Adrian Sweeney kicked a goal and five points as Dungloe proved far too strong for neighbours Naomh Muire, in this local derby clash in Rosses Park.
Naomh Muire 1-7
In what was a top drawer display from the former All-Star, all but one of his scores came from play on day when Dungloe overall proved far too hot for a depleted and understrength Naomh Muire outfit.
Sweeney, Cory Gallagher, Raymond Sweeney, Paul McGarvey and Adrian Hanlon - who ended the game with a tally of 1-2 - were the standout players for Dungloe who brought their unbeaten run to 12 games and within touching distance of promotion back up to Division One of the All- County- Football league.
The locals led four points, 1-6 to 0-5 at half-time and in an opening half that they more or less dominated the four point margin was a scant return given their possession stakes and scoring chances which included a number of gilt edged goal chances.
But this was not all down to waste fullness by the Dungloe attack,
Naomh Muire goalkeeper Brian Grant pulled off a number of first class saves from Adrian Hanlon and Conor Greene.
Both sides ended with 14 players after Doalty Boyle and Padraig McCafferty received straight red cards in the second half following one of a number of off the ball flare-ups that marred what was at times a feisty encounter.
Cory Gallagher (2), Hanlon, Paul McGarvey,Shaun Sharkey and Sweeney scored the first half Dungloe points before
Hanlon rounded off the half with the goal when he flicked home a Conor Greene centre.
Patrick Gillespie raised the first of Naomh Muire’s white flags on 14 minutes and with Harry Harden, Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle and Padraig McCafferty also getting in on the scoring act to make sure the men from the Lower Rosses were still in touch at the changeover.
It was more or less all one way traffic in the second half despite the best efforts of Brian Gillespie, Owenie McGarvey, Robbie O’Donnell and Jack O’Brien.
Dungloe with points from Sweeney (3) and one from Gallagher had pulled eight points clear before Sweeney netted the winners second goal after a Paul McGarvey, turnover in his own half and a good run from Hanlon who off-loaded to the unmarked Sweeney, on the edge of the Naomh Muire rectangle.
The visitors responded with a Harden point and a ‘Yank’ Boyle goal. Boyle beat Ciaran Sharkey after the Dungloe rearguard were found ball watching and Jack O’Brien found Boyle with a quick free.
That was on 51 minutes but with the margin still ten points, Dungloe finished with a late flourish and four unanswered points until Sean McCafferty brought down the curtain on the scoring on the stroke of time.
Dungloe: C Sharkey; J Scally, D Curran, D Boyle; Cory Gallagher (0-3,1,45), S Sharkey (0-1), G Walsh; R Sweeney, P McGarvey (0-1); N McBride, A Hanlon (1-2), D McCarron; A Neilly, A Sweeney (1-5,1f), C Greene. Subs: Eoghain Scally for N McBride (33, inj); S Wallace (0-1) for C Greene (46); M Boyle for P McGarvey (53); B McGarvey (0-1) for A Neilly.
Naomh Muire: B Grant; P Rogers, B Gillespie, T Duffy; R O’Donnell, O McGarvey, J Boyle; J O’Brien, P Gillespie (0-1); Jack Boyle, P McCafferty (0-1), S Burns; J Ferry, H ‘Yank’ Boyle (1-2,2f), H Harden (0-2). Sub; S McCafferty (0-1) for Jack Boyle (51).
Referee: J White (Killybegs).
Downings suffered another heavy defeat as Glenfin hit them for four goals in a one sides ecnounter in Downings, yesterday.
The first quarter was relatively even until a defensive lapse allowed Jason Marley palm to the Downings net for Glenfin’s opening goal. Gerard Ward and Kevin McGlynn added two more three pointers before half-time to send the men from the Gaeltacht Lár in 3-5 to 0-5 in front at the interval.
With a stiff breeze in their backs the visitors totally dominated the second period despite losing Stephen Mc Glynn to a red card shortly after half-time.
Gerard Ward scored Glenfin’s fourth goal from the penalty spot mid way through the half while the home side were restricted to two Andy Connor points in the second period.
Glenfin: A Walsh; R Gallagher, J Harkin, D Herron; G Dorrian(0-1), G McDermott, G Herron; F McGlynn, S Ward(0-2), D McGlynn, G Ward(2-5), S McGlynn(0-1); M Martin, K McGlynn(1-3), J Marley(1-0).Subs: M McGinty(0-1), S Mc Dermott(0-1), M McGlynn, R Carlin.
