Naomh Conaill chalked up another league win with a comfortable victory over an understrength Glenswilly in Davy Brennan Memorial Park yesterday.
Naomh Conaill 4-8
The winners lined out without Anthony Thompson and Stephen McGrath and started with Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy on the bench. Thompson suffered concussion at county training and was not able to play.
Glenswilly were minus Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Ciaran Bonner and Kealan McFadden.
Naomh Conaill led by four points at the break after playing into a stiff breeze with Leon Thompson netting the goal six minutes from half-time.
The locals dominated possession from the off but they had to wait until the seventh minute for their first score. Dermot ‘Brick’ Mollloy replaced Eoin Waide after five minutes and converted from 35 metres.
They had to wait a further five minutes for their next score when Leon Thompson, after a slow, methodical and patient build up, split the posts from close range.
Glenswilly packed the defence with Cathal Gallagher dropping back with great effect to compliment Eamonn Ward and Aidan McDevitt who were playing well in the Glenswilly backline.
Charles McGuinness and Leo McLoone, Naomh Conaill and Eamonn Ward were shown yellow cards after a flare up.
Glenswilly stepped up their game and Gary McFadden opened their account on 19 minutes with a fine point that could easily have been a goal.
And the margin was down to one two minutes later when McFadden scored from way out on the right wing seconds after Brick Molloy drove over Naomh Conaill’s third of the day.
Glenswilly too enjoyed a good spell and Caomhin Marley who was denied a goal and was carving openings on the right wing, tied up the game at 0-3 each.
But Naomht Conaill stepped it up again in the closing minutes and John O’Malley and Charles McGuinness combined for Leon Thompson to palm to the Glenswilly net for a 1-3 to 0-3 lead.
Darragh Gallagher added a late point to send Naomh Conaill in, 1-4 to 0-3 at half-time.
And with the breeze at their backs in the second half, the Dr Maguire holders were in a good place at the interval.
It got even better when John O’Malley got a flick on a long range Brick Molloy free for Naomh Conaill’s second goal and a 2-4 to 0-3 lead, with just five minutes on the second half clock.
Ethan O’Donnell and Brick Molloy added two more points before O’Donnell on the break set up O’Malley for goal No. three and a 3-6 to 0-3 lead at the end of the third quarter.
Cathal Gallagher did go close to snatching a goal for Glenswilly shortly after at the other end, but was denied by a diving save from Tony Byrne, in the Naomh Conaill goals.
From then to the finish the outcome was only academic as Ethan O’Donnell tapped home goal No. four after being found unmarked in front of James Gallagher’s goals.
And in the closing minutes Darragh Gallagher brought down the curtain on the scoring with a late point.
Naomh Conaill: Tony Byrne; Kevin McGettigan, Cathal Ellis, Stephen Molloy; Marty Boyle, Eunan Doherty, Logan Quinn; Ethan O’Donnell (1-1), Ciaran Thompson; Darragh Gallagher (0-3,2f), Leo McLoone, Eoin Waide; John O’Malley (2-0), Charles McGuinness, Leon Thompson (1-1)
Subs: Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy (0-3, 2f) for E Waide (5, inj); Seamus Corcoran for L Thompson (h/t); Aaron Thompson for K McGettigan (36); Ultan Doherty for M Boyle (52)
Glenswilly: James Gallagher; Ryan Diver, Eamonn Ward, Aidan McDevitt; Mark McAteer, Ciaran Gibbons, Ethan Sweeney; Leon Kelly, Gary McFadden (0-2, 1f); Caomhain Marley (0-1), Darren Mcginley, Joe Gibbons; Cormac Callaghan, Christopher McMonagle, Cathal Gallagher. Subs: Philip O’Donnell for C Callaghan (33); Paddy McFadden for R Diver (37);
Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs)
DIVISION ONE ROUND-UP
Christy Toye scored a goal and three points from midfield as St Michael’s picked up two precious league points away to Ardara, in Pearse Park yesterday.
St Michael’s 1-9
Brian McLaughlin and Andrew Kelly, two each, and Odhran McFadden, Ciaran Gallagher and Odhran McFadden were the other St Michael’s men to get their names on the scoresheet.
Tomas Boyle scored the Ardara goal from the penalty spot in the first half. Ardara lined out without Paddy McGrath while Martin McElhinney and Colm McFadden did not feature for St Michael’s.
Ardara: Cathal Gallagher; Nicolas Maguire, Nicolas Breslin, Kevin Breslin; Ryan Melly, Johnny Herron, Kevin Herron; Conor Classon, Eoin O'Donnell; Jack Brennan (0-1), Peter McHugh, CJ Molloy (0-1); Lorcan O'Donnell (0-1), Brendan McNelis (0-2), Tomás Boyle (1-0, pen). Subs: Aaron Bennett (0-1, 45) for T Boyle; Simon Breslin for E O'Donnell.
St Michael’s: Mark Anthony McGinley; James Henry Alcorn, Michael Gallagher, Jamie McCarry; Liam Paul Ferry, Ciaran Gallagher (0-1), Christopher McElhinney; Michael Langan, Christy Toye (1-3); Ryan Langan, Andrew Kelly (0-2), Oisin Langan; Odhrán McFadden (0-1), Ciaran Kelly, Brian McLaughlin (0-2). Subs: Ruairí Friel for J H Alcorn; Stephen Coyle for O McFadden; Caolan McGee for C Kelly.
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh).
