Dungloe supporters were once again thankful for that golden left boot of Adrian Sweeney for their two points win over MacCumhaills.
Sean MacCumhaills 0-8
The former county ace and All-Star again rolled back the years as he kicked six of his team’s total in what was a hard fought encounter in Rosses Park, with the men from the Finn Valley.
Sweeney (3) and Gerard Walsh (2) for Dungloe and Darren O’Leary (2), Marty O’Reilly(2) and Brian Lafferty, Sean MacCumhaills were the first half scorers as the teams ended level 0-5 each at the end of the first 30 minutes.
The sides were level five times in the opening half and were level again three times in the second period before Sweeney and minor star Adam Neely sealed the win in injury time for Tony Boyle’s charges.
Three times in the second half O’Leary (2) and O’Reilly edged the Finn Valley men in front. But with Sweeney in form, Dungloe on each occasion drew level before in the first minute of time added on Sweeney kicked his team into the lead with Neilly making it a two point game on the stroke of full-time.
Dungloe: C Sharkey; J Scally, J Sweeney, D Boyle; M Sweeney, S Sharkey, Cory Gallagher; R Sweeney, P McGarvey; N McBride (0-1), A Hanlon, G Walsh (0-2); A Sweeney (0-6,3 f), M Clerkin, D McCarron. Subs: D Curran for J Sweeney (ht); A Neilly for M Clerkin (35).
Sean MacCumhaills: O Gallen; G Grindle, M Gallagher, S McGinty; C Gallen, G Dunnion, J Dunnion; P McNulty, S O’Reilly; S Duffy, M O’Reilly (0-3), S McGowan; B Lafferty (0-1), D O’Leary (0-4,2f), R Dunleavy. Subs: G Gallagher for S O’Reilly (h/t).
Killybegs break their duck
Naomh Muire 0-7
Killybegs finally got a long awaited league victory with a hard fought home win over Naomh Muire.
It may be more a case of relief than celebration as they notched their first league win in over a year.
Played under perfect conditions in Fintra Killybegs kept their shoulder to the wheel to grind out a result that many of their younger team members in particualry will savour.
Naomh Muire had their chances but a greater tally of wides cost them although they put in a solid first half performance. A bright start saw them go three point ahead.
The home side were dealt a blow when Daniel Breslin was black carded after ten minutes. He was replaced by Pauric Gallagher who would later take a trip to the side line himself.
Killybegs fought their way back into the game and come the break they trailed by just a point notching up 0-4 to Naomh Muires 0-5.
Killybegs rallied back and pulled the game back to all square when they drew level at 0-6 a piece in the 46th minute.
With their tails in the air they began to rack enough scores to put daylight between them and the visitors. The end was not with incident though and they had to play out the last ten minutes with a 14 men after Pauric Gallagher, who came on in the first half, was sent off.
It took second half points from Hugh McFadden (2), Brendan Boyle (2), Eoghan Ban Gallagher and Charles Tully to finally get Killybegs over the line.
Fanad finish strong to see off Glenfin
Gaeil Fhanaide bounced back from Good Friday’s away defeat to St Naul’s with a good win over Glenfin at home yesterday.
Gaeil Fhánada 1-16
Michael Sweeney, Mark Friel and Seamie’ Nanny’ Friel got the locals off to a flying start with three quick fire points in the opening minutes of what turned out to be a keenly contested Division Two league tie.
But Glenfin responded well and it was a draw game at half-time Gaeil Fhanada 0-6, Glenfin 0-6. Glenfin started the second half well and took the lead from the penalty spot. But the locals responded with points from Mark and Nanny Friel to tie up the game once more.
However, Glenfin went back in front courtesy of a well worked goal. But once again the Fanad men battled back and Seamie ‘Nanny’ converted an excellent penalty and Oisin Shiels scored a great point from distance.
With scores all level Seamie ‘Coshia’ restored the Gaels with a brilliant point before Michael Sweeney wrapped up the points with a long distance late strike.
Gaeil Fhanada: M McConigley; J Blaney, F Friel, C Martin; R McAteer, P McConigley, P Coyle; K McElwaine, M Sweeney (0-3); J Friel, S ‘Nanny’ Friel (1-7), M McAteer; O Shiels (0-1), Mark Friel (0-2), S ‘Coshia’ Friel (0-2). Subs; F Sweeney for P Coyle, A McAteer for J ‘Nanny’ Friel; J Coyle for M McAteer.
Glenfin: A Walsh; G Martin, M McGinty (snr), D Herron; L Donlon, F McGlynn, D McGlynn; M McGlynn (0-1), P Costelloe; C Ward, K McGlynn(0-1), J Marley (1-0); C Moy (0-3), G Ward (1-5), C Foy (0-1). Subs: J Harkin for C Foy; G Dorrian for L Donlon; S Ward for P Costelloe.