Intermediate Championship round-up - draws the order of the day

Intermediate Championship round-up - draws the order of the day
Pauric McDaid with his first (and last) kick of the game secured a draw for Naomh Brid in the local derby at Trummon.

Pauric McDaid with his first (and last) kick of the game secured a draw for Naomh Brid in the local derby at Trummon.

Naomh Brid 1-7

Aodh Ruadh 1-7

With three minutes of added time, a tackle by James O’Donnell that would leave any manager with less hair, allowed Naomh Brid to bring on their sharpshooter from the bench and he duly obliged to get them a draw.

O’Donnell picked up a second yellow card for the tackle on Stephen Quinn, but in fairness Naomh Brid deserved the draw in a game that will not live long in the memory. Poor passing, poor decision making and referee Ian Molloy must have left his black card at home.

A handful of players stood out, not least Thomas Gallagher for Naomh Brid and Barry Mulligan for Aodh Ruadh.

Aodh Ruadh led by 1-4 to 0-3 at the break, thanks to a well taken goal by Mulligan and some good frees from their second best player David McGurrin. Shane Walsh kept Naomh Brid in touch with two frees while David Walsh had their only point from play in the opening half.

When Clint Walsh found the Aodh Ruadh net inside five minutes of the restart, it seemed as it would Naomh Brid’s day, as they now had the breeze at their backs, but scores were hard to come by. Mulligan and Shane Walsh traded freesbefore Dara Brogan and Thomas Gallagher edged Naomh Brid in front for the first time with six minutes left.

But a David McGurrin free and a Mulligan special turned the score around with three left. It looked as if Aodh Ruadh were going to hang on, but then came the McDaid saviour for the home side.

Naomh Brid: S Doherty; D Martin, R Gallagher, S Burgess; G McCafferty, J Timoney, S Quinn; T Gallagher (0-1), D Langan; S Gormley, D Walsh (0-1), Cian Gallagher; C Walsh (1-0), D Brogan (0-1,f), S Walsh (0-3,3f). Subs., D McCafferty for C Gallagher 45; Callum Gallagher for Gormley 58; P McDaid (0-1,f) for Martin 33.

Aodh Ruadh: P Boyle; C Whoriskey, D Cleary, M Dolan; J Gallagher, E McGrath, C Kelly; J O’Donnell, K Ryan; J Gettins, A Boyle, R Drummond; D McInerney, B Mulligan (1-4,2f), D McGurrin (0-3,3f). Subs., C Patton for Ryan 39; N Murray for McInerney 45; N Harley for R Drummond 58.

Referee: I Molloy (N Conaill)

Griffin is Naul’s savour

Stephen Griffin converted an injury time free to earn St Naul’s a draw against fourteen man Burt under lights in Convoy on Friday night.

Burt 1-9

St Naul’s 2-6

St Naul’s led by 2-2 to 1-3 at half time, but Burt came charging back into the game in the scond period and despite having Joe Boyle dismissed, actually carved out a one point lead when the impressive Mark Coyle pointed from away out on the left sideline as the clock ticked past 60 minutes.

But Naul’s were awarded late free that Griffin fired high into the night sky, squeezing it inside the left hand post to salvage a draw.

In truth, it was a game neither side deserved to lose. Burt got off to a dream start with Enda McDermott and Mark Coyle slotting over the bar before man of the match Ronan McDermott got on the end of a move involving Ciaran Dowds and Coyle to find the net in the 11th minute.

St Naul’s were rocked, but gave the perfect response with Shane Conneely firing low to the net past Christy McDermott.

Stephen Griffin tagged on a free, but Burt responded with a fine point from Enda McDermott.

Disaster struck for Burt shortly after when keeper McDermott spilled a long range shot from Daniel Friel and the ball hopped into the net. Griffin converted another close range free to send Naul’s into the half time dressing room two points clear, 2-2 to 1-3.

Griffin added two further points early in the second half, with a close range effort from Sean McHugh keeping Burt in touch.

Burt’s strong running was causing St Naul’s problems and frees from Joe Boyle and Conor Harkin brought them back level.

John Rose was black carded for St Naul’s and Burt’s Joe Boyle saw red for an off the ball offence, but the 14 men, as is so often the case, upped their performance and finished the stronger.

A fantastic point from Stuart Johnson edged Naul’s ahead, but Harkin pointed a free to draw his side level and then Mark Coyle’s stunning point from the left wing put Burt ahead at the end of normal time.

Griffin, though, would have the last word. Almost three minutes into injury time he pointed a difficult free with the last kick of the game.

