Naomh Columba recorded an important league win in very wet conditions on Saturday evening in this contest at Pairc na nGael against St. Naul’s.
Naomh Columba 1-10 Naomh Náille 1-8 Oisín McGinley was first on the sheet, with a point for the home side in the 9th minute. Glen were issued a blow in the tenth minute, with the substitution of Kieran McBrearty due to injury. McGinley added Glen’s second point with a well taken free in the 15th. A goal from Shane Conneely in the 21st minute saw Nauls finally come to life, and a point from play from John Rose, followed by a converted free from Mark Ward saw the visitors open a three point gap. Pauric O’Donnell did well to deny the Mountcharles men a second goal, when he blocked a close range shot from Cathal Lowther in the 24th minute.
The visitors lost Gavin Maguire to injury 25 minutes in, who was stretchered from the field after a collision in front of the nets, with a suspected broken leg. Francis McGinley pulled one back for Glen in the 30th minute from free, and points from Andrew O’Gara and Noel McGinley in quick succession saw the sides level at the half time whistle. Naomh Columba 0-5 Naomh Náille 1-2
The second half opened with a further point from John Rose, from a shot that looked destined for goal and was tipped over the bar by O’Donnell in the Glen nets. Brendan Breen converted a free in the 37th minute to leave the visitors two ahead. Declan McGuire pulled one back for Glen in the 38th minute, however it was Noel McGinley who found the net at close range in the 40th minute, and opened the two point lead that the home side managed to retain until the final whistle. Mark Ward converted a Naul’s free in the 48th minute, before Andrew O’Gara added his second for Glen in the 52nd. Oisín McGinley pointed from free in the 54th, before Ward and Eddie Gallagher pulled two back for the visitors. It was Naomh Columba’s Kevin McNern who had the final say however, with a fisted effort in the dying minute wrapping up a fine day’s work for the Glen men.
Naomh Columba: Pauric O’Donnell, Martin Cunningham, Kevin Cunningham, Kevin McNern (0-1), Kieran McBrearty, Michael McGuire, Clement O’Gara, Declan McGuire (0-1), Dermot McGuire, Gavin McGinley, Kevin Beag Cunningham, Andrew O’Gara (0-2), Oisín McGinley (0-3,2f), Noel McGinley (1-2), Ryan McNern Subs used: Barry Carr, Francis McGinley (0-1F), Colin McNelis Naomh Náille: Lee McBrearty, Conor McBrearty, Gavin Maguire, Jamie White, John Rose (0-2), Stuart Johnston, Conor McDevitt, Fiachra McGinley, Danny Friel, Shane Conneely (1-0), Mark Ward (0-3,2f), Eddie Gallagher (0-1), Cathal Lowther, Brendan Breen (0-2,1f), Liam McGroarty
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill)
At a wet and windy Scarvey on Saturday evening, Buncrana faced local rivals and league leaders Carndonagh.
Buncrana fielded without midfielders Ryan Bradley (county commitments), Odhran Doherty (suspension) while John Doherty and Noel O’Donnell were also absent.
Carndonagh started well with Garbhan McGrenra and Richard Cunningham to the fore and they registered their first score on three minutes.
However, with Adrian Doherty and Ryan Curran causing problems the home team settled and scores from Doherty and Oisin Doherty tied up the game.
In a nip and tuck closing ten minutes to the half Carndonagh forged ahead to go in 0-5 to 0-3 in front at half-time.
With Oisin Doherty, Coalan McCann and Kevin O’Loughlin stepping up their game three quick fire points from Doherty and O’Loughlin saw the locals hit the front by the three quarter mark.
And with the game in the balance second half substitute Paul McGonigle kicked a fine point before Oisin Doherty sealed the win with a late point.
Buncrana: Rory Kelly; Michael Gallagher, Simon McGrory, Calvin Jones; Christopher McDermott
Ronan Doherty, Adrian McColgan; Caolan McCann, Kevin O’Loughlin; Ronan Doherty, Oisin Doherty (0-4),Adrian Doherty (0-2); Ryan Curran, Kevin Treacy (0-1), Ciaran McNicholls (0-1). Sub: Paul McGonigle (0-2).
Carndonagh: Gerard Crossan; Michael Nelson, Conor Doherty, Ryan Davenport; Liam Shields, Paddy Nelson (0-1) Dermot McGonagle; Cathal O’Kane, Oliver McConologue; Ritchie Cunningham, Fergal Mathews (0-1), Gerard Doherty(0-2); Garvan McGrenra (0-1), Aaron Jenkins (0-2), Pádraig Doherty (0-1). Subs: Darragh McLaughlin, Dominic Doherty.
Aodh Ruadh 1-6
Aidan Sweeney and Pauric Hilferty scored the goals as Termon picked up two more league points with a comfortable victory over Aodh Ruadh at the Burn Road.
Sweeney’s goal in the middle of the first half set the Termon men on their way and they were well in control at half-time as they led 1-7 to 0-3.
And with Sweeney, Aidan Sweeney and Francie Friel adding the scores in the second half, Hilferty’s goal in the middle final quarter left it comfortable victory.
Termon: Conor Tinney; Joe O’Donnell, Sean McDaid, Kevin McIlwaine; Daniel Connaghan, Anthony McGrenra, Sean O’ Donnell ; Johnny McCafferty (0-1, 1, 45), Thomas Cullen; Martin Sweeney (0-3, 2f), Aidan Sweeney (1-2), Kevin McDaid; Paddy McDaid (0-1), Trevor Alcorn (0-1), Darragh McDaid (0-2, 2f). Subs: Francie Friel (0-1) for D McDaid; Pauric Hilferty (1-0) for T Cullen.