Two clinically finished goals from St Naul’s combative wing forward Cathal Lowther were the key scores in this narrow but valuable victory for the home side over a gritty Malin outfit yesterday.
St Naul’s 2-8
Lowther found the Malin net in the 16th minute and this was the clinching score in a half where Naul’s marksman Stephen Griffin swapped points with Anthony Kelly and Brendan McLaughlin.
The home side turned over with a lead of 1-5 to 0-4 at the end of a well contested opening half.
But they were rocked by a well finished Brendan McLaughlin goal with only a minute played of the second half which narrowed the gap to the minimum margin.
The inevitable Griffin replied from a free before the opportunistic Lowther struck again in the 38th minute to give his side some breathing place.
But there was very little in it as Naul’s failed to score from the 47th minute from a Griffin point.
Kelly and McLaughlin continued to try and salvage something for the Malin men.
But St Naul’s hung on for a most valuable home victory.
St Naul’s scorers: C Lowther 2-1, S Griffin 0-6, 3f, B Rose 0-1
Malin scorers: A Kelly 0-6, 4f, B McLaughlin 1-2,pen, C McColgan 0-1, M Byrne 0-1
Two point win for Milford
After a thriller in Moyle Park, Milford snatched a deserved victory from the jaws of defeat.
Sean MacCumhaills 1-10
A last gasp goal from Joey Cullen sealed this frenetic affair against a shell -shocked MacCumhaills side.
The winners were the better team for the majority of the game but nearly left it behind after a spirited comeback from MacCumhaills.
Both teams traded scores early in the first half before Milford started to pull away with David Curley and Darragh Black causing havoc in MacCumhaills full back line.
At a stage the score was 0-8 to 0-3 with 5 minutes of the half left before MacCumhaills broke in behind the defence to score 1-1 in quick succession.
Barney Lafferty was the clinical finisher and this left only a point between the sides when Milford felt they deserved to be further ahead.
Frees from Cathal Mc Gettigan stretched the lead to three points again as they got on top, and after 38 minutes Gary Merritt saw an effort come back off the base of the post.
Milford struggled to get scores in the final quarter and MacCunhaills rattled off some fine scores from Darren O’Leary to suddenly find themselves a point ahead as the game entered injury time.
But Joey Cullen leapt like a salmon to fist the ball into the back of the net to complete a memorable win for the home side.
Milford scorers : David Curley (0-3), Pauric Curley (0-3), Darragh Black (0-1), Joey Cullen (1-0), Cathal McGettigan (0-5, 5f)
MacCumhaills: Darren O'Leary (0-3, 2f), Gary McGirr (0-1), Stephen Mulligan (0-1), Barney Lafferty (1-1), Stephen O'Riley (0-1), Aaron Kelly (0-1), Sean McGowan (0-1).
Home win for Glen
Two goals in as many minutes midway through the first half was the impetus for a narrow but deserved victory for Naomh Columba at Pairc na nGael yesterday.
Naomh Columba 2-9 Cloughaneely 2-6
Jamie McNern was the ice cool provider and it more than cancelled an earlier Lee O’Brien goal for the visitors when he blasted home from close range.
The home side had a good start with an early Ryan Gillespie point and that set the tone for a well contested opening half.
Glen just about deserved their half-time lead of 2-4 to 1-4.
The scoring rate slowed a little in the second half with Gillespie again on target for the home side with O’Brien and Shaun McGuire replying in kind for the visitors.
Cloughaneely edged ahead when substitute Cillian Gallagher found the net to put them a point in front midway through the second half.
But gritty Glen pulled clear in the final quarter through points from Paddy Byrne, Pauric O’Neill and Kevin McNern.
Both sides were reduced to 14 men when Christopher Byrne was lined for two yellow cards in the 42nd minute with Ciaran McGeady departing for a similar reason in the 54th minute.
Scorers: Naomh Columba, Ryan Gillespie 0-5 2f, Paddy Byrne 0-1, Jamie McNern 2-0, Pauric O Neill 0-1, Kevin McNern 0-2.
Cloughaneely: Ronan Cannon 0-1, Lee O Brien 1-1, Darren Ferry 0-1, Martin Ferry 0-1, Shaun McGuire 0-2 1f , Cillian Gallagher 1-0.
It was a truly star studded performance from the Donegal Town men as they cruised to an easy victory over Killybegs in Tir Conaill Pairc with the leading presence of the outstanding Luke Keeney, Patrick Reid and Sean O'Kennedy guiding the boys in blue to a 19 point victory.
Four Masters 2-17
The match failed to contain the usual intensity of a typical league game with Masters dominating from start to finish.
Killybegs opened the scoring on the 3rd minute with a nicely taken point from Donal McGuire, but they would fail to score again until the 30th minute.
Masters controlled the match with three easily taken frees from Michael Doherty and Conor McMonagle in the opening ten minutes. This set the ball rolling for a rout.
The highlight of the game was in the 18th minute when a fumbled ball from the Killybegs defence allowed Barry Dunnion to take advantage.
He sent a long, high ball to the towering Masters full forward Dillon Muldoon who laid it off to the powerful Luke Keeney who sprinted through the centre and fired the ball in the back of the net for the opening goal.
Masters had their second goal after debutant Danny McGarrigle prevented a Killybegs attack with a sublime turnover.
Masters quickly went from defence to attack resulting in a second hard worked goal from the experienced Michael Doherty.
Killybegs managed to get a second point before half time with Antoine O'Hara on target
The winners led by 2-6 to 0-2 at half time. Killybegs only managed to score two points in the second half, both frees from Antoine O'Hara.
A disappointing game obviously from a Killybegs perspective but true teamwork and intensity from Four masters was clearly present throughout the course of this match
Four Masters scorers: M Doherty 1-3, C McMonagle 0-4, L Keeney 1-1. S O’Kennedy 0-2, C McDaid 0-2, B Monaghan 0-2, S Cannon 0-1, K McBrearty 0-1, D Doherty 0-1
Killybegs scorers: A O’Hara 0-3, D McGuire 0-1