On Sunday Kevin Lynch’s attempt to end Slaughtneil’s decade long dominance of the Fr. Collins Cup in the Derry Senior Hurling Championship final at Owenbeg (4pm).
The Dungiven men will be big underdogs but if they need inspiration they can cast their minds back to Geoffrey McGonigle’s late, late show which wrestled the 2003 title from a Ballinscreen team who were leading by a point with four minutes to go at Fr. McNally Park, Banagher. Twice McGonigle won and converted late frees to ensure a 3-08 to 2-10 victory in a pulsating decider. Check out a few of the defining images on the 20th anniversary of a victory Lynch’s will be hoping to repeat this weekend . . .
1. Dungiven's Geoffrey McGonigle makes a solo run at goal pursued by Ballinscreen's Paul Kelly. (0209C23)
Dungiven's Geoffrey McGonigle makes a solo run at goal pursued by Ballinscreen's Paul Kelly in the 2003 County hurling final. (0209C23) Photo: Lorcan Doherty
Ballinascreen can't get their shot away during the 2003 County Senior Hurling final against Kevin Lynch's at Banagher. Photo: Lorcan Doherty
The Hinphey clan, Kevin, Liam Og, Liam snr and Ciaran pictured with the Fr. Collins Cup after defeating Ballinascreen in Banagher back in 2003. Photo: Lorcan Doherty
4. Dunmgiven's Paul Farren loses possession following this challenge. (0209C25)
Kevin Lynch's Paul Farren loses possession following this challenge at Banagher. (0209C25) Photo: Lorcan Doherty