Colm McFadden kicked five points as St. Michael’s bagged the points in a thoroughly deserved victory over Dungloe in Rosses Park on Friday night.
St. Michael’s 0-9
Report: Tom Comack
In a hard fought encounter dominated by packed defences, McFadden kicked three of the five from frees with three of them in the second half.
But this was far from a one man performance. Overall it was a solid and workmanlike team effort from the winners who lined out without the injured Christy Toye and lost Peter Witherow and Brian McLaughlin to injury.
Both sides had four scorers each with Martin McElhinney (2), Lorcan McDaid and Daniel McLaughlin the other St. Michael’s marksmen.
Brendan McGarvey and Adrian Sweeney (two each, all from frees), Eoin Redmond and Adrian Hanlon were the Dungloe scorers, who were minus Co. U-21 Cory Gallagher.
With McElhinney and Lorcan McDaid aided by Antoin McFadden shading the midfield St. Michael’s had their noses in front at half-time, 0-3 to 0-2, having played with the aid of a stiffish breeze.
A one point advantage at half-time was scarcely a true reflection of St. Michael’s superiority in the opening 32 minutes.
They bossed much of the half and were much stronger in possession and in the tackle and faster on the breaking ball than their hosts, who at times looked a little leg weary and a good bit off the pace of the game.
Brendan McGarvey, who along with former Offaly county Basil Malone, was one of Dungloe’s most prominent on the night, tied up the game soon after half-time with a sweetly struck ‘45’.
But from then on St. Michael’s dictated and with two rapid fire points from McFadden and Lorcan McDaid they were two back in front again by the 40 minute mark.
With Malone sweeping behind his midfield Dungloe stood firm for a while and three times reduced the margin and were still in the game with a little over ten minutes remaining before Daniel McLaughlin and McElhinney sealed the win with two late points.
Dungloe had a late chance for a goal but Adrian Sweeney’s first time effort in a crowded St. Michael’s goal area was scrambled off the line.
Before that McElhinney fluffed a glorious opportunity to kill the opposition off but blasted wide.
Dungloe: Christopher McGlynn; Doalty Boyle, Raymond Sweeney, Gerard Ward; Declan O’Donnell, Gavin Ward, Shaun Sharkey; Noel McBride, Mark Clerkin; Mark Forker, Basil Malone, Eoin Redmond (0-1); Adrian Hanlon (0-1), Brendan McGarvey (0-2,1f, 1’45’), Adrian Sweeney (0-2,2f). Subs: Shaun Campbell for M. Clerkin 36; Conor Greene for E. Redmond 26; Mark Boyle for B. Malone 59.
St. Michael’s: Ciaran Gallagher; Brendan Rodden, Stephen Doak, Peter Witherow; Gerard Gallagher, Ciaran ‘Rock’ Gallagher, Michael Gallagher; Martin McElhinney (0-2), Lorcan McDaid (0-1); Daniel McLaughlin (0-1), Martin Breslin, Stephen Coyle; Colm McFadden (0-5,3f), Antoin McFadden, Raymond McLaughlin. Subs; James Alcorn for P. Witherow 28, inj; Brian McLaughlin for S. Coyle 36; John McFadden for R. McLaughlin 45; Michael Cannon for B. McLaughlin 45.
Referee: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill).