Killybegs bowed out of the All-County League Division 1 while Ardara got a win to gi ve themselves an outside chance of steering clear.
St. Michael’s 2-08
By Frank Craig PRO
Ardara recorded a timely league victory over a poor St. Michael’s at Pearse Memorial Park on Sunday by a deserving five points.
The hosts, without the influential duo of Paddy McGrath and Brendan Boyle, are at the wrong end of things in Division 1 and fighting for their top flight status. They’ll be hoping that they’ve finally turned a corner ahead of this weekend’s huge SFC encounter with Gaoth Dobhair.
Ardara started brightest and a direct ball into Jimmy O’Connell saw Kieran Gallagher drag the big full-forward to the ground inside the area leaving Jimmy White with little option other than to point to the spot.
Up stopped Gareth Concarr to drive home to the back of the net and push his side out to a three-point lead inside the first minute. Ardara stretched their advantage out to four soon after when Concarr returned the favour by teeing up O’Connell to clip over on the turn.
It was mostly one-way traffic inside the first ten minutes as Concarr added another point to leave Adrian Brennan’s men 1-2 to 0-0 in front. O’Connell was proving to be a real handful on the edge of the square and he doubled his tally with a fine hook over the right.
Michael’s finally got off the mark on elven minutes when Stephen Coyle converted a close range free. Ardara were then nearly in for a goal when a fine flowing move involving Peter McNelis, Noel Gallagher and Concarr presented the opportunity.
But with the St. Michael’s rearguard regrouping, Pat Galllagher took the sensible option by punting over the bar. By the twenty-third minute, Ardara were 1-8 to 0-2 to the good thanks to efforts from O’Connell (0-2) and Martin Shovlin.
In between, Michael Cannon registered a lonely reply with a rare venture by the visitors into their final third. A fine spot by Noel Gallagher teed up Concarr along the end line and the Ardara attacker fisted over to take his individual tally out to 1-2 for the afternoon.
Three minutes out from the break, a superb ‘45 from McFadden reduced arrears momentarily as Peter McNelis quickly stroked that concession out with a beauty on the far right. Jimmy White awarded another penalty - this time to the visitors - when Kevin Breslin was adjudged to have upended Keelan McGee inside the box.
Colm McFadden tucked away the resulting spot kick on the stroke of half-time to take his side back to within seven of the leaders’ coat tails on a difference of 1-10 to 1-03.
Ardara cracked in a second three-pointer at the beginning of the new period when Shovlin, McNelis, O’Connell and Concarr all combined superbly before the latter rolled home from close range.
But a lapse in concentration at the other end allowed Daniel McLaughlin to bundle home after Declan Gallagher had done well to stop the St. Michael’s man’s original effort. A brace of points apiece were then traded as Ardara pair Shovlin and Kieran Breslin matched overs from the left boot of Colm McFadden.
In a ten-minute period of tit-for-tat, Shovlin and Keelan McGee swapped points before Antoin McFadden got forward from half-back to split the posts. As the game drifted into the final moments and with the away charges seemingly losing all interest, Ardara closed out the contest in composed and comfortable fashion.
Stephen Coyle did register a late consolation free for Michael’s but it was very much a case of ‘too little, too late’ for the men from the Bridge.
Ardara: Declan Gallagher; Nicolas Maguire, Declan Gaivgan, Kevin Breslin; Paddy Gallagher (0-1), Kevin Herron, Kevin Byrne; Kenny Doherty, Conor Classon; Noel Gallagher, Peter McNelis (0-1), Kieran Breslin (0-1), Gareth Concarr (2-2,1pen, 1f), Jimmy O’Connell (0-3), Martin Shovlin (0-3). Subs: Nicolas Breslin for P Gallagher, Brendan McNelis for C Classon, Tomas Boyle for J O’Connell, Peter McHugh for M Shovlin.
