Glenfin 1-12 V 1-12 Naomh Columba Aaron Doherty’s point from a close-in free with the last kick of the game secured a comeback draw for the visitors Naomh Columba and Division Two football for both themselves and opponents Glenfin for next season. When Aaron McGlynn pointed from play in the 51st minute to put Glenfin into a seven point lead 1-12 to 0-08 it looked the Glen men , with two tough fixtures against promotion chasing teams still to come , would have to wait a little longer to ensure survival , but they produced an excellent final fifteen minutes including injury-time to snatch a draw and safety. Glenfin could have had a goal in the first minute when Karl McGlynn got in behind the defence but player-manager Pauric O Donnell produced a super save to deny him. The teams shared six points equally in the opening 12 minutes , Gerard Ward, Jason Morrow and Ciaran Brady for Glenfin , Christopher Byrne , Declan McGuire and a super effort from a long range free by Paddy Byrne for Glen. Glenfin then hit three in a row , Brady and Ward getting their second scores and Aaron McGlynn adding a beauty from 35 yards, 0-06 to 0-03 after 20 minutes. Paddy Byrne’s 45 and Aaron Doherty’s free narrowed the gap to one but Glenfin ended the half strongly with a Gerard Ward free and then in injury-time Ciaran Brady flicked the ball to the net after an excellent Glenfin move which had Frank McGlynn at the heart of it and a Daniel McGylnn’s pass setting Brady up to score , 1-07 to 0-05 at half-time. Charlie Collins reports from Pairc Taobhoige . The opening period of the second-half was again a case of the teams exchanging points. Two from Gerard Ward and one each from Morrow and Odhran McGlynn got Glenfin up to 1-11 , while Aaron Doherty , Ryan Gillespie and Lanty Molloy replied for Naomh Columba but they now trailed by six points in the 50th minute. Glenfin were reduced to 14 men when Odhran McGlynn picked-up a second yellow card but Aaron McGlynn pointed to put them seven points and seemingly in control . However within a minute they were right back in the game , Doherty pointed a free and then Christopher Byrne finished off a great move by blasting to the net and 14 man Glenfin’s lead was only three points. Ronan Gillespie who had been replaced earlier but had come back on again pointed , Paddy Byrne converted yet another long range free and in the 64th minute after they had worked the ball the length of the field and earned a free Aaron Doherty tapped it over to bring the teams level at 1-12 each and Referee Seamus McGonigle blew the final whistle. Both teams moved onto 15 points and will play Division Two football next year , it also means Termon need one point from their final two games to totally secure their status in Division Two but given that they have fourteen points on the table against only ten for Four Masters , are level on head to head, and have a better scoring difference of plus 48 , I think it’ safe to say that the Donegal Town men will be playing Division Three football next season. GLENFIN ; Liam O Meara , Gary Herron, John Harkin, Martin O Donnell, Stephen Carr , Frank McGlynn , David Carr , Stephen Ward, Jason Morrow ( 0-02 ), Daniel McGlynn , Ciaran Brady ( 1-02 ), Aaron McGlynn ( 0-02 ), Karl McGlynn , Odhran McGlynn ( 0-01 /45 ) , Gerard Ward ( 0-05 4f’s ) . SUBS ; Jack Marley for Stephen Carr ( 45mins ), Conor Ward and Hugh Moy for Brady and Stephen Ward ( 55mins ) Ross Marley for David Carr ( 58 mins ). NAOMH COLUMBA ; Pauric O Donnell, Barry Carr , Philip Doherty , Martin Cunningham, Aaron Doherty ( 0-04f’s), Kevin McNern , Stephen Jones , Paddy Byrne ( 0-03 2f’s /45 ), Pauric Ward , Ronan Gillespie ( 0-01 ), Declan McGuire ( 0-01), Lanty Molloy ( 0-01) , Ryan Gillespie( 0-01 ), Kieran McBrearty Christopher Byrne ( 1-01 ) SUBS ; Ryan McNern for Ronan Gillespie ( 28mins ), Fionn Gallagher for Molloy, ( 41mins ) , Pauric O Neill for Ryan Gillespie ( 45mins ) , Ronan O Hare for Gallagher ( 55mins), Oisin Bryne and Ronan Gillespie for Philip Doherty and Cunningham ( 57min ). REFEREE; Seamus McGonigle .
Draw secures Glenfin and Naomh Columba Division Two status.
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Author of 'Relentless: A Race Through Time', the 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.