There was drama at the end but Gaoth Dobhair survived to lift their seventh Gaeltacht title in Magheragallon yesterday.
Gaoth Dobhair 1-13
Kiltane (Mayo) 2-9
The Donegal side were four ahead but a late penalty made for an exciting finish.
As in the semi-final Kevin Cassidy was a tower of strength with James Gallagher also playing his part.
Gaoth Dobhair got off to the perfect start with Colin Ferry converting a free on three minutes and even though Shane Lenihan equalised, three points in-a-row from James Gallagher in a seven minute period had the home side three ahead by the 14th minute.
Kiltane missed a few opportunities before Eamonn Barrett had their second point, but this was cancelled when Frank McGee finished a good move involving Owen Ward and Kevin Cassidy.
Another Ferry free made it 0-6 to 0-2 before Shane Lenihan (with 30m free) and Ultan Corrigan pulled the margin back to two points with 28 minutes gone.
Kevin Cassidy, after a quick one-two with James Gallagher, had Gaoth Dobhair’s seventh point before they got the goal after a well worked move involving Donal McBride and Danny Curran. The latter sent Owen Ward through and he made no mistake on the half hour mark.
In added time Eamon Barrett had a free to leave Gaoth Dobhair ahead by 1-7 to 0-5 at the break.
Danny Curran extended the lead on 33 minutes and Kevin Cassidy added another on 41 minutes.
Ultan Corrigan and Shane Lenihan pulled two back by the 46th minute and then a Colin Ferry free and Joe Duffy made it 1-11 to 0-7.
Just when it looked as if Kiltane were gone a goal from Martin Gallagher brought the Mayo side back in to the contest on 49 minutes.
There was a break in play as Derry referee Martin McErlaine had to receive treatment but was able to continue.
A Shane Lenihan free was cancelled by points from Kevin Cassidy and James Gallagher points but there was drama in the final minute as the Mayo side won a penalty and Mickey Sweeney drilled it homee, but it was too little too late for the Mayo men.
Scorers: Gaoth Dobhair - James Gallagher 0-4 (1f), Kevin Cassidy, Colin Ferry (3f) 0-3 each; Owen Ward 1-0; Danny Curran, Frank McGee, Joe Duffy 0-1 each.
Kiltane: Mickey Sweeney 1-1,pen; Shane Lenihan 0-4,4f; Martin Gallagher 1-0; Ultan Corrigan, Eamon Barrett 0-2 each.
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Christopher Roarty, Neil McGee, Ciaran Ferry; Joe Duffy, Eamonn McGee, Donal McBride; Peter McGee, Kevin Cassidy; Danny Curran, Frank McGee, Ronan MacNiallais; Colin Ferry, James Gallagher, Owen Ward. Subs: Michael McKelvey for P McGee 38; Sean Doherty for F McGee 55; Fionnan Diver for Ward 60
Kiltane: Michael Gaughan; Robert Carey, Stephen Sweeney, Nicholas Carlin; Seamus Mongan, P.J. Gaughan, Jason Healy; Sean Gaughan, P.J. Molloy; Eamonn Barrett, Martin Gallagher, Martin Doherty; Ultan Corrigan, Mickey Sweeney, Shane Lenihan. Subs: Patrick Cowell for S Mongan 37; Dara Carey for TJ Molloy 40; Kevin McGinnity for N Carlin 45 ; Oliver Munnelly for M Doherty 60
Referee: Martin McErlaine (Derry).