Glenullin are Derry Intermediate football champions for 2022 following a pulsating victory in Sunday’s McFeely Group IFC Final against Drumsurn.
Drumsurn 1-11 Glenullin 0-15
Daniel O’Kane’s point deep into injury time ended up being the difference between the sides in a decider that ebbed and flowed throughout at a wet Celtic Park.
It was the final score of a game in which Drumsurn had the better of the first-half proceedings, with Ryan Mullan’s early goal helping them to a two-point interval lead (1-5 0-6).
Despite a strong opening to the half from St. Matthew’s, it was Glenullin who started to click into gear upon the restart. Five unanswered points, including three from forward Eoin Bradley sent them into a two-point lead.
Drumsurn followed with a mini-comeback of their own. Ciaran Mullan struck three successive frees that brought the sides level going into the exciting closing stages.
But it was Daniel O’Kane’s late point that settled the outcome for Paddy Bradley’s charges.
Teams and scorers
Drumsurn: Ryan Mullan (1-0), Shea Murray (0-1), Ciaran Mullan (0-4, 4f), Tiarnan McHugh (0-2), Dara Rafferty (0-1), Harry Foster (0-1), Ruairi Rafferty (0-2), Daniel O’Kane (0-1).
Glenullin: Fearghal Close (0-3), Neill McNicholl (0-6, 3f) Eoin Bradley (0-4, 3f), Ronan Close (0-1)
Drumsurn: Ronan Rafferty, Fearghal McIntyre, Daniel McNicholl, Eoin Ferris, Tiernan Woods, Cahir Mullan, Harry Foster, Dara Rafferty, Shea Murray, Sean Butcher, Ruairi Rafferty, Ryan Mullan, Daryl Mullan, Tiernan McHugh, Ciaran Mullan.
(Subs) Dane Mullan for H Foster, 45mins; Barry HArkin for D Mullan (inj), 52mins; Christopher Harbinson for R Mullan, 54mins;
Glenullin: NIall O’Kane, Eunan Boylan, Eunan O’Kane, Daniel O’Kane, Mark O’Kane, John O’Kane, Ronan Close, Traglach Bradley, Neill McNicholl, Donal O’Kane, Conor Rafferty, Cathal Hasson, Fearghal Close, Eoin Bradley, Brian Mullan.
(Subs) Dermot O’Kane for C Hasson, 45mins; Felix Kilmartin for D O’Kane, 52mins;
Referee: Richie Donoghue