Tonight's (02/07/2011) Senior league match at the Banks saw two more points in the bag against a travelling Buncrana. It places our side firmly on top of the table as the only unbeaten side in the county this year and with promotion well on target.
It was not as much the victory but rather the manner of the win which will be reflected on tonight in Mullaghderg. This was an outstanding performance by a young side who see the benefits of a hard winter's work and continued committment to the cause coming through.
This game wasn't won tonight.....it was won since last Novemeber when following defeat in a league play off...management and players made up their mind that the only way to go up was to work harder than before and that is what they have done.
Many seasoned supporters tonight had to think very hard to recall a performance of this quality and Tony Doherty who has seen them all claimed it to be his best ever viewed Naomh Mhuire display in the Banks, praise indeed.
Although Ciaran Mc Ginley 3-3 and Shaun the Yank Boyle 0-4 took the honours of the scores, this was a trully exceptional team performance from Sean Gallagher as safe as houses in goals right through a defence which kept County star Ryan Bradley to a point. Midfield won lots of ball and the forwards played football that was straight out of any quality page.
Yes it was that good. However medals and throphies are handed out in September, October and November and the prize of promotion is only at the half way stage. Danny O Donnell and his team of mentors will now start pushing on to ensure that this early and mid season form follows through to the finish line.
Once again a great support turned out in the Banks tonight. The field looked in brilliant shape , fences painted sparkling white, girls signing up members for Cope rewards points, tea and sandwiches of quality and all of this running alongside a great league win.
NM.1.SEAN GALLAGHER, 2.ROBERT O'DONNELL, 3.THOMAS DUFFY, 4.DANIEL GALLAGHER, 5.PAUL BOYLE, 6BRIAN GILLESPIE, 7ADRIAN O'GARA, 8.DARA WHITE,2PTS, 9.OWENIE MCGARVEY, 10.HARRY HARDEN,2PTS. 11. PADRAIG MCCAFFERTY, 12.OWEN GRANT, 13.SEAN BOYLE,4PTS. 14,TOM MCHUGH,1PT. 15.CIARAN MCGINLEY,3-3. 16 SEAMUS FERRY FOR 9. 17.JOHN PIDGEON,1PT.
BUNCRANA. 1.N O'DONNELL,2D.COYLE,3.S.MCGRORY,4.B.MCGEE,5.R.DOHERTY,6.K.MCCANN,7.C.MCNICOLAS,8.C.BELL,9.R.BRADLEY,1PT.
H-T;N MHUIRE 2-06. BUNCRANA 0-05.
F-T;N MHUIRE 3-13 .BUNCRANA 0-09.