Gaoth Dobhair were crowned Donegal Under-21 A Champions today with a game that went right down to the wire against Termon.
Termon went into half-time 1-4 to 1-3 up with a Bobby McGettigan goal cancelling out Fionnan Coyle’s early strike.
But a second half scarce of scores saw just a Stiofán Mac Phaidín free the only score of the 30 minutes until a dramatic added time.
Each side were awarded a penalty with Mac Phaidín firing down the middle before Ryan McFadden levelled in the 8th minute of added time.
Both sides hit two points in the first half of extra-time but Eoin de Búrca’s goal, fisting in from a long ball in from Mac Phaidín with five minutes to go gave them a two point lead and they held this advantage until the final whistle.
Gaoth Dobhair’s man of the match Dáire Ferry said after the game: “Anything can happen on the day, we’re glad to win today but it could’ve went either way.
“It’s great to get another one in the books for the club. You’re winning with your mates and everything and it’s great to go back with the cup with us.
“It’s a big part of the community the GAA down there and everybody loves the football so it’s something great to have another U21 Championship to bring back to the club.”
Gaoth Dobhair manager Christopher McFadden said the weather made it difficult for both teams and he was surprised that it was actually tougher having the elements to their advantage.
“We knew coming into it it was going to be a one point game it’s going to be so narrow, whoever takes their chances will win and thank god we came out on the right end.
“I thought we were under a bit of pressure but in fairness to the boys they stood strong and there was a shot and thank god Eoin de Búrca flicked it into the net.”
And Stiofán Mac Phaidín praised their opponents for a tough game in his post match captains speech.