Termon turned in a storming second half performance to claim both points in their crunch Division One clash with Dungloe at the Burn Road yesterday afternoon.
Termon . . . 1-18
Dungloe . . .1-14
Daire and Caolan McDaid were on fire up front for the winners who trailed by four points at half-time, 1-10 to 1-6.
Dungloe, playing with a stiff breeze, dominated much of the opening half and thanks to a pair of points from Noel McBride and Ryan Greene, and a goal and point from Adam Neilly, raced ahead.
But Francie Friel’s men reeled Dungloe in early in the second period.
Christy Conaghan and Daire McDaid scored the opening Termon points.
But Neilly hit the Termon net after good approach play and a precision pass from Conor Greene.
That was on 12 minutes and Dungloe were playing fast flowing football at pace. The Rosses men had pulled 1-9 to 0-5 clear before Daire McDaid pounced for the Termon goal.
McDaid won possession ahead of his marker before turning to rattle Danny Rodgers' net from ten metres, six minutes from the end of the half.
Adrian Sweeney and Caolan McDaid posted late points before Mickey Mulhern called for half-time.
Veteran Sweeney, who kicked three points, drew first blood for Dungloe within two minutes of the restart to stretch his side’s lead out to five points
But Termon, with two quick points from Daire McDaid, soon drew level and when McDaid converted from a '45 on 41 minutes they were in front for only the second time, and first time since Christy Conaghan’s first minute opening point.
Ryan Greene tied the game up from a close- in free after he was dragged down as he bore down on Noel O’Donnell’s posts.
McDaid and Adrian Sweeney traded points before the locals reeled off four points without reply from Daire and Caolan McDaid and Stephen McElwaine to move into a 1-14 to 1-10 lead by the 53rd minute.
Dungloe did press late on but all they had for their efforts was a Danny Rodgers free.
And it was Termon who finished strong with two points each from the McDaids to run out comfortable four point winners.
Dungloe lost Jack Scally to a black in the closing minutes.
In what was a four pointer at the bottom of the Division One league table, the win moves Termon onto six points and seventh place in the table.
They now have Glenswilly, Dungloe and Ardara below them and they are just two points adrift of sixth placed Bundoran.
And while they are not out of relegation trouble just yet, yesterday’s points were a step in the right direction, especially against fellow relegation strugglers.
In a game they dominated for much of the first half Dungloe were left to bemoan a number of good goal chances they failed to take when on top.
Termon: Noel O’Donnell; Kevin McDaid, Anthony McGrenra, Shane Callaghan; Stephen McElwaine (0-1), Nathan McElwaine, Kevin McElwaine; Brendan Friel, Johnny McCafferty; James McSharry, Christy Conaghan (0-1), Fintan O’Flynn; Caolan McDaid (0-5,1f), Daire McDaid (1-9, 3f, 1 '45), Aidan Sweeney.
Sub: Daniel Conaghan for F O’Flynn 38.
Dungloe: Danny Rodgers; Jack Scally, Gavin Ward, Doalty Boyle; Mark Sweeney, Matthew Ward, Gerard Walsh; Noel McBride, Paul McGarvey; Hugh Moy, Shaun Sharkey, Ryan Greene (0-5, 3f); Adrian Sweeney (0-3, 1f), Adam Neilly (1-1), Conor Greene.
Subs Barry Curran for M Ward 21; Davy McCarron for P McGarvey 55; James McCole for J Scally 62.
Referee: Mickey Mulhern (St Eunan’s).
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