first_imgNa Fianna Tunnellers made up of players from Donegal were narrowly beaten in the finals of a GAA 7’s tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.A GAA team from Donegal narrowly missed out on winning a prestigious 7’s tournament in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on Friday afternoon.Na Fianna Tunnellers was managed by former Dungloe GAA player Brendan The Butcher’ Boyle who also played in goals for the team.The team mainly consisted players from the Rosses area of the county, but also contained Brendan Friel from Termon who enjoyed a fine tournament for the side. The team performed superbly and won both their group games to advance to the semi-final of the competition.In a tense and tight semi-final the Na Fianna Tunnellers managed to win by the minimum to book a place in the final.Captain Denis O’Donnell was in great form as was Michael Boyle who scored some fantastic points from long range.In the final they were narrowly beaten by Arabian Knights in what was described as a brilliant final. Naomh Alee GAA club posted the following match report of the final on their Facebook page.After unbeaten runs in the Group stages, the Arabian Knights and the Donegal side Na Fianna Tunnellers went head-to-head in the cup final.Both had shown a clear capacity to take scores from distance as well as an ability to break down a defense and score crucial scores when needed.The early exchanges were full-on, with neither side giving an inch of ground.The opening point was a well taken score from the Na Fianna side, with the Knights responding, before an infraction in the square resulted in a penalty to the Knights. Skipper Ronan Farrell stepped up and struck well, only to have his shot saved by Brenda ‘Butcher’ Boyle in the Na Fianna goal.A further exchange of points scores took place before the Knights settled and opened up a three point lead at half-time, with Pearse McCartan (Down) and Ronan Farrell (Meath) as well as Galway’s Pat Flynn keeping the Knights scorecard ticking over.The second half opened with a flurry, and Na Fianna found a burst of energy that penetrated the Knights defense, as Michael Boyle and Friel combined to drive the ball to the past the oncoming Eastwood (Australia) in the Knights goal.All square on the scoreboard and all to play for. It was in the last three minutes that the Knights found a little freedom, and with Fermanagh’s Feargal Nolan and Paul Farrell providing a plentiful supply of ball through Flynn and Clares Mark Molyneaux at Midfield, both McCartan and Farrell were able to exploit the space and score two goals in two minutes, that proved the difference in the end.Michael Boyle told Donegal Daily, “It was a great tournament and we surprised ourselves with how well we done.“To be honest we never though we’d do as well as did, but it would’ve been nice to win it having reached the final.“The gaffer (Brendan ‘The Butcher’ Boyle) pulled off a superb save in the final, and I was thinking after that bit of luck it could’ve been our day.“But our lack of fitness kicked in towards the end and they were just a wee bit too strong for us.“It was great to get to the final and give a good account of ourselves and we had a good weekend.DONEGAL GAA SIDE NARROWLY LOSE OUT IN FINAL OF 7’S TOURNAMENT IN SAUDI ARABIA was last modified: February 15th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:7’s TournamentGAAnewsSportSudi Arabialast_img read more

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