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).