Gaoth Dobhair remain on top of Division One following Saturday night’s five point win over St Eunan’s in O’Donnell Park.
ST EUNAN'S . . . . . . . . . 0-7
GAOTH DOBHAIR . . . . . 1-9
Both teams were under-strength. Gaoth Dobhair lined out without Eamonn and Neil McGee and Ciaran Gillespie but were much stronger than St Eunan’s who only started four of the team that played Gaoth Dobhair in the opening game in Magheragallon at the end of March.
Conor Morrison, Conall Dunne, Peter Devine and Donnacha Gallagher were the only players that played in the 3-14 each draw in Magheragallon.
Countymen Rory Kavanagh and Caolan Ward are both injured and John Haran was on holidays while Eamon Doherty and Kevin Rafferty were only introduced from the bench.
St Eunan’s scored the first point of the game through Conor O’Donnell but Gaoth Dobhair soon set the tone. And with Peter McGee and Michael Carroll taking a firm grip in midfield they responded with long range strikes from Odhran MacNiallais and Gavin McBride to lead 0-2 to 0-1 inside five minutes.
MacNiallais, from a close in free, and McBride, with a monster strike from close on 50 metres, extended the Gaoth Dobhair lead out to 0-4 to 0-1 by the end of the first quarter.
And the men from the Gaeltacht were four up when Michael Carroll raced through from midfield to land a super point.
Eamon Doherty replaced Sean Hensey, in the St Eunan’s defence and Conall Dunne from play and Conor Gibbons from a close in free made it a two point game at half time as Gaoth Dobhair went in 0-5 to 0-3 in front.
Owen Ward capitalised on a defencive slip to drive home the first nail within a minute of the resumption when he rattled the St Eunan’s net from ten metres. Conor Gibbons and Michael Carroll traded points and Conor Morrison made a diving save on the boot of Michael Carroll to deny Conal Sheridan’s men a second goal.
Gavin McBride and Donnacha Gallagher landed long range frees before McBride made it a six point game once again, 1-8 to 0-5, with ten minutes left on the clock.
As the game fizzled out McBride scored a late Gaoth Dobhair point to round off a fine victory.
St Eunan’s: Aidan Simmons; Conor Morrison, Sean Hensey, Colin McIntyre; Cathal Roache, Conor O’Donnell (0-2), Peter Devine; Oisin Carr, David Tyrrell; Brendan Maguire, Conor Gibbons (0-2f), Conall Dunne (0-1); Patrick McGowan (0-1, 1f), Cormac Coghlan, Donnacha Gallagher (0-1). Subs: Eamonn Doherty for S Hensey (24), Kevin Rafferty for C Coghlan (41).
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Jamie Reynolds, Christopher McFadden; Ciaran Ferry, Kevin Cassidy, Cian Mulligan; Peter McGee, Michael Carroll (0-2); Naoise Ó Baoill, Odhran MacNiallais (0-2, 1f), Niall Friel; Owen Ward (1-0), Gavin McBride (0-5, 1f, 45), Paul Mulligan. Subs: James Boyle for C McFadden (56), Eamon Collum for O Ward (57).