McBrearty kicks 1-7 for Letterkenny Gaels
Conor McBrearty was in top for for Letterkenny Gaels as they just about got the better of Naomh Brid at Pairc na nGael.
Letterkenny Gaels . . . . . . . 2-14
Naomh Bríd . . . . . . . . . 3-10
The visitors opened the scoring with a fine score from Gerard Gallagher in the 2nd minute. Conor McBrearty responded a minute later with a free and Patrick Doherty put the Gaels into the lead for the first time after a fine pass from McBrearty.
One minute later McBrearty scored a fine individual goal after cutting inside his man and beating the Naomh Bríd keeper with a low left footed shot. Darragh Brogan then pegged Gaels back with a fine run and shot which landed between the posts. Letterkenny Gaels kicked on in the following five minutes with three scores from play, first another a fine score from Doherty and then an excellent Mark Hunter effort from the wing after a good turnover in the Gaels defence.
McBrearty added another one a minute later to leave six points between the sides. Naomh Bríd then rallied and started running at the Gaels defence which paid dividends and saw Shane Walsh kicking three frees in as many minutes. One minute later County Star David Walsh made his presence felt after a fine score which was followed by a McBrearty free.
Ross Gallagher then started and finished a fine move for Naomh Bríd which ended up in the back of Shane Graham's net. From the resultant kick out the ball found its way to Sean Mc Donagh who ran through the heart of the Naomh Bríd defence and finished excellently into the bottom corner. Two scores from Naomh Bríd brought the gap back to one. To finish the first half scoring McBrearty scored a fine long range score from play to leave two between the teams.
Half time Gaels 2-8, Naomh Bríd 1-7
Naomh Bríd came out fast in the second half as Ross Gallagher got his second goal. McBrearty then got two points in three minutes, one from a free. Shane Walsh quickly responded to this with a free of his own. The Letterkenny Gaels 'keeper Shane Graham then got in on the scoring act with two scores, one from a long range free, the other a '45.
Naomh Bríd yet again came fighting back with a third goal of their own through Shane Walsh to put them one ahead. A free from McBrearty levelled the scores with ten minutes to play. Goalkeeper Graham then added his third point from a free to give Gaels the lead. Mark Hunter then ran through on goal after good approach play to kick the insurance score.
With two minutes left on the clock Shane Walsh added a free to leave the minimum between the sides. Naomh Bríd tried as best they could to gain the vital equalising score but were unable to find it and Gaels won by the minimum to seal the two points.
Letterkenny Gaels: S Graham (0-3), C Coll, R Quinn, N McGarrigle, C Cannon, D Hunter, C Browne, B O Brien, L Doherty, S McDonagh (1-0), M Harte, P Doherty (0-2), S Gildea, C McBrearty (1-7), M Hunter (0-2) Sub: D. O'Malley for S. Gildea.
Naomh Bríd: P McDaid, G McCafferty (0-1), R Gallagher(2-0), M Travers, C Rooney, S Burgess, A Quinn, T Gallagher, C Gallagher, D Brogan (0-1), D Langan, S Walsh (1-6), G Gallagher (0-1), D Walsh (0-1), O Harron
Referee: G Montgomery (Cloghaneely)
Naomh Ultan get much needed points
Naomh Ultan got another brace of league points to help in their battle against relegation when they overcame bottom side, Naomh Colmcille, in Dunkineely.
Naomh Ultan . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
Naomh Colmcille . . . . . . . . . 1-6
Alan Lyons hit a goal and a point inside the opening five minutes to make it a good night for the Dunkineely based side.
However, results on the night mean that Naomh Ultan are still in a battle to avoid the drop. They are level on points with Urris and Fanad Gaels with three games left. Naomh Ultan have home games against Aodh Ruadh and Downings and an away fixture against Letterkenny Gaels.
The result more or less condemned Naomh Colmcille to the drop to Division Four.
Naomh Ultan were never really in any trouble during the game and the goal helped them to a 1-7 to 0-4 half-time lead.
They kept well ahead in the second half with Aaron Byrne hitting the second goal, while the Naomh Colmcille goal came close to the end and was a consolation score. Naomh Ultan lost Danny Shovlin to a black card in the second half.
Naomh Ultan scorers - Alan Lyons 1-2; Cian Kennedy 0-3,2f; Aaron Byrne 1-0; James Byrne 0-2; Dermot Gallier 0-2,2f; Joe Alvey and Peter Alvey 0-1 each.
Naomh Colmcille scorers - Ryan McErlean 1-3; Daniel Clarke 0-2; Michael Friel 0-1.
Referee: M Brown (F Masters)
Easy win for Urris
Urris had a surprisingly comfortable win over third-placed Downings on Saturday evening to boost their hopes of survival in Division Three.
Urris . . . . . . 2-17
Downings . . . . . . 1-9
The Inishowen men were never in any trouble in this game and Mark McLaughlin was their scorer-in-chief. The forward hit 1-3 in the first half as Urris took control.
He scored another 1-3 in the second half as Downings struggled to stay with their opponents.
