Despite hitting 13 wides, Burt recorded their first win of the league with a deserved victory against Naomh Ultan in Dunkineely.
Naomh Ultan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Burt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
The six point margin at the end may have flattered the Burt boys, but they were never headed in this game after notching the first three points in eight minutes. The McHugh brothers, Calvin Gallagher and Mark Coyle were very lively and it was their ability to get the scores that was the difference.
They were helped by some sloppy Naomh Ultan defending, both Burt goals coming from poor defensive mistakes.
The first of those mistakes, Peter Alvey being overturned, led to Mark Coyle firing home the first goal on 15 minutes, which had the Burt boys 1-5 to 0-1 ahead.
Naomh Ultan were thrown a lifeline on 23 minutes when James Byrne made good headway in along the endline before finding Cian Kennedy to fire home and at half-time the margin was four points, Burt 1-6, Naomh Ultan 1-2.
Dermot Gallier, the best Naomh Ultan player on the day, did all in his power to get his side back in the game in the second half. Two quick Gallier frees halved the margin before Calvin Gallagher pointed at the other end.
Aidan Duddy lofted from long range but Calvin Gallagher responded, as did Mark Coyle when Dermot Gallier pointed.
But when Gallier found Daniel Gallagher on his shoulder on 23 minutes, the former Co. minor pointed to leave the minimum between the sides.
But then disaster struck as a poor kick-out was pounced on by Mark Coyle and when his effort was blocked, it fell for Calvin Gallagher to slide home Burt’s second goal with just a minute left on the clock.
Gallagher quickly added a free and Joe Boyle pointed in added time to seal the victory for Burt.
The win is a welcome one for Ronan McLaughlin and the Burt boys but they still remain at the foot of the Division 3 table although they do have games in hand.
Naomh Ultan were hampered by injuries with their normal sharpshooting full-forward, Alan Lyons, reduced to a substitute role because of an ankle injury.
Naomh Ultan: Donal Murrin; Paul Gallier, Conor Shovlin, Michael McGlynn; Aaron Kyles, Daniel Gallagher (0-1), Paul Murrin; Dermot Gallier (0-5,3f), Aidan Duddy (0-1); Andrew Blaine, Cian Kennedy (1-1), Damien Quigley; James Byrne, Aaron Byrne, Peter Alvey. Subs., Alan Lyons for Blaine 46; Danny Shovlin for P Murrin 50.
Burt: Kevin Glenn; Tom Doherty, Stephen O'Donnell, Patrick Doherty; Martin Donaghy, Mickey McCann (0-1), Dara Grant; Joe Boyle (0-1), Ciaran Dowds (0-1); David O'Donnell, Paul McHugh (0-1), Sean McHugh (0-1); Darren Gallagher, Mark Coyle (1-1), Calvin Gallagher (1-4,1f). Sub., Ronan McDermott for P Doherty 33.
Referee: Robbie O'Donnell (Bundoran)
Aodh Ruadh make it eight fromeight
Aodh Ruadh continued their unbeaten run with another good victory at Pairc na nGael Letterkenny on Saturday evening.
Letterkenny Gaels . 1-10
Aodh Ruadh . .. . . . . . . 1-15
The visitors opened brightly with five unanswered points through Johnny Gethins, Diarmuid McInerney, Conor Patton and a brace from Michael ‘Sticky Ward’.
Gaels eventually got on the scoreboard through a Conor McBrearty free on 15 minutes and the same player was involved in a fine move a minute later with Sean McDonagh finishing to reduce the deficit to a single score.
McDonagh had the ball in the net earlier but the referee adjudged the ball was handled on the ground. The Aodh Ruadh netminder Peter Boyle was called upon a few times in the opening half to help keep the visitors in front.
David McGurrin added two more scores in the 17th and 26 minutes while McBrearty and the lively McDonagh responded for the home team to leave a point between them at the break. Gaels 1-3 Aodh Ruadh 0-7.
David Dolan got on the scoresheet in the opening minute of the second half before McBrearty replied with a close in free for the Gaels. In the 5th minute a short Gaels kick out was turned over and McInerney punished the home team to put unbeaten Aodh Ruadh four points to the good.
Oisin Roper increased the lead with another fine score before Ciaran Cannon pointed for Gaels. Roper put five between them again before three Gaels points through Shane McGlade, a Shane Graham ‘45’ and a fine individual effort from Paddy Doherty, which had to be deflected over the bar, reduced the margin.
McGurrin for the visitors and Nicky McGarrigle exchanged scores in the 17th minute as both teams went in search of the win. McGurrin put three between them again in the 27th minute before Gaels ‘keeper Graham converted another ‘45’ to leave two between the teams on 29 minutes.
