Congratulations to our senior squad who made history on Saturday night by winning the first ever Ulster Championship game to be decided by a penalty shootout, beating Rock St Patrick’s of Tyrone 4-3 in the shootout after the game ended 1-14 to 2-11 after extra time.
Our lads will now face Monaghan Champions, Blackhill in the Ulster Junior Club Football Championship Final with the details to be confirmed.
A first minute point from Darrach O’Connor put our lads in front but the next 4 points all came from Rock and it was in the 18th minute before we struck again. John Campbell scored a goal quickly followed by a point from Darrach O’Connor to put Buncrana in front by 1 point. The last 10 minutes of the first half saw an exchange of points however; Buncrana went in a point down at the break;
Buncrana 1-4 Rock St. Patrick’s 0-8
At the start of the second half Odhran Doherty levelled the game again. There was then another exchange of points and with 10 minutes played it was still level. A big moment came then when Buncrana keeper Harry Doherty made an excellent save from a Padraig Ward shot to keep them in the game. With 3 minutes left on the clock Buncrana took the lead by a John Campbell point. Then a Darrach O’Connor point doubled the lead. An altercation then broke out which saw Rock having a man sent off and Buncrana getting Harry Doherty and William Mc Laughlin black carded. After this there was a long spell of injury time which saw Caolan Mc Gonagle putting Buncrana 3 points in front, but a goal in the 10th minute on injury time saw Rock draw level. At the whistle it was;
Buncrana 1-11 Rock St. Patrick’s 1-11
A goal from Rock was the only score in the first period of extra time, half time score was;
Buncrana 1-11 Rock St. Patrick’s 2-11
In the second period of extra time, a point from Ryan Bradley and 2 from John Campbell saw the game go the historic first ever Ulster Club Championship penalty shootout!
Full Time score was;
Buncrana 1-14 Rock St. Patrick’s 2-11
Buncrana then won 4-3 on penalties.
Buncrana Scorers; John Campbell 1-7, Darrach O’Connor 0-3, Odhran Doherty 0-2, Caolan Mc Gonagle 0-1 and Ryan Bradley 0-1.