Played in perfect conditions in MacCumhaill Park, St Naul’s under 16s won the first of the 3 finals that the club were involved in over the weekend
St Naul’s 4-6
Fanad Gaels 0-5
This was an emphatic victory over a Fanad team who will have rued a number of missed frees and shots in the opening half along with a few excellent saves from Naul’s keeper Gavan Mulreaney to deny them dead cert goals.
It was the parish of Inver men who got the first point of the day with a well-executed point of the boot of Sean Tully Meehan on the turn from 30 meters. Fanad replied almost immediately with a great score from way out the left wing of the boot of the lively John Heraghty. Naul’s hit their first goal of the game on the 11th minute when a pass from Daniel Brennan over the top put Sean Meehan through on goal and he made no mistake as he drilled the ball low and hard to the bottom of Paul O Conner’s net.
Meehan was on target again with a point after good work from the hard working Peadar Mogan. Fanad were unlucky not to hit the back of the net after a strong run up the middle from James Gallagher and a fierce shot was tapped out to the left by the on form Mulreaney in the Naul’s goals. Half time score read 1-2 to 0-1 in favour of the men in green.
In the new half, big Naul’s midfielder Brendan McCole hit the back of the net in the opening minute after a lay-off by Sean Meehan put him through on goal and McCole made no mistake as he fired low and hard to O Connars right. Naul’s also hit without reply a Peadar Mogan free, a goal from Daniel Brennan after good work by Brendan McCole, a point by McCole and a well hit point from Frosses man Martin Breslin from an almost impossible angle out the right wing put the Parish of Inver men up by 4-4 to 0-1 with 20 minutes remaining.
Fanad hit back with three points without reply with John Heraghty, Niall Carr and Patrick Carr getting on the score sheet. Naul’s hit goal number four with another goal from the in form Sean Tully Meehan. Fanad hit their final score on the 28th min with Niall Carr hitting his second point of the day. However, it was substitute Tirone O’Shea who had the final say on the scoring front with a looping point in injury time. As the final whistle blew, the large crowd from South of the gap raced on to the field to celebrate with Donnie McCole and co on a fine victory over the Fanad head men.
Best for Fanad were Conar McDevitt, James Gallagher, Niall and Patrick Carr and the lively John Heraghty. A team performance by the Naul’s with Meehan and Mulreaney the on top form.
St Naul’s: G Mulreaney, J Relihan, M Boyle, J Burke, M Breslin 0-1, G Quigley, D Kelly, b McCole 1-1, L Boyle, D McBrearty, P Mogan 0-1f, T Gallagher, S Meehan 2-2, D Brennan 1-0, C Gavigan. Subs T O’Shea 0-1, F Cullen, M Carr, J Kelly, C Charlton, I Campbell, J Sheerin.
Fanad Gaels: P O Connar, B Martin, C McDevitt, J Friel, O Shiels, J Gallagher, T Cushnam, A Heraghty, C McFadden, O McFadden, N Carr 0-2, A McAteer, E Carr, J Heraghty 0-2, P Carr 0-1.