Gaoth Dobhair remain top of the Division One table following yesterday’s thirteen point win over arch rivals Dungloe at a windy Magheragallon.
Gaoth Dobhair 3-10
There was no great argument about the winning margin either as this game as a contest was over from the ninth minute after Noel Kelly sidefooted home his and Gaoth Dobhair’s second goal.
The goal made it 2-2 to 0-0 and the lights were already out on a weakened Dungloe challenge who were facing into a stiff breeze and the incline at the home of the arch rivals.
Kelly also finished first on 90 seconds when he was picked out inside the Dungloe defence by Gavin McBride and he gave Danny Rodgers no chance from ten metres.
McBride opened the scoring for the locals inside a minute from a close range free after the referee brought the ball forward and Kevin Cassidy knocked over a monster to match his Croke Park winning point against Kildare in 2011.
Donegal finally recovered from the early setback and Matthew Ward made some inroads on the right wing when he ran at the Gaoth Dobhair rearguard.
Martin Redmond and Ryan Greene converted frees on 12 and 15 minutes to get the men from the Rosses off the mark.
Gaoth Dobhair with the wind in their sails got their game going again in the closing ten minutes of the half and McBride with three and Daire O’Baoill sent Gaoth Dobhair in 2-6 to 0-3 in front at half-time. Martin Redmond with another close in free scored the third Dungloe point.
Dungloe pressed on the resumption but kicked five poor wides before they were caught twice on the break in quick succession with a Kevin Cassidy, point a Cian Mulligan to open up a 3-7 to 0-3 margin.
Adrian Sweeney converted two quick frees and also knocked over from play, before the locals finished off the scoring with late points from McBride, Cassidy and Niall Friel.
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Neil McGee, Jamie Reynolds; Eamonn McGee, Ciaran Gillespie, Cian Mulligan (1-0); Peter McGee, Michael Carroll; Naoise O’Baoill, Noel Kelly (2-0), Daire O’Baoill (0-1); Eoin Ward, Gavin McBride (0-6,4,f, 1,45), Kevin Cassidy (0-3). Subs: Paul Mulligan for N O’Baoill (44).
Dungloe: Danny Rodgers; Jack Scally, Gavin Ward, Doalty Boyle; Matthew Ward, Martin Redmond (0-2,2f), Darren Curran; Raymond Sweeney, Hugh Moy; Gerard Walsh, Ryan Greene (0-1,1f), Shane Wallace; Shaun Sharkey, Adrian Sweeney (0-3,2,f), Conor Greene.
Subs: Adam Neilly for C Greene (28, inj); Mark Sweeney for S Sharkey (45); Eoghan Scally for D Boylle (47).
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar).