Goals win matches as Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle and Danny Devlin showed in this vital victory for Naomh Muire at the Banks on Saturday evening.
Naomh Muire . . . . . . 2-9
MacCumhaill's . . . . 0-12
Naomh Muire came into the game with only one league win to their name this season and they started the game in a determined fashion.
They were much hungrier than a flat MacCumhaills side and raced 1-5 to 0-2 ahead.
However, the Twin Towns men kicked the last three points of the first half to stay in contention.
Eamon O’Boyle’s Naomh Muire came storming out of the blocks in the second half, but they couldn’t kill off their opponents, who gradually cut into their deficit.
MacCumhaills managed to get within a point of the home side, but they were dealt a blow in the 51st minute when Joe Dunnion was shown a straight red card.
Naomh Muire used their numerical advantage well and Devlin palmed the ball to the net two minutes later, as O’Boyle’s side held on to collect two crucial league points.
Naomh Muire started the game with intensity and urgency, and they struck for a goal in the fourth minute.
Darren McGowan’s loose pass was seized upon by Padraig McClafferty,and he slipped the ball inside to Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle, who drilled low to the net.
Harry Harden tagged on a free, before MacCumhaills – who were lack lustre in the opening exchanges – finally got off the mark in the 13th minute when Brian Lafferty slotted over after good play from Darren O’Leary.
Harden (free) and O’Leary swapped scores, but the home side were dominant and placed balls from Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle, Darragh White, and Harden saw them move six clear.
It took the visitors a long time to get into their stride, however they finished the half strongly with Lafferty landing a brace and Mulligan raising a white flag to leave just a goal between the sides at the break as the home side led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break.
O’Boyle’s charges should have been further ahead at the break, and they quickly went about re-establishing their control of the game.
White slotted over with their first attack, while the lively Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle scored a point from play and a free.
However, Patrick Gillespie was then black carded and they lost their momentum.
Steven O’Reilly responded with a fine score from play, and Darren McGowan and Adam Lynch were also on target, before the excellent Aaron Kelly powered a shot over the bar.
The MacCumhaills bench were up in arms in the 47th minute, when O’Reilly was shown a black card, but his midfield colleague Gary McGirr floated over a score from 45 metres to leave just a point between the sides.
Naomh Muire had lost their way, but Shaun Burns settled them with a point. MacCumhaills centre-forward Joe Dunnion was then sent to the line after clashing with both Lee Boyle and then Aidy O’Gara.
O’Leary converted a ‘45’ at his leisure and in the 53rd minute, the visitors broke down the field, and Adam Lynch felt he should have been awarded a free.
The referee Kevin McGinley wasn’t interested, and Naomh Muire then broke up the field at pace.
O’Gara played a one-two with Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle, before laying the ball across the goal for Devlin to palm home.
And that was to be the clinching score.
Naomh Muire: Lee Boyle; Cian Boyle, Jack O’Brien, Robbie O’Donnell; Sean Gallagher, Adi O’Gara, Jack Boyle; Patrick Gillespie, Adam O’Brien; Darragh White (0-2, 1f), Padraig McClafferty, Daniel Devlin (1-0); Shaun ‘Yank’ Boyle (1-3, 2fs), Harry Harden (0-3, 3fs), Owenie McGarvey. Subs: Thomas Duffy for Gillespie 38 mins Black Card, Sean Burns (0-1) for C.Boyle 43 mins
Sean MacCumhaills: Christopher Patton; Gerard Grindle, John Lynch, Shane Duffy; Darren McGowan (0-1), Gary Dunnion, Shaun McGowan; Steven O’Reilly (0-1), Gary McGirr (0-1); Aaron Kelly (0-1), Joe Dunnion, Adam Lynch (0-1); Stephen Mulligan (0-1), Darren O’Leary (0-3, 1 ’45’, 1f), Brian Lafferty (0-3). Subs: Padhraic Patton for O’Reilly 46 mins Black card, Conor Griffin for G.Dunnion 55 mins Black Card, Alan Patton for Duffy 57 mins