Naomh Conaill got the better of rivals Ardara yesterday afternoon when they came away from Pearse Memorial Park with a hard earned victory.
Naomh Conaill 2-8
By Frank Craig PRO
Ardara, against the strong elements, managed just a single point in the opening 30 minutes to exit 10 points adrift on a score of 2-5 to 0-1.
Their comeback fell just short.
Mark Gallagher grabbed the game’s opening goal on six minutes before Dermot Molloy crashed in the second on 11 minutes when Leo McLoone arrowed in a superb delivery after he’d robbed Nicolas Maguire of possession.
Ardara needed to find some traction immediately after the restart and inside a spectacular two-minute spell, CJ Molloy hauled the home side right back into contention with two goals in quick succession.
The first had its fair share of fortune as Brendan Boyle’s speculative delivery into the square fell kindly at the feet of Molloy who bundled home from close range.
The New York native’s second was anything but lucky as he collected from Gareth Concarr before arrowing an unstoppable drive past McGrath.
A second yellow card issued to Dermot Molloy saw the Donegal attacker sent off in the closing stages but his side had done enough.
Ardara: D Gallagher; SMcLaughlin, D Gavigan, Kevin Breslin; Kieran Breslin, S McHugh, P McGrath; K Doherty, C Classon; B McNelis (0-2,1f), NMaguire, G Concarr (0-2); TBoyle, CJ Molloy (2-0), B Boyle. Subs: S O’Donnell (0-1) for Maguire (42), K Byrne for CJ Molloy (black card, 57), Ni Breslin for McNelis (58).
Naomh Conaill: S McGrath; C Ellis, J Bonner, J Campbell; C Thompson (0-1), M Regan, M Boyle; L McLoone (0-1), A Thompson; M Gallagher (1-0), B McDyre, E Doherty; D Gallagher (0-1,1f), D Molloy (1-4,3f), J O’Malley (0-1). Subs: H Gallagher for Boyle (ht), L Thompson for J Bonner (black card, 37mins), J McLoone for M Gallagher (40), S Corcoran for D Gallagher (56).