Naomh Conaill lose out to rampant Kilrea


Sports reporter


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Naomh Conaill lose out to rampant Kilrea

Sports Reporter @dgldemocrat

Naomh Conaill's hopes of success in the Ulster Minor Club tournament ended in disappointment on Sunday when they were well beaten in their quarter-final by Derry club, Kilrea.

Naomh Conaill. . . 2-7

Kilrea . . . 2-20

The Donegal champions were well in this tie for long periods and led by a goal at the break, 1-7 to 0-7.

However, Kilrea, winners of the minor title in Derry, eased to victory in the second half.

Kilrea kicked a couple of excellent points early in the contest and were in front for much of the first half.


Naomh Conaill, however, enjoyed plenty of possession during that period and while they trailed 0-6 to 0-2, they got right back into the tie with a well taken goal from Jack McKelvey.

Eoghan McGettigan hit two more points and also had a goal chance as Naomh Conaill finished the first half well.

It all went wrong in the second half as Kilrea took command. They kicked six unanswered points to go 0-13 to 1-7 in front and then scored their opening goal to open up a six point lead.

Naomh Conaill's hopes of turning things around weren't helped by the loss of two players who were sent to the line by the referee.

Kilrea led 1-15 to 1-7 with time running out but credit to the 13 men of Naomh Conaill, they found the net for the second time when Nathan Byrne scored.

Kilrea however, weren't to be denied and they went on to score a second goal close to the end to round off an impressive win.