St Naul’s: L McBrearty; C McBrearty, E Lynch, J Rose; S Johnston (0-1), B Griffin, C Lowther; S Conneely (1-0), D Friel (1-0); B McCole, F McGinley, L McGroarty; M Ward, S Griffin (0-5, 4f), B Rose. Subs: C McDevitt, E Gallagher.

Burt: C McDermott; J Downey, R McDermott (1-0), Seamie O’Donnell; M McCann, R Grant, M Donaghey; P McHugh (0-1), P McDermott; J Boyle (0-1), E McDermott (0-2), S McHugh (0-1); D Gallagher, C Dowds, M Coyle (0-2). Subs: Stephen O’Donnell, C Harkin (0-2), D Grant.

Referee: M Dorrian (Fanad Gaels.

Bundrana scrape


Buncrana 1-6

Carndonagh 0-8

Report by Cathal Doherty

Buncrana kept their unbeaten streak intact in this year’s Championship with a hard earned win over an unlucky Carndonagh, who may have felt kicked the game away in a game where they hit 11 wides.

Carndonagh started the brighter. Seven minutes were played and they led by 2 points to no score, thanks to a fantastic Gerard Doherty point from out wide and Paddy Nelson who made another one of his bursts through the middle of the defence to slot over. A goal chance also fell their way, to the hands of Christy McLaughlin but he was unable to convert.

Buncrana started the game slowly, but found themselves a point ahead when County Minor John Campbell rattled the net after 10 minutes. It was to be all Carndonagh for the rest of the half. Christy McLaughlin struck Carn level with a free and was again on target 10 minutes later. In this spell Carndonagh had hit 6 wides and this was to come back and haunt them as Buncrana somehow went in level, coming from the left peg of John Campbell from a free and a outside of the boot, a clinker just before the sides went in for half time.

Carndonagh added to their wides tally again in the second half hitting two after the half time break. Garbhan Friel stretched Buncrana’s lead to 2 and left Carndonagh with a battle. Christy McLaughlin was once again on target, and it was his opposition free taker Odhran Doherty who struck minutes later to regain the two point lead. It was to be tit for tat until the final whistle, with both teams exchanging scores, unable to break both teams down fully.

Christy Mc Laughlin got his third with 10 minutes to go, but once again Garbhan Friel at the end cancelled him out. There was two points between the teams. McLaughlin was once again on target, leaving a nervy last five for Buncrana having to hold on to a one point lead, but Odhran Doherty produced the goods with three minutes to go with a free with what sealed the game. Carndonagh pressed hard for a goal but it was not to be as Cathal O Kane blasted over for his side’s 9th point.

Buncrana: Rory Kelly, Bruce Waldron, Jack O Loughlin, Stephen Doherty, Kevin O Loughlin, Odhran Doherty (0-2), Oisin Doherty, Caolan McGonagle, Peter McLaughlin, Oisin O Flaherty, Aidan Stokes, Joseph McGrory, Darach O Connor (0-1), Garbhan Friel (0-2), John Campbell (1-1).

Carndonagh: Ray Lannon, Michael Nelson, Conor Doherty, Ryan Davenport, Michael McLaughlin, Paddy Nelson (0-1), Pádraig Doherty, Cathal O Kane (0-1), Dermot McGonagle, Fearghal Doherty, Paddy McCallion, Gerard Doherty (0-1), Eanna Newton, Christy McLaughlin (0-5), Shane Doherty.

Cloughaneely get the win

Naomh Colmcille 2-6

Cloughaneely 2-8

Goals in each half from Sean McGarvey and Kevin Mulhern edged Cloughaneely home in this scrappy affair against Naomh Colmcille.

The winners were playing against the breeze in the opening half and scores were hard to come by.

But a well- converted penalty from Mattie Crossan and a few smartly pointed frees from Joe Donohoe and Willie Gillespie side eased the home side into a 1-4 to 1-1 lead.

Sean McGarvey was on target for the men from Falcarragh.

Former Donegal Under 21 star Kevin Mulhern pushed Cloughaneely ahead eight minutes into the second half and Darren McKeever was also on target.

However another clinically converted penalty from Crossan made matters interesting as the game swung into the final quarter.

A miscue from the Naomh Colmcille keeper gave Cloughaneely a chance to wrap up matters, as John Fitzgerald duly obliged.

A deserved victory for Cloughaneely who now meet St Naul’s next weekend.

Good win for Fanad Gaels

The Gaels enjoyed a solid home performance that saw them power past near neighbours Downings in Portsalon.

Gaeil Fhánada 2-12

Downings 0-7

Downing have been severely affected with the loss of several key players in their squad.

The threw many men behind the ball but it did little to stop a relentless Fanad side who kept the pressure on through out.