Downings: I McElhinney; S Gallagher, G Coyle, B McBride; D Hay, J McBride, J L McBride; B McGinley, Oisin Boyce; D McFadden, F McClafferty, A Connor(0-4,3f); P McGroddy, C Gallagher(0-3, 1f), B Trearty,
Referee: James Connor
Killybegs picked up two much needed points at home when Cloughaneely travelled to Fintra yesterday.
Killybegs opened strongly and scored the three first points with two from Mark Boyle and a point from Daniel Breslin.
Cloughaneely opened their account with a score from John Fitzgerald.
The home side responded with two more points from Hugh McFadden and Ryan Molloy.
This was followed by a fine score from Cloughaneelly’s Lee O’Brien before half time leaving it Killybegs 0-5 to Cloughaneely 0-2 at the break.
The visitors responded immediately after the restart when Darren McGeever opened with a point.
Killybegs replied with Owen Ban Gallagher, who ended up scoring three points in the second half.
Denis Boyle scored a free and John Fitzgerald brought the visitors back into the game with a goal that put them ahead for the first time in the game at 1-4 to 0-6. A Killybegs free levelled the tie at 0-7 each and second free put them one ahead.
Jason Noctor scored for Killybegs near the end to put the game just out of reach for Cloughaneely.
Cloughaneely: Shaun McClaffertylynch, Lee O’Brien (0-1), Martin Ferry, Cian McFadden, Kevin Mulhern, Declan Mc Garvey, Ciaran Scanlon, Martin Maguire, Paddy Cannon, Darren Mc Geever (0-1), John Fitzgerald (1-01), Denis Boyle (0-1), Shaun Maguire, John Harley.
Fanad Gaels 1-15
Sean MacCumhaills 2-14
Sean Mac Cumhaills staged dramatic late come back to take two points on the road to Fanad Gaels yesterday.
The home side started strongly and looked comfortable with a series of well taken points. The visitors were finding it difficult to get going in the breezy conditions and the first half ended with Fanad Gaels looking goo with 0-9 to MacCumhaills 0-3.
Within ten minutes of the restart they were ten points behind and looking at a serious defeat until them managed a dramatic late flurry with two goals that put them right back into the match.
Ten minutes to go Benny McLaughlin found the back of the net that helped close the gap and Darren O’Leary followed this up with a free.
As the game entered injury time in the 61st minute O’Leary found the net to put the visitors two points up.
MacCumhaills: Eoin Gallen , Ryan McMenamin, Joe Dunnion, Packie Gill, Sean McGowan, Martin O’Reilly(0-2), Gavin Doherty, Anthony Dalty, Stephen O’Reilly(0-2), Benny McLaughlin(1-0), Brendan McGeehan(0-1), Brian Lafferty, Stephen Mulligan (0-5,2f), Darren O’Leary (1-4,3f), Rory Dunleavy.
Gaeil Fhánada: Mark McConigley, Cathal Martin, Fergal Friel, Frank Sweeney 0:01, Ronan McAteer, Patrick McConigley, Ryan McGonigle 0:01, Kevin McGonigle 0:01, Michael Sweeney 0:03, Jimmy Coyle, Seami Nanny Friel 0:02, Marty McAteer 0:03, Johnny Nanny Friel 0:01, Seimi Coshia Friel 1:01, Mark Friel (C) 0:01, Shaun McGovern, Jerry Friel, Oisin Shiels 0:01 for Seami Nanny (Black Card), Davitt Walsh for Jimmy Coyle, Paul Dougie Coyle, Oisin Blaney, Shaun Coyle.
Junior B Championship round-up
Glenswilly were the only away winners in the first round of the Junior B football championship played the weekend,
Glenswilly proved far too strong for Robert Emmetts and ran out comfortable 2-14 to 1-5 winners in Emmett Park. Elsewhere, the hometeams dominated with Pettigo, Naomh Ultan, Red Hughs, Moville, Sean MacCumhaills and St Eunan’s all recorded home wins.
Pettigo were 17- point winners over Letterkenny Gaels, on a 2-18 to 1-5 scoreline while Naomh Ultan had 32 points to spare over Naomh Padraig, Muff. Naomh Ultan won 4-24 to 0-3.
Red Hughs defeated Urris 1-12 to 0-5. In the closest games of the seven first round games Convoy emerged 2-11 to 2-8 winners over neighbours Sean MacCumhaills. Moville were far too strong for Naomh Padraig, Lifford and ran out 5-11 to 2-7 winners while St Eunan’s beat Naomh Conaill, on a 2-21 to 0-5 scoreline.