St. Michael’s: Kieran Gallagher; Brendan Rodden, Kieran Gallagher, Peter Sweeney; Andrew Kelly, Antoin McFadden (0-1), Michael McGinley; Michael Cannon (0-1), Martin McElhinney, Keelan McGee (0-1), Daniel McLaughlin (1-0), Lorcan McDaid; Lee Carr, Colm McFadden (1-3, 1pen, 1f, 1’45), Stephen Coyle (0-2, 2f)
Referee: Jimmy White.
Four Masters 1-8
Four Masters condemned Killyegs to Division 2 football next season with a win in Fintra.
A Luke Keaney goal separted the sides at half-time as Four Masters led by 1-3 to 0-3. Keaney’s goal came after a superb run through the Killybegs defence and ending up one on one with Michael Mullen.
Barry Monaghan also had a couple of first half points and he added another in the second half as the Donegal Town men pulled clear with Killybegs only able to muster one point.
Killybegs: Michael Mullen; Gavin Boyle, Dan O’Donnell, Niall Carberry; Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Christopher Murrin (0-1), Pauric Gallagher; Enda Murph; Matthew Smith; Shane Molloy, Mark Boyle, John Ban Gallagher; CharlesTully, Hugh McFadden 0-3 (1f), Benny Boyle. Subs - Anthony O’Hara and Kevin Martin.
Four Masters: Paul Durcan; Dara Quinn, Darren Walsh, Daniel McGarrigle; John Boyle, Barry Dunnion, Josh Lacey; Luke Keaney (1-0), Barry Monaghan (0-3); Karl Lacey (0-1), Conor McDaid (0-2), Raymie McGrory; Caolan Loughney, Conor McMonagle (0-2), Shane Carr. Subs., Conor Rooney, Kevin Breslin, Dillon Ward (0-1).
Gaoth Dobhair 0-8
Naomh Conaill 0-7
Kevin Cassidy kicked two points in his first game back since returning from the US as Gaoth Dobhair claimed the points against Naomh Conaill in Magheragallon.
Cassidy, Eamonn McGee and Odhran MacNiallais were the men that stood tall for the locals who led 0-6 to 0-2 at half-time. Cassidy and MacNiallais, two each and James Gallagher were the wind assisted Gaoth Dobhair first half scorers.
Johnny McLoone and Dermot’Brick’ Molloy kicked the Naomh Conaill first half points.
While Michael Roarty extended the Gaoth Dobhair lead on the resumption, Brick Molloy and Brendan McDyer responded as Naomh Conall reduced the margin to two, 0-7 to 0-5, by the end of the third quarter.
MacNiallais restored the locals three point advantage early in the final quarter. But it was back to the wall for the homesters in the closing minutes as McDyer and McLoone pointed to reduce the margin to a single point.
In the end Gaoth Dobhair who worringly lost Neil McGee to injury in the first half held on to bag the points.
Goath Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; David McGee, Neil McGee, Jonathan Harkin; Ciaran Gillespie, Eamon McGee, Ciaran Ferry; Kevin Cassidy (0-2), Donal McBride; Niall Friel, Odhran MacNiallais (0-3,2f), Prionsas Gallagher; Micheal Roarty (0-1), James Gallagher (0-1),Gavin McBride (0-1).Subs: Sean McGarvey for N McGee; Cian Mulligan for D McGee; Jamie Reynolds for N Friel; Paul Mulligan for C Mulligan (inj).
Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Johnny Bonner, Jason Campbell, Ciaran Brennan; Antony Thompson, Cathal Ellis, Marty Boyle; Johnny McLoone, Mark Gallagher; A J Gallagher, Eunan Doherty, Brendan McDyer (0-2); John O’Malley, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy (0-3,2f), Leo McLoone. Sub: James Doherty for A Thompson.Referee: Seamus McGonagle (Aodh Ruadh).
Sean MacCumhaills 2-13
Brian Lafferty and Benny McLaughlin scored the goals as Sean MacCumhaills claimed the points against Bundoran,in MacCumhaill Park.
