Naomh Conaill made it two wins out of two outings with a double score victory over St Michael’s in their Division One meeting in Glenties.
Naomh Conaill 0-10
St. Michael’s 0-5
Both sides were short their county men with Naomh Conaill minus Leo McLoone, Anthony Thompson, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy and Leon Thompson while St Michael’s were without Colm McFadden, Christy Toye, Martin McElhinney and Antoin McFadden.
Former county man Marty Boyle, broken bone in the hand, was also absent from Naomh Conaill line-up while Joe Kennedy deputised between the posts for Stephen McGrath.
With Ciaran Brennan, Ciaran Thompson, Brendan McDyer and Ethan O’Donnell pulling the strings from the off Naomh Conaill, despite playing into a stiff breeze, lead 0-4 to 0-1 at the end of the first quarter.
O’Donnell, after a slow burning start, hit the first of the points on nine minutes to cancel our Michael Cannon’s long range strike, the game’s opening score, two minutes earlier.
And with the locals making light of the strong breeze, John Malley, Mark Gallagher, after a great burst through the middle from U-21 player Ciaran Brennan, and O’Malley again hit the points for a rampant Naomh Conaill.
As both sides struggled to make inroads on the scoreboard Michael Cannon, on 31 minutes and Brendan McDyer, with the last kick of the half, were the only scorers in the second quarter hour.
After a disappointing opening half St Michael’s did step up their game on the resumption. And with Ciaran ‘Rock’ Gallagher, Lorcan McDaid and Daniel McLaughlin raising their games and Lee Martin Carr adding a little more spark, following his introduction at half-time, they were back in the game by the three quarter mark.
Carr, Michael Gallagher and Stephen Coyle from a free made it a one point game 0-6 to 0-5, by the 45th minute.
But that was as good as it got for the men in red and white. Naomh Conaill regrouped and John O’Malley, with three quick fires points, two from frees, opened up a four point gap once more.
And as the clocked ticked down Ciaran Brennan got a flick on to a McDyer centre for the game’s closing point and another two precious league points for Paddy Campbell and his men.
As well as the aforementioned Brennan, Thompson, McDyer and Ethan O’Donnell, Johnny Bonner, Hughie Gallagher, Cathal Ellis, Eoin Waide and Seamus Corcorcan all had fine games.
Ciaran and Michael Gallagher, Lorcan McDaid, Daniel McLaughlin, Michael Cannon and Lee Martin Carr were the most promient for St Michael’s, who also sorely missed the injured Peter Witherow.
Naomh Conaill: J Kennedy; S Molloy, J Bonner, H Gallagher; C Ellis, C Brennan (0-1), E Waide; M Regan, C Thompson; M Gallagher (0-1), B McDyer (0-1), J O’Malley (0-5,4f); E O’Donnell (0-2), A J Gallagher, S Corcoran. Subs: J McLoone for M Gallagher; J Doherty for E O’Donnell. St Michael’s: C Gallagher; B Rodden, S Black, S Doak; A Kelly, C Gallagher, J H Alcorn; M McGinley, L McDaid; D McLaughlin (0-1), M Cannon (0-1), M Gallagher (0-1); M Breslin, B McLaughlin, R Langan. Subs: L M Ferry for M Breslin; L M Carr (0-1,f) for A Kelly; S Coyle (0-1,f) for B McLaughlin.
Referee: A Mullen (Killybegs)