After a bad loss to Dungloe last week, Glenfin bounced back with a solid seven point win over Fanad in Glenfin.
It was a fluid performance from the hosts, who took all but one of their 1-16 from play.
Fanad struggled in the middle of the park; Frank McGlynn moved into the centre in the absence of Mark McGinty and he and Stephen Ward ruled the roost, McGlynn taking two fine points in the first half.
Gerard Ward had an excellent game, often coming deep to demand the ball, and capping his performance with a well taken goal after 22 minutes.
Fanad found it hard to create scoring opportunities - despite Marty McAteer and Seamie Friel grabbing a point each within five minutes they managed only three more for the rest of the half. Points from Gerard Ward, Malachy Martin and the score of the game from Gary Dorrian meant Glenfin took a 1-10 to 0-05 lead into half time.
After the break Glenfin were content to go score for score with the visitors, Jason Marley and Stephen McGlynn pointing for the hosts and a brace of frees for Seamie Friel leaving the deficit unchanged.
Fanad were then handed a lifeline; a low shot from Michael Sweeney was heading harmlessly wide before a fortuitous deflection off a Glenfin leg set it up for substitute Davitt Walsh to slot the ball home.
The hosts, however, didn’t panic, responding well with a couple of points that all but secured victory.
As the game entered its final minutes Glenfin goalkeeper Andrew Walsh was called upon to make a brace of fine saves, pulling off a solid stop each time and ensuring his side came out the winners.
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh; Ronan Gallagher; John Harkin; Dean Herron; Gary Herron; Gavin McDermott; Gary Dorrian (0-01); Frank McGlynn (0-02); Stephen Ward; Daniel McGlynn (0-01); Kevin McGlynn; Stephen McGlynn (0-01); Malachy Martin (0-01); Gerard Ward (1-08; 1f); Jason Marley (0-01). Subs: Jason Morrow (0-01) for Kevin McGlynn; Mark McGinty Jnr. for Gavin McDermott; Lorcan Donnellan for Daniel McGlynn.
Fanad: Mark McConagly; Joe Blaney; Fergal Friel; Frank Sweeney; Ronan McAteer; Paddy McConagly; Ryan McGonagle (0-01); Kevin McElwaine; Michael Sweeney (0-01); Jimmy Coyle; Seamie Friel (0-03; 3f); Johnny Friel (0-01); Marty McAteer (0-01); Mark Friel (0-01); Seamie Cosher Friel (0-01). Subs: Oisin Shields for Jimmy Coyle; Davitt Walsh (1-00) for Fergal Friel.
Naomh Muire 1-8
Naomh Muire secured two more vital league points, in this game against Killybegs.
Ciaran McGinley got the first score on the board with a point. Charlie Tully replied with a point for Killybegs. Harry Harden and Tully again exchanged points before Hugh McFadden put Killybegs in front. Harden got his second but Val Smyth put Killybegs one up again.
In the 26th minute Hugh Yank Boyle produced a deft disguised pass to find Jack O’Brien who in turn finished well to the net for an all important goal.
Daniel Gallagher increased the lead to three, and McFadden and Harden exchanged points, to leave the score 1-5 to 0-5 in favour of Naomh Muire.
The second half was a tense affair and Harden opened the scoring with a point, but it was shortly cancelled by Benny Boyle.
Harden again put the home side four up. John Ban Gallagher and McFadden reduced it to two.
Harry Harden got his sixth point of the game.
Killybegs pressed hard but could only get two points through Eoin Ban Gallagher and Benny Boyle in the final minutes. Naomh Muire held on at the final whistle, by one point.
Naomh Muire: Brian Grant, Patrick Rodgers, Brian Gillespie, Tomas Duffy, Daniel Gallagher(0-01), Owenie McGarvey, Jamie Boyle, Jack O’Brien(1-00), Patrick Gillespie, Jack Boyle, Paddy McCafferty, Shaun Burns, Ciaran McGinley(0-01), Hugh Yank Boyle, Harry Harden(0-06), Subs James Ferry for McGinley, Chris Devlin for Jack Boyle, and Shaun McCafferty for Hugh Boyle(BC)
Killybegs; Michael Mullin, Kevin Fallon, Jason Noctor, Davy Conwell, Gavin Boyle, Shane Molloy, John Ban Gallagher(0-1), Benny Boyle (0-2), Daniel Breslin, Enda Murphy, Val Smyth (0-1), Eoin Ban Gallagher (0-1), Charles Tully (0-2), Hugh McFadden(0-3), Ryan McCluskey. SubsMark Boyle for John Ban Gallagher.