Kilcar win again
Stephen McBrearty and Daire O’Donnell scored the goals as Kilcar took the league points from their clash with Dungloe in Rosses Park.
McBrearty scored two of the goals, one in each half and O’Donnell bagged his in the first half to give Kilcar a 2-7 to 0-4 half-time lead.
McBrearty also kicked five points while Conor Greene scored Dungloe’s two goals as the locals cut the lead to two points early in the second half, before Kilcar pulled away again in the closing minutes.
They were 2-15 to 2-10 up when McBrearty drove home goal number three to finally clinch the points.
Kilcar were without Ryan McHugh and Patrick McBrearty while Michael Hegarty was also absent from their line-up.
Dungloe: Danny Rodgers; James McCole, Raymond Sweeney, Doalty Boyle; Mark Sweeney, Matthew Ward, Darren Curran; Shaun Sharkey (0-1), Hugh Moy; Gerard Walsh, Noel McBride, Barry Curran (0-1); Adam Neely, Conor Greene (2-2) Ryan Greene (0-4 3f). Subs: Gavin Ward for R Sweeney (black); Adrian Sweeney (0-2 1f) for G Ward; Gavin Ward for D Boyle.
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Stephen Shovlin, Conor McShane, Padraic Carr; Cormac Cannon, Mark McHugh, Barry Shovlin; Ciaran McGinley (1-3), Steven McBrearty (2-5 2f)), Aodhan McGinley(0-3 2f), Mark Sweeney (0-1), Matthew McClean (0-1), Dara O'Donnell (1-0), Eoin McHugh (0-2 1f), Andrew McClean.
GOALS GALORE IN BUNDORAN
St Eunan’s went away from Gaelic Park, Bundoran with two very hard earned league points following their win over a spirited Realt Na Mara.
Realt na Mara 6-7
St Eunan’ s 4-15
Christy Keaney scored four of the Bundoran goals and Paul Brennan scored the other two while Lee McMonagle with three and Donnacha Gallagher were the St Eunan’s goal scorers.
Realt na Mara led 4-3 to 2-7 at half-time but St Eunan’s bounced back in the second half with two McMonagle goals to take the lead.
But the locals reeled them in again courtesy of two Keaney goals to hit the front with seven minutes remaining. But late points from Paddy McGowan and Kieran Sharkey saw St Eunan’s claim the points.
Realt na Mara: Conor Carty; Diarmuid McCaughey, Peter McGonigle, Pauric Rooney; Barry McGowan, Paul Brennan (2-0), Johnny Boyle; Ciaran McCaughey Niall Dunne; Timmy Govorov Jamie Brennan (0-3), Darragh Hoey; Alan Russell (0-1); Christy Keaney 4-3, Shane McGowan. Sub: Shane Moohan for T Govorov.
St Eunan’s: Sean Daffan; Colin McIntyre (0-1) Caolan Ward, Conor Parke; Michael Miller(0-1), Darragh McWalters, Mark Forde; Darragh Mulgrew (0-1), Kevin Rafferty; Oisin Carr, Rory Kavanagh (0-3), Brendan Maguire (0-1); Paddy McGowan (0-3), Donnacha Gallagher (1-1), Lee McMonagle (3-3). Subs Kieran Sharkey (0-1) for C McIntyre; John Haran for O Carr; Colin McIntyre for M Forde (black).
Referee: Kevin McGinley (Naomh Columba ).
Gaoth Dobhair stay top
Gaoth Dobhair remain on top of the of the Division One League table following yesterday’s 15-point win over Termon in Magheragallon.
Gaoth Dobhair 2-16
Gavin McBride kicked 1-5 for the winners who had eight different scores in a game they more or less dominated from the start to the finish.
Gaoth Dobhair led 1-5 to 0-5 at the break, thanks to McBride’s goal and having played into a stiff breeze.
And they totally dominated the second half with second half replacement Naoise O’ Baoill adding the cream late on with the second goal.
Odhran MacNiallais also kicked 0-4 while Daire McDaid was the main torchbearer up front for Termon. He kicked 0-5 and Termon only scored two points in the second 30 minutes.
Gaoth Dobhair finished the game with 14 after Kevin Cassidy was shown a second yellow card.
Gaoth Dobhair: Chris Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Jamie Reynolds, Christopher McFadden; Cian Mulligan, Kieran Gillespie, Ciarán Ferry; Eamon McGee (0-2), Micheál Carroll (0-1); Kevin Cassidy (0-1), Odhrán MacNiallais (0-4, 1f), Daire Ó Baoill; Niall Friel (0-2), Gavin McBride (1-5, 3fs, 1 ’45), Eoin Ward (0-1). Subs: Neil McGee for K Gillespie;, Paul Mulligan for D Ó Baoill; Michael McKelvey for M Carroll; Naoise Ó Baoill (1-0) for O Ward.
Termon: Conor Tinney; Joe O’Donnell, Kevin McDaid, Paul McDaid; James McSharry, Kevin McElwaine, Anthony McGrenra; Caolan Mellett, Aidan Sweeney; Fionntán O’Flynn (0-1), Shaun O’Donnell, Daniel Connaghan; Nathan McElwaine, Johnny McCafferty (0-1, 1f), Daire McDaid (0-5, 4fs). Subs: Alan Dugera for J McSharry; James McSharry for K.McElwaine; Joe English for A McGrenra; Kevin McElwaine for K.McDaid.
Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).