JUST ONE team advanced to the Donegal SFC quarter-finals with a 100 per cent record, but Martin Doherty and Naomh Conaill aren’t getting ahead of themselves.
Wins over Termon, Four Masters and Gaoth Dobhair have the defending champions heading into this evening’s draw in fine fettle.
Daragh Gallagher and Brendan McDyer netted the goals on Saturday evening as Naomh Conaill overcame Gaoth Dobhair 2-18 to 0-11 at Davy Brennan Memorial Park.
“We were wary,” Doherty, joint manager of Naomh Conaill alongside Martin Regan, told Donegal Sport Hub.
“All we wanted was to be professional and get the result.[adrotate group=”81″]
“The important thing is that we’re in there, but you have still a lot of big sides there and it’s knockout from here on.
“It’s a good boost. We’re going through as a top seed, but we’re in the pot like everyone else.”
Naomh Conaill led by six, 1-8 to 0-5, at half-time, and a handful of points in succession at the outset of part two killed the evening as a contest.[adrotate group=”82″]
Doherty said: “We did expect Gaoth Dobhair to give us a bit of a scare in the second half. We thought Gaoth Dobhair would get a lift, but it didn’t materialise. In fairness, we played well and their heads dropped. The second goal finished it.
“The boys stepped up and we’re happy to be in the last eight.”
Ethan O’Donnell was out injured, but Naomh Conaill could still call on the likes of Leon Thompson, Eoghan McGettigan and Cathal Ellis off their bench.[adrotate group=”38″]
Doherty said: “We still have plenty of bucks knocking for places. No Championship will be won without a panel.”
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