With the Senior Championship three weeks away and the opening match against Naomh Conaill being the opener.....every match now is as much about performance as it is result. Therefore it was good to see both... a strong performance and a win away to Glenfin this evening. Strengthened by the return of Adi O Gara, Shaun the Yank and Owen Grant from the USA....the lads weathered an early Glenfin dominance to go in at half-time with a 5 point lead. The second half saw Glenfin reduce the deficit to 2 points and it was impressive watching Naomh Muire then take control of the match and loading on the scores which their possession deserved. Leaving Glenfin with victory is seldom easy and this was a good performance against a fellow Senior Championship side. Thomas Duffy made his debut in goals and keeping a clean sheet against Glenfin together with getting the kick outs together was a highlight.
The reserves playing with the bare 15 found the home side in strong form but great credit to the lads for giving it their all and although beaten, showed plenty to be proud of.
Overall a good night by the Finn.
A good win at home for Naomh Muire Seniors against a Fanad Gaels side who came into this match in joint third position in the league. Fanad as always are a big strong and physical outfit ...however in what was an impressive first half, the home lads ripped into them with the Naomh Muire defence in particular snuffing out the Fanad threat. This was the base for many of the attacks and Fanad found it difficult to deal with the quick ball inside allowing Naomh Muire to build up a 2-07 to 0-03 lead at Half time.
Fanad took the game to Naomh Muire in the second half and although they narrowed the deficit to 5 points a strong , Naomh Muire upped their game in the final quarter and cancelled out any idea of a Fanad comeback.
Overall, this was a good solid home win against a side that can be stubborn and difficult to beat. Its 2 good points and with good aspects to the performance.
The Reserves put in a much improved performance in their match following defeat on Saturday in Ballybofey and although the stronger Fanad Side won today, the lads played well and competed throughout.
A valuable two points away from home by the lads against a St Naul's side who were sitting in the top 4 position going into this match in Mountcharles. Going into the game minus Owenie McGarvey and Thomas Duffy, with Adi O Gara carrying an injury which later forced him off was always going to be a battle and a blistering start which saw Naomh Muire net twice was the ruthless start that was required.
Controlling the game from defence right through the middle, the lads played some really impressive football combining quick breaks from defence with great link play and brilliant finishing. St Nauls struggled to contain the visitors and Naomh Muire led 2-06 to 0-04 at half time.
As was expected- St Nauls came out all guns blazing in the second half and took the game to Naomh Muire scoring 0-5 without reply. Naomh Muire were very slow to settle back into the match but in fairness did enough to minimise a very dominant St Nauls effort which at times looked like taking complete control of a match they were out of. Although the lads only scored 0-3 in the second half - these were crucial scores at crucial times.
Very much a game of two halves - but on analysis Naomh Muire did enough in the second half to dig out a result and preserve their lead. Overall- the entire team lifted it when St Nauls came back within a score and it was Naomh Muire who finished the strong collecting two points on the road.
Well done to all involved.
The Reserves, fielding a much weakened side with many players missing for several reasons...were well beaten today by a strong St Naul's outfit. This is only a minor set-back as the reserves have been impressive to date and of course are now seeing some of that squad step up to bolster the Senior panel.
Today's results and updated league tables:
Senior Division 2 Results
Na Dúnaibh 0-09 St Naul's 1-06
Gaeil Fhánada 1-16 Gleann Fhinne 2-11
CLG Na Cealla Beaga 0-10 Naomh Muire 0-07
An Clochán Liath 0-10 Sean Mac Cumhaill 0-08
Reserve Division 2 Results
Na Dúnaibh 0-03 St Naul's 3-11
Gaeil Fhánada 0-06 Gleann Fhinne 2-10
CLG Na Cealla Beaga 3-12 Naomh Muire 2-10
An Clochán Liath 4-11 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-12
Latest Senior Division 2 Table
Naomh Naille 1-10 Gaeil Fhánada 1-07
Cloich Cheann Fhaola 0-17 Na Dúnaibh 0-08
Naomh Muire 1-06 Bun Dobhráin 2-17
Latest Reserve Division 2 Table
Na Cealla Beaga 1-07 An Clochán Liath 0-16
Gleann Fhinne 1-05 Sean Mac Cumhaill 1-14
Cloich Cheann Fhaola 5-17 Na Dúnaibh 0-07
St Naul's 2-09 Gaeil Fhánada 2-09
Torthaí na Sraithe [Roinn 2 - 05/04/13]:
Cloich Cheann Fhaola 1-17 Na Cealla Beaga 2-07
Gleann Fhinne w/o Na Dúnaibh
Naomh Naille 1-14 Seán Mac Cumhaill 1-13
Cloich Cheann Fhaola 1-15 Na Cealla Beaga 2-11
Gleann Fhinne 1-10 Na Dúnaibh 0-06
Naomh Naille 3-08 Seán Mac Cumhaill 2-11
Naomh Muire got their Division 2 League campaign off to a winning start despite letting Downings go into a 5 point lead at the beginning of the game. Sean McGinley got Downings off to a good start pointing in the first minute. Three more points from Lorcan Connor, and a point from Danny McBride on 12 minutes left them 5 pts to nil in front and they were dominating midfield where Sean McGinley was giving a display of high fielding. Shaun Yank Boyle finally got Naomh Muire off the mark, and this was followed by a point from Harry Harden. Connor added another point from a free to put Downings four up with 20 minutes gone. Naomh Muire then got to grips with the battle in midfield and had the best of the last 10 minutes, and the added three points through Ciaran McGinley, Owen Grant and Shaun Yank. Over the course of the first Downings just deserved to go in at half time with a one point lead. HT; Downings 0-06, Naomh Muire 0-05.
