A punched goal in the 38th minute of this hard fought affair was a major turning point for Killybegs, as they made sure of two priceless points against a gritty Naomh Muire at Fintra.
Killybegs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-16
Naomh Muire . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-10
Long and lean corner forward Evan Broderick flicked a high punt from the impressive Daniel Breslin to the Naomh Muire net.
Broderick’s crucial finish hauled the Fishermen back into this match at 1-7 to 0-10 in a match where the men from the Rosses been threatening to pull clear after excellent wing back Jack Boyle struck a superb left-footed point to put them into a 0-10 to 0-7 lead a minute earlier.
But the Gaeltacht boys could only manage one more score a slightly similarly flicked goal from substitute Patrick Gillespie in the 55th minute to narrow the gap to Killybegs 1-11 Naomh Muire 1-10.
However the feisty and slightly fitter Fishermen hit five rapid points in the final minutes to ensure victory.
But there was another major reason why Naomh Muire didn't succeed as they lost hard working midfielder Brian Gillespie to a second yellow card in the 53rd minute.
And an increasingly rampant Killybegs made full use of the extra man as they swiftly tacked on points from superb centre back Shane Molloy, Broderick and David O’Keeney to seal a valuable victory.
But had they lost, the Fishermen would have rued two great goal chances after just 12 seconds when 17-year-old Daniel O’Keeney blasted the ball wide from nine yards.
And Naomh Muire keeper Lee Boyle then superbly denied David McGuinness, also from point blank range.
Naomh Muire battled well for long periods but clearly missed the absent Hugh “Yank” Boyle and the US domiciled Jack O’Brien.
But this was a deserved victory for a Killybegs side that struggled for long periods and found the elusive Harry Harden and Paul and Sean “Yank” Boyle hard to deal with.
Once again Hugh McFadden put in a strong display although Brian Gillespie kept tight tabs on the county player.
Elsewhere Daniel Breslin, Christopher Murrin and Shane Molloy repeatedly took the game to Naomh Muire.
The losers were well worth their half-time lead of 0-7 to 0-6.
The early stages were tense and low scoring as both sides probed and prodded for an opening.
Naomh Muire edged into a 0-2 to 0-1 lead thanks to points from Jack Boyle and Harry Harnden.
The latter’s effort from a free looked clearly wide but referee Michael McShane gave a point.
This was “balanced” somewhat from the home side’s perspective as centre back Shane Molloy was credited with a fairly similar effort.
John Ban Gallagher got the home side off the mark after just two minutes.
But both sides struggled to find any real scoring rhythm in a very closely contested opening half.
Hugh McFadden hit a superb effort from the sideline but the Yank Boyles, Jack Boyle and the foraging Aidy O’Gara kept the visitors marginally in front.
But they were just not able to match the Fishermen’s second half scoring surge of 1-10 to 1-3.
This will ease some possible relegation fears for the Fishermen who have four matches left with three of them at home.
Killybegs: Kevin Martin, David McClean, Ciaran Conaghan, Owen Gallagher; Barry Cannon, Shane Molloy (0-3), David McGuinness; Hugh McFadden (0-31f), Eoin Ban Gallagher; John Ban Gallagher (0-2), Christopher Murrin (0-1), Pauric Conaghan; Evan Borderick (1-2), Daniel Breslin (0-3), Daniel O’Keeney (0-2). Subs: Paul Cunningham for David McClean, 45, Antoine O’Hara for Owen Gallagher 54, Ryan Ward for Antoine O’Hara, 59.
Naomh Muire: Lee Boyle, Daniel Gallagher, Thomas Duffy, Cian Boyle; Jack Boyle (0-2), Aidy O’Gara (0-1), Sean “Point” Gallagher; Brian Gillespie, Adam O’Brien; Dara White (0-1), Paddy McCafferty, Harry Harden (0-3f); Owenie McGarvey, Paul “Yank” Boyle (0-1), Sean “Yank” Boyle (0-2). Subs: Patrick Gillespie (1-0) for Thomas Duffy (h-time), Daniel Devlin for Adam O’Brien (50).
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar)
Duffy goal gives MacCumhaill's the points
A 38th minute goal from Shane Duffy copper fastened the winners' supremacy and pushed them to a possible promotion slot against a Stephen Griffin inspired St Naul’s in Mountcharles.
St Naul’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Sean MacCumhaill's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-13
The winners led by 0-6 to 0-4 at half-time, but Duffy’s clinical strike put real daylight between the side as the inevitable Griffin replied with a 56th minute goal to out a more respectable gloss on matters.
