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Cloughaneely win twice in 24 hours

By Cathair O'Kane

It hadn't even been 24 hours since Cloughaneely had been crowned Donegal intermediate champions, but they claimed one of the most remarkable victories in Ulster club history at Owenbeg yesterday.

Having beaten Buncrana on Saturday, the celebrations were reserved with one eye on Castledawson, but by the end of extra-time, you would have thought it was the Derry champions who had played on Saturday.

It looked to be going to script after 20 minutes when Castledawson led by 2-5 to 0-3. Aidan McElhone's near-post finish after a one-two raised the first green flag and when Aidy Bradley lashed a penalty into the roof of the net, it appeared to be game over.

But Martin O'Kane's slip allowed the impressive John Fitzgerald to slip in and net before the break, though the gap was still six, 2-7 to 1-4.

With Darren McKeever moving to midfield, the visitors took control of the second half but were still four down with eight minutes to go.

Denis Boyle, who finished with 0-8, twice pointed before John McGarvey slipped in behind in injury-time to coolly slot past O'Kane and put his side into an unexpected lead.

Aidan McElhone rescued extra-time for the Broagh men but they failed to score in the extra 20 minutes as Joe McGarvey's side hit three vital scores to progress to a meeting with Warrenpoint.

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