St MICHAEL’S kept in touch with leaders St Eunan’s, with a narrow victory over Four Masters in Donegal Town on Sunday.
With St Eunan’s slipping in Dungloe, it means that the Creeslough-Dunfanaghy side can join the Letterkenny outfit if they win their games in hand.
At the bottom, Glenswilly’s position is beginning to look perilous after losing to Kilcar and Dungloe getting two points at home to St Eunan’s.
Four Masters 1-10
St. Michael’s 0-14
A 48th minute Shane Carr goal to put his side two points in front was not enough for Four Masters to win this game, as a Martin McElhinney inspired final 10 minutes resulted in three points without reply to take the spoils for St Michael’s.
Four Masters had opened the game much brighter with three long range Michael Doherty pointed frees. Lorcan McDaid opened the visitors account with an effort from play but a smart Peadar Espey point restored the three-point advantage.
The game was played at a fast pace, with some eight county panellists on view. By the 22nd minute Four Masters had pushed on to lead by four at 0-6 to 0-2 but the visitors dug deep against the breeze and scored five points on the spin, the best of these an excellent effort over his shoulder by Stephen Coyle. Michael Doherty levelled late on and the sides went in at half-time on parity at 0-7 each.
St Michael’s now had the strong breeze advantage but Doherty was at it again early in the second half with two more frees, which were again cancelled out by Andrew Kelly and Coyle, scoring his second of the day.
Luke Keaney pointed a fine individual effort after cutting through the visitors defence but Colm McFadden and McDaid combined with points to give St. Michael’s the lead for the first time.
On 45 minutes, Doherty rattled the St Michael’s crossbar but three minutes later a high centre was broken down by Keeney and Shane Carr was on hand to punch he ball to the net for a two -point home advantage.
This goal seemed to spur on St Michael’s rather than Four Masters and when Barry Dunnion departed the scene injured, Martin McElhinney took control of the game, driving his team forward from midfield which brought about three points without reply from Raymond McLaughlin, McDaid and a Colm McFadden free sealed the deal.
Four Masters: Paul Durcan, Darren Walsh, Barry Monaghan, Danny McGarrigle, Josh Lacey, Conor Rooney, Barry Dunnion, Karl Lacey, Benny Byrne, Conor McMonagle, Luke Keaney (0-1),Sean O’Kennedy, Steven Keeney, Michael Doherty (0-8), Peadar Espey (0-1). Subs: Shane Carr (1-0), Francis McMullin, Jamie McCrea and Raymie McGroary.
St. Michael’s: Michael Cannon, Brendan Rodden, Stephen Black, Peter Witherow, Steven Doak, Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher, Lorcan McDaid (0-3), Martin McElhinney (0-2), Daniel McLaughlin, Steven Coyle (0-2), Christy Toye, Colm McFadden (0-5), Antoin McFadden, Michael McGinley. Subs: Andrew Kelly (0-1) and Raymond McLaughlin (0-1).
St Eunan’s 2-9
By Martina Reilly
Dungloe gained two important points on the Division One table defeating St Eunan’s on Saturday evening in Rosses Park.
A more determined and energised Dungloe team from the week before took the field and gave 110 per cent for the ful hour.
From the throw-in Adrian Hanlon got the home side on the score board pointing but on three minutes Sean McVeigh has the visitors level. Noel McBride and Adrian Hanlon stretched the home side’s lead to two, while at the other end of the field a goal mouth scramble saw St Eunan’s Kieran Sharkey manage to get the ball in the net past his Ciaran Sharkey in the Dungloe goals to put the visitors one up.
Dungloe’s Raymond Sweeney, at midfield, made a great interception and his kick found Hanlon, who made no mistake in front of the Eunan’s goals to put the home side ahead.
Points from Adrian Sweeney, a Conor Gibbons free and Darragh Mulgrew effort kept both sides within a point of each other before Gibbons stuck St Eunan’s second goal on 28 minutes.
This was followed by a point from substitute Sean Hensey on 30 minutes. The half time score was Dungloe 1-4 St Eunan’s 2-4.
Adrian Sweeney got the scoring going on 33 minutes for part two but Ross Wherity pointed a minute later for St Eunan’s.
