Aodh Ruadh had eight points to spare but were flattered by the scoreline as they defeated Naomh Ultan in Fr. Tierney Park on Saturday evening.
Aodh Ruadh . . . . . . . 2-15
Naomh Ultan . . . . . . . 2-7
Naomh Ultan, short quite a few, scored two goals, but could have had another three, such were the openings they created.
But then again, Peter Gallagher's Aodh Ruadh were able to respond when needed and were comfortable
The home side had Peter Boyle in goals, which was surprising seeing he is in contention for the No. 1 jersey against Fermangh on Sunday next.
Naomh Ultan had a goal on the scoreboard inside three mintues but were then reduced to 14 on 11 minutes when Alan Lyons was red carded by Jimmy White after an off the ball incident.
Daniel Gallagher scored the goal, firing home in style after good work from Dermot Gallier.
Aodh Ruadh recovered well from the goal with six points inside 18 minutes - David Dolan, Diarmuid McInerney (f), Niall Murray and Michael Sticky Ward (2) on the scoreboard.
There was 24 minutes on the clock before Naomh Ultan got their first point, a Cian Kennedy free, and he added another free followed by a well taken goal on 27 minutes.
Again Aodh Ruadh recovered and found the ned after David Dolan turned the ball over and combined with Sticky Ward. Ward's return pass saw Dolan palm the ball towards the net but it was deflected on to the crossbar but fell for David McGurrin to fire home from about a foot range.
Pauric Patton extened the lead inside 15 seconds of the restart before the game was more or less put to bed on 35 minutes when Niall Murray found the Naomh Ultan net after a turnover by David McGurrin and David Dolan supplied the final pass.
There was a lengthy stoppage for an ankle injury picked up by Conor Shovlin and tempers became a little frayed. Earlier Andrew Blaine blazed over when it seemed easier to goal, while Peter Alvey also saw his effort go just over.
The final quarter was non eventful with both sides tagging on points. Niall Murray's eventful evening came to an abrupt end after seeing yellow, black and red
Aodh Ruadh were also short a number of regulars but will be worried about the number of goal chances they allowed the visitors.
Aodh Ruadh: Peter Boyle; Michael Ward, Eamonn McGrath, Callum O'Halloran; Jason Granaghan, Niall Murray (1-2), Paddy Gillespie; Conor Patton, Kerry Ryan (0-1); David McGurrin (1-4,1f), Michael Ward (0-2), Diarmuid McInerney (0-2,1f); Oisin Roper, David Dolan (0-2), Pauric Patton (0-1). Subs., Ryan McKenna for McInerney 35; Niall Harley (0-1) for Ryan 40; Cian Dolan for Roper 64.
Naomh Ultan: Donal Murrin; Andrew Blaine, Jonathan Cassidy, Michael McGlynn; Conor Shovlin, Dermot Gallier, Paul Murrin; Daniel Gallagher (1-0), Aidan Duddy; Danny Shovlin, Cian Kennedy (1-4,1f, 45), Damien Quigley (0-1); James Byrne, Alan Lyons, Peter Alvey (0-1). Subs., Joe Alvey (0-1) for C Shovlin 45; Michael Breslin for D Shovlin 47.
Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs)
Good weekend for Inishowen teams
Without a win in their first six league outings, Burt put back-to-back wins together when they proved too good for Fanad at Hibernian Park on Friday night.
Burt 3-14 . . . . . . . . . Fanad Gaels 0-9
Building on victory in Dunkineely the previous weekend, goals from Mark Coyle, Calvin Gallagher and Ronan McDermott helped Burt to the win, but they had 'keeper Kevin McDermott to thank for a penalty save from Séimí Nanny Friel at a crucial time in the first half.
Gallagher and Boyle had hit early points before county U21 player Coyle sprinted through for a fine goal in the 18th minute. That put Burt 1-5 to 0-4 ahead, Fanad having got off the mark through Ryan McGonagle and Seamus Nanny Friel.
