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McDonald's late show sinks Aghagallon

Aghagallon 3-10 Donaghmoyne 2-14

By Steve Malone

Ronan McDonald grabbed an injury-time winner to send Donaghmoyne into the semi-finals of the Ulster Intermediate Club Championship.

Antrim side Aghagallon threw away a six-point second-half lead as Paddy Martin's resilient Monaghan men displayed courage and kept cool heads.

Playing in Newry's Pairc Esler, Donaghmoyne looked the better side with captain Padraig Donaghy, Stephen Finnegan and McDonald taking control.

They should have been further in front at the break, with eight wides scant reward for their efforts. However, Lady Luck smiled kindly on Donaghmoyne as their two first-half goals had a slice of good fortune about them.

Donaghmoyne were forced to start the game without injured talisman David Garland, and Darren Colman stepped in.

With 15 minutes played the sides were locked on two points each after scores from Donaghy and Aghagallon's Eunan Walsh and Gareth Magee (free).

Donaghmoyne bagged their opening goal in the first quarter when Niall Garland's attempted point dipped over Gavin O'Neill off the post and into the net.

A rally of points from Magee, Dessie Marshall and Oisin Lenehan closed the gap but a minute before the break Donaghmoyne's Shane McElroy punched into the net to give the Monaghan side a 2-04 to 0-06 lead at half-time.

Goals from Magee, Dan Donnelly and captain Davy McAlernon (penalty) then gave Aghagallon a 3-08 to 2-05 lead with 44 minutes played.

But Donaghmoyne remained composed and points from McDonald, Colman and substitute Christopher Deery levelled the scores. And with three additional minutes played, McDonald converted a free to secure victory.

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