Gaoth Dobhair’s push for league honours remains firmly on track after Sunday’s win over a depleted Glenswilly at Pairc Naomh Columba.
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The home side, without Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher as well as a host of other regulars, worked hard throughout, but they were overpowered by the visitors in the second half.
There were only four points between the sides at the break. Gaoth Dobhair’s opening goal came eight minutes before half time when Eamon McGee was involved in the move which was superbly finished to the net by Noel Kelly.
Up until then, Glenswilly had held the lead with Dermot McGinley, Caolan Kelly and Gary McFadden among their scorers. Cathal Gallagher also kicked a delightful free from wide on the left to put his team two points up, 0-5 to 0-3.
Glenswilly would have been content enough with their first half efforts even though they were behind at half time, 0-5 to 1-6. Barry Molloy was showing well at full forward and Oisin Crawford and Cormac Callaghan were also catching the eye.
The home side needed a good start to the second half and they got just that with two early points from Dermot McGinley and substitute, Ryan Diver. That reduced the gap to just two points and all of a sudden it was game on.
However, Gaoth Dobhair responded with four unanswered points from Tomás Diver (2), Sean Doherty and Kevin Cassidy.
Diver, who ended the day with 1-4, then struck for his team’s second goal to kill off the home challenge - finishing into the corner of the net past Philip O’Donnell.
In the end, Glenswilly simply ran out of steam although both teams were fortunate not to have had a player sent off following an unnecessary bust-up in the centre of the field involving several players from both teams. It was the only downside to an otherwise decent game in which Gaoth Dobhair’s greater experience eventually told. Their better performers on the day included Jamie Boyle at half back, Noel Kelly and the ever-reliable Cassidy.
They included the two McGees in their starting 15 but were without Odhran MacNiallais who, just like the two Glenswilly county players, sat out the game as a precautionary measure.
For Gaoth Dobhair, the victory means they stay in touch with the leading pack in the division and it’s now seven wins from ten games for them.
Glenswilly however, are facing a fight for survival and with both St. Michaels and Malin winning yesterday, they have lost ground on their main rivals.
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Cormac Callaghan, Eamon Ward, Paddy McFadden; Paddy Diver, Caolan Kelly (0-3, 3f), Oisin Crawford; Gary McFadden (0-3, 1f), Ciaran Molloy; Shane Carberry, Joe Gibbons, Cathal Gallagher (0-1, f); Dermot McGinley (0-2), Barry Molloy, Darren McGinley. Subs: Ryan Diver (0-1) for C. Molloy (19); Gerard McGrenra for Carberry (half time), Ryan Toner for Diver (52), Caoimhinn Marley for Dermot McGinley (52).
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Sean McGarvey (0-1), Neil McGee, Ciaran Ferry; Jamie Boyle, Eamon McGee, Joe Duffy; Peadar McGee, Kevin Cassidy (0-2); Niall Friel, Sean Doherty (0-2), Paul Mulligan; Jamie Reynoldsk, Noel Kelly (1-2, 1f, ‘45), Tomás Diver (1-4, 4f). Subs: Gavin McBride for Friel (41), Padraig McGarvey for McBride (black card 47), Danny Curran for Reynolds (51), Manus Weed for Boyle (56), Ronan MacNiallais for Doherty (56).
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill).