Last night's reserve game proved to be a game of two halves. Buncrana travelled with the bare minimum of players and so the game began as a thriteen aside affair. The visiting team got off the a bright start and raced into an early lead. Buncrana added further points from their impressive number 10 causing all sorts of problems up front. Naomh Muire conceeded two goals before they got any momentum going at all. Following a number of positional switches the home side finally got on top in the final ten minutes of the half where they notched up four points. In the same period they may well have had a penalty and also rattled the crossbar. The half-time score was Naomh Muire 0-04 Buncrana 2-07.
Once again in the second half it was Buncrana who registered the first scores, stretching their lead to eleven points. Scores were exchanged and with around twelve minutes left Naomh Muire found themselves ten points down. Then the comeback started. Johnny Gallagher began to win the breaking ball around the middle of the field and with some smart distribution the points started to fly over. Some nice ball work then saw Darren Gallagher hit the net for the home team. The margin was reduced to six points with around five minutes remaining. Michael Gallagher then rasped the crossbar and buncrana knew that they were going to have to fight hard to hold onto the lead. Francis Gallagher then founf the net to cut the lead to three points with time running out. A further point from Darren Gallagher was to be the final score as time ran out on a brave comeback. Buncana had done enough in the first half to run out winners by two points in the end.
An encouraging second half display from this young reserve team and something that they can build on in the lead up the the Intermediate Reserve Championship this August.
1.CONOR DEVENNEY, 2. SEAN DUFFY, 3. HUGH MARTIN,(0-01), 4. THOMAS DEVENNEY, 5. LAURENCE COYLE, 6. MICHAEL MCFADDEN, 7. BP BOYLE, 8. MICHAEL LOGUE, 9. DAREN GALLAGHER,(1-05)10. BRIAN O'DONNELL,(0-01), 11. JOHN GALLAGHER, (0-01), 12. KEVIN BOYLE (0-02), 13. HUGH BOYLE, 14. PÁDRAIG GREENE, 15. FRANCIS GALLAGHER,1-2.16.MICHAEL GALLAGHER