Mulligan and Ó Baoill drive Gaoth Dobhair to win

Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Gaoth Dobhair joined Kilcar on the top of the AllSportStore.com Division One table with this victory over Naomh Conaill in Magheragallon.

Gaoth Dobhair . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-12

Naomh Conaill . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9

Naoise Ó Baoill for Gaoth Dobhair and John O’Malley, Naomh Conaill scored the goals in a contest played in two downpour showers, one in each half.

Ó Baoill scored his in the middle of the opening half when a long punt for a point was won by Peter McGee in front of the Naomh Conaill posts.

McGee laid it back to the inrushing Ó Baoill who smashed to the roof of Stephen McGrath’s net for a 1-2 to 0-3 lead.

Gavin McBride, from a close in free, and Noel Kelly had hit early points for the locals. But Naomh Conaill settled with two John O’Malley frees either side a peach of point from Brendan McDyre.

But Ó Baoill’s green flag was a game changer as the pace and running of James Carroll and Cian Mulligan and Gaoth Dobhair went in six up at half-time, 1-7 to 0-4.

Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy from a ‘45’ scored the visitors only other point of the half as James Carroll, Jamie Reynolds and Owen Ward all pointed for the locals.

It was backs to the wall early in the second half for Gaoth Dobhair as Naomh Conaill pressed and John O’Malley found the Gaoth Dobhair net from the penalty spot and Brick Molloy landed a special from outside 50 metres.

O’Malley converted from the spot after the Brick was fouled by Christopher Sweeney.

Leading 1-7 to 1-5 with just six minutes on the second half clock, man of match Cian Mulligan restored the margin back to three as the heavens opened for a second time. James Boyle converted a free after Eoin Ward was fouled. And by the three quarter mark Boyle again obliged after O’Malley had cut the margin to three.

But the momentum seemed to be with the visitors as Dermot Molloy with two, play and 45m free, and Jamie McHugh pointed for a one point game 1-10 to 1-9, with a little over two minutes of normal time remaining.

As word filtered through that St Michael’s had defeated Kilcar, Gaoth Dobhair were not going to be denied. And Gavin McBride, from a close in free after Mulligan was fouled, and Noel Kelly on the run made sure of the points.

Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Jamie Reynolds (0-1), Christopher McFadden; Niall Friel, Ciaran O Fearraigh, James Boyle (0-3,3f); Michael McKelvey, Peter McGee, Naoise Ó Baoill, Noel Kelly (0-2), James Carroll (0-2); Eoin Ward, Gavin McBride (0-3,3f), Cian Mulligan (0-1).

Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Cathal Ellis, AJ Gallagher, Stephen Molloy; Ultan Doherty, Aaron Thompson, Eoin Waide; Ethan O'Donnell, Seamus Corcoran; Logan Quinn, Dermot Brick Molloy (0-4, 45, f), James Doherty; Brendan McDyre, John O'Malley (1-3, 1-0 pen,3f), Paul McGuinness. Subs: Jamie McHugh (0-1) for P McGuinness, 39; Molloy, 44; Stephen Molloy for K McGettigan (black) 46; Charles McGuinness for J Doherty,58.

Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire)