27 Dec
2019

ALL COUNTY LEAGUE GAA ROUND-UP: GOOD OPENING DAY WINS FOR ST MICHAEL’S, GLENSWILLY, KILCAR AND NAOMH MUIRE

first_imgDungloe’s Paul McGarvey gets close to Michael Murphy.The Donegal GAA club season got underway today and a number of teams started their respective league campaigns with impressive victories. With the first-round of games in the Donegal SFC provisionally scheduled for the weekend after Donegal’s Ulster championship clash with Tyrone, most teams are keen to hit the ground running. Division Two champions Dungloe faced a difficult away trip to Glenswilly but Tony Boyle’s side were more than a match for the current Donegal SFC holders.Glenswilly eventually ran out five point winners in the end but they were given a scare by Dungloe who netted twice.Dungloe have a very young side but they played some lovely football throughout but were undone by a combination of naïve defending and poor finishing.Dungloe were guilty of wasting some good opportunities to press on when they led Glenswilly by three points in the second-half. Conor Greene scored Dungloe’s opening goal and then and a long direct ball inside by David McCarron was misjudged by the Glenswilly keeper and the ball ended up in the back of the net.Glenswilly used their experience to get over the line but Dungloe manager Tony Boyle will be relatively pleased with his side’s performance in their first game back in the top-flight.Final Score: Glenswilly 1-15 Dungloe 2-07St Michael’s produced a superb performance away to Four Masters and signalled their intent for the season ahead.Daniel McLaughlin delivered a brilliant performance and scored two excellent goals to set St Michael’s on their way.A goal each from Brian McLaughlin and Lee Martin McCarron ensured Eddie Harkin enjoyed an emphatic 14-point victory on his return as St Michael’s manager. Four Masters had no answer to the relentless onslaught of St Michael’s and they were completely blown away.St Michael’s were missing Colm McFadden and Michael McGinley and again will be expected to be in the mix for honours in the Donegal SFC.Final Score: Four Masters  0-07 St Michael’s 4-09Naomh Muire took maximum points in a game which went right down to the wire here today in the Banks. Naomh Muire got off to the best possible start with a Hugh ‘The Yank’ Boyle goal in the first minute followed by two early points by Jack O Brien and Harry Harden before a Shaun ‘The Yank’ Boyle goal after the Bundoran keeper had saved his penalty set up the home side.Bundoran to their credit fought back into the game with some fine scores against the wind and with County Minor Jamie Brennan menacing up front.At half-time Bundoran had reduced the deficit to two points with a score of 2-04 to 0-08.The second half was always going to be tough for Naomh Muire playing into a swirling wind.Naomh Muire battled their way with less possession limiting Bundoran’s scores at a time they had both a one man and a strong wind advantage.Two crucial scores in the last five minutes from frees by Harry Harden seemed to break the spirit of the visiting Bundoran side and a lift in effort by Naomh Muire in the closing minutes where the defence played their committed part.Supporters welcomed the sound of Martin Coll’s whistle at the end of an enthralling game.Final Score: Naomh Muire 2-07 Bundoran 0-12Sean MacCumhaill’s made the trip to Páirc Taobhoige to take on local rivals Glenfin in a massive local derby to start off the season.In a game where both teams were always within touching distance of each other it was the Twin Towns side determination which eventually won out by a single point.This was a good team performance and a good start to the league can only help spur MacCumhaills on for the next game.Darren O’Leary opened the scoring with a free before the home team went on to equalise with a point of their own. Darren O’Leary was impressive from dead ball situations and for the first half they relied on these for the majority of the scores. Both teams traded points and a run at the Glenfin goal by Darren O’Leary looked hopeful until he was smothered out.In a nice little spell before the end of the first half MacCumhaills applied all the pressure but 3 shots from play went wide. Another free was converted by Darren O’Leary and both teams went into half-time level.Half-Time Score: Glenfin – 0-05 Sean Mac Cumhaill’s – 0-05MacCumhaills opened the second half with another O’Leary point which this time was from play to put the Twin Towns side ahead.However this lead was short lived as a Glenfin point from play brought the two teams level once again to 6 points apiece. The home team then asserted some dominance to score the next 2 points and give them a cushion.Another O’Leary free brought MacCumhaills back in the game and in what could only be described as a powerful effort drifted in by Shane Duffy to level the game again.Both teams traded scores again with Rory Dunleavy cancelling out the Glenfin score. In the game’s defining moment good attacking play from MacCumhaill’s and a pin point pass from Marty O’Reilly to his brother Steven seen his effort beat the home goalkeeper and roll into the back of the net to put MacCumhaill’s into a 1-09 to 0.09 lead.The home team hit back with another 3 efforts which seen 2 go over the bar to cut the lead back to 1 point. Goal scorer Steven O’Reilly responded with another point from play and a Glenfin free was put over the bar to end the game.Full-Time Score: Glenfin 0-12 Sean Mac Cumhaill’s – 1-10Sean MacCumhaills: Eoin Gallen, Gerard Grindle, Marty Gallagher, Eoghan Wright, Shane Duffy, Gary Dunnion, Joe Dunnion, Pat McNulty, Steven O’Reilly, Gary McGirr, Barney Laverty, Chris Gallen, Rory Dunleavy, Darren O’Leary, Martin O’ReillySubs: Stephen Mulligan for Chris GallenScorers for MacCumhaills: Darren O’Leary (0-07), Steven O’Reilly (1-01), Shane Duffy (0-01), Rory Dunleavy (0-01)Other results:All-County League Division OneKilcar 1-16 Ardara 1-09Malin 2-09 Naomh Conaill 3-12 Gaoth Dobhair 3-09 St Eunan’s 0-09 All-County League Division TwoTermon 4-10 Killybegs 1-07Fanad Gaels 3-09 Cloughaneely 2-07ALL COUNTY LEAGUE GAA ROUND-UP: GOOD OPENING DAY WINS FOR ST MICHAEL’S, GLENSWILLY, KILCAR AND NAOMH MUIRE was last modified: March 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:All-County LeaguedonegalGAAnewsSportlast_img

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