Naomh Conaill eased their way past Cloughaneely in their senior championship first round tie in Glenties yesterday afternoon.
Naomh Conaill 0-15
An impressive start saw the hosts ratchet up three scores in the first three minutes.
Dara Gallagher led the way in the first minute from play. Dermot Molloy added another from play and soon added his second with a fisted point after he latched on to a Brendan McDyre pass .
Paul Sweeney fired back of Cloughaneely from play and Sean Maguire added a second closing the gap to 0-3 to 0-2 after 10 minutes.
Cloughaneely almost got lucky when a looping long range effort by Paul Sweeney dropped dangerously into the home team box, deceiving all as it landed before bouncing goal-ward with only the wood work keeping it out.
On 14 minutes Molloy pointed a free he won himself following a foul by Eamon Curran.
The home side now began to look comfortable and Johnny McLoone added another from play after a some good hold up play, leaving it 0-5 to 0-2 after 16 minutes.
Cloughaneely marksman Denis Boyle answered back with a free.
Molloy soon responded and looked to be through on goal but his powerful shot went over instead of under the bar leaving it 0-6 to 0-3.
Cloughaneely were determined to stay within reach and kept up a strong work rate. Boyle pointed another free after teammate Maguire was clumsily fouled by Johnny Bonner who received a yellow card for his misdemeanour.
Leon Thompson fired over one of the best scores of the half after good work from Cathal Ellis and Molloy on 25 minutes.
Cloughaneely’s Lee O’Brien had to be helped off the field after picking up a leg injury and was replaced by Darren Ferry. To end the half Molloy left it 0-8 to 0-5 when he pointed follow a fine passage of play from Gallagher and Jason Campbell.
Much like their early first half onslaught, within minutes of the restart Naomh Conaill picked off a range of scores in quick succession to push their lead further ahead as they played with a slight wind on their backs.
Barely 20 seconds gone, Johnny McLoone blasted over a fine strike from play to add another point.
Teammate Leon Thompson followed suit with just a minute gone. In the third minute a rampant Molloy tipped over a free to make it 0-11 to 0-5.
Cloughaneely goalkeeper Sean McClafferty reacted well to a low Leon Thompson drive managing a fine deflection that gave away a point but stopped what looked to be a certain goal.
With five minutes gone Molloy was once again in the thick of the action and quick turn set up a sweet point from play.
Sean McBride pulled one back for the visitors from play leaving it 0-13 to 0-6 after 20 minutes of the half gone. They were now enjoying large swathes of possession but some stout defending by Naomh Conaill meant it was wasn’t showing on the score board.
Eoin Waide tipped over from play and Maguire added one at the opposite end to make it 0-14 to 0-7 as the clock ticked down with 27 minutes gone in the half.
Aaron Thompson rifled over an excellent effort after some good play between Aaron Thompson and Gallagher bringing the final result to 0-15 for Naomh Conaill to 0-7 for Cloughaneely.
Naomh Conaill : Stephen McGrath; Dermott Ward, Johnny Bonner, Jason Campbell; Eoin Waide (0-1), Aaron Thompson (0-1), Cathal Ellis; Leo McLoone, Johnny McLoone (0-2); Brendan McDyre, Leon Thompson (0-3); Marty Boyle, Dara Gallagher (0-1), Dermott Molloy (0-8, 2f), Paddy Campbell.
Cloughaneely: Shaun McClafferty; Michael Lynch, Eamon Curran, Cian McFadden; Conor McGee, Kieran McFadden, Declan McGarvey; Shaun McGarvey, Paul Sweeney (0-1); Paddy Cannon, Denis Boyle (0-3, 3f), Sean McBride (0-1),; Lee O’Brien, Sean Maguire (0-2), John McGarvey.Sub: Darren Ferry on for L.O’Brien (29)
Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair)