Sean Mc Cumhaills 2-13 V 1-11 Realt Na Mara . Early points by Gary Claney and Michael Mc Eniff got the visitors off to a good start in this top of the table Division clash. Barney Lafferty got the home side on the board in the 9th minute and a minute later after taking a pass from Steven O Reilly he set up Aaron Kelly for a great goal chance but Kelly pulled his shot wide with the goal at his mercy. Bundoran responded well with a good score from Johnny Boyle and then a sweeping move from defence ended with Tommy Hourihane setting up Michael Mc Eniff who palmed the ball to the net to make it 1-03 to 0-01 for the visitors. Only an excellent save by Eoin Gallen denied Johnny Boyle a second Bundoran goal a minute later before Darren O Leary and Gary Clancy exchanged points from play to leave it 1-04 to 0-02 after 16 minutes. It was ten minutes before the next score , then we had five in five minutes. Hourihane and Shane Mc Gowan hit two crackers for Bundoran, Stephen Mulligan replied for Mc Cumhaills but Hourihane kicked a free before Darren O Leary ended the first-half scoring with another good point from play to end the first-half scoring with Bundoran six ahead and the home team with it all to do. Johnny Boyle made it a seven point game in the first minute of the second-half but Stephen Mulligan’s free replied for home team. Clancy made it 1-09 to 0-05 with a super score from play but the home then produced their best spell of the game with four points in five minutes. O’Leary with a free , then Lafferty and O’Leary from play and then Mulligan with another free left just the goal in it at 1-09 to 0-09 and game on. Another Mulligan free and then an excellent Gavin Gallagher point from play left the minimum between them, 1-09 to 0-11 points with fifteen minutes to play and anyone’s game. Charlie Collins reports from Mc Cool Park. After a bit of a break in the scoring Barney Lafferty hit the equalising score 53rd minute with a fine solo effort for Mc Cumhaills seventh point in a row . Tommy Hourihane got Bundoran’s first score for 24 minutes with a free to restore their lead but a minute later the home side took the lead for the first time in the game when sub Chad Mc Sorley’s long ball in was flicked to the net by Darren O Leary to make it 1-12 to 1-10 . Hourihane’s free left a point in it again in injury-time but Gavin Gallagher’s super point and then a cracking finish by Darren O Leary after he was sent clear made the final score 2-13 to 1-11 and completed a super comeback by the table toppers Mc Cumhaills. SEAN MC CUMHAILLS : Eoin Gallen , Gerard Grindle , Martin Gallagher, Adam Lynch, Ronan McMenamin, Gary Dunnion, Gavin Gallagher ( 0-2 ) , Pauric Patton , Steven O’Reilly, Gary Wilson , Aaron Kelly , John Lynch , Stephen Mulligan ( 0-4 1f ), , Darren O’Leary ( 2-04 ), Barney Lafferty ( 0-3 ). SUBS ; Luke Gavigan for Kelly ( 16mins ), Benny Mc Laughlin and Conor Griffen for Patton and Adam Lynch ( 38 mins ) Chad Mc Sorley for Mulligan ( 56 mins ). BUNDORAN ; Ashley Mulhern; Peter Mc Gonigle , Diarmuid McCaughey, Matthew Duffy , Brian Mc Henry , Paul Murphy , Johnny Boyle ( 0-02 ) , Shane McGowan ( 0-01 ) , Ciaran Mc Caughey , Micheal Mc Eniff 1-01 ) , Diarmuid Spratt , Niall Dunne , Tommy Hourihane ( 0-4 3f ) , Gary Clancy ( 0-3 1f ) , Chris Keane .
MacCumhaills comeback to win thriller.
Author of 'Boxing In Donegal: A History (2021)' - the definitive history of the sport in County Donegal - and 'Relentless: A Race Through Time', the 2019 memoir of former Irish Athletics Team Manager Patsy McGonagle. From St Johnston and now based in Letterkenny, Chris was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.