Aodh Ruadh suffered their first defeat of the season when losing to Buncrana, on Saturday night, at the Scarvey in Buncrana.
Buncrana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12
Aodh Ruadh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10
In a close encounter a late Garbhan Friel goal clinched the points for the Inishowen men after they had moved a couple of points clear before Friel sealed the win for the locals with a late goal.
The sides were level 0-6 each at half-time with Diarmaid McInerney (2), Seamus Kane (2), Michael ‘Sticky’ Ward and Paddy Gillespie scoring the first half Aodh Ruadh points.
The introduction of Kevin Treacy for the second half gave Buncrana a little more ball winning ability up front.
Treacy, who is carrying an injury, kicked a good point and also set up scores for Oisin and Odhran Doherty.
Aodh Ruadh did pull two points back in the closing minutes but the Inishowen men held on to move into second place on their own, five adrift of Aodh Ruadh and two ahead of Downings
Downings did not field against Letterkenny Gaels on Saturday night.
Buncrana: Sean Parker; John Doherty, Bruce Waldron, Stephen Doherty; Aidan Stokes, William McLaughlin, Kevin O’Laughlin (0-1); Garbhan Friel(1-1), Peter McLaughlin (0-1); Oisin Flaherty (0-1), Ryan McElhinney, Adrian Doherty (0-1); Shane McClean, Oisin Doherty (0-1), Odhran Doherty (0-5). Subs: Kevin Treacy(0-1) for S McClean; Conor O’Donnell for R McElhinney.
Aodh Ruadh: Karl O'Brien; Michael Ward, Damien Cleary, Calum O'Halloran; Niall Murray, Eamonn McGrath, Paddy Gillespie (0-1); Conor Patton (0-1), Cian Dolan; Diarmuid McInerney (0-2), Michael Ward (0-1), Darren Gethins; Oisin Roper, Seamus Kane (0-4), Pauric Patton (0-1). Subs., Kerry Ryan for C Dolan ht; Niall Harley for Gethins; Jason Granaghan for O'Halloran.
Big win for Naomh Brid
Shane Walsh and Paul McGrory scored the goals as Naomh Brid got their All County Division Three ambitions back on track against Naomh Ultan in Fr Tierney Park, Ballyshannon.
Naomh Brid . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Naomh Ultan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-6
Walsh struck for the first goal on six minutes after Naomh Brid got off to a flying start and a 1-2 to 0--0 score lead. And McGrory added the second ten minutes later to open up a 2-3 to 0-1 lead by the middle of the opening half. Cian Kennedy, from a close in free, kicked Naomh Ultan’s only point of the first quarter.
With David Walsh continuing his comeback to fitness and playing well at wing-back, Naomh Brid continued to dictate and led 2-7 to 0-2 at half-time.
David Walsh (2) and one each from Shane Walsh and McGrory raised the white flags for Naomh Brid in the opening half with Daniel Gallagher responding for the black and ambers.
With the points as good as in the bag Naomh Brid just about shaded the second half against a much improved Naomh Ultan.
Naomh Ultan needed goals in the second half but were denied by a number of good saves, including one from an Alan Lyons’ penalty by Pauric McDaid in the Naomh Brid goals
Conal Rooney, Declan McCafferty, Shane Walsh, Paul McGrory and Tommy Gallagher scored the Naomh Brid second half points.
Dermot Gallier, Cian Kennedy and Peter Alvey responded for Naomh Ultan.
Naomh Brid: Pauric McDaid; Michael Travers, Sam Burgess, Gary McCafferty (0-1); Conal Rooney (0-1), Sean Gormley, David Walsh (0-2); Tommy Gallagher (0-2), Cian Gallagher; Shane Walsh (1-2,1f), Paul McGrory (1-3), Darragh Brogan; Declan McCafferty (0-1), Dermot Langan, Eoin Quinn. Sub. Gearoid Gallagher for E Quinn.
Naomh Ultan: Donal Murrin; Andrew Blaine, Jonathan Cassidy, Michael McGlynn; Conor Shovlin, Dermot Gallier (0-2,1f), Daniel Gallagher (0-2); Danny Shovlin, Aidan Duddy; Joe Alvey, Cian Kennedy (0-2), Damien Quigley; James Byrne, Alan Lyons, Peter Alvey (0-1). Subs: Alastair Rodgers for M McGlynn; Aaron Byrne (0-1) for A Lyons; Declan Murrin for D Shovlin; Michael Breslin for P Alvey.
Referee: Mark Brown (Four Masters)
Naomh Colmcille secure good away win
Lee Toland scored the goal that proved to be the crucial score in this bottom of the table clash away to Gaeil Fhanada, on Saturday evening.
Gaeil Fhanada . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-11
Naomh Colmcille . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
Toland also posted two points and Joe Donaghy kicked four points in what was a big win for Naomh Colmcille against an understrength Gaeil Fhanada.
Seamie ‘Nanny’ Friel top scored with seven points for the locals who find themselves in the middle of the Division Three table and out of the title race
Gaeil Fhanada: Brendan Friel; Aidan Heraghty, Patrick Heraghty, Frank Sweeney; Kevin McGonagle, Ryan McConigley, Paul Coyle; Sean McElwaine, Seamie ‘Nanny’ Friel (0-7); Mark Friel, Teddy McVeigh (0-2), Johnny Friel; Niall Carr (0-1), Sean McGovern, Oisin Shiels.
Naomh Colmcille: Gary McDaid; Ricky Hegarty, Alex Devenney, Eddie Gillespie; Paul Friel, Shane McAteer, Daniel Clarke; William Lynch, Michael Lynch; Liam Grant, Stephen Gallagher (0-1), Michael Friel; Lee Toland (1-2), Joe Donaghy (0-4), Mattie Crossan.4