Glenfin bounced back from a bad defeat to McCumhaill’s last Monday to see off a late Killybegs’ surge and take the two points in Pairc Taobhoige.
For large parts of the game it seemed a rout was on the cards as Glenfin dominated in the middle of the field and scored freely, however Killubegs managed to get their act together with a host of scores near the end, unfotunately for them it was all too little, too late.
Killybegs got off to the better start, managing to pop over the first score of the match within five minutes.
The home team responded in the most positive fashion, a great flowing move ending in a typical Gerard Ward goal, driving the ball low past the keeper.
As Paddy Costello gave a man of the match performance in the middle of the park, Liam Ward’s men began to take control, Ciaran Moy sending a couple over and Costello using the wind to great effect from at least 45 yards.
Killybegs task was made all the harder when midfielder Enda Murphy was black-carded after 16 minutes for a cynical challenge.
The visitor’s full forward Hugh McFadden also struggled to find the target from several scoreable chances and this told in the scoreline at the break as Glenfin led 1-7 to 0-3.
Glenfin picked up where they left off after the interval, Ciaran Moy pointing before Gerard Ward once again buried the ball in the back of the net with just five minutes of the second half played.
It looked as if Killybegs had given up the ghost, Glenfin now racking up the scores through several frees.
The hosts were then shown a black card of their own – Kieran Foy seeing the line after a trip on Jason Nochter.
As the game entered the last 10 minutes and seemed all but over as a contest Killybegs finally found their shooting boots, popping over six unanswered scores to bring the margin down to six points in the Glenfin men’s favour with three minutes left.
However the visitors, for all their graft, weren’t able to find the all important goal that might have changed things and Glenfin recorded a win that they will be delighted with.
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh; Martin O’ Donell; Ronan Gallagher; Dean Herron; Lorcan Donnellan; Frank McGlynn; Gary Dorrian; Stephen Ward; Paddy Costello (0-1); Conor Ward; Kevin McGlynn(0-1); Jason Marley (0-1); Ciaran Moy(0-8,5f); Gerard Ward (2-1); Kieran Foy(0-1). Subs: Luke Keane for Kieran Foy (black card); Kyle Doherty for Kevin McGlynn.
Killybegs: Michael Mullin; Paul McFadden; David Conwell; Brendan McCaughey; Christopher Murren(0-1); Jason Noctor; Gavin Boyle; Enda Murphy; Daniel Breslin (0-1); Mark Boyle (0-1); Benny Boyle (0-3); John Ban Gallagher(0-1); Charles Tully; Hugh McFadden(0-5,2f); Paul Cunningham. Subs: Manus Boyle (0-1) for Enda Murphy (black card).
difference for Rosses men
St Naul’s 0-12
N Muire 2-9
Played in Mountcharles on Sunday afternoon Naomh Muire came away with a hard fought won with two early goals setting them on their way to victory.
Naul’s were understrength missing Stephen Griffin and Daniel Friel and along with injuries to two key players early in the first half this was always going to be an uphill battle for them but they will rue missed goal chances and feel they did enough to earn a draw in this encounter .
The visitors had a dream start with a goal in the first minute. St Naul’s had claims for a free in with Andrew Gallagher on the deck with a head injury after a scramble inside the 13m line. With him receiving treatment however the game was not stopped and the visitors broke rapidly with Harry Harden finishing off the move after a pass from Sean Yank Boyle set him on his way to fire into the bottom corner.
Things got worse for the home team as they lost veteran defender Conor Mc Brearty to a serious ankle injury from the kick out which forced the understrength home team into an early substitution.
Naomh Muire’s dream start continued as Sean Yank Boyle nipped in for the Rosses men’s second goal in the 5th minute.
Things were still going wrong for the Parish of Invermen with centre half forward Shane Conneely limping off with another ankle injury. Another two points, one from Daragh White from distance and a Harden free put eight points between the teams with 11 mins on the clock.
