Maxi Curran and his St Eunan’s side won their fifth All-County Football League Division One fixture from five in Malin on Saturday.
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St Eunan’s maintained their impressive start to the season by recording a hard earned four-point win over a much improved Malin side who are still searching for their first win of the season.
The home side were quick out of the blocks and had rushed into an early three-point lead but St Eunan’s finally found their stride and soon fired over three unanswered points.
Malin had a great chance to retain the lead after Stephen McLaughlin was hauled down in the are area but Sean Daffan made amends by saving the resulting spot kick from Byrne leaving Malin trailing by the minimum at the break.
A Donnacha Gallagher goal in the first minute of the half pushed St Eunan’s further ahead but Malin came storming back and closed the gap to a single point. With Malin going all out for the equaliser, they left themselves short at the back and veteran John Haran put the result beyond doubt with a stoppage time goal.
Malin: D Lafferty; M McLaughlin, D Harkin, G Farren; C Byrne, D Walsh, K McColgan; A Kelly (0-3f), John G McLaughlin, Matt Byrne (0-2f), B McLaughlin (0-3), P McLaughlin; Michael Byrne (0-2), D McDaid, S McLaughlin (0-1). Subs: T Doherty, C. Farren (0-1)
St Eunans: S Daffan; C Morrison, M Martin, C Parke (0-1); E Doherty (0-2), P Devine, K Sharkey; S Hensey, C Ward; O Carr, D Gallagher (1-3), M Miller (0-1); J Haran (1-0), C Gibbons (0-2), L McMonagle (0-1). Subs: S McVeigh, C O’Boyle.
All square at the Bridge
St Michael’s and Glenswilly shared the points at the end of this exciting Division One league match played at the Bridge on Friday night.
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Both teams were short players on the evening, but it was Glenswilly who got off to the better start taking the lead before the home side’s first score from Christy Toye midway through the half.
Glenswilly added a goal from Michael Murphy to lead at half time. But they were level early in the second half before a second Murphy goal extended the Glenswilly lead. It was nip and tuck to the end and both teams had chances to win the match, but in the end they both had to settle for a hard earned point.
St Michael’s: C Gallagher; B Rodden, A McFadden, J Alcorn; A Kelly, M Cannon (0-2), M Gallagher; L McDaid, M Mc Ginley; C McElhinney, C Toye (0-2, 1f) M Breslin (0-1); L Carr (0-3), C McFadden (0-2), P Sweeney. Subs: B McLaughlin for P Sweeney, S Coyle (0-1f) for M Breslin.
Glenswilly: P O’Donnell; C Gibbons, E Ward, R Toner; R Crawford, B Molloy, A McDevitt; C Kelly, Gary Mc Fadden (0-2); J Gibbons, L Kelly, C Gallagher; O Crawford (0-1), M Murphy (2-2), D McGinley. Subs: P Diver for C Gibbons, R Diver for R Toner, G Mc Grenra for D McGinley,C Molloy for O Crawford, P McFadden for J Gibbons, D McGinley for B Molloy (black card).
Gaoth Dobhair win again
Kevin Cassidy’s revolution at Gaoth Dobhair continues to gather pace with a third win in the All-County Football League Division One from four outings, this time against Termon.
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Following a tempestuous affair at the Burn Road, it means that the hosts are still pointless since their return to the top flight.
Tomás Diver and Joe Duffy scored the goals for the Magheragallon outfit and although Daire McDaid did give the locals something to grip onto following a 52nd minute goal,
Michael Boyle had made a fine save from Diver at the start of the second half but the Gaoth Dobhair forward gained revenge on 48 minutes when he took advantage of a slip from Anthony McGrenra following a pass from Joe Duffy.
Gaoth Dobhair got their second goal two minutes later, when Neil McGee drove forward and hit the post, but Duffy was alive to bury the rebound into the net.
However, Termon’s response was a lively one with McDaid picking up possession following a long ball in from Shaun O’Donnell to beat Christopher Sweeney.
Gaoth Dobhair, though, held on to win.
Termon: Michael Boyle; Joe O’Donnell, Anthony McGrenra, Dan Conaghan; Declan O’Donnell, Shaun O’Donnell, Joe English; Bernard Alcorn, Aiden Sweeney; Steve McElwaine, Daire McDaid (1-3, 1f, 1‘45’), Kevin McDaid; Trevor Alcorn, Austin Marron (0-1), Paddy McDaid (0-1). Subs: Caolan McDaid (0-1, 1f) for McElwaine (30 Black Card), Thomas Cullen for Bernard Alcorn (32 ), Nathan McElwaine for Conaghan (36), Brendan Friel for Trevor Alcorn (51 ), Ricky Gallagher for Declan O’Donnell (64).
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Manus Weed, Neil McGee, Christopher McFadden; Prionnais Gallagher (0-1), Eamon McGee, Jonathan Harkin; Peter McGee, Donal McBride; Odhrán MacNiallais, Kevin Cassidy (0-1), Anthony Blair (0-1); Patrick McGarvey (0-5, 4fs), Thomas Diver (1-0), Sean Doherty (0-1, 1f). Subs: Jamie Boyle for Eamon McGee (30 Black Card), Joe Duffy (1-0) and Paul Mulligan for Doherty and Gallagher (42), David McGee for Harkin (51), Micheal Roarty for Diver (57).