14 Aug 2022

Bundoran get much-needed win to ease their relegation worries

Close contest with St Michael's only decided in final minutes

Bundoran get much-needed win to ease their relegation worries

Captains Shane McGowan and Liam Paul Ferry with referee Shane Toolan in Bundoran

In a vital game for both sides, Bundoran eased their relegation worries with a narrow victory over St Michael's in very difficult conditions at Gaelic Park, Bundoran.

Bundoran 0-9
St Michael's 0-7

The first half was played in a downpour and the rain made the pitch very difficult with plenty of mistakes on both sides. Michael Langan, despite carrying an injury, was the main source of scores for St Michael's while the US bound Jamie Brennan, Timmy Govorov and Gary Clancy stepped up for Bundoran.

For the neutrals, it was an entertaining affair and the errors could be excused because of the conditions.

Bundoran were the superior side for much of the first half but had just two points to spare at the break, going in 0-5 to 0-3. They hit five wides, a few of them very good chances.

Gary Clancy had their opener after getting a second bite of the cherry from a 35m free and he doubled the lead on six minutes after working a short '45'. Jamie Brennan was denied by the woodwork from a 'mark' while Michael Langan had a free for the visitors on nine minutes.

Gary Clancy and Jamie Brennan added two very good points to go three ahead on 17 minutes but St Michael's came back into the contest in the second quarter. Andrew Kelly had a goal chance blocked before Carlos O'Reilly won a free for Langan to point.

Another foul on Colin McFadden in the second minute of added time allowed Michael Langan to hit his third free but from the kick-out Timmy Govorov ran the length of the field to hit the final point of the half.

Availing of one of the many turnovers in the game, Carlos O'Reilly cut the Bundoran lead to the minimum just two minutes into the second half. Paul Brennan almost created a goal chance for Ciaran McCaughey with a high deliveryt but Gary Clancy pushed the lead out to two on 43 minutes with a free.

Langan again cut the lead with his fourth free but Bundoran responded with Govorov and Shane McGowan involved before Oisin Walsh went forward to fire over with six minutes left.

There was to be an exciting finish with Langan twice firing over frees while Timmy Govorov replied. And in the fifth minute of added time, a turnover allowed Jamie Brennan to hit the insurance point and almost guarantee Bundoran their place in the top flight again next year. St Michael's had plenty of possession before Brennan's point but just didn't get the ball inside to give themselves a chance.

Bundoran scorers: Gary Clancy 0-4,2f; Timmy Govorov, Jamie Brennan 0-2 each; Oisin Walsh 0-1

St Michael's scorers: Michael Langan 0-6,6f; Carlos O'Reilly 0-1.

BUNDORAN: Conor Carty; Matthew Duffy, Johnny Boyle, Ciaran Doherty; Adam Gallagher, Shane McGowan, Oisin Walsh; Gary Clancy, Paul Brennan; Adam McGlone, Cian McEniff, Kyle McNulty; Timmy Govorov, Ciaran McCaughey, Jamie Brennan. Sub: Conor J McManus for McGlone (54).

ST MICHAEL'S: Oisin Cannon; Ruairi Friel, Liam Paul Ferry, Shane Langan; Kyle McGarvey, Stephen Doak, Hugh O'Donnell; Michael Langan, Martin McElhinney; Martin Breslin, Oisin Langan, Colin McFadden; Andrew Kelly, Carlos O'Reilly, Bryan Creed. Sub: Odhran McFadden for S Langan inj (46)

REFEREE: Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh)

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