Fiachra Mc Ginley with a long range point, and a well-taken point from the experienced Andrew Gallagher getting the Naul’s first points of the game. Harden and Gallagher traded frees and a point from Sean Yank Boyle Paul Yank and Owen Grant finished the first half scoring for Naomh Mhuire and a point in injury time in the first half from Gallagher again leaving the half time score 0-4 to 2-6 at the break
In the new half it was the home side that came out with all guns blazing with two scores off the boot of Gallagher and points from Jamie Coyle and senior debutant Brendan Mc Cole starting the revival from the home side. Naul’s sprung former County player Stephen Griffin and within 4 mins of been on the field he hit his first point from a placed ball. Paddy Gillespie hit a point from distance to give Naomh Mhuire some breathing space. The home team had a few good chances to get a few goals but with Shaun Gallagher in fine form in goals for visitors with point blank saves from those efforts. Griffin replied with two more frees and Daragh White hitting another score from out the wing to edge the Rosses men in front again. Shaun Yank put four points between the teams again with just a few minutes left on the clock. Griffin hit the last point of the game deep in injury time to leave the home side trailing by three points at the final whistle.
Scorers: St Naul’s: A Gallagher 0-5(2fs), S Griffin 0-4 fs, F Mc Ginley, B McCole, J Coyle 0-1 each.
N Mhuire: H Harden 1-2 (1f), S Yank Boyle 1-2, D White 0-2, P Yank Boyle, P Gillespie 0-1 each
Fanad win local derby against Downings
Gaeil Fhánada 2-12
The Gaels enjoyed a solid home performance that saw them power past near neighbours Downings in Portsalon.
Downing have been severely affected with the loss of several key players in their squad and showed on the pitch yesterday.
They threw many men behind the ball but it did little to stop a relentless Fanad side who kept the pressure on through out.
Seimi “Nanny” Friel racked up an impressive personal tally of 1-5. Ronan McAteer got their other goal in a clinical performance with points coming from through out the squad.
Downings top scorer was midfielder Sean McGinley with four points but it was not enough to off set a one side affair with the home team running out comfortable winners.
Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal Friel (0-1), Cathal Martin, Jimmy Coyle (0-1), Paddy McConigley (0-1), Ronan McAteer (1-0), Ryan McGonigle, Michael Sweeney, Aidan McAteer, Seimi ‘Nanny’ Friel (1-5, 4fs), Martin McAteer (0-1), Oisin Shiels (0-1), Mark Friel (0-1), Seimi Friel (0-1). Subs: Frank Sweeney for J Coyle 45 mins, Johnny Friel for S ‘Coshia’ Friel 47 mins, Brian McVeigh for O Shiels 53 mins, Ken Dempsey and Paul Coyle for R McAteer and P McConigley 55 mins, Shaun McGovern for A McAteer 59 mins.
Downings: Brendan McGee, Seamus Gallagher, Oisin Boyce, Conor Shiels, Ben McNutt, David Hay, James Lee McBride, Bryan McGinley, Sean McGinley (0-4), Martin McBride (0-1), James McBride, Colin Gallagher (0-1), Shane Buchanan (0-1,1f), Patrick McGroddy, Ben McBride. Subs: Dale McFadden for B McGinley 5 mins (Black Card), Shane Boyce for McBride (47 mins), Matt McNutt for B McNutt (61 mins).
Referee: Enda McFeely.
Win for Ballybofey side over Bundoran
Sean MacCumhaill’s 2-14
A large crowd turned out to watch this game in Mac Cumhaill Park to watch Mac Cumhaills take on Bundoran.
Bundoran scored a goal early through Johnny McHale, who was later dismissed, in the first half but Mac Cumhaills kept plugging away and goals either half put this game beyond Bundoran. Joe Dunnion and Brian Lafferty were the ones on the mark.
It was an impressive display from Mac Cumhaills and from start to finish they never looked uncomfortable. They have won three of their last three games.
Scorers for Mac Cumhaills: Joe Dunnion 0-1, Marty O Reilly 0-4, Brian Lafferty 1-2, Stephen Mulligan 0-1, Darren O Leary 1-3, ChriDu Gallen 0-2, Shane Duffy 0-1.
Bundoran scorers: Johnny McHale (1-0), Christy Keaney (0-3), Adam Coyne (0-2), James Keaney, Tommy Hourihan and Darragh Hoey (0-1)
Dungloe triumph in Falcarragh
A solid performance from Dungloe earned them a good Division Two victory against Cloughaneely yesterday.
With a bright start they seemed on top in several areas and made the most of the chances that fell their way in what were quite heavy pitch conditions in Falcarragh.
The went in two points up at the break but Cloughaneely dug deep on the restart and drew level.
It was short lived however and spirited performance from Adrian Hanlon saw him rattle the net twice as well as bag a handful of points. This was also complimented with fine performances from Corey Gallagher and Jimmy Sweeney.
Denis Boyle was in good form for the home side but it was Dungloe who set the pace from early on and claimed the points.