Sean MacCumhaill’s 2-16
Dungloe continued their excellent form in the All-County Football League Division Two with a fine win over Sean MacCumhaill’s in Ballybofey yesterday.
The side from the Rosses are now unbeaten in 11 matches and sit on top of the table, four points clear off second-placed Bundoran, with a match less played.
Against Brendan Dunleavy’s MacCumhaill’s though, Dungloe certainly didn’t have it all their own way.
They trailed by a single point, 1-9 to 1-8, at the interval.
David McCarron had netted for Dungloe, while rory Dunleavy got the green flag for the home team.
Tony Boyle kept his team in a couple of minutes as MacCumhaill’s waited out on the pitch for the second half to start.
The Dungloe manager would’ve been delighted with the response of his team.
Adam Neely’s goal in the opening exchanges of the second half turned the pendulum towards the away team.
The same player was then on hand to slap home a Conor Greene miscue that fell into his path.
Adrian Sweeney and Noel McBride’s five points apiece kept the Dungloe noses in front.
Martin O’Reilly, who scored 1-7 in all including a late penalty, did all he could but Dungloe held onto win.
Sean MacCumhaills: Eoin Gallen; Gerard Grindle, Martin Gallagher, Andrew McCloskey; Chris Gallen (0-1), Joe Dunnion (0-1), Gavin Doherty; Pat McNulty, Shaun McGowan (0-1); Benny McLaughlin, Martin O’Reilly (1-7, 1pen, 5fs), Brian Lafferty (0-1); Stephen Mulligan, Steven O’Reilly (0-2), Rory Dunleavy (1-2,1f). Subs: Packie Gallen for Doherty (46 mins), Brian Patton (0-1) for Mulligan (57 mins).
Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey; Jack Scally, Gavin Ward, Doalty Boyle; Cory Gallagher (0-1), Shaun Sharkey, Gerard Walsh (0-2); Raymond Sweeney, Paul McGarvey; Noel McBride (0-5); Adrian Hanlon (0-1), David McCarron (1-0); Adam Neely (2-0), Adrian Sweeney (0-5, 2fs), Conor Greene (0-2). Subs: Jamie Sweeney for Ward (36 mins inj).
Referee: Michael McShae.
Naul’s pick up valuable points
St Naul’s 0-20
Played on a warm Sunday afternoon in mountcharles, the home team picked up all two points against a gallant Downings team.
In the opening half it was end to end stuff with Naul’s taking a three point lead in the opening minutes. Downings hit back with two points. It was tit for tat for most of the half however the home team gained control with six unanswered points from Shane Conneely 0-2 Mark Ward 0-3 and Barry Griffin to put them in at half team leading 0-11 to 0-4.
In the second half it was the men from Downings who came out with all guns blazing hitting 1-2 without reply with the goal coming in the first minute a long ball from the throw in found Shane Mc Clafferty in one-- one with the ‘keeper and the veteran made no mistake rebounding in from Mc Breartys save to get them back into the game.
County minor Lorcan Connor pointed his second free of the day along with a point from corner forward Colin Gallagher.
The home team replied instantly with a great point from young Brendan Mc Cole who made Brendan Mc Gee tap over his powerful shot to get the Naul’s back on the score board.
The second half was like the first half with Mark Ward and Lorcan Connor trading frees for most of the day.
However the home team managed to stay 3 and 4 points ahead for the remainder of the game with the final score reading 0-20 to 1-13 at the final whistle.
Best for Downings was the accurate Lorcan Connor who was well marshalled by John Rose in the first half and Barry Griffin in the second half, Shaun Boyce, Colin Gallagher and Paddy Mc Groddy.
Team performance by the parish of Invermen who were glad to pick up the points with talisman Stephen Griffin in the US for the summer and long term injury victim Connar Mc Brearty missing from action.
Scorers - St Naul’s Mark Ward 0-8 (5fs), Cathal Lowther, Barry Griffin, Barry Rose, Shane Conneely 0-2, Fiachra Mc Ginley, Edward Kane and Brendan Mc Cole 0-1.
Downings: Lorcan Connor 0-7fs, Shane Mc Clafferty 1-1, Colin Gallagher 0-3,Sean Boyce 0-2.