With Killybegs edging their game with Naomh Brid, MacCumhaill’s and Malin were the other big winners in Division Two at the weekend while Fanad Gaels got their first points of the year with a narrow away win against Naomh Mhuire.
Naomh Mhuire 0-12
Fanad Gaels 1-10.
In a game which they led right through to the last minute, Naomh Mhuire conceded a 5 point lead, which they held with 5 minutes left, to lose this match against bottom of the table Fanad Gaels at the Banks.
Leading by 2 points at half-time, the home side dominated the second half and looked good for a win when they went int a 0-11 to 0-6 lead. However a spirited Fanad comeback which saw them claw back to two points then saw a penalty awarded to the away side with seconds remaining. Seamie Friel converted and Fanad went on to add the winning point.
Naomh Mhuire: Sean Gallagher; Adrian O’Gara, Brian Gillespie, Tomas Duffy; Seamus Gallagher, Owen Grant, Robert O’Donnell; Darragh White, Owenie McGarvey; Harry Harden 0-01, Tom McHugh 0-03; Shaun Gallagher, Sean Yank Boyle 0-02, John Pidgeon, Ciaran McGinley 0-06.
Fanad Gaels: Mark McConigley; Patrick Herrity, Cathal Martin, Anthony McBride; Francis Sweeney, Patrick Shiels, Fergal Friel 0-02
Paddy McConigley 0-01, Brendan Callaghan; Mark Friel; Ciaran McElwaine, Ronan McAteer; Davitt Walsh 0-01, Seami Friel 1-06, Seimi Friel. Subs.; Seamus Coyle for R McAteer, Sean McGovern for Friel, Seamus McAteer for Walsh.
Malin warmed up for their championship meeting with Kilcar with a comfortable victory over Bundoran in Malin on Sunday afternoon.
The Inishowen side laid the foundation for the win with a 15 minute purple patch in the first half as they hit 2-6 without reply after Bundoran had raced into an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead.
Tommy Hourihane, James Keaney, Michael McEniff and Diarmuid Spratt all hit the spot for Bundoran to Dan McDaid’s solitary response.
But with Malin slowly settling to the task Anthony Kelly and Matthew Byrne landed points before Kelly pounced for the first Malin goal.
That was on 13 minutes and they had already hit the front when Paul McLaughlin drove past Ashley Mulhern for goal number two in the early minutes of the second quarter.
Matthew Byrne and Terence Doherty raised further white flags to one from Alan Russell to send Malin in 2-7 to 0-5 in front at half-time.
Tommy Hourihane with two quick fire points on the resumption made it a six point game. But Malin were soon in control again as Matthew Byrne and Anthony Kelly pointed.
With Hourihane carrying the fight the big full-forward added another point and was denied a goal by a brilliant save from Michael Byrne.
And while Bundoran battled gamely any hope they had of a late revival was ended when Terence Doherty drove home Malin’s third goals with six minutes remaining.
In the closing minutes Dan McDaid, Declan Walsh and Anthony Kelly added to the local’s tally with Fergal McKiernan and Michael McEniff posting late Bundoran points.
Malin: D Mullarkey; G Farren, D Harkin, C Byrne; J G McLaughlin, C Farren, P McColgan; A Kelly (0-3, 1f), P Kelly; S Doherty, M Byrne (0-4, 2f), D McDaid (0-2); P McLaughlin (1-1), T Doherty (1-1), M Byrne (1-0). Subs: D Walsh (0-1), C McColgan, B McLaughlin, M McLaughlin.
Bundoran: A Mulhern, J Keaney (0-1), P Delaney, J McHale; G Clancy, S McGowan, P Sheridan; C McCaughey, N Dunne; A Coyne, D Spratt (0-1), M McEniff (0-2); A Russell (0-1), T Hourihane (0-4, 4f), J Ward. Subs: F McKiernan(0-1), J Boyle, C Keaney.
Sean MacCumhaill’s 2-8
Martin and Steven O’Reilly bagged the goals as Sean MacCumhaill’s bounced back from last Sunday’s defeat away to Malin with victory over Cloughaneely in Falcarragh on Saturday evening.
Marty O’Reilly, who ended the game with 1-3, hit the first goal in the opening seconds to get his side a dream start. And his brother Steven scored the second in the early minutes of the second half to restore MacCumhaills lead after they trailed by the minimum, 0-9 to 1-5, at half-time
Despite MacCumhaill’s early green flag the locals, playing with the aid of a strong breeze, shaded the first half with Denis Boyle, Shaun McGarvey, Sean Maguire, Darren McGeever and Sean McBride all hitting the target.
But it was a different story in the second half as Cloughaneely could only muster two more points as Stephen Mulligan – who made his league debut – Paddy Hannigan and Marty O’Reilly all pointed for the winners.
A Chris Patton point blank save in the closing seconds of the first half was a big moment and possibly the turning point in the game.
Cloughaneely: L McFadden; M Lynch, P J Doohan, K Doohan; C McGee, K McFadden,D Ferry; C McFadden, D McGeever (0-2); B Cuffe, S McGarvey (0-2), S MccBride (0-2); D Boyle (0-2), S Maguire (0-3), P McClafferty. Sub: D McGarvey for B Cuffe.
Sean MacCumhaills: Chris Patton; O. Wright, J Lynch, A McCloksey; S Duffy, G Dunnion, J Dunnion; P Hannigan (0-2), Pat McNulty; S Mulligan (0-2), B Lafferty, G Gallagher (0-1); B McLaughlin, S O’Reilly (1-0), M O’Reilly (1-3).
Referee: T Gallagher (Red Hughs)
Division Two Table
P W L D Pts
Killybegs 6 5 0 1 11
Glenfin 5 4 1 0 8
MacCumhaills 6 4 2 0 8
Malin 5 3 1 1 7
Cloughaneely 5 2 2 1 5
Naomh Brid 5 2 3 0 4
Bundoran 5 1 4 0 2
Fanad Gaels 5 1 0 4 2
Naomh Mhuire 6 0 5 1 1