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14 Aug 2022

Naomh Conaill cruise to victory over Glenswilly

Martin Regan's side easily disposed of Glenswilly to go back to the top of Division 1

Naomh Conaill cruise to victory over Glenswilly

Kevin McGettigan scored two goals in Naomh Conaill's victory over Glenswilly

 An impressive Naomh Conaill easily brushed aside a considerably weakened Glenswilly outfit in a game where the home side once again showed their strength in depth. 

Naomh Conaill 4-12 
Glenswilly 0-3

Goals from John O’Malley, Kevin McGettigan (2-0) and a final one from Brendan McDyer sealed this canter for Naomh Conaill who now face a crunch league tie with St Eunan’s at home next week. 

The home side ran the bench in the second half and were never bothered by a Glenswilly side that will be a totally different proposition when the sides meet in the first round of the championship in the middle of August.  

A powerful looking Naomh Conaill had the breeze and were swiftly into their stride with a well struck point from the impressive John O’Malley after a minute. 

They almost had a goal two minutes later as the ball bobbled dangerously in the Glen goal before Keelan McGill fly-kicked the ball over the bar. It was all Naomh Conaill in the first ten minutes with Hughie Gallagher and the strong running Jeaic McCealllbhúi hitting a fine point on the run in the 10th minute. 

O’Malley then showed great composure as he arrowed through the centre of the Glen defence and hit a text- book low left footed shot to the Glen net to put the rampant home side into a 1-4 to 0-0 lead. 

Glenswilly were smaller and lighter than the home side, which is unusual for this club, and were frequently turned over in the tackle. They tried hard but had little reward and their total tally of 0-3 over the hour is reflection of that stark fact. 

Their best player Shane McDevitt got Glenswilly off the mark with a well hit pointed free after 14 minutes.  But the home side finished the final quarter with points from Jeaic MacCeallbhúi, Ciaran Thompson, O’Malley and McDyer while McDevitt hit an excellent point from play for the visitors as Naomh Conaill led by 1-9 to 0-2 at the break. 

Glenswily had the considerable breeze on the resumption but could only manage a single point from McGettigan from a pointed free in the 43rd minute. 

The scoring rate dropped in this half but two clinically finished goals from Kevin McGettigan in the 43rd and 50th minutes and a final scrambled effort from McDyer sealed this one-sided affair. John O’Malley hit three more points to complete the winner’s tally. 

Glenswilly’s cup of woe was complete when wing-back Cormac Callaghan was black-carded six minutes from time.  

Naomh Conaill scorers: John O’Malley 1-4,3f; Kevin McGettigan 2-0; Brendan McDyer 1-2; Keelan McGilland Jeaic MacCeallbhúi 0-2 Ciaran Thompson and Hugh Gallagher 0-1 

Glenswilly scorers: Shane McDevitt 0-3,2f.

Naomh Conaill: Stephen McGrath; Stephen Molloy, AJ Gallagher, Jason Campbell; Hughie Gallagher, Keelan McGill, Ethan O’Donnell; Ciaran Thompson, Nathan Byrne; Kevin McGettigan, Jeaic MacCeallbhúi, Daniel Gildea; Paul McGuinness, Brendan McDyer, John O’Malley. Subs Seamus Corcoran for Nathan Byrne (h-time), Logan Quinn for Kevin McGettigan (46), Neil Francis Boyle for Paul McGuinness (52), Joe Shankey Smith for Brendan McDyer (57). 

Glenswilly: Kealan McFadden, Conor Boyce, Sean Collum, Oisin McDaid; Cormac Callaghan, Ciaran Gibbons, Jake Kelly; Lee Crerand, Shaun Wogan; Gerard Shields, Christopher McMonagle, Oisin Crawford; Padraig Boyle, Shane McDevitt, Gary Kelly. Subs; Shane Carberry for Gerard Shiels (43), Emmett O’Boyle for Shane McDevitt (54) 

Referee: Marc Brown (Four Masters) 

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