Bundoran manager Charllie O’Donnell had every right to have a broad smile on his face following Friday away victory over Naomh Muire.
Naomh Muire 1-6
The former Aodh Ruadh and county senior player had just watched his side produce a spell-binding second half performance than ran the locals ragged and had 14 points to spare at the finish.
And that was after getting off to a flying start with a first minute Christy Keaney goal only then to fall 1-3 to 1-0 down after Naomh Muire through points from Paul ‘Yank’ Boyle, Harry Harden and Sean’Yank’ Boyle and a converted penalty from Hugh’Yank’ Boyle.
And while O’Donnell’s men responded with white flags from Gary Clancy (2) and Tommy Hourihane, the locals through a Harden free and a brilliant Hugh ‘Yank’ point went two up again.
But with Niall Dunne, Ciaran McCaughey and Gary Clancy on top around the middle of the park and Jonny McHale, Diarmuid Spratt, Christy Keaney and Hourihane in the groove up front, it was all square at half-time. Peter McGonagle and Spratt posted late strikes to make it 1-5 each at the interval.
Three quickfire points from Spratt and Keaney (2) set the tone early for what was to unfold in the second period.
And with Dunne and McCaughey ruling the aerial battle and McGonagle and McEniff raiding down the wings, the well drilled and disciplined winners took complete control.
They had another three points on the board and were leading by five points before Naomh Muire lost Owen McGarvey to a second yellow card, in the early seconds of the final quarter.
From then until the finish, the outcome was academic as Bundoran went on to add a further goal and six points with Hourihane pouncing for the second goal five minutes from the end to add the cream to a brilliant team performance and another two precious league points.
Naomh Muire only scored once in the second half from the boot of Harry Harden, nine minutes into the half.
This was a top drawer performance that has yielded seven points of eight in the campaign for Bundoran. And it was all the more impressive given they were forced to line out without the injured duo of first choice central defenders and former county men Shane McGowan and James Keaney.
It was a second heavy home defeat in-a-row for Naomh Muire who have just two points from their three games to date in the league. Sean ‘Yank’ Boyle - though starved of possession - Harry Harden, Owen Grant and Aidy O’Gara were best for a Naomh Muire outfit low in confidence.
Bundoran: J Keenan; J Boyle (0-1), D McCaughey, P Rooney; M McEniff (0-1), Niall Dunne, Peter McGonagle (0-1); C McCaughey, G Clancy (0-2,1f); A Coyne, D Spratt (0-3), J McHale; T Hourihane (1-3), Darragh Hoey, C Keaney (1-6,3f).
Naomh Muire: S Gallagher; T Duffy, B Gillespie, A O’Gara; D White, J O’ Brien, D Gallagher; P ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-1), O McGarvey; O Grant, H ‘Yank’ Boyle (1-1, 1-0 penalty), P McCafferty; C McGinley, S ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-1), S J Boyle. Subs: H Harden (0-3,1,f) for T Duffy; S McCafferty for C McGinley; J Ferry for O Grant.
Referee: M Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).
Naul’s continue unbeaten run
St Naul’s 1-10
Fanad Gaels 1-7
On a fine Good Friday evening St Naul’s came out on top in a hard hitting game on home soil with three points to spare at the final whistle.
It was the home side who drew first blood with a Stephen Griffin point. Seamie Nani Friel replied two minutes later with a placed ball and took the lead almost immediately with a point from Full Forward Mark Friel. The parish off Invermen hit a great goal after a great turnover from John Rose starting off a great move involving Griffin and Shane Conneely to set up Cathal Lowther who took his goal with great composure.
Naul’s hit another 0-4 reply with two Griffin frees and a point from play from the younger Griffin sibling from 30 meters and a great point from out the right wing from full forward Conneely. Fanad ended the scoring in the first half with a free from Seamie Nani Friel. Half-time score St Naul’s 1-5 Fanad 0-3
Naul’s hit the first point in the new half with a long range point from midfielder Fiachra Mc Ginley. Fanad hit 1-1 without reply in the space off two minutes with a point from a Nani Friel free and a fisted goal from a high ball in with big midfielder Michael Sweeney getting on the end of the high ball to fist it into the Naul’s net to leave it a two point game.
Naul’s replied with another, two frees of the boot of Griffin and 0-2 from centre half forward Barry Rose with two well-earned points from difficult angles with his second point coming from a great block by Enda Lynch in the full back line starting off the move that resulted in Rose popping over the black spot.
Fanad replied with three points without reply two more frees from Seamie Nani and one from his younger brother Johnny.
Best for Fanad were Seimi Nani Friel, Michael Sweeney and Kevin Mc Elwaine. A team performance by the home side with every player giving their all.
St Naul’s: L Mc Brearty, C Mc Devitt, E Lynch, A Kennedy, J Rose, S Johnston, B Griffin 0-1, F Mc Ginley 0-1, S Griffin (0-5,5f), C Lowther 1-0, B Rose 0-2, Liam Mc Groarty, D Brennan, S Conneely 0-1, D Friel. Subs J Coyle, E Kane.
Fanad Gaels: O Blaney, J Blaney, C Martin, J Coyle, R Mc Ateer, P Mc Conigley, P Coyle, K Mc Elwaine, M Sweeney 1-0, B Callaghan, S Nani Friel 0-6 fs, J Nani Friel 0-1, S Mc Govern, M Friel, M Mc Ateer. Subs B Mc Veigh for B Callaghan black card.
Referee: I Molloy (Naomh Conail)