But when Michael Sweeney was hauled down inside the square, Fanad were awarded a 25th minute penalty and a route back into the game.
Séimí Nanny struck the penalty well, but Kevin McDermott got down to his right to save it and saved the rebound to boot.
Burt added a point through Sean McHugh and took a 1-6 to 0-5 lead into the break.
Aided by a breeze on their backs, Burt kept up the momentum after the break with Joe Boyle, Sean McHugh and substitute Christy McDermott all striking over.
Despite points from Séimí Nanny and Sean McElwaine Fanad were drifting out of contention and Burt’s second goal, from Calvin Gallagher, put the home side into an unassailable lead.
Michael Sweeney, Brian McVeigh and Séimí Nanny chipped over points for Fanad, but Burt were relentless with McDermott and Coyle adding further points and Ronan McDermott netting a third goal late on to seal a comprehensive win.
Burt: K McDermott; M Donaghey, S O’Donnell, T Doherty; M McCann, C Dowds, D Grant; P McHugh, S Gillespie; R McDermott (1-0), J Boyle (0-3), D Gallagher; C Gallagher (1-2), M Coyle (1-2), S McHugh (0-2). Subs: C McDermott (0-4), D O’Donnell, P Doherty, K Glenn.
Fanad Gaels: B Friel; A Heraghty, P Heraghty, C McGonagle; R McGonagle (0-1), C Martin, P Sweeney; S McElwaine (0-1), M Sweeney (0-1); M Friel, S Friel (N) (0-5), O Shiels; B McVeigh (0-1), S Friel, N Carr.
Referee: A McAleer (N Pádraig Uisce Chaoin)
Urris secure home win
Urris . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-16
Letterkenny Gaels . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Urris came out on top in a free-scoring game on Saturday evening. The home side got off to a good start with a goal from Alan Friel from a penalty.
This was followed by points from Barney Friel, Alan Friel (3 points). Points from Mickey Grant, Ryan Ranty, Conor Bradley and Peter Devlin followed. Another goal midway through the first half, again from Alan Friel, left Urris in a comfortable position at half time. Urris 2-8 Letterkenny Gaels 1-6.
The home side also had a good spell at the start of the second half with points from Conor Bradley (2), John Mc Carron and Mickey Grant. Mickey Grant scored the third goal for Urris which left the score at 3-12 to 1-09.
Letterkenny Gaels did finish well but they were not able to bridge the gap with Urris getting further points from Niall McLaughlin (2), Friel and Peter Devlin.
Urris: Johnny Noone, Kieran Kelly, Sean Mc Daid, James Griffin, Mickey Grant, James Cooke, Declan Grant, John Mc Carron, Ryan Doherty (R), Conor Bradley, Patrick Doherty, Barney Friel, Mark Mc Laughlin, Peter Devlin, Alan Friel. Kevin Mc Laughlin for Barney Friel, Niall Mc Laughlin for K Kelly.
Letterkenny Gaels: James Carr; Kevin Kilkenny, Ray Quinn, Ciaran Cannon; Conor Coll, Darren Hunter, Ciaran Lynch; Brendan O'Brien, Conor Browne; Sean McDonagh (0-1), Cormac Cannon (1-1), Paddy Doherty (0-1); Mark Hunter (0-3), Conor McBrearty (0-5), Nicky McGarrigle (0-4)
Referee: Michael Mulhern.
Home win for Buncrana
Buncrana had a four point win over Naomh Brid at the Scarvey yesterday afternoon.
Naomh Brid 0-8
Buncrana: Sean Parker; . Noel McLaughlin, John Doherty, Aidan Stokes; Kevin O’ Loughlin, William McLaughlin,. Andy McLaughlin; Peter MacLaughlin; Odhran Doherty; Adrian Doherty, Ryan McElhinney, Oisin O Flaherty;. Shane McClean, David Bell, Oisin Doherty.