Dungloe mounted a great second half comeback to reach semi-finals of the Ulster Championship.
Dungloe 1-11 v 0-07 Dunloy
By Charlie Collins
Dungloe suffered a pre-match blow when Oisin Bonner was ruled out due to an ankle injury picked up in training earlier this week, Ryan Brennan took his place in the starting fifteen.
Despite Bonner’s absence, Dungloe got off to a flying start with two points in the opening two minutes from a Danny Rodgers free and Daire Gallagher from play.
However Dunloy, having taken time to settle hit back with four points in a row, Conal Cunning , Keelan Molloy , all converting.
A scoreless period followed as defences had the upper hand but the teams then exchanged quick points to leave it 0-05 to 0-03 in Dunloy’s favour, Barry Curran getting Dungloe’s score.
And Dunloy had the final say of the first-half with another point to lead by three at the break 0-06 to 0-03, Conal Cunning , Keelan Molloy and Sean Elliott getting the bulk of the scores.
Dungloe started the second half as they had the first with two quick points from Dylan Sweeney and Barry Curran to leave just a point in it 0-06 to 0-05 and almost immediately Daniel Ward had them back on level terms with a fine score, 0-06 apiece midway through the second half.
Spurred on by this comeback Dungloe created a goal chance but both Daniel Ward and Dylan Sweeney were denied.
However Dessie Gallagher’s men were now in no mood to be denied the winning of this game.
The outstanding Dylan Sweeney kicked two points and Barry Curran added another and suddenly they led by three points , 0-09 to 0-06.
Dunloy were looking shell shocked , without a second half score and been overrun all over the pitch and they discipline began to let them down as they were reduced to 13 men following a red card and two yellows/red.
And things got worse as Dungloe finally got the goal they had threatened eight minutes from time.
Daniel Ward broke down a long ball in into the path of sub Shaun McGee and he blasted the ball to the net , 1-09 to 0-06 to Dungloe and game over.
But still time for Dungloe to add two more points from the outstanding Dylan Sweeney and Daire Gallagher for a final score of 1-11 to 0-07 to round off a really brilliant second half performance and clinch a last four place in the Ulster Intermediate championship.
There they will meet the winners of tomorrow clash at Celtic Park between Glenullin and Galbally.
Dungloe: Danny Rodgers (0-01) , Jason McBride, Christy Green, Gerard Walsh, Mark Curran, Conor O’Donnell, Karl Magee , Darren Curran, Barry Curran (0-03), Dylan Sweeney( 0-04), Daire Gallagher (0-02), Matthew Ward, Ryan Brennan , Daniel Ward (0-01), Aaron Ward.
Subs used: Shaun McGee 1-00, Noel McBride , Rory McLaughlin, Jordan Seville, Ciaran Sharkey .