Kilcar kept their chance of retaining the Democrat Cup on track with a good win over Gaoth Dobhair in Towney.
Gaoth Dobhair 1-13
There was plenty of cobwebs around but there were no busses being parked in an open game.
Kilcar have still three games in hand on leaders St. Eunan’s but are only two points behind.
Seamus McGonagle will hardly ever have an easier game to officiate with only five fouls in the opening half.
The home side were without a number of players including Patrick McBrearty, Mark McHugh, Eoin McHugh and Conor Doherty while Neil and Peter McGee were notable absentees for Gaoth Dobhair.
In an entertaining game Kilcar led by 2-6 to 1-6 at half-time with goals from Stephen McBrearty and Mark Sweeney, two well worked chances.
Gaoth Dobhair kept in touch thanks to a fumble from Kevin Campbell from a James Carroll effort and Michael Carroll was in to knock to the net. The Donegal minor was influential in the opening half, also notching two points while Mark Sweeney and Matthew McClean had a brace of points each for Kilcar, who lost Ciaran McGinley to a nose injury early in the half.
Stephen McBrearty was the top man for the winners in the opening half.
The hot conditions meant that the pace slackened quite a lot in the second half but a third goal from Matthew McClean within five minutes of the restart meant it was going to be an uphill task for the visitors.
When Ryan McHugh fired home a fourth goal after a great pass from Michael Hegarty it was game, set and match.
Gaoth Dobhair did keep going with Odhran MacNiallais hitting some great scores.
Both sides will be keeping fingers crossed that they will have the full complement for next weekend’s championship encounters - Kilcar away to Killybegs and Gaoth Dobhair away to MacCumhaill’s. Word from Kilcar is that Patrick McBrearty may still be missing and Ciaran McGinley may be a doubt with a suspected broken nose, while Gaoth Dobhair will hope that Neil McGee will have recovered from a rib injury picked up against Mayo in Croke Park.
Kilcar: K Campbell; D Lyons, B Shovlin, P Carr; A McClean, M Hegarty (0-1), C Cannon (0-1); C McGinley (0-1), A McGinley (0-1); S McBrearty (1-1,1f), M Sweeney (1-2), R McHugh (1-0); P Sweeney, D O’Donnell, M McClean (1-2). Subs., S Shovlin for C McGinley; E O’Donnell for C Cannon.
Gaoth Dobhair: J Duffy; C Ferry, J Reynolds, A Blair; S Boyle (0-1,f), D Curran, J Boyle; E McGee, O MacNiallais (0-3); J Carroll (0-1), J Gallagher, P Mulligan; M Roarty (0-1), N Kelly (0-3,1f), M Carroll (1-3). Subs., P Gallagher for Blair; G McBride for J Gallagher; A Ferry (0-1) for S Boyle; E Cannon for M Carroll.
Referee: S McGonagle (A Ruadh)