Junior A championship wins for Red Hugh’s, Moville, Letterkenny Gaels and Naomh Ultan

Junior A championship wins for Red Hugh’s, Moville, Letterkenny Gaels and Naomh Ultan
Red Hughs made it two from two in the Junior A championship with a four victory over Na Rossa, in Dooey.

Red Hughs made it two from two in the Junior A championship with a four victory over Na Rossa, in Dooey.

Red Hughs 0-10

Na Rossa 0-6

The men from the Crossroads who already defeated Urris, in their opening game bossed this encounter against a Na Rossa side that were minus county minor Christian Bonner and their leading marksman John Paul McCready for the most of the 60 minutes.

Bonner missed the game with illness while McCready was at wedding.

It may not have been pretty as both sides adopted a crowed defence with 13 men behind the ball but for Stephen Friel and his young Red Hughs’ outfit it certainly proved effective. They soaked up all that Na Rossa threw at them in the opening 20 minutes and still led 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time.

This was due in no small way to a greater potency in attack and the accuracy of Damien and Eugene Browne and Peadar McGlinchey.

The Browne brothers between them accounted for four of the first half points with the mercurial Damien posting three points, two super long range strikes from play, and one from a 40 metre free, while Peadar McGlinchey split the Na Rossa posts from a 45.

John Paul Breslin with a sweet point off the oustide of his right boot from just outside the 45 and John McDyre also from play and Odhran Molloy from a placed all scored the points for Na Rossa who led by two points 0-3 to 0-1 after 14 minutes.

Red Hughs did become a little more attack minded in the second quarter and had points one each from the Browne’s either side of a well struck Peadar McGlinchey, 45. But they were thanking a point blank save from Luke Kelly, to deny John Paul Breslin’s first time strike from close range just before half-time to see them turnaround two up.

With Stephen McMenamins driving forward from half-back and Eugene Browne and Peadar McGlinchey dominating in midfield, despite the best efforts of Donal Trimble, Red Hughs more less controlled the second period.

McGlinchey and Molloy traded early points on the resumption before the winners hit four points without response from Damien Browne (2), Thomas McMenamin and McGlinchey to stretch their lead out to six, 0-10 to 0-4, with nine minutes remaining.

Na Rossa prompted by Trimble , John Paul Breslin at fullforward and Odhran Molloy did mount a late challenge and were rewarded with points from Breslin and Molloy.

Red Hughs: L Kelly; A McConnell, T McMenamin (0-1), G Kelly; P McMenamin, S McMenamin, G Melaugh; P McGlinchey (0-3, 2,45), E Browne (0-1); R Gallen, R Kelly, D Browne (0-5,2f); C Melaugh, P J Gallagher, C Bradley. Subs: J Carlin for R Kelly (h/t); R Kelly for R Gallen (38); R Gallen for P McGlinchey (58).

Na Rossa: J Bonner; D M Melly, S McCready, C Melly; D Devenney, J McDyre (0-1), S McMonagle; J P Breslin (0-1), D Trimble; C McCahill, A McHugh, G Breslin; R McMonagle, O Molloy (0-3,2f), C Bonner. Subs: C Devenney for G Breslin (41); D Elliot for C McCahill (56); P J Hanlon for A McHugh (59,inj).

Moville see off Muff

Moville maintained their good championship run with a comfortable five point victory over Naomh Padraig, in Ture, on Saturday evening.

Naomh Padraig 0-10

Moville 2-9

Naomh Padraig got off to a good start with points from Colm and Oisin McColgan. And indeed but for some wayward shooting they should have been further ahead before Malachy McDermott struck for the first of two quick fire Moville goals.

Moments after McDermott hit the Muff rigging the elusive Danny Murphy capitalised on sloppy defending to hammer home goal number two for the visitors.

With Naomh Padraig rocked by the two quick goals Moville added further points from Murphy and Further points by Murphy and Sean Canning and a 45 converted by Colm McColgan and a well struck point from Mark Duffy in response for Naomh Padraig saw the teams go in at half time, Moville 2-5 to 0-4 in front.

In a tense opening to the second half Brian McColgan and Nigel McMonagle traded early points before Aidan Lynch (2) and another Duffy special reduced the margin to three points. But that is as close as the locals got as the Moville defence stood firm and Malachy McDermott and Seamus Hegarty closed out the game with two late points

Moville: M McGeady; P Parkinson, E Faulkner, J Henry (0-1); C Diver, J McBride, J Keys; J McGeady (0-3, 3f), Malachy McDermott (1-1); S Canning, D Murphy (1-1),M Harkin (0-1);S Hegarty (0-1), R McDermott, N McMonagle (0-1). Subs: R Killen, N Cavanagh,N Doherty, J McCormick, C Doherty.

