John Rose . . . back in action and match winner for St Nauls
John Rose is the toast of St Nauls following his late dramatic winning point in the dying seconds of Sunday’s Senior Championship clash with Dungloe.
St Nauls ……..1-14
Dungloe ……...1- 13
With the sides locked on 1-13 each the corner-back started and finished the move that clinched the win for the locals playing their first senior championship, in eight seasons, in Gerard Gallagher Memorial Park.
The winner was scored in the seventh minute of time added on by referee Connie Doherty at the end of what was an absorbing contest.
The sides were level five times - four in the second half - and the lead changed sides six times over the 70 plus minutes of play.
Dungloe played the better football in the first half. And despite facing into a stiff breeze they led 0-5 to 0-3 at the first water break.
Daniel and Matthew Ward and the Curran brothers Mark, Darren and Barry led the Dungloe charge.
Matthew Ward and Darren Curran landed the first half points for the Rosses men.
Stephen Griffin, Peadar Mogan and Ian Campbell kept St Nauls in touch before Thomas White palmed the locals’ goal four minutes from the end of normal time.
The goal after a good cross from Daniel Brennan edged St Nauls into a 1-4 to 0-5 lead, against the run of play.
With Noel McBride in the sin bin, St Nauls hit 1-4 to go 1-7 to 0-7 ahead as the game went into overtime at the end of the first half.
But a Barry Curran goal on the stroke of half-time, after quick thinking from Adrian Hanlon and good work from Gerard Walsh, sent the sides in all square at half-time.
Dungloe were back in front again by the three quarter mark as they led 1-10 to 1-9.
But Stephen Griffin took on the responsibility and posted four long range frees to propel the locals into a 1-13 to 1-10 lead as the clock hit the hour mark.
However, the Rosses men refused to buckle and courtesy of strikes from McBride and two Daniel Ward placed balls they tied up the game before Rose’s late late winner.
ST NAULS: Gavin Mulreany; Conor McBrearty, Brendan McCole, John Rose (0-1); Martin Breslin, Barry Griffin, Shane Conneely; Peadar Mogan (0-3,1f), Stephen Griffin (0-7,5f); Brian McGroary, Stuart Johnston (0-1), Ian Campbell (0-2); Cathal Lowther, Daniel Brennan. Thomas White (1-0). Sub: Shane Meehan for B McGroary (15).
DUNGLOE: Ciaran Ferry; Chris Boyle, Conor O’Donnell, Mark Curran; Matthew Ward (0-1),Jason McBride; Barry Curran,Chris Greene, Noel McBride (0-1); Darren Curran (0-1), Gerard Walsh, Dylan Sweeney; Dylan Boyle, Daniel Ward (0-7,4f, 1fm), Martin Redmond. Subs; Adrian Hanlon (0-3,1f,1fm) for D Sweeney 30 inj; Caolan Ward for D Boyle 52; David McCarron for G Walsh 57; Shaun Wallace for J McBride 64 inj.
REFEREE: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill)
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