In the final minute Sticky Ward put three between them. Dolan and Patton added late scores for the visitors to put them well clear of the rest of the pack in Division 3.
Letterkenny Gaels: Shane Graham (0-2,2’45s’); C Coll, R Quinn, K Kilkenny; Ciaran Cannon (0-1) D Hunter, C Browne; Paddy Doherty (0-1), M Harte; S McDonagh (1-1), Shane McGlade (0-1) Cormac Cannon; N McGarrigle (0-1) C McBrearty (0-3), J McGlynn.
Aodh Ruadh: P Boyle; M Ward, E McGrath, C O'Halloran; P Gillespie, N Murray, J McGranaghan; J Gethins (0-1), C Patton (0-2); D McGurren (0-4), M (Sticky) Ward (0-3), D McInerney (1-1); P Patton, D Dolan (0-2), O Roper (0-2).
Nanny Friel on fire for in Fanad
Seimi ‘Nanny’ Friel scored a goal and eight points as Gaeil Fhanada came from behind to bag both league points against Buncrana, on Saturday evening.
Gaeil Fhanada . . . . . 1-12
Buncrana . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Friel was in brilliant form as the Gaels took complete control of the tie in the second half after Buncrana led 1-5 to 1-2.
Darach ‘Jigger’ O’Connor scored a cracking goal before half-time to send Buncrana in three ahead.
But it was all Gaeil Fhanada in the second period and with ‘Nanny’ leading the charge as they outscored Buncrana, 0-10 to 0-2.
The Jigger, who only returned to action last week when introduced in the second half, played the full game and looked sharp.
Gaeil Fhanada: Brendan Friel; Ciaran Coll, Paddy Heraghty, Frank Sweeney; Ryan McGonigle, Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel; Shaun McElwaine, Michael Sweeney; Davitt Walsh (0-2), Seimi ‘Coshia’ Friel (0-1), Mark Friel; Niall Carr, Johnny Friel, Seami Nanny Friel (1-8). Subs., Oisin McFadden for P Heraghty (black), Oisin Shiels (0-1) for C Coll.
Buncrana: Sean Parker; Noel McLaughlin, John Doherty, Conor Grant; Kevin O’Loughlin, William McLaughlin, Oisin Flaherty ; Peter McLaughlin, Caolan McGonagle (0-1); Adrian Doherty, Darach ‘Jigger’ O’Connor (1-0), Odhran Doherty (0-2); Oisin Doherty (0-3), Kevin Treacy (0-1), David Bell.
Na Dúnaibh up to second place
Na Dúnaibh 1—12
Na Dúnaibh moved to second in the Division 3 table with this good victory at home to Urris.
A fine goal for Na Dúnaibh by J.L. Mc Bride in the first minute of injury time at the end of the first half left Na Dúnaibh two points ahead after trailing from the 8th minute. L. C onnor from play and C.Gallagher from a free left Na Dúnaibh two points in front after five minutes but a point from C. Bradley in the 7th minute followed by a well taken goal in the 8th minute by P. Doherty left Na Dúnaibh trailing by two points and another Urris point by A. Friel in the 16th minute put Urris further ahead.
Most of Na Dúnaibh scores in this half came in the last ten minutes, L. Connor with three points from frees and one from play from C. Gallagher. Urris added two more before the end of the half, one from J.Noone in the 24th minute and one on the stroke of half time from A. Friel to put Urris a point ahead. Then came the Na Dúnaibh goal already mentioned to leave the score at halftime: Na Dúnaibh 1—6 Urris 1—4 .
Na Dúnaibh controlled this game for most of the second half, L.Connor opening the scoring with a fine point after 15 seconds and added another from play in the 6th minute. But Urris narrowed the gap to three points with a M. Mc Laughlin point for Urris in the 10th minute. Na Dúnaibh then added four points, L. Connor (0-1), A. Pasoma (0—2) and Oisin Boyce (0—1) which left Na Dúnaibh six points clear by the 23rd minute but Urris fought back tenaciously and had narrowed the gap to three points by the 29th minute, A.Friel (0—3), and C.Bradley being their marksmen but time ran out for them.
Na Dunaibh: C McBride; M McLaughlin, D Hay, S Gallagher; K Doherty, B McGinley, M Davis; O Boyce, S McBride; B McBride, J McBride, A Pasoma; F McClafferty, C Gallagher, L Connor
Urris: J Noone; C Kelly, S McDaid, J Griffin; M Grant, C Doherty, D Grant; J McCarron, R Doherty; C Bradley, P Doherty, B Friel; P Devlin; M McLaughlin, Friel.