The Downings goal came from Gary Ban McClafferty. However, without a number of their senior players, the visitors weren’t at their best.
Alan Friel, with four points, was another of the impressive performers for Urris while Kevin McLaughlin hit three points.
They remain in the danger area in Division Three and are locked on 12 points in joint second from bottom along with Gaeil Fhanada and Naomh Ultan.
However, just to underline how tight this division has become, Urris are only two points off Letterkenny Gaels who sit in fourth.
Urris: Johnny Noone; James Griffin, Ciaran Kelly, Gary Doherty; Andy Doherty (0-1), Ciaran Doherty, Declan Grant; John McCarron Ryan Doherty (R); Conor Bradley, Peter Devlin, Kevin McLaughlin (0-3); Mark McLaughlin (2-6), Niall McLaughlin (0-2), Alan Friel (0-4). Subs: Dermot Moyne (0-1) and Brian Grant.
Downings: C McBride; M Davis, K McGee, H Davis; C Carr, B McGinley, S Clyde; S Boyce, G McClafferty; J McBride, A McClafferty, B McNutt; N Cullen, O Boyce, A Pasoma. Subs B Boyce, B McBride, L McBride, M Curran.
Rare defeat for Aodh Ruadh
Burt came from behind to claim a vital win in their bid to avoid relegation from Division 3.
Burt . . . . . 0-14
Aodh Ruadh. . . . . 1-10
It was just the second defeat inflicted on league leaders Aodh Ruadh this season, and with challengers Buncrana passing up the chance to close the gap at the top following their defeat at home to Fanad, the Ballyshannon side remain on course to clinch the Division 3 title.
Without a game in a month, Burt looked rusty in the first half and were punished with Seamus Kane hitting two fine points and Diarmaid McInerney converting an early free.
Aodh Ruadh found the net mid-way through the half when Seamus Kane flicked the ball to the net after a scramble in the square and when Sticky Ward stroked over, Ballyshannon led by 1-4 to 0-2, with Burt’s scores coming from Paul McHugh and Joe Boyle.
But Burt grew into the game, recovering to trail by 1-5 to 0-4 at the break.
The hit early scores in the second half through Ciaran Dowds, Joe Boyle and Paul McHugh, who converted a second 45, and while McInerney was adding points at the far end, the 4 point half time deficit was down to 2.
Boyle and McHugh kept the scoreboard ticking over for Burt, with David Dolan and David McGurrin pointing to keep Aodh Ruadh’s nose in front.
It took Burt until the end to finally reel in Ballyshannon, substitute Enda McDermott drew them level late on before Stephen Gillespie pointed the winner from close range in injury time.
The games are coming thick and fast for Burt. They play Letterkenny Gaels on Tuesday night in the league, St Eunan’s in the semi final of the senior hurling championship on Friday night, and Buncrana in the Intermediate football championship on Sunday.
Aodh Ruadh will entertain Naomh Colmcille, last year’s intermediate finalists, in the championship on Sunday.
Burt: K McDermott; K Glenn, Stephen O’Donnell, P Doherty; T McMackin, M Donaghey, D Grant; C Dowds (0-1), S Gillespie (0-1); S McHugh, P McHugh (0-5, 2 45s), J Boyle (0-6, 5f); M McHugh, C Gallagher, M McElhinney. Subs: E McDermott (0-1), Shaun O’Donnell.
Aodh Ruadh: P Boyle; C O’Halloran, C Kelly, Michael Ward; Jason Granaghan, E McGrath, P Gillespie; C Patton, C Dolan ; D McGurrin (0-1), D McInerney (0-4f), N Murray; S Kane (1-2), D Dolan (0-2), Michael Sticky Ward (0-1). Subs: R McKenna, A Coughlin, O Rooney, R Drum.
Good win for Fanad
Gaeil Fhánada picked up two valuable points in Buncrana on Saturday evening in a low-scoring affair.
Buncrana . . . . 0-4
Gaeil Fhánada . . . . 1-7
Fanad got off to a whirlwind start with Michael Sweeney hitting the net from the throw-in after nice approach play with Seimi 'Coshia' Friel.
This gave Fanad a platform to build from and their tenacious defending snuffed out numerous Buncrana attacks. Buncrana are a dangerous outfit, the likes of Odhran Doherty, Oisin Doherty and Garbhan Friel have the ability to destroy teams but Fanad's patience and hard work was very impressive. Brian McVeigh and Oisin Shiels were very influential for the winners.
Ryan McGonigle also had a fine game, hitting two points and was very unlucky not to hit a late goal after a great save by Sean Parker.
Fanad led by 1-4 to 0-1 at half time. The home side hit a purple patch possession-wise after the break but again Fanad held strong. The experience of Cathal Martin and Shaun McElwaine proved crucial.
Fanad closed out the game with points off the boot of Ryan McGonigle, Oisin Shiels and the impressive Seami 'Nanny' Friel.
There were only two games played in Division Four over the weekend, both played on Saturday evening.
Moville stay top of the table after a 6-14 to 2-9 win over Robert Emmett's.
Na Rossa, in second place, won again, defeating Carndonagh 1-11 to 0-4.