Sean MacCumhaills: Chris Patton; Owen Wright (0-1), John Lynch, Gerard Grindle; Seamus McGinty, Gary Dunnion, Joe Dunion; Gavin Gallagher Pat McNulty; Shane Duffy, Marty O’Reilly (0-5), Michael Lynch; Aaron Kelly (0-2), Brian Lafferty (1-1), Rory Dunleavy (0-1). Subs: Chris Gallen, Lee Henefson, Marty Gallagher, Benny McLaughlin (1-3).
Bundoran: Ashley Mulhern; Jonny McHale, James Keeney, Johnny Boyle; Shane McGowan, Peter McGonagle, Shane Moohan; Ciaran McCaugjey, Niall Dunne; Diarmid Spratt (1-2), Gary Clancy (0-3), Alan Russell; Tommy Hourihane(0-2), Darragh Hoey, Christy Keeney (0-2). Sub. Paul Sheridan for J Boyle; Jamie Brennan (1-0) for D Hoey; Adam Coyne for T Hourihane.
Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair)
N Brid 0-6
After a closely contested first half Downings went in at half-time leading 0-5 to 0-4. The big turning point in this game came in the first five minutes of the second half when Naomh Brid received 2 red cards for two separate second yellow card offences.
Downings went on to score 2-6 in the second half while Naomh Brid only managed 0-2. Downings were reduced to 14 men with five minutes to go again for a second yellow card offence but the game was over as a contest at this stage. Lorcan Connor finished the game with a score of 2-8 .
Downings: B McGee; G Coyle, D Hay, J McFadden; B McGinley, M Bradley, O Boyce; S Coyle, S McGinley; F McClafferty, A McClafferty, G McClafferty; Connor (2-8 6f), P McGroddy (0-1), C Gallagher (0-2). Subs., J McBride, J L McBride, B McNutt
Naomh Brid: Doherty S Quinn D Langan M Quinn J Timmony C Walsh G Mc Cafferty P McDaid (0-4f) T Gallagher C Gallagher S Gormley C Rooney (0-1) R Walsh D Brogan (0-1) E Harron. Sub., P Rooney.
St Mary’s (Convoy) 2-14
Letterkenny Gaels 1-6
St. Mary’s picked up another two league points with a comfortable victory over Letterkenny Gaels, in Convoy, on Saturday evening.
Peter Blake and Anthony Browne from the penalty spot scored the goals for the winners who led 2-5 to 0-2 at half-time.
St. Mary’s scorers; A Browne 1-7, P Blake 1-2, J Kee 0-2 , B.Bonner 0-2 and P O’ Leary 0-1.
Inter Reserve semi-finals
St Naul’s 0-12
St. Naul’s will head to Ballybofey on Intermediate final day chasing a double after their reserves came from behind to book their place in the Intermediate Reserve final.
In what was a close affair throughout Michael Quinn and Aidan Meehan posted late points against 14 man Buncrana to clinch their place in the final.
It was all square at half-time after St. Naul’s came from three down in the closing six minutes of the opening half. Gary Ward, Aidan Meehan and Liam McGroarty popped over the points to send the teams in 0-5 each at the break.
Jamie Coyle with the game’s opening score and Michael Quinn scored the Naul’s early scores.
Mark O’Connell, Kevin Treacy (2,) one a 44 metre free, and Kevin McClean (2) hit the scores as Buncrana enjoyed the better of the opening quarter hour. But it all changed in the closing ten minutes as Naul’s stormed back into the tie.
The second half was an even contest too with the sides level five times. Buncrana, who lost Stephen McGonagle to a straight red card in the opening minutes of the second half, were in the game right up to the closing minutes.
Quinn, Padraig Reilly, Meehan, Gary Ward did the scoring for St. Nauls. Mark O’Connell, Kevin McLean, Shane McLaughlin and Kevin Treacy (3) scored the second half Buncrana points.
