive. 

But the goal they craved as the clock ticked down never looked on and McCormick with his fourth point and Ryan McFadden with a late palmed goal sealed it.

TERMON:  Emmett Maguire; Oisin Cassiidy, Kevin McDaid, Nathan McElwaine; Jamie Grant, Barry McGeehin, Caolan Gallagher; Ryan McFadden (1-0),  Ricky Gallagher; James McSharry (0-3), Enda McCormick (0-4, 2f), Shane Doherty; Caolan McDaid, Daire McDaid (0-4,2f), Conor Cassidy.

Sub: Stephen McElwaine for C Gallagher 53.  

MILFORD: Sean Gallagher; TJ Everson, James Doyle, Peter Curran;  Ryan McMahon, Ronan Docherty, Dylan Dorrian; Rory O’Donnell, Luke Barrett (0-1); Matthew McLaughlin, Christopher Barrett ((0-2),Shay Durning; Conor McHugh (0-1), Kane Barrett (0-1),  Darragh Black.. 

Subs; Cathal McGettigan (0-3,3f) for M McLaughlin  h/t; Martin Doyle for S Durning 40; Padraig Curley for D Black 55

REFEREE: Jimmy White (Killybegs)

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