Action from the meeting of St Naul's and MacCumhaill's this evening in Mountcharles. Photo by Chris Doherty
A sublime goal from Naul’s greatest Gaelic gladiator Stephen Griffin was the real difference between the sides in an entertaining affair in the Gerard Gallagher Memorial Park.
St Naul’s 1-12
Sean MacCumhaill’s 0-12
Griffin (1-9, 7f) showed great vision by flicking the ball overheard into the path of the flying Cathal Lowther-a magical one two before he slid the ball low to the MacCumhaill’s net in the 18th minute.
That superb strike put the home side into a 1-4 to 0-3 lead and they led by 1-5 to 0-5 at the break as Jamie Keegan and Darren O’Leary were on target for a wasteful Twin Towns side who hit eight wides.
MacCumhaill’s launched a spirited comeback in the second half mainly through the accuracy of O’Leary who is Jimmy Keaveney-esque and there was only a point between the sides as Naul’s led by 1-9 to 0-11 nine minutes from time.
But a few errors by the visitors were punished by the clinical Griffin who had strong support from midfield partner Stuart Johnston, as the home side held out for a valuable victory.
St Naul’s: Gavin Mulreaney (0-1); Ryan Coughlan, Barry Griffin, John Relihan; Michael Coughlan, Kyle Campbell, Dermot Gallagher; Stephen Griffin (1-9, 7f), Stuart Johnston; Thomas White (0-2), Cathal Lowther, Martin Breslin; Joe Campbell, Shane Conneely, Lee McCabe.Subs; Conor McBrearty for John Relihan (32).
Sean MacCumhaill’s: Eoin Gallen, Cian Mulligan (0-2), Ronan McMenamin, Christopher Gallagher; Chad McSorley, Joseph Boyle (0-1), Adam Lynch; Gavin Gallagher, Steven O’Reilly; Gary Wilson (0-1), Aaron Kelly, Carl Dunnion; Jamie Keegan (0-3), Darren O’Leary (0-54f), Stephen Mulligan. Subs; Conor Griffin for Steven O’Reilly (29 inj), Peter Byrne for Adam Lynch (43), John Lynch for Carl Dunnion (48)
Referee: Val Murray (Aodh Ruadh)
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