Naomh Padraig, Muff defeat Red Hugh's


Naomh Padraig, Muff defeat Red Hugh's
Tom Comack

Naomh Padraig, Muff, are looking forward to a Donegal Junior A Championship final following Friday night's two point victory over Red Hugh’s in Convoy.

Naomh Padraig . . . . . . . 0-13

Red Hugh's . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-8

The winners came from two down at half-time to completely overwhelm a fancied Red Hugh's, in the second half.

County minor Aidan McLaughlin and Damien Diver stood out for the Inishowen men who outscored Red Hugh's by six points to one in the second period.

Calvin Bradley’s goal in the middle of the opening half separated the sides at the end of a pretty evenly contested opening half. Red Hugh's led 1-7 to 0-7 at half-time.

The sides were level three times in the opening six minutes. Colm Melaugh, Damien Browne and Bradley scored for Red Hugh's.

Aidan McLaughlin (2) and Enda McColgan scored for Muff. McLaughlin kicked four of Naomh Padraig’s first half points.

Damien Browne had just edged Red Hugh's back in front for the fourth time before Bradley struck for the goal.

The corner forward did well to win possession ahead of his marker before he turned Justin Gallagher to blast past Joe McCauley for a super goal and a 1-4 to 0-3 lead.

But McLaughlin, who was having a terrific game on the right wing, kicked two quick points for Naomh Padraig to reduce the gap to two, 1-4 to 0-5.

Red Hugh's recovered to land three points to Muff’s two in the closing ten minutes for a 1-7 to 0-7 half-time lead.

But the Muff men, who lined out without their injured midfield pairing of Colm and Ryan McColgan, both injured, completely bossed the second period.

Damien Diver reeled off three points in the opening ten minutes of the new half to tie up the game at 0-10 to 1-7.

Red Hugh's were really struggling in the wet and windy conditions at this stage. And Mark Duffy marked his introduction with a fine point for a 0-11 to 1-7 lead by the 41st minute

Shortly after man of the match, Aidan McLaughlin, denied Calvin Bradley from close range for what was a great goal chance. That was on 45 minutes and a defining moment in the tie.

And while Damien Browne converted from a close in free two minutes later that was Red Hugh’s only score of the half.

And with conditions deteriorating Oisin McColgan and Diver pointed for Naomh Padraig to ease into a two point lead.

Damien Browne uncharacteristically missed three late chances from placed balls and Naomh Padraig held out.

NAOMH PADRAIG, MUFF: Joe McCauley; Justin Gallagher, Damien Laird, Enda McColgan (0-1); James Curran, Anthony McColgan, Aidan McLaughlin (0-4,1f); Cathal McColgan,Eunan Keaveney; Oisin McCool, Martin Duffy, Stephen McLaughlin; Oisin McColgan (0-1), Damien Diver (0-6,3f), Brian McColgan. Subs: Aidan Lynch for M Duffy and Mark Duffy (0-1) for O McCool, both h/t; Barry McColgan for J Curran, 49.

RED HUGH’S: Ciaran Kelly; Shane McGinley, Sean Sweeney, Dylan Irwin; P J Gallagher, Gerard Melaugh, Cathal Doherty; Eugene Browne, Damien Browne (0-5,4f); David Gallen, Pauric McMenamin, James Carlin; Colm Melaugh (0-2), Martin Bonnar, Calvin Bradley (1-1). Subs: Stephen McMenamin for K Gallen. h/t; Alan Mongan for D Irwin 56; David Gallen for C Doherty, 58.

REFEREE: Enda McFeely (St Mary’s, Convoy).