St Naul’s had nine point to spare in their minor championship clash with Bundoran last night.
St Naul 2-21 Bundoran 4-6
by Conor Breslin
Although the county minor captain Peadar Mogan gave a masterclass leading performance from centre half back, scoring 1-5, it was an overall team act that gained St Nauls points over Bundoran last night in Mountcharles.
Nauls opened the scoring early with points taken from Daniel Gallagher and Conor Gavigan. Ian Campbell was performing superbly for the boys in green as he often caught the Bundoran defence off guard, by taking short frees, allowing the giant full forward presence of Daniel Meehan to come up trumps. As well as fisting a point over himself.
Bundoran found it hard to make edge ways due to the tightly packed Nauls defence with Mogan at the helm. It took Bundoran fifteen minutes to receive their first score when full forward James Stewart finally broke the St Nauls defence to rattle home a goal. Nauls however continued to fire home scores by Daniel Meehan, Shaun Meehan and Peadar Mogan, while the duo of Conor Gavigan and Ian Campbell dominated the centre of the field.
It wasn’t until the 25th minute when Nauls took hold, when referee Declan Callaghan rewarded them a penalty for a foot block which was slotted home by Daniel Meehan. The half time score extremely reflected the performance with Nauls leading 1:12 to 1:02.
While Bundoran fought back their hardest in the second half, the score line was too huge. Even after Cian McEniff powered home a wonderful penalty, Nauls kept their distance with two fine scores from young substitute Thomas White.
Bundoran offered however some fine scores in the second half especially when left half back Conor McLoone chip the ball 20 metres out into the St Nauls net.
Captain Peadar Mogan placed the icing on the cake in the 26th minute after he caught a marvellous kick out, barrelled through the Bundoran defence to smash home St Nauls second goal and perhaps the score of the match.
Overall a very attractive style of football from the St Nauls men with key performances from Conor Gavigan, Daniel Gallagher, Ian Campbell and Peadar Mogan.
While Bundoran will be looking to improve on the performance for their upcoming championship match next week.