DONEGAL GAELTACHT SENIOR SEMI-FINAL

Hosts Cloughaneely into the final of Donegal Gaeltacht

Denis Boyle rolls back the years in Falcarragh

Gerry McLaughlin

Reporter:

Gerry McLaughlin

Back in 1998, one Denis Boyle was part of the last Cloughaneely team that won the Donegal Gaeltacht title. But the lively 37-year-old rolled back the years and showed why, when on song, he has a left foot like Ryan Giggs.

Cloughaneely 1-15
Ardara 1-9

The former Queen of the South player had a superb opening 20 minutes for the Falcarragh men, nailing the first five points for his club.
A well- struck goal from Sean McGarvey in the 47th minute was the crucial clinching score.
Ardara did manage a late goal from marksman Gareth Concarr, the ball skidding off the hands of a Cloughaneely player.
But the winners were well worth their 1-15 to 1-9 victory.
The victory was slightly marred by the sad sight of star forward John Fitzgerald being stretchered off with a back injury in injury time.
The Denis Boyle exhibition began after just four minutes when he found the target for the first time and this garnished by a superb effort from play from the wing.
Lively Cloughaneely had much the better of the opening exchanges with the veteran Boyle orchestrating matters.
It took a shell shocked Ardara until the 14th minute to open their account through a pointed free from veteran Gareth Concarr-in reply to Boyle’s opening five fabulous points.
Declan McGarvey and a great left footed effort from the “Martin Coll” like Kevin Mulhern stretched the home side’s lead to 0-7 to 0-2 by the 20th minute.
Ardara corner back Nicholas Breslin showed his forwards how it should be done with a fine point from the wing and Concarr narrowed the gap to 0-8 to 0-4.
Youthful Hugh Doohan replied for the home side and that man again Boyle effortlessly split the posts.
Darren McGeever made it 0-10 to 0-4 with another well finished point for Cloughaneely before Lorcan O’Donnell replied for Ardara, to leave the home side leading by 0-10 to 0-5 at the interval.
Cloughaneely: Sean McClafferty; Sean Harley, Ciaran McFadden, Ciaran McFadden; Cian McFadden, Ciaran Scanlon, Patrick Cannon; Kevin Mulhern (0-1), Darren McKeever (0-2); Hugh Doohan (0-1) Denis Boyle (0-7,5f) Sean McGarvey (0-1); Declan McGarvey (0-1), John Fitzgerald (0-1) Michael Fitzgerald. Subs : Mark Harley (0-1) 24, Martin Maguire 57.
Ardara: Patrick Gallagher; Caelan Slowey, Declan Gavigan, Kevin Breslin (0-1); Nicholas Breslin, Paddy McGrath, J R Molloy; Brendan McNelis, Simon Breslin; Ciaran Breslin (0-1) Sean Herron, Gareth Concarr (1-6,f); Nicholas Maguire, Lorcan O’Donnell (0-1), Paul Whoriskey. Subs: Sean Brennan (0-1) 35, Joe Melly 43