St Naul's: P Burke, C McDevitt, A Kennedy, M Breslin; C McBrearty, B McCabe, B Mccole; S Griffin (1-65f), D McDyre (0-1), C Lowther (0-1), M Ward, L McBrearty; J Rose, S Conneely, B Rose. Subs: Shaun Griffin for B Rose (47)
Sean MacCumhaills; C Patton, J Dunnion, C Griffin, R McMenamin; G Wilson, J Lynch (0-1), A Patton; S O’Reilly, James Lynch (0-1), S Duffy (1-1), M O’Reilly (0-62f), B Lafferty; S Muligan (0-1f), D O’Leary (0-31f), C Gallen. Subs: M Lynch for S Mulligan (h-time), G Dunnion for A Patton 44.
Milford remain on course for promotion
Milford are on a firm course for promotion to Division 1 after they recorded a hard-fought victory over Naomh Columba on Sunday.
Milford . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Naomh Columba . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-13
The visitors started the game very brightly and moved 0-5 to 0-1 ahead after 15 minutes. However, Darragh Black’s goal helped Milford draw level by the half-time whistle.
Cathal McGettigan added a second goal for Milford after the break, but with ten minutes remaining, they were only a point ahead.
However, Danny O’Donnell’s team closed the game out in style with Joey Cullen scoring a third goal.
Milford: Caolan McGettigan, Barry McNulty, Sean Black, Gavin Grier, Tj Evesson, Paddy Peoples (0-1), Gary Merritt (0-2), Joey Cullen (1-0), Jonny Logue, Christopher Barrett (0-1), Pauric Curley, Cathal McGettigan (1-5), PJ Hagan, Darragh Black (1-0), Kyle Black. Subs: David Curley (0-2), Conor McNulty, Kieran Sheridan.
Naomh Columba: Pauric O Donnell; Barry Carr, Kieran McBrearty, Phillip Doherty, Martin Cunningham, Pauric Ward (0-1), Steven Jones (0-1), Declan McGuire (0-4), Paddy Byrne (0-2), Paul Doherty (0-3), Colin McNellis (0-2), Ryan McNern, Pauric O Neill, Jamie McNern, Michael Maguire. Sub: Kevin McNern.
Win puts Masters in pole
position for promotion
Four Masters possibly secured their place in Division One next season with a comfortable ten points away win over Malin.
Malin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Four Masters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Karl Lacey was back on club duty for a side who were well worth their 1-9 to1-3 half-time lead, the goal coming from Dillon Muldoon with Seamus Houghton replying for Malin.
And the winners cantered him in the second half with Darren Doherty grabbing a second goal to seal an easy victory
Four Masters scorers: Darren Doherty (1-2), Dillon Muldoon (1-0), Sean Meehan (0-2), Luke Keaney (0-2), Conor McDaid (0-2), Caolan Loughney (0-2), Emmett Doogan (0-1), Patrick Reid (0-1), Barry Monaghan (0-1), Danny McGarrigle (0-1), Sean O’Kennedy (0-1)
Malin scoreers: Seamus Houghton (1-0), Stephen McLaughlin (0-3), Paul McLaughlin (0-2), Kieran McColgan (0-1), Dan McDaid (0-1), Gary Farren (0-1).
Goals make difference
Two clinically finished second half goals pushed home side Cloughaneely to a valuable victory over Glenfin at Pairc Naomh Fionan.
Cloughaneely . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
Glenfin . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
The winners had a slender half-time lead of 1-3 to 1-2 with Ciaran McGeady on target for Cloughaneely and Kevin McGlynn replying for Glenfin.
The losers briefly went ahead early in the second half but 2-1 from a revitalized John Fitzgerald pushed them to victory.
CCF: Ciaran Gallagher, Martin Ferry, Paul McFadden, John Harley; Eamonn McHugh, Ciaran McGeady (1-0), Paddy Cannon; Kevin Mulhern (0-1), Michael McCausland; John McGarvey (0-1), Darren Ferry (0-2), Cillian Gallagher; Eugene McGuire, Shaun McGarvey (0-1), John Fitzgerald (2-2). Subs: Lee O’Brien (0-1) for Michael McCausland
Glenfin: Liam O’Meara, Martin O’Donnell, Gary Herron, Kyle Doherty; Dean Herron, Stephen McGlynn (0-1), Gary Dorrian; Michael McGlynn, Frank McGlynn; Daniel McGlynn, Paddy O Connor (0-1, 1f), Conor McBride (0-1,1f); Kevin McGlynn (1-0), Jason Morrow (0-3), Matthew McGinley.