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First half goal rush sees Naomh Conaill ease to victory over Cloich Cheann Fhaola

Anne Marie Coyle

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Anne Marie Coyle

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First half goal rush sees Naomh Conaill ease to victory over Cloich Cheann Fhaola

Anthony Thompson . . . on target for Naomh Conaill

Naomh Conaill found the net four times which made the difference against Cloughaneely in Falcarragh on Saturday evening

Cloich Cheann Fhaola 0-12
Naomh Conaill 4-9

The visitors never looked to be in any danger and dominated the first half. They had notched up 1-1 within five minutes thanks to the efforts of Charles McGuinness.
Cloughaneely worked hard to regain ground with Ciaran McGeady producing some great runs to supply the forward line of Cillian Gallagher and John Fitzgerald who managed to knock over two points each in the first half.
Cloughaneely missed the presence of Jason McGee around midfield and struggled with the breaking ball on occasion. Cloughaneely were hit with another blow in the 16th minute when an Anthony Thompson free hit the post with Charles McGuinness winning the rebound and off loading to Nathan Byrne who found the back of the net.
Naomh Conaill were quick to follow this up with their third first half goal; Paul McGuinness sent a long ball in to Kieran Gallagher who found himself one-on-one with the keeper and neatly pocketed the ball.
Further points from Gallagher and Eunan Doherty before the end of the half left an 11 point margin between the sides for part two.
Cloughaneely had a great goal opportunity to start the second half when a Martin Maguire free fell in front of the goalmouth but Naomh Conaill defended well to clear it. Naomh Conaill showed no indications of slowing down as they netted yet another goal; this time from Kevin McGettigan, who was brilliantly supplied again by Paul McGuinness.
Cloughaneely’s second half substitutes of Shaun McGarvey (for Míchael McHugh) and Kevin Mulhern (for Martin Maguire) made a good impact to the team. Cloughaneely managed to hold the visitors scoreless for a period of 20 minutes as McGarvey, Fitzgerald and Mulhern contributed seven points unanswered.
Despite their best efforts it was difficult for the home side to recover from the goal rush and Naomh Conaill walked away worthy winners on the day.

CCF: Shaun McClafferty, Niel Kelly, Cian McFadden, Fionn McGinley, Michael Fitzgerald, Mark Harley, Ciaran McFadden, Ciaran McGeady, Martin Maguire, Ciaran Scanlon, Míchael McHugh, Darren Ferry, Aidan Doohan, John Fitzgerald (0-4, 2f), Cillian Gallagher (0-2). Subs: Shaun McGarvey (0-5, 3f) for Míchael McHugh (ht), Kevin Mulhern (0-1) for Martin Maguire (37)

Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath, Sean Roarty, Kevin McGettigan (1-0), Hughie Gallagher, Eunan Doherty (0-2), John O’Malley, Eoin Wade, Jack McKelvey, Seamus Corcoran, Anthony Thompson (0-2), Paul McGuinness, Brendan McDyer (0-1), Nathan Byrne (1-0), Kieran Gallagher (1-2), Charles McGuiness (1-2,1f)