Two superbly finished goals from Naomh Conaill’s elusive Leon Thompson and Brendan McDyre garnished a superb display from Naomh Conaill, as the simply pulverized a youthful and much lighter St Eunan’s side in O’Donnell Park last night.
St Eunan’s 0-8
Naomh Conaill 2-12
Thompson collected a wonderful pass across the St Eunan’s square from his strike partner Brendan McDyre in the 12th minute.
And the former county star cooly stepped inside his marker to fire an exquisite low left-footed shot to the Letterkenny net. Thompson’s terrific strike put a much physically superior and more experienced Naomh Conaill into a 1-2 to 0- 1 lead.
And his twin striking threat McDyre reacted very smartly to a Dermot Molloy shot that came back off the post in the 32nd minute.
McDyre cooly held the rebound and did a double shimmy before planting the ball in the St Eunan’s net. Glenties then led by 2-5 to 0-2 after deservedly leading by 1-5 to 0-2 at the interval.
Under pressure St Eunan’s threw on big John Haran to literally beef up their second half efforts as Mark McGowan and sub keeper David Tyrrell were also introduced.
The excellent McDyre opened the Naomh Conaill account with a superbly struck point after just 3 minutes when he punched the ball over the bar from a fine Dermot Molloy pass.
The Letterkenny lads finally got off the mark in the 4th minute when Conal Dunne converted a 20 metre free.
But it took them another 17 minutes to find the target, through a well hit long range effort from Darragh Mulgrew.
However this was to be their only other score in a half dominated by Glenties. Their wing forward Darragh Gallagher kicked a few picture points for the winners, while Leo McLoone, Ciaran Thompson and Johnny McLoone were winning all the crucial battles in the middle of the field.
Eamon Doherty and Kevin Rafferty tried hard to bring their forwards into the action but they repeatedly struggled to make any real impression on a doughty Glenties defence.
And Glenties are beginning to show their undoubted potential and of course many of their warriors already have two county championship medals in their back pocket.
St Eunan’s: J P Clarke, C Morrison, S Hensey (0-1), C Parke (0-2); C Sharkey, E Doherty, C McGinley; D Mulgrew (0-1) K Rafferty; M Miller, C Dunne (0-32f) S McVeigh; R Carr (0-1) L McMonagle, C Gibbons. Subs: D Tyrrell for J P Clarke (h-time), J Haran for S McVeigh(h-time), M McGowan for C Sharkey (h-time), P McGowan for C McGinley (44),
Naomh Conaill: S McGrath, K McGettigan, AJ Gallagher, Aaron Thompson; M Boyle, Anthony Thompson, C Ellis (0-1); C Thompson L McLoone (0-1) ; D Gallagher (0-21f), J McLoone, D Molloy (0-2); B McDyre, J O’Malley (0-1), L Thompson (1-4). Subs: E O’Donnell for J McLoone, S Corcoran (0-1) for J McLoone, S Molloy for M Boyle.
Referee : J White (Killybegs)