Naomh Brid won the second half by 0-6 to 0-5, but the league points in this game were decided in the opening half with St. Naul’s on fire with six different scorers as they led 1-12 to 0-2.
The Parish of Inver side were transformed in the second half, possibly because of their large lead, but they might rue some indiscipline which saw them finish with 13 men - Andrew Gallagher getting two yellows while Mark Ward was shown a straight red.
It is something that Brian McCabe will not be happy with, but there were plenty of positives from the opening half with Stephen Griffin hitting 1-5, his goal coming with the last kick of the opening half.
Paul McGroarty got the show on the road with two points inside as many minutes and Fiachra McGinley struck two beauties inside a minute.
There was also the point of the half from Barry Griffin while John Rose and Andrew Gallagher also got on the scoresheet.
Naomh Brid, looking out of sorts, could only manage two points, a Pauric McDaid free and one from play by Ross Gallagher. They had to play without county player David Walsh and could have done with him.
The second half saw Naomh Brid become more competitive with Shane Walsh impressing with four very good points, but they never looked likely to bridge the gap.
Apart from the scorers, Stuart Johnston, Edward Kane, Daniel Friel and Shane Conneely did well for St. Naul’s while Stephen Quinn, Jamie Timoney and Sean Gormley tried hard for the losers.
St. Naul’s: Lee McBrearty; Conor McBrearty, Pauric Coyle, Edward Kane; Barry Griffin (0-2), Stuart Johnston, John Rose (0-1); Daniel Friel, Fiachra McGinley (0-2); Cathal Lowther (0-1), Mark Ward, Shane Conneely; Andrew Gallagher (0-1), Paul McGroarty (0-2), Stephen Griffin (1-8, 5f). Subs., Eddie Gallagher for Lowther 41; Barry Rose for McGroarty 51; Aidan Kennedy for Kane 56; Jamie White for C McBrearty 57.
Naomh Brid: Stephen Doherty; Ricky Walsh, Sam Burgess, Stephen Quinn; Jamie Timoney, Clint Walsh, Gary McCafferty; Pauric McDaid (0-2,2f), Sean Gormley; Shane Walsh (0-4,2f), Callum Gallagher, Ross Gallagher (0-1); Darragh Brogan, Pauric Rooney, Declan McCafferty. Sub., Stephen Walls for R Gallagher 28.
Referee: Connie Doherty (N Conaill)
Fanad Gaels 0-9
Fanad Gaels maintained their push for promotion with a four point win over relegation threatened Carndonagh, in Carndonagh, on Saturday night.
Fanad led 0-4 to 0-3 at half time before Mark Friel, Seimie ‘Cosha’ Friel, Paddy McConigley and Seimie ‘Nanny’ Friel found their scoring boots in the second period to outscore the locals by five points to two.
Carndonagh: F Doherty; M Nelson, C Doherty, R Davenport; D McGonagle, P Nelson (0-1), C McCormick; C O’Kane, R Cunningham; P McCallion, G Doherty, R Kelly (0-1); M McLaughlin, D Doherty (0-2), P Doherty (0-1).
Fanad Gaels: M McConigley; J Blaine, C Martin, F Sweeney; P Shiels (0-1), P McConigley (0-1), R McConigley (0-1); B Callaghan (0-1), M Sweeney; S McGovern, S Friel (N) (0-2), A McAteer, M McAteer, S Friel (C) (0-2), Mark Friel (0-1).
Naomh Padraig 1-8
Paddy McGroddy scored the goal as Downings came from two points down to win by one against Naomh Padraig, on Saturday evening, in Lifford.
Naomh Padraig: S McBrearty; M McHugh, P McNamee, M Carlin; D Gethins, M Ferry, B Breslin; P Lynch, S Breslin; J Mahon, P Given, M McBrearty; G McGirr, L Crossan, D Friel. Subs used D Gillespie and C Catterson.
Downings: B. McGee; S Gallagher, G Coyle, B McGinley; B McNutt, M Bradley, K Doherty; O Boyce, S McGinley; D McBride (0-1), G ‘Ban’ McClafferty (0-4), A McClafferty (0-1); F McClafferty , P McGroddy (1-0), C Gallagher (0-3). Subs: D McFadden for F McClafferty; B Trearty for S Gallagher.
Referee: Paddy McGonagle (Buncrana)
Naomh Pádraig 3-6
In a proverbial game of two halves as most of scoring was done down the hill towards the Greencastle end of Carrick Field.
Moville then hit purple patch and showed great accuracy in front of posts to open up a lead and a late Oran McDermott penalty gave home side a 1-6 to 0-2 lead at break.
Naomh Pádraig started second half in great form and fought way back into game and reduced deficit to two. However a Moville counter-attack led to an attempt on Naomh Pádraig goal and the unfortunate John McLaughlin put ball into his own net as his clearance went wrong. Ciaran Moore also goaled.
With game nearing conclusion Naomh Pádraig’s Damian Diver netted.
Naomh Pádraig: Gerald Harkin, Gary McKinney, John McLaughlin, Brendan McColgan, James Curran, Martin Duffy, Stephen McLaughlin, Charlie Molloy, Eunan Keaveney, Dermot Keaveney, Gerard McColgan, James Molloy, Oisin McColgan, Damian Diver, Enda McColgan. Subs: Paul Duffy and Anthony Moyne.
Robert Emmets 2-10
Convoy were made to pay for a second half collapse on Saturday night when they let a seven-point lead go to lose to lose against Robert Emmets at home on Saturday.
Anthony Brownwas the main man for Convoy with four points in a decent first half. Ryan Kettle grabbed a brace while Oisin Porter, Packie Mailey, John A Kee, Paul O’Leary, Benny Bonner and Lawrence McMullan, all scored. However, the away team faught back.
Convoy: C Cairns, C Donnelan, L Prunty, S Browne, O Porter (0-1), R Donnelan, B Bonner (0-1), P Mailey (0-1), J A Keys (0-1), E Patterson, L McMullan (0-1), M Ayton, Ryan Kettle (0-2), A Browne (0-4), PO’Leary (0-1).