Oisin Gallen . . . in top scoring form for MacCumhaill's
Ethan Harkin and Cian Mulligan kicked late points for Gaoth Dobhair as they came from behind to snatch a dramatic injury time win over Sean MacCumhaill’s, this afternoon, in Magheragallon.
Gaoth Dobhair ……….. 0-14
Sean MacCumhaill's …...1-10
Just a point seperated the 2018 Ulster champions and underdogs Sean MacCumhaill's in a cagey and tactical encounter on a beautiful afternoon.
The Finnsider came within minutes of causing a major upset in the race for the Dr Maguire Cup.
Harkin came off the bench in the first minute of injury time after being replaced early in the second half, to convert a 40 metre free - out on the right hand side - to tie up the contest.
And Mulligan, who was Gaoth Dobhair’s outstanding player in the second period, kicked the winner deep in injury time to snatch a dramatic win.
Harkin kicked four points in a top class performance taking over the free taking duties from the absent Odhrán MacNiallais, who was on the bench.
The sides were locked on 0-8 at half-time after being level six times in the opening 33 minutes. MacCumhaill's played with the wind and the slope in the first half.
Harkin with 0-4 top scored for Gaoth Dobhair with Dáire Ó Baoill, Cian Mulligan, Neil McGee and Eamonn Collum chipping in with points.
Oisin Gallen posted six points for MacCumhaill's while Chad McSorley and Luke Gavigan were also on the mark for the Finnsiders.
Gaoth Dobhair lined out without their midfield pairing of Michael Carroll and Odhrán MacNiallais with Eamon McGee and Odhrán McFadden Ferry named in the middle of the field.
Jamie Bell replaced the injured Eoin Gallen between the posts for MacCumhaill's.
The sides were level again early in the second period after Niall Friel and Gallen exchanged points.
But the game took a big turn when Oisin Gallen rattled the back of Christopher Sweeney’s net from the penalty spot.
The penalty was awarded by referee James Connors, who replaced Shaun McLaughlin for the second half after McLaughlin picked up an injury. The Malin man ran the sideline in the second half.
Gary Wilson, who had a big second half for MacCumhaill's, was brought down by Christopher Sweeney for the penalty.
The goal propelled Gallen and company into a 1-9 to 0-9 lead with a little over ten minutes remaining. Gallen ended the game with a personal tally of 1-8.
Three down and looking down the barrel Gaoth Dobhair refused to buckle and driven on by Cian Mulligan, Niall Friel and Eamonn Collum tapped over points as the clock ticked to set up a grandstand finish.
And after Harkin levelled it the momentum was with the locals and fittingly Mulligan nailed the winner with time almost up.
Gallen had a late chance from a 45 metre free but into the breeze his shot tailed to the left and wide.
GAOTH DOBHAIR: Christopher Sweeney; Christopher McFadden, Neil McGee (0-1), Gary McFadden; Niall Friel (0-2), Donal McBride, Dáire Ó Baoill (0-1); Odhran Ferry McFadden, Eamon McGee; Cian Mulligan (0-2), Ethan Harkin (0-5,4f), Naoise Ó Baoill; Shane Ferry, Kevin Cassidy, Eamonn Collum (0-2,1f). Subs: Gavin McBride for E Harkin 42; James Carroll 0-1 for C McFadden 56; Ethan Harkin for E Collum 61.
SEAN MACCUMHAILL’S: Jamie Bell; Christopher Gallagher, Ronan McMenamin, Martin Gallagher; Luke Gavigan (0-1), Gavin Gallagher, Chad McSorley (0-1); Nathan Gavigan, Padhraic Patton; Gary Wilson, Martin O’Reilly, Rory Mulligan; Jamie Keegan, Oisin Gallen (1-8,pen, 4f), Stephen O’Reilly. Subs: Conor Griffin for J Keegan, Darren O’Leary fort S O’Reilly 56.
REFEREE: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin) replaced by James Connors at half-time.
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