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Naomh Conaill comeback to pip Dungloe

DUNGLOE   0-09   V    0-10   NAOMH CONAILL.  When Dungloe ,who had led by two at half-time , doubled that lead to four in the 8th minute of the second-half it looked as if Naomh Conaill could be in trouble. However Senior squad members Nathan Byrne and Kieran Gallagher stepped up to share five points between them and full-back Odhran Doherty took advantage of Dungloe goalkeeper Jerome Boyle’s unwise solo run out the field to steer Naomh Conaill to a narrow one point victory and semi-final clash with Killybegs.  After a slow start in terms of scores Naomh Conaill led by 0-03 to 0-01 after 17 minutes , Dylan Sweeney had opened for Dungloe but Paul McGuinness from play and two frees from Nathan Byrne had the visitors ahead. Dungloe lost Daniel Ward to a second yellow card in the 22nd minute but responded brillantly to that set-back with four points in a row , three from Ryan Conners including two frees and another free from Oisín Bonner to leave it 0-05 to 0-03 at the break. Charlie Collins reports from Rosses Park. Sean McGee’s free made it a three point game in the 31st minute and Naomh Conaill were reduced to 14 men when Paul McGuinness got his second yellow two minutes later.                                                                                                                                                      The visitors full-back Odhran Doherty came forward to show his forwards how it’s done with a super point from distance  but two quick Oisín Bonner points had Dungloe four ahead in the 38th minute .                                                                                   Naomh Conaill hit back with points from play by Kieran Gallagher and Nathan Byrne and after a scoreless nine minute period the same players converted two frees to level the game up in the 50th minute at 0-08 apiece.                                                       Full-back Odhran Doherty gave the visitors the lead with another fine point after Dungloe goalkeeper had carried the ball way outside his normal territory and got turned-over and Noamh Conaill led by a point in the 58th minute.                                    Ryan Conners was just wide from a long range free but Oisín Bonner converted from close-in to square the game yet again. Three minutes into injury-time Nathan Byrne kept his nerve to knock over his 5th point of the game from a free on the right and that proved to be the winner.                                                                                                   In a final Dungloe push to send the game to extra-time Naomh Conaill’s Caolan McGill was black-carded for a trip tackle and following the melee that followed that incident,  Dungloe’s Ryan Conners and Matthew O Donnell  along with Noamh Conaill’s Shea McDevitt all received red cards from an overworked Referee Greg McCroary as the Glenties lads advanced to meet Killybegs in the last four.          DUNGLOE ; Jerome Boyle, Chris Boyle, Jason McBride , Matthew O Donnell, Dylan Boyle, Mark Curran , James McCole , Conor O Donnell, Ryan Conners ( 0-03 /2f’s ) , Daniel Ward , Oisin Bonner ( 0-04 /3f’s ),  Darragh Gallagher, Dylan Sweeney ( 0-01 ) ,  Sean McGee ( 0-01f ),  , Chris Greene.                                                                                                                        SUBS Darren O Donnell for Gallagher (47mins), Aidan McCole for James McCole ( 50mins), Michael Ward for Dylan Sweeney ( 60mins).                                                         NAOMH CONAILL ;  Jordan O Donnell, Cian Doherty, Odhran Doherty (0-02 ), Sean Roarty , Conor Doherty, Caolan McGill , Edward Moss , Kieran Gallagher (0-02 /1f ) , Tony Byrne, Leo Dunphy , Paul McGuinness ( 0-01 ),  Caolan McMonagle , Shea McDevitt , Nathan Byrne ( 0-05 /4f’s ),  Logan Quinn.                                                                                                                   SUBS ; Joseph Shankey-Smith for Dunphy ( 40 mins ).                                                  REFEREE; Greg McGroary.

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