St. Naul’s: Patrick Burke; Ronan Lowther, Conor McGowan, John Kenny; Sean Kerrs, John McBrearty, Kenny McDaid; Des McGroarty, Jamie Coyle (0-1); William Wilson, Liam McGroarty (0-1), Aidan Meehan (0-4,3f); Gary Ward (0-2), Michael Quinn (0-3), Caolan Gaffney. Subs: Martin Gillespie for R Lowther (25 inj); Glen McDyre for S Kerrs (h/t); Padraig Reilly (0-1) for W Wilson (34); Alan McGroary for McGroarty 54.
Buncrana: Ciaran Hegarty; Shane McLaughlin (0-1), Alan Fletcher, Anthony McGonagle; Stephen Nelson, Patrick Duffy, Jack O’Loughlin; Kevin McClean (0-3), Ciaran McNicholas; Joe McGrory, Oisin O’ Flaherty, Stephen McGonagle; Ronan Doherty, Kevin Treacy (0-5,2F), Mark O’Connell (0-2). Subs: David Galbraith for M O’ Connell( 45); John Cassidy for S Fletcher ( 53); Sean Doherty for K McClean (55).
Referee: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill).
Fanad Gaels 0-8
Downings qualified for the Intermediate Reserve final but it was Fanad who got of to a flying start at this sem- final played at the Burren Road in Termon.
After 15 minutes they led Downings0- 6 points to 0-0 thanks mainly to some great scores from Oisin Friel. Chris Carr scored Downings only point in the first half with a fine free from 40 yards.
Maxi Curran brought Downings back into the game with a well finished goal just before half time. Fanad led Downings 0-7 to 1-1 at the break.
Brian Curran got Downings of to a great start in the second half with an excellent goal to leave the game all square. Downings went on from there scoring 3 unanswered points, 2 from Eric Roberts and 1 from James McBride. Fanad pushed hard in the later stages of the second half but Downings held on thanks mainly to some excellent defending. Dale McFadden sealed it for Downings with a point with the last kick of the game.
Downings: John McGroddy; Conor Shields, Martin McLaughlin, Christopher Carr (0-1); Paul Coyle, Barry Trearty, Ben McNutt; Shane McClafferty, Shane Boyce; James McBride (0-1), Andy Connor,Gerard McGee; Eric Roberts (0-2), Barney Curran (1-1), Maxi Curran (1-0). Subs: Dale McFadden (0-1) for Maxi Curran; John Doherty for Gerard McGee.
Referee: Paddy McKeever.
Intermediate Championship: Aodh Ruadh 0-6, Naomh Mhuire 1-11; St Nauls 3-8, Naomh Columba 0-9.
All Sports Donegal Intermediate Reserve Championship: St Nauls 0-12, Buncrana 0-11; Downings 2-6, Fanad Gaels 1-7.
Brian McCormick Sports Division 1: Ardara 2-13, St Michael’s 2-8 ; Killybegs 0-4, Four Masters 1-8 ; Gaoth Dobhair 0-8, Naomh Conaill 0-7
Brian McCormick Sports Division 1 Reserve: Ardara 3-5, St Michaels 1-12
McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2: Buncrana 0-7, Termon 0-14; Sean Mac Cumhaill 2-12, Realt na Mara 2-9
McGlynns Restaurant, Castlefin Division 2 Reserve: Sean MacCumhaills 3-15, Realt na Mara 1-6
Centra Supermarkets, Co Donegal Division 3: Downings 2-11, Naomh Brid 0-6
Marley Coaches Division 4: Milford 1-17, Naomh Ultan 2-6 ; Naomh Padraig Uisce Chaoin 2-11, Pettigo 0-6; Convoy 2-14, Letterkenny Gaels 1-6; Na Rossa 0-5, Urris 2-11
Marley Coaches Division 4 Reserve: Convoy 2-12, Letterkenny Gaels 3-5
Marley Coaches Division 5 League: Ardara 6-4, Gleann Fhinne 2-7
Centra Supermarket U21 B Football Championship: Burt 1-14, Urris 3-3; Aodh Ruadh 0-19, Buncrana 0-4
U21 Hurling Championship: Aodh Ruadh Ballyshannon 1-3, Burt 7-13.