Seimi “Nanny” Friel racked up an impressive personal tally of 1-5. Ronan McAteer got their other goal in a clinical performance with points coming from through out the squad.

Downings top scorer was mid-fielder Sean McGinley with four points but it was not enough to off set a one-side affair with the home team running out comfortable winners in the end.

Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Joe Blaney, Fergal Friel (0-1), Cathal Martin, Jimmy Coyle (0-1), Paddy McConigley (0-1), Ronan McAteer (1-0), Ryan McGonigle, Michael Sweeney, Aidan McAteer, Seimi ‘Nanny’ Friel (1-5, 4fs), Martin McAteer (0-1), Oisin Shiels (0-1), Mark Friel (0-1), Seimi Friel (0-1).

Subs: Frank Sweeney for J Coyle 45 mins, Johnny Friel for S ‘Coshia’ Friel 47 mins, Brian McVeigh for O Shiels 53 mins, Ken Dempsey and Paul Coyle for R McAteer and P McConigley 55 mins, Shaun McGovern for A McAteer 59 mins.

Downings: Brendan McGee, Seamus Gallagher, Oisin Boyce, Conor Shiels, Ben McNutt, David Hay, James Lee McBride, Bryan McGinley, Sean McGinley (0-4), Martin McBride (0-1), James McBride, Colin Gallagher (0-1), Shane Buchanan (0-1,1f), Patrick McGroddy, Ben McBride. Subs: Dale McFadden for B McGinley 5 mins (Black Card), Shane Boyce for McBride (47 mins), Matt McNutt for B McNutt (61 mins).

Referee: Enda McFeely.

Gillespie rescues Naomh Columba

Naomh Columba needed a late free from Ryan Gillespie to keep their championship ambitions on track at Pairc na nGael on Saturday evening.

Naomh Columba 0-14

Milford 2-8

Late goals by Kane Barrett and Joey Cullen turned this game on its head as Milford turned around a seven point deficit and when TJ Evesson pointed in added time, it took the Gillespie free in the 64th minute to get the home side a draw.

Naomh Columba started the game brightly and they registered the first five points of the game through Philip Doherty, Gillespie, Oisin McGinley (free), Stephen Jones and Paddy Byrne.

Luke Barrett scored Milford’s first point in the 19th minute, but Naomh Columba were dominating every sector of the field and another brace from Gillespie along with points from Christopher Byrne and Pauric Cunningham left them in a commanding position.

Milford notched the final score of the first period through a Luke Barrett free but Naomh Columba were out of the blocks quickly in the second half with Kevin McNern pointing straight from the throw-in.

The visitors were struggling, but they were given a lifeline in the 34th minute when Kane Barrett collected Cathal McGettigan’s long ball and he expertly rounded the Naomh Columba goalkeeper Shane O’Gara and placed the ball in the net.

Cathal McGettigan added a free seconds later but Gavin McGinley and Pauric Cunningham extended Glen’s lead.

Milford got their second goal in the 44th minute when Joey Cullen was the quickest to react to Luke Barrett’s free and he fisted the ball to the net.

Gillespie scored a much-needed free for Naomh Columba in the 49th minute, but Milford had the momentum and points from Christopher Barrett and Evesson brought Milford closer to the home side.

Naomh Columba dominated the breaking ball for the majority of the evening, but with the game in the melting pot in the final ten minutes, Milford started to get on top.

They scored three excellent points in as many minutes through McGettigan (free), Luke Barrett and Evesson to put them a point ahead one minute into injury-time.

They looked to have sealed the win, but Naomh Columba were given a last-gasp opportunity to draw the game when referee Jimmy White adjudged that Luke Barrett fouled Gillespie.

Barrett received a second yellow card for dissent in the aftermath of the decision and Gillespie held his nerve to grab a share of the spoils for his team.

Milford: C McGettigan, G Grier, S Black, G Merritt, TJ Evesson (0-2), J Logue, J Doyle, J Cullen (1-0), L Barrett (0-3,1f), C Barrett (0-1) P Curley, D Curley, K Barrett (1-0), C McGettigan (0-2, 2fs), P Peoples.

Naomh Columba: S O’Gara; K McBrearty, M Cunningham, B Carr; P Ward, K McNern (0-1), P Doherty (0-1); P Byrne (0-1,1f), D McGuire; P Cunningham (0-2), O McGinley (0-1,1f), G McGinley (0-1); S Jones (0-1), C Byrne (0-1), R Gillespie (0-5,2fs). Subs: R McNern for Doherty (35 mins), A O’Gara for Jones (41 mins), J J McGinley and P McNern for Byrne and Cunningham (47 mins).

Referee: J White (Killybegs)