Adrian Sweeney pointed three times in succesion to give Dunglow the advantage. Conall Dunne levelled the game thereafter before Sweeney scored another free.
St Eunan’s headed for the Dungloe goals as the game entered the final five minutes but corner back Doalty Boyle made sure no score was going to be had as time and time again the Dungloe back line stood strong against the threat of the St Eunan’s players.
St Eunan’s substitute Mark McGowan kept the visitors in touch pointed from a free and Sean McVeigh levelled the game on 29 minutes.
As the clock ticked down and entered injury time Dungloe’s substitute Mark Sweeney, who recently returned from down under, struck Dungloe’s second goal. And although Wherity scored late in it was Dungloe who took the points.
Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey, Doalty Boyle, Paul McGarvey, Gerard Walsh, Martin Redmond, Cory Gallagher, Gavin Ward, Noel McBride (0-1), Raymond Sweeney, Basil Malone, Conor Greene, Mark Clerkin, Eoin Redmond, Adrian Hanlon (1-2) Adrian Sweeney (0-8 4f), Subs: Mark Forker for Basil Malone inj, Jack Scally for Gavin Ward, Mark Sweeney (1-0) for Conor Greene, Declan O’Donnell for Eoin Redmond.
St Eunan’s: Damien Martin, Adrian McClafferty, Michéal Martin, Peter Devine, Darragh Mulgrew (0-1), Eamon Doherty, Caolan Ward, Ross Wherity (0-2 1f), Kevin Rafferty, Sean McVeigh (0-2), Conall Dunne (0-1), Lee McMonaghe, Ciaran Sharkey (1-0) John Haran, Conor Gibbons (1-2 1f) Subs Sean Hensey (0-1) for Kevin Rafferty, Mark McGowan (0-1 f) for McClafferty, David McGinley for McMonagle.
Referee: Jimmy White.
Gaoth Dobhair 1-9
Naomh Conaill 3-12
By Tom Comack
Naomh Conaill made light of their trip to Magheragallon as they picked up to two more precious league points with a comfortable victory over struggling Gaoth Dobhar.
Leo McLoone scored two of the goals, while his county colleague Dermot Molloy scored the other and also posted five points for the reigning champions, who after a slow start romped to an easy victory.
With Naomh Conaill slow to get out of the traps, Goath Dobhair, who lined out with the injured Neil McGee, Ronan MacNiallais and Kevin Cassidy - whose sanction to Boston for the summer has been granted – began with purpose.
They hit the game’s opening three points to race into a 0-3 to 0-0 lead inside six minutes thanks to two points for Manny Gallagher and one from James Carroll.
While Darragh Gallagher and Molloy – both from frees – got Naomh Conaill up and running, due in no small measure to the aerial dominance around the middle of Peter McGee and the threat of veteran James Gallagher at full-forward, the locals still held a one point lead, 0-5 to 0-4, as the half-time beckoned.
However the game turned just before the break when McLoone struck for the first of the Naomh Conaill goals.
The county ace, who was in illuminating form at centre-forward, got on the end of a three-man move that originated with Marty Boyle in the half-back line and went through Seamus Corcoran to McLoone, who got on the ball at pace before driving past Christopher Sweeney.
Gallagher made it a one-point game within three minutes of the resumption and with the pot boiling and threatening to flow over both sides were reduced to 14 after Martin Regan and Michael McKelvey were shown straight red cards after a good old-fashioned dust up involving a number of players from both sides just inside the Gaoth Dobhair half.
Referee Michael McShane, who stood back and let them at it during the dust up that lasted no longer than 30 seconds, took his action after consulting with his umpires at both ends.
With Boyle needing attention along the sideline to a facial injury Naomh Conaill were revved up after the melee as Molloy, from two frees, and Anthony Thompson, with a fisted point after another poweful run, opened up a four-point advantage by the end of the third quarter.
That lead soon became seven, after Molloy struck for goal number two following a defence splitting flick on from Seamus Corcoran.
And with the champions rampant and Boyle, Cathal Ellis, McLoone, Gallagher and Corcoran playing like men from a different orbit they tagged on two more points before McLoone powered his way through to scramble goal number three.