Naomh Padraig: G Harkin; G McKinney,E McColgan,P Duffy; B McColgan,R McLaughlin,D Laird; C McColgan,C McColgan; B Mc Colgan, O McColgan, M Duffy; U Doherty,A Lynch,T McColgan.

Gaels beat Convoy

Conor McBreaty and Shane Gildea hit the late points as Letterkenny Gaels came from behind to break St Mary’s hearts, at the Glebe, on Saturday evening.

Letterkenny Gaels2-7

St Mary’s (Convoy) 0-10

Convoy were much the better team in the first half aided by the wind, but two super goals from Conor McBrearty and Sean McDonagh left the home side one point ahead at half-time.

McBrearty who turned in another man of the match performance for the winners and Sean McDonagh scored the first half goals for the locals who led by the minimum at half-time.

McBrearty combined brilliantly with McDonagh, before drilling the ball low past Conor Cairns for the Gaels first goal and the perfect start for the local.

But Convoy who were the best team in the opening half got off the mark with a brilliant Thomas McHugh. And the visitors landed the next three scores from Peter Blake (2) and John A Kee to lead by a point after 22 minutes.

However the Gaels were back in front again when McBrearty set up McDonagh for goal number two. Patrick Doherty and Peter Blake traded points before Peter Blake and John Doherty posted late points to leave just one between the sides at the break.

But St Mary’s were soon back in front by the minimum thanks to strikes from Dean and Benny Bonner.

Shane Graham had the sides all square again by the end of the third quarter. And they were still level with ten minutes remaining before Gildea (1) and McBrearty (2) brought down the curtain on the scoring.

St Mary’s were reduced to 14 in the closing minutes when Dean Bonner equalised in the 50th minute with a lovely score, but McBrearty was causing problems for Convoy with his darting runs and the visitors were reduced to 14 men in the 56th minute when Keelan Gillen was shown a red card for a late tackle on McBrearty.

Letterkenny Gaels: S Graham (0-1,1 ‘45’), S Crossan, R Quinn, C Skinnader, O McElhinney, C Browne, A Stewart; B O’Brien (0-1), C Cannon; L Doherty, P Doherty (0-2), N McGarrigle; C O’Breslin, C McBrearty (1-2) , S McDonagh (1-0). Subs: N McManus for C Cannon (30), S Gildea (0-1) for B O’Breslin (42), O Cannon for N McGarrigle (53).

Convoy: C Cairns, J Kee, J A Kee (0-1,1 ‘45’), S Browne; K Gillen, J Doherty (0-1), B Bonner (0-1); R McNamee, Thomas McHugh (0-1); Laurence McMullan, D Bonner (0-2,1f), M Ayton (0-1); P O’Leary, P Blake (0-3,2fs), S McGlynn.

Referee: M Coll (Gaoth Dobhair)

Naomh Ultan win away

Robert Emmetts 1-9

Naomh Ultan2-10

Goals from Danny Shovlin and Cian Kennedy helped Naomh Ultan to their second win of the championship against Robert Emmetts in Castlfin on Saturday evening.

Barry Tourish was black-carded after 16 minutes for a trip on Paul Gallier, before Dermot Gallier and Johnny McLaughlin exchanged scores.

Naomh Ultan finished the half strongly with Dermot Gallier (2) and Alan Lyons scoring points, while Danny Shovlin hit the net to put the visitors eight points up at the break.

Paddy Dooher and McLaughlin scored the first two points of the half, but Declan Murrin extended Naomh Ultan’s lead with a point.

Gary McNulty and McLaughlin cut into Naomh Ultan’s lead again and the game threatened to boil over when Declan Murrin was sent off for striking.

Kennedy put six points between the sides, but Emmetts got back into contention when Daniel McGlynn fumbled McNulty’s shot into the net.

However, the home side were caught out moments later, and Cian Kennedy grabbed his team’s second goal of the game.

McLaughlin and Kennedy swapped frees, before Emmetts raised two more white flags through Paddy Dooher and Ronan Tourish.

However, that’s as good as it got for the Castlefin men and they will have their work cut out to make it out of Group 1.

Robert Emmetts: Simon McMenamin; Ryan McGirr, Damien McAnenny, Paul Harvey; Brian Dooher, Mark Lafferty, Paddy Dooher; Chris Bryson, Tom McCusker; Gary McNulty, Johnny McLaughlin, Darren McBride; Barry Tourish, Peter Bryson, Gary McCrory. Subs: Paul McCauley, Jordan Tourish, Ronan Tourish, Tiernan McCann, Michael McMenamin, Tyler Lafferty.

Naomh Ultan: Daniel McGlynn; Michael McGlynn, Jonathan Cassidy, Paul Gallier; Joe Alvey, Aaron Kyles, Conor Shovlin; Danny Shovlin; Declan Murrin; Sean Blain, Alan Lyons, Cian Kennedy; Dermot Gallier, Colin McNicholas, Peter Alvey. Sub: Patrick White.