Goal blitz seals points for Kilcar

Barry Doherty scored two goals and Ryan and Mark McHugh scored one each as Kilcar took the points from their visit to Magheragallon with a four point victory over Gaoth Dobhair.

Barry Doherty scored two goals and Ryan and Mark McHugh scored one each as Kilcar took the points from their visit to Magheragallon with a four point victory over Gaoth Dobhair.

Gaoth Dobhair 2-8

Kilcar 4-6

In what was a bizarre game the winners had three goals on the scoreboard before Patrick McBrearty scored their first point well into the second half.

Gaoth Dobhair, who lined out without Eamon McGee (suspended), Sean McGarvey, James Carroll, Odhran MacNiallais and Tomas Diver led by a point 1-4 to 2-0 at half-time. They also lost the experienced James Gallagher to injury in the opening half.

Neil McGee played at centre back and scored a goal and a point – the game’s first score – with Owen Ward (2) and Cathal Mulligan chipping in with the points.

Barry Doherty scored Kilcar’s first goal on 17 minutes when he capitalised on a dropping ball close to the Gaoth Dobhair goals to drill past Christopher Sweeney.

Ryan McHugh, who turned in an outstanding performance at centre-half back, polished off a sweeping move to hammer home the visitors’ second goal two minutes later.

But with Neil McGee driving them on and McGarvey, Ward and Cathal Mulligan raising flags Gaoth Dobhair had their noses in front at half-time.

Doherty got the second period off to the best possible start when he banged home goal number three to restore his side’s advantage.

While Micheal Roarty and Neil McGee pointed to tie up the contest the momentum was back with Kilcar shortly afterwards as Patrick McBrearty hit their first point of the game on 39 minutes.

And the men from the south west were on their way when Mark McHugh struck for goal number four after Cathal Mulligan and Ryan McHugh had traded points.

Leading by four points - 4-2 to 1-7 - Luke Carr went forward to make it a five point game with a little under ten minutes remaining.

The margin was down to two again when Owen Ward converted from the penalty spot after Neil McGee was fouled.

But this proved a false dawn as Patrick McBrearty and Ryan McHugh posted late points to seal a famous and most valuable win.

It is rumoured that the game was the last in Kilcar colours for Conor McManus, who is transferring back to Clonakilty, as he is now working in Limerick.

Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Anthony Blair, Manus Weed, Ciaran Ferry; Christopher Roarty, Neil McGee (1-2), Danny Curran; Peter McGee, Ronan McNaillais; Paul Mulligan, Kevin Cassidy, Padraig McGarvey (0-1); James Gallagher, Cathal Mulligan (0-2), Owen Ward (1-2, 1-0 pen 0-2f). Subs. Micheal Roarty (0-1) for J. Gallagher (inj); Manny Gallagher for P. McGarvey.

Kilcar: Eamon McGinley; Luke Carr (0-1), Barry Shovlin, Pauric Carr; Michael Hegarty, Ryan McHugh (1-3,3f), Noel Hegarty; Mark McHugh (1-0), Ciaran McGinley; Pauric Sweeney, Mark Sweeney, Glen McBrearty; Patrick McBrearty (0-2,1f), Barry Doherty (2-0), Conor McManus. Subs: Eoin McHugh for P. Sweeney; Ashley Carr for M. Sweeney; Declan Gallagher for G. McBrearty.

Referee: S McGonagle (A Ruadh).