Glenswilly produced a stirring second half performance to leave Naomh Conaill’s Davy Brennan Memorial Park with a fine away win.
Naomh Conaill 0-9
By Alan Foley
Paddy Campbell’s hosts had ran into a reasonably comfortable 0-7 to 0-2 advantage and looked in a prime position to take the points from their rivals.
However, Gary McDaid’s side, who had played their way into the match gradually, turned the match on its head after the break and scored second half goals through Leon Kelly and Michael Murphy.
The home side were the brightest of starters.
They had an array of scorers in the first 20 minutes to grab their five-point advantage.
Dermot Molloy popped over a 45, while Leon Thompson and Cathal Ellis registered two apiece and Brendan McDyre and Marty Boyle were also on target.
Glenswilly’s comeback was tepid to begin with as two Gary McFadden scores and one from Neil Gallagher and Murphy meant the half-time score was 07 to 0-4 for Naomh Conaill.
Glenswilly, though, possess an explosive streak and were much the better side once they clicked.
Substitute Leon Kelly goaled on 34 minutes following Murphy’s assist and the Donegal captain knocked in a second goal with nine minutes left when he out-jumped Stephen McGrath.
Naomh Conaill’s case wasn’t helped with Martin Regan and Anthony Thompson were back carded.
Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Stephen Molloy, Johnny Bonner, Ciaran Brennan; Cathal Ellis (0-2), Martin Regan, Marty Boyle (0-1); Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson; Dara Gallagher, Dermot Molloy (0-3, 1f, 45), Leon Thompson (0-2); Brendan McDyre (0-1), Johnny McLoone, Eunan Doherty. Subs: Aaron Thompson for Bonner (21), John O’Malley for Gallagher (half-time), Mark Gallagher for Regan (31 black card), Seamus Corcoran on for A Thompson (43), Ciaran Thompson and Ethan O’Donnell for McDyre and McLoone (46).
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Ruairí Crawford, Eamon Ward, Cormac Callaghan; Joe Gibbons, Aidan McDevitt, Ryan Diver; Neil Gallagher (0-2), Caolan Kelly; Barry Molloy, Gary McFadden (0-4, 2f), Cathal Gallagher; Darren McGinley(0-1), Michael Murphy (1-3, 1f), Oisin Crawford. Subs: Leon Kelly (1-0) and Ciaran Gibbons (0-1) for C Gallagher and Molloy (26), Ryan Toner for McGinley (55).
Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs).