Goals the difference for Naomh Ultan

Goals the difference for Naomh Ultan
Goals win matches and we had three to savour in this rambunctious affair that threatened to boil over, especially in a testy opening half hour.

Goals win matches and we had three to savour in this rambunctious affair that threatened to boil over, especially in a testy opening half hour.

Naomh Ultan 2-9

Moville 1-6

Naomh Ultan were worthy winners as they were able to hit the killer goals, and also able to absorb a fairly determined effort from the losers who had long periods of dominance in that first half.

And a magnificently worked team goal, finished expertly by young Daniel Gallagher was the clinching score for the winners as they led by 2-4 to 1-3 in the 38th minute.

Referee Liam McConigley handed out yellow cards to Tony McClenaghan and Seamus Hegarty from Moville in the 8th and 11th minutes, but he could have handed at least four more to both sides as tempers frayed in all quarters.

And Moville’s anger at having what looked to be a perfectly good point from beavering full forward Nigel McMonagle, seemed to be justified.

McMonagle should have netted but he blazed the ball over Naomh Ultan keeper Daniel McGlynn’s head and apparently over the bar.

But referee McConigley disallowed the point after consulting with his linesman in the 25th minute.

And what irked Moville even more, was that referee McConigley awarded a point to Naomh Ultan after consulting with his linesman after and umpire ruled a shot from the impressive Cian Kennedy to be wide of the mark.

Naomh Ultan were leading by 1-1 to 0-3 when McMonagle had his chance.

But the Dunkineely men got a dream start when towering full-forward Alan Lyons was pulled down in the square after 55 seconds.

And the big Naomh Ultan man slid a low shot past Moville keeper Martin McGeady.

That goal stood very well to Naomh Ultan who were under the cosh for considerable periods, but never panicked.

The excellent Ciaran Diver, McMonagle and Joe McBride were on target for Moville.

Cian Kennedy had his point upheld in the 12th minute and Lyons and marksman Dermot Gallier was also on target for the Dunkineely men who were restricted to breakaways.

They failed to score from the 10th to the 27th minutes in that opening half as they led by 1-3 to 0-3 at the interval as wasteful Moville hit seven wides to Naomh Ultan’s three.

Moville levelled matters when a cross into the Naomh Ultan square from Moville midfielder Martin McDermott deceived Naomh Ultan keeper McGlynn and Josh Lafferty palmed the ball to the net in the 35th minute.

But crucially it was the Dunkineely men who got the next score, a well -worked point from Kennedy to keep them in a narrow lead.

And then, in a lightning Naomh Ultan move, involving six players, towering midfielder Declan Murrin unlocked the Moville defence as he fed the red haired Gallagher who slipped a low shot to the Moville net in the 38th minute

This was the clinching score and Naomh Ultan was never in any real difficulty thereafter.

Ciaran Diver fought a brave battle up front for the losers and hit a few late points for the losers whose efforts for goal were easily repelled by a calm Naomh Ultan rearguard.

Naomh Ultan: D McGlynn; C Shovlin, J Cassidy, D Gallier (0-43f); J Alvey, A Kyles, M McGlynn; D Murrin, S Blain; D Gallagher (1-0), C Kennedy (0-31f), D Shovlin; A Duddy, A Lyons (1-1 pen), P Alvey. Subs: A Byrne (0-1) for P Alvey (35), A Rodgers for D Gallagher (56), P White for A Lyons (57)

Moville: M McGeady, P Parkinson, E Faulkner, J Henry; J Keys, T McClenaghan, J McBride (0-1); J McGeady, M McDermott (0-145); R McDermott, C Diver (0-3), M Harkin; S Hegarty, N McMonagle (0-1), J Lafferty (1-0). Subs: S O’Hare for M Harkin (46), D Logue for J Henry (55), S Diver for R McDermott (56),

Ref: L McConigley (Downings)