Leading 3-8 to 0-6 with eight minutes remaining, Molloy added another point before James Gallagher, Colin Ferry and Frank McGee knocked over points at the other end as Gaoth Dobhair’s scoreline turned to respectability.
In the closing minutes Molloy and Jason Campbell added to the Naomh Conaill tally, while Gallagher converted from the penalty spot for the locals.
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Paul Mulligan, Eamonn McGee, Ciaran Ferry; Noel Kelly, Joe Duffy, Michael Roarty; Micheal McKelvey, Peter McGee; Manny Gallagher (0-2,1f), Frank McGee (0-1), James Carroll (0-1); Thomas Diver (0-2,2f), James Gallagher (1-2, 1-0 pen, 2f), Eoin Ward. Subs: Cathal Mulligan for J Carroll (16 inj); David McGee for J Duffy (48 inj); Colin Ferry (0-1) for E. Ward (51).
Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Jason Campell (0-1), Johnny Bonner, Stephen Molloy; Anthony Thompson (0-1), Cathal Ellis, Marty Boyle; Martin Regan, Johnny McLoone; Brendan McDyre, Leo McLoone (2-1), Darragh Gallagher (0-4,4f); John O’Malley, Seamus Corcoran, Dermot Molloy (1-5,3f). Subs: Ciaran Brennan for J McLoone (48); Ciaran Thompson for J O’Malley (50); Aaron Thompson for B McDyre (55); James Doherty for A. Thompson (55).
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar).
By Fiona McGinley
An injury sustained by county centre-fielder Neil Gallagher somewhat overshadowed Kilcar’s six-point win over county champions Glenswilly on Saturday night.
Gallagher turned on an ankle in the first minute and there is suspected ligament damage, which might rule him out of Sunday week’s Ulster final against Down in Clones.
Gerard McGrenra slotted over the first score. It was six minutes into the game before Kilcar got off the mark when Ryan McHugh scored from a free and it was McGrenra again who scored to give the visitors a one-point lead.
Mark Sweeney levelled the score minutes later and on 22 minutes Kilcar took advantage of a bad clearance from the Glenswilly goalkeeper, Ciaran Molloy, and corner back Stephen Shovlin took his opportunity to hit the ball in the back of the net.
Further points from Kilcar’s Sweeney and Ciaran McGinley and then points from McGrenra and Darren McGinley for the away team left the half-time score at Kilcar 1-4 Glenswilly 0-4
Kilcar were quick off the mark in the second half with a point from Pauric Sweeney 30 seconds from the start.
Gary McFadden added three points for his team two of these from frees to leave one point between the teams, but Kilcar battled on added further points from Ciaran McGinley, Ryan McHugh, Sweeney and Mark McHugh before Glenswilly responded with a point from McGrenra five minutes from the end.
McHugh and Dara O’Donnell added a point each before the final whistle.
Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley, Patrick Gallagher, Barry Shovlin, Stephen Shovlin (1-0), Eoghan Mc Hugh, Mark McHugh (0-2), Noel Hegarty, Michael Hegarty, Ciaran Mc Ginley (0-2), Mark Sweeney (0-3), Ryan McHugh (0-2, 2f), Glen McBrearty, Ashley Carr, Barry Doherty, Pauric Sweeney (0-1). Subs - Dara O’Donnel (0-1), James Cunningham
Glenswilly: Ciaran Molloy, James P Mc Daid, Barry Canning, Rory McDaid, Joe Gibbons, Eamonn Ward, Ryan Diver, Charlie Bonner, Neil Gallagher, Aidan McDevitt, Darren McGinley (0-1), Gary McFadden (0-4, 3f), Caelan McFadden, Geard McGrenra (0-3, 2f), John McFadden Subs - Peader Toner, Ryan Hunter, Colm Farrell
Brian McCormick Sports Division 1
P W L D Pts
St Eunans 13 10 3 0 20
Naomh Conaill 12 7 3 2 16
St Michaels 11 7 2 2 16
Kilcar 12 8 4 0 16
Four Masters 12 6 6 0 12
Ardara 10 4 6 0 8
Gaoth Dobhair 12 3 9 0 6
Dungloe 11 3 8 0 6
Glenswilly 11 2 9 0 4