16 May 2022

Dungiven cap off comeback with late winner at Greenlough

Niall McGonagle nails late winner on his debut

Dungiven cap off comeback with late winner at Greenlough

Donal McGilligan was on target during Dungiven's win over Greenlough. (Pic: Mary K Burke)


Dungiven 1-14
Greenlough 1-13

An injury time free from Niall McGonagle grabbed both points at Greenlough on Sunday as Dungiven came through in an exciting final quarter.

McGonagle, an unused substitute with Derry minors 24 hours earlier, was making his senior debut after kicking 2-15 in two games with the club's Division Two team earlier in the season.

There was also a return for Feargal Higgins, who has been playing in Division Two with their newly formed team.

It was an unlikely win for Stephen O'Neill's side who trailed 1-5 to 0-3 at the first water break with Sean Kinoulty grabbing the 'Lough's goal.

The home side lost Christopher Maguire to a second booking after 37 minutes and went down to 13 men when Connor Mullan was sent to the sin-bin with five minutes remaining.

Daire McKeever and Connor Mullan exchanged points during an even opening spell. Enda Lynn added two Greenlough points, with Marty Burke and Conor Murphy replying, leaving the score 0-3 each after nine minutes.

Lynn and Stephen Bradley added points before Kinoulty's goal put the home side in a commanding position.

Whatever nuggets of wisdom were shared in the Dungiven huddle at the water break did the trick. Marty Burke (2), Donal McGilligan, Feargal Higgins and Conor Murphy were all on target for a resurgent Dungiven, who reeled Greenlough in by half-time, with the home side still ahead 1-6 to 0-8.

The third quarter followed the same path, as both teams jostled for supremacy and it was Greenlough's goal that had them holding Dungiven off.

Everything changed after the second water break, with Feargal Higgins' 48th minute goal to put Dungiven into the lead for the first time, 1-11 to 1-9. Marty Burke tagged on a point as the game swung and Dungiven took advantage of Greenlough's loss of Christopher Maguire.

To their credit, the Lough battled back into the game with points from Marty Kane and three from Enda Lynn, his last in the 62nd minute saw 13-man Greenlough level the game.

But there was till time for more drama and substitute McGonagle held his nerve on his debut to kick the winner.

DUNGIVEN: Kevin Farren; Niall McNicholl, Ciaran Mackle, Conor McKelvey; Thomas Brady, Sean McKeever, Frank Dillon; Shea McKeever, Conor Murphy (0-4, 3f); Stiofan Tracey, Marty Burke (0-4, 3f), Daire McKeever (0-1); Ben Dillon, Donal McGilligan (0-2), Feargal Higgins (1-2)
SUBS: Oisin McKeever, Thomas McClarey, Padraig Hasson (blood sub), Cormac McCartney, James McNicholl, Niall McGonagle (0-1f)

GREENLOUGH: Kevin Mullan; Marty McPeake, Paul Quinn, Joe Kearney; Sean Kinoulty (1-0), Zak Lynn, Christopher Kearney; Marty Kane (0-1f), Kevin McCann; Connor Mullan (0-2f), Ryan Tohill, Christopher Maguire; Stephen Bradley (0-2), Enda Lynn (0-8, 5f), Ruairi Henry

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Conor Doherty of Derry, celebrates his side's third goal, scored by Benny Heron, during the Ulster GAA Football Senior Championship Semi-Final match between Derry and Monaghan at the Athletic Grounds.

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