Goals win games as St Michael’s proved at MacCumhaill’s

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GOALS FROM FAMILIAR faces Colm McFadden, Martin McElhinney and Andrew Kelly got St Michael’s the points in the SFC at MacCumhaill’s.

MacCumhaill’s 0-13 St Michael’s 3-9

The side from Dunfanaghy failed to get out of the group last year as they finished behind both Kilcar and St Eunan’s but are hotly-tipped this term to make at least the last eight from Group B, which also includes Bundoran and Killybegs.

This afternoon in sweltering heat at county headquarters, McFadden’s goal inside of five minutes set the visitors on their way. However, they were made sweat in the heat as the team from the Twin Towns came back two just two behind, having been eight in arrears at the interval.

Then, just 10 minutes after McFadden’s goal, McElhinney added a second goal with a typically explosive run with St Michael’s in complete control.

MacCumhaill’s, over the hour, were best served in the scoring stakes by Stephen Mulligan, who landed 10 points in all – six of which came from frees.

At the break, St Michael’s were 2-6 to 0-4 in front.

With 10 minutes to go, MacCumhaill’s began to eke themselves back into the contest. Mulligan and Steven O’Reilly scores made the score 2-9 to 0-13 for St Michael’s. However, St Michael’s made sure of the points late on when Kelly added a third goal.

Sean MacCumhaill’s: Christopher Patton, Conor Griffin, Martin Gallagher, Ronan McMenamin, John Lynch, Rory Dunleavy, Aaron Kelly (0-1), Steven O’Reilly (0-2), Gary Wilson; Adam Lynch, Stephen Mulligan (0-10, 6f) Joe Dunnion; Padraig Patton, Martin O’Reilly, Gary Dunnion. Subs: Eoghan Wright  Brian Patton A Lynch and  for P Patton (half-time), Brendan McLaughlin for Dunnion (45).

St Michael’s: Mark Anthony McGinley; Ruairi Friel, Michael McGinley, Chris McElhinney; Michael Cannon, Ciaran Gallagher, Oisin Langan; Michael Langan (0-2, 1f), Martin McElhinney (1-1); Hugh O’Donnell,  Daniel McLaughlin (0-2), Andrew Kelly (1-0); Odhran McFadden (0-1), Brian McLaughlin, Colm McFadden (1-3, 1f). Subs: Keelan McGee for D McLaughlin (50), Liam Kelly for Kelly (58).

Referee: Connie Doherty (Naomh Conaill)

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