Despite starting the second half better, Naomh Muire just couldn’t find their scoring boots, and it was Downings were again the first to score and two points from Colm Gallagher extended their lead. However Naomh Muire were beginning to control most areas of the field and they hit five points from Darragh White (2), Harden, Patrick Gillespie and Owen Grant to put them two points ahead with13 minutes to go. Then Owen Grant was fouled in the square and a penalty was awarded. Brendan McGee got down low to his left to deflect Shaun Yank Boyle’s effort round the post for a 45, a great save but it could not raise the now tiring Downings team. Substitute Shaun McCafferty added another point and Colm Gallagher rounded off the day’s scoring with Downings last point.
Final Score; Downings 0-9, Naomh Muire 0-11.
Teams; Downings; Brendan McGee, Conor Shiels, Gerard Coyle, Seamus Gallagher, Michael Bradley, James McBride, Ben McEniff, Sean McGinley(0-01), Sean McBride, Martin McBride, Danny McBride(0-01), Dale McFadden, James Lee McBride, Lorcan Connor(0-04), Colm Gallagher(0-03)
Naomh Muire; Sean Gallagher, Daniel Gallagher, Tomas Duffy, Jack O’Brien, Darragh White(0-02), Paddy McCafferty, Aidy O’Gara, Paul Yank Boyle, Patrick Gillespie(0-01), Sean J Boyle, Owenie McGarvey, Owen Grant(0-02), Shaun Yank Boyle(0-02), Ciaran McGinley(0-01), Harry Harden(0-02); Subs Hugh Yank Boyle for Ciaran McGinley, Shaun McCafferty(0-01) for Sean J Boyle.
Naomh Muire dominated this match from the first minute and throughout the game in Glenswilly today. Mc Cumhaills now play Cloughaneely in a relegation play-off while Naomh Muire secure their Div 2 status for 2014.
The lads imposed themselves and with goals at the start of each half by Shaun the Yank and Owen Grant...they were too strong for a disappointing Mc Cumhaills side. Every Naomh Muire player contributed and even when Mac Cumhaills threaten to start a fight back they were denied.
Div 2 and Senior Championship next year. Maith sibh a fheara.
Foreglen (Derry) 2-11 v Naomh Muire (Donegal) 1-11.
Foreglen of Derry go into the Ulster Semi Final following their comeback victory against Naomh Muire in Derry today. Having led all of the first half following a flying start...the Derry men narrowed the deficit to two points at Half time 1-5 to 1-03.
The crucial 15 mins of the second half however belonged to the men from the Sperrins as they pulled back to equalize before getting the first of their two goals. Naomh Muire fell into a 4 point deficit before mounting their own impressive comeback in what became a thrilling second half. Naomh Muire had chances to go ahead but it didn't happen at the crucial times. With ten minutes left it was all square and in the end Foreglen got the vital scores to allow them to end the stronger side and seal victory. Overall it was game that slipped away from Naomh Muire and one that could have been won.
It was great to see another huge turnout at Celtic Park with many who couldn't make it tuning into Facebook, Raidio na Gaeltachta and Highland Radio for updates. This support was lifting.
That brings the Intermediate Championship season to an end and one that still has the prize of Senior Football in 2014.
Good luck to Foreglen in the Ulster Semi- Final.
Cúpla pictiúr on chluiche inniu. Mí ádh a fheara.
The club would like to wish Hugh the Yank a speedy recovery following his injury at today's game.
Naomh Muire were easy winners over Buncrana in this important league fixture played in front of a large crowd in the Banks today. Fresh from their Intermediate Championship win last weekend the home team were in no mood to ease off. The first half saw Naomh Muire well in control, playing some lovely football with some great passing and fine scores. They went in at the break leading by 8 points.
The home side's dominance continued in the second half and they went on to add some excellent points as well as hitting the net twice. Overall a totally controlled performance and a follow on from last week with pace and passing of top quality. If recent matches and performances are the standard now set by the lads, Glenswilly in the Banks in the final league match should be a great game.
Well done to the lads and management on a great performance today.