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Gaoth Dobhair are savouring anotehr Donegal Senior Reserve title after their victory over Naomh Conaill in the replay

Gaoth Dobhair are savouring anotehr Donegal Senior Reserve title after their victory over Naomh Conaill in the replay

Naomh Conaill 2-6

Gaoth Dobhair 0-6

The Gaeltacht side came out on top with against Naomh Conaill in the curtain raiser at MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.

In a hard fought encounter second half goals from Martin Coll and Ryan Ferry were the decisive scores as the men from the Gaeltacht claimed a fourth Senior Reserve Championship crown.

The first half was a low scoring affair with Naomh Conaill scoring two early points and Gaoth Dobhair replying. Kevin McGettigan on three minutes and Conal McNelis, with a fisted effort on four minutes ,got Naomh Conaill off to a flyer.

But they did not hit the target again until one minute from the end of normal time when Joe Kennedy drove over their third point.

In between Michael McKelvey - with a monster of a point on four and half minutes from 50 metres - McKelvey again from a close-in free, tied up the game at the end of the first quarter tied up the game.

McKelvey was a big influence in the first half as both sides spurned a number of good goal scoring chances. Both Michael McLoone and Jamie Gallagher blasted wide with good three pointers on offer.

With scoring proving a difficulty for both sides Stephen Cassidy, having his first outing in six seasons, edged Gaoth Dobhair in front on 28 minutes before Kennedy’s point.

Level 0-3 each at half-time, Stephen Cassidy and Martin Regan traded points on the resumption before Joe Kennedy edged Naomh Conaill back in front.

But the lead was shortlived and when Martin Coll got a flick on to a Michael McKelvey, long range free for the games opening goal and the lead once more for the men from the Gaeltacht 1-4 to 0-5.

And Naomh Conaill were further rocked when Joe Kennedy was shown a red card for a late challenge on Christopher McFadden on the three quarter mark.

Despite being down in numbers Naomh Conaill pressed for a spell but their chance seemed to have gone when Charles John Doherty pulled off a wonder save to deny Conal McNelis from five metres.

Stephen Molloy did reduce the margin to one with six minutes remaining but a Colin Ferry point followed by a Ryan Ferry goal wrapped up it up for Gaoth Dobhair.

Naomh Conaill: Ronan O’Donnell; Seamus Campbell, Dominic Bonner, Martin Gallagher; Kevin McGettigan (0-1), Michael O’Malley, Stephen Molloy (0-1,1f); Martin Regan (0-1); Jamie Gallagher; Hugh Gallagher, James Doherty, Jamie McHugh; Michael McLoone, Joe Kennedy (0-2), Conal McNelis (0-1). Subs: Seamus Ellis for J McHugh (h/t);

Gaoth Dobhair: Charles John Doherty; Sean ‘Nancy’ Gallagher, Christopher McFadden, Paddy Gribben; Joe Blair, Martin Coll (1-0), Jamie Reynolds; Michael McKelvey (0-2, 1f), Stephen Gallagher; Caoilte O’Baoill, Stephen Cassidy (0-2), Paul Mulligan; Manny Gallagher, James Sweeney, Niall Friel. Subs: Colman McCool for M Coll (45); Noel Kelly for N Friel (47); Colin Ferry (0-2) for J Sweeney (50); Ryan Ferry (1-0) for M Gallagher (52); Frank McGee for S Gallagher (57);

Referee: Kieran McShea (Sean MacCumhaills).