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18/10/2021

Extra-time drama as Letterkenny Gaels seal promotion to Division 2

Letterkenny club up into Division 2 for first time ever

Lkenny Gaels v Fanad

Letterkenny Gaels - pictured after Sunday's win over Gaeil Fhanada

Letterkenny Gaels can look forward to playing Division Two football for the first time ever next season after they recorded a memorable one-point extra-time win over Gaeil Fhanada at the Burn Road, Termon on Sunday.

Letterkenny Gaels . . . 0-15

Gaeil Fhanada . . . 0-14

(after extra-time)

This Division 3 promotion play-off was a hugely entertaining encounter with both teams serving up a quality contest which was blessed with some fantastic score-taking from both sides.

Indeed of the 29 scores kicked over the 70 minutes, 24 were from play and only five were from frees.

In the end, it took extra-time to decide this contest by which stage both teams were out on their feet after giving their all in an absorbing clash.

Fanad led by just a point at half time in normal time, 0-9 to 0-8 with Oisin Shiels and half-back Bernard McGettigan kicking two points each for the leaders.

By the second half water break, Letterkenny were 0-10 to 0-9 in front thanks to scores from the excellent Cormac Cannon and the industrious Ronan Frain.

But from there to the end, there was little to separate these sides and an injury time Cormac Cannon free from the hands from way out on the right touchline levelled the game at 0-12 apiece, and the match would go to extra time.

By half-time in extra time, it was still all square at 0-13 apiece and while Oisin Shiels kicked another class score to put Fanad ahead again, a Cannon free and a brilliant point from Diarmaid Cahill saw Letterkenny edge in front.

It was a lead they would manage to hold to the finish, much to the delight of their supporters, on this the club's 25th anniversary year.

Letterkenny Gaels: Ryan Graham; Niall Diver, Conor Browne, Liam McAlary; Diarmaid Cathal, Darren Hunter, Brian Diver (0-1); Paddy Doherty, Oisin McElhinney; Sean McDonagh (0-1), Cormac Cannon (0-7, 3f), Conor Walker; Ciaran Kilfeather, Conor McBrearty (0-2), Ronan Frain (0-2).

SUBS: Kevin Kilkenny for N Diver (44); Shaun Monteith for C Kilfeather (68); Ciaran Lynch for O McElhinney (h/t extra-time); Ciaran Cullen for C Cannon (76).

Gaeil Fhanada: Sean Friel; Sean Kerr, Ryan McGonigle, Johnny Friel; Bernard McGettigan (0-2), James Gallagher, Odhran Shiels; Michael Sweeney (0-1), Patrick Carr; Jimmy Coyle, Oisin Shiels (0-3), Darren McElwaine (0-2); Mark McAteer (0-1, f), Eoghan Carr (0-3, 1f), Liam McGrenaghan (0-1).

SUBS: Alan McAteer for P Carr (7 inj); Matthew Gallagher for J Friel (17); Paddy Carr for L McGrenaghan (start of extra-time); James Kerr for R McGonagle (78).

Referee: Enda McFeely (St Mary's, Convoy). 

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