Colm McFadden . . . inspired St. Michael's comeback
St. Michael’s came back from the dead to claim a point against Naomh Conaill at the Bridge.
St. Michael’s 1-15
Naomh Conaill 3-9
Naomh Conaill led by 10 points at the break and the sizable crowd could have been forgiven in thinking that the match was over.
Playing with the advantage of a stiff breeze the Glenties boys got off to a perfect start when Dermot Brick Molloy got a goal after just 20 seconds. John O’Malley added another point and further points Leo McLoone (3) and John O’Malley, Ethan O’Donnell, Dermot Molloy, Ciaran Thompson (2) and a goal from Leo McLoone left them in a commanding position at the break with the only St. Michael’s points coming from Michael Langan (2) and Daniel McLaughlin.
Half-time: St. Michael's 0-3, Naomh Conaill 2-7.
St. Michael’s began the second half brightly and a point from Daniel McLaughlin. Andrew Kelly added another point but Naomh Conaill kept the gap up with points from John O’Malley and Ciaran Thompson.
However the home side, inspired by Colm McFadden, using the wind came more and more into the match and points from Colm McFadden, Michael Cannon and Martin McElhinney reduced the arears for the Creeslough-Dunfanaghy men before Colm McFadden dispatched a penalty to level matters.
Colin McFadden put the Bridge men a point to the good before Ciaran Gallagher took advantage of a goalmouth scramble to put Glenties two points up once again.
The Bridge men kept fighting and Colm McFadden added two further points, one with the last kick of the game, to give St. Michael’s a share of the spoils.
Michael Langan saw red for the hosts late on but overall Michael Kelly will be happy with the St. Michael’s comeback in a very entertaining match and St. Michael’s will now look forward to travelling to near neighbours Cloughaneely next Sunday.
ST. MICHAEL'S: Aran Bowyer, Liam Kelly, Stephen Doak, Ruairi Friel, Ciaran Gallagher, Oisin Langan, Michael Langan 0-2, Liam Paul Ferry, Colin McFadden 0-1, Colm McFadden 1-7, Daniel McLaughlin 0-2, Hugh O’Donnell, Michael Cannon 0-1, Martin McElhinney 0-1, Andrew Kelly 0-1.
NAOMH CONAILL: Stephen McGrath, Logan Quinn, J. Campbell, AJ Campbell, Ultan Doherty, Anthony Thompson, Eoin Wade, Ethan O’Donnell 0-1, Kieran Gallagher 1-0, Eunan Doherty, Leo McLoone 1-2, Marty Boyle, John O’Malley 0-2, Dermot Brick Molloy 1-1, Ciaran Thompson 0-3,
REFEREE: Robbie O’Donnell.