Oscar Traynor Match Report
Donegal edge five goal thriller in first Leg of Oscar Traynor Trophy in Maginn Park
Inishowen League 2
Donegal League 3
Inishowen will have to do it the hard way if they are to advance to the quarter finals of the Oscar Traynor Trophy following a disappointing defeat on home soil in Maginn Park on Wednesday night.
In what was a frantic opening to proceedings, the hosts missed two big chances inside the first six minutes. Luke Rudden fed Kieran McDaid in the fifth minute and the Buncrana Hearts man beat a couple of Donegal defenders before seeing his toe poked effort well saved by Blake Forkan at the expense of a corner . From the corner Cockhill’s Rudden managed to get in front of Forkan and nip the ball past the keeper but his goal bound effort was blocked on the line by Matthew Crossan.
Donegal responded and hesitancy in the home defence saw them spurn two equally good chances. Firstly O’Reilly’s shot from just inside the box was saved by Johnny Noone but when it fell at the feet of Darren McElwaine he somehow sliced wide from point blank range..
Moments later the home side were caught in possession on the edge of their own box by Shane McNamee and with just Noone to beat, McNamee somehow fluffed his lines and the chance was gone.
Brendan McLaughlin was next to threaten for the home side, his thunderous effort from distance coming back off the crossbar but Rudden headed the rebound over a gaping goal. The opening goal of the contest finally arrived in the 21st minute when Adrian Delap slipped a pass through for O’Reilly with the home defence looking to play offside and he showed real composure before lifting the ball over Noone and giving his side the lead. Inishowen then dominated possession for the remainder of the half with McLaughlin, Rudden and Calvin Gallagher all went close to getting Inishowen back in the game but at half time Donegal will have been more than happy with the one goal lead.
Inishowen were fist to show on the restart when Rudden had an effort saved early in the second half before the game went into a bit of a lull but when Joel Gorman sent O’Reilly through again on 64 minutes and he rounded the advancing Noone to slot home and leave Inishowen in big trouble.
Inishowen introduced Adam Curran and Terence Doherty switching McDaid to the right wing and it had an immediate impact. Tommy McMonagle’s ball into the box on 68 minutes made it’s way to McDaid at the back post who took one touch inside the defender before hammering low to the far corner. Now firmly back in the game, Inishowen tails were up and just two minutes later, they found themselves level when Peter Doherty retrieved a corner on the left hand side of the area and drove a low ball across for for Rudden to fire home.
The hosts now had all the momentum but that changed when Rudden was given his marching orders for a second bookable offence, although Inishowen will wonder how Joel Gorman was allowed to stay on the field after what can only be described as a horror tackle on Lee McColgan a few minutes earlier. Both sides had chances with O Reilly going close for the visitors and james Henry firing just over for the home side before a McDaid free kick flashed past Forkans left hand post.
With the game looking like it would end in a draw, there was to be one final twist when Joel Gorman’s corner was met by the head of Boyle and from just two yards out, the big centre half was never going to miss.
Donegal definitely have the advantage going into the game in Ballyare but there it is still all to play for in Ballyare.
Inishowen: Johnny Noone, Lee McLaughlin, Lee McColgan, Peter Doherty, Tommy McMonagle, Calvin Gallagher, Christy McLaughlin, James Henry, Luke Rudden, Kieran McDaid, Brendan McLaughlin
Subs: Adam Curran and Terence Doherty for Lee McLaughlin and Christy McLaughlin (67), John Gerard McLaughlin for McColgan (82), Oisin Hession for McDaid (87), Taylor Clarke & Jake Harkin
Donegal: Blake Forkan, Ryan Lonergan, Brendan McCafferty, Paul Boyle, Matthew Crossan, Joel Gorman, Adrian Delap, Michael Funston, Eddie O’Reilly, Shane McNamee, Darren McElwaine Subs: Mark Forker and Zach Gorman for Funston and McNamee (56), Nathan Plumb for Delap (72), Maurice McGee for Lonergan (82), Ryan Cunningham for McElwaine (86)
Referee : Danny McLaughlin
Assistants : Terence Moyne & Warren Harvey
4th official : Tony O Loughlin