Naomh Colmcille... 1-8
The teams took to the field with the threat of
thunder and lightning looming overhead. Thankfully
both the audio and visual effects kept some distance
away from the pitch for the duration of the match.
Matthew Crossan raised the white flag for the hosts
with their first attack of the game in the opening
minute. Carndonagh had a chance to equalise soon
after but the effort from a free went wide. Matthew
Crossan then had a goalbound effort well saved. Joe
Donaghey doubled Naomh Colmcille’s advantage from a
free following a foul on Willie Gillespie, before
Gillespie himself had the home crowd cheering a goal
in the 18th minute of the half. Willie Gillespie and
Paul Friel were then involved in setting up Don
Hegarty for a point, and Ryan McKinley extended the
home side’s lead even further with a point from a
Mark Dowds 45m kick towards the end of the half.
Carndonagh finally registered their first scores of
the match in first half stoppage time to leave the
score at the short whistle Naomh Colmcille 1-4 0-2
The early stages of the second half were affected by
a lengthy stoppage for an injury to one of the
Carndonagh players, resulting in over 6 minutes of
additional time at the end of the half. The visitors
got the opening score of the half, before Daniel
Clarke provided the pass for Joe Donaghey to get his
second score of the match. A point for Carndonagh
was cancelled soon after by arguably the score of
the match, when Ryan McErlean powered his way
through the Carndonagh defence for a fantastic
individual score. Ryan McKinley saw an effort at a
point go wide off the post, before three Carndonagh
points towards the end of regulation time reduced
the Naomh Colmcille advantage to just 2 points.
However a 45m kick from Mark Dowds and a point from
Matthew Crossan, both in stoppage time, ensured
victory for Naomh Colmcille.
Unfortunately one of the Carndonagh players suffered
a serious injury during the second half of the
match. Naomh Colmcille would like to wish him a
speedy recovery from the injury.
Naomh Colmcille: Marty Callaghan, Mark Callaghan,
Alex Devenney , Eddie Gillespie, Paul Friel, Shane
McAteer, John Fullerton, Ciaran Devine (Daniel
Clarke), Ryan McKinley (0-1), Don Hegarty (0-1),
Ryan McErlean (c) (0-1), Mark Dowds (0-1 (1 45m),
Joe Donaghey (0-2 (1f)), Matthew Crossan (0-2),
Willie Gillespie (1-0).