Ulster Club SFC: Naomh Conaill show little sign of fatigue

Cavan’s bid to break their luck in the Ulster Club SFC continues after Castlerahan were defeated by Naomh Conaill at Kinspan Breffni Park.

Ulster Club SFC: Naomh Conaill show little sign of fatigue

Castlerahan (Cavan) 0-11 - Naomh Conaill (Donegal)1-11

Cavan’s bid to break their luck in the Ulster Club SFC continues after Castlerahan were defeated by Naomh Conaill at Kinspan Breffni Park.

Ciarán Thompson’s 25th-minute goal proved the crucial score, as the Donegal champions — who were crowned on Wednesday night — held a three point (0-5 to 1-5) interval lead.

The result looked signed and sealed with Naomh Conaill sub Dermot Molloy made it 1-10 to 0-6 after 42 minutes but their hosts came storming back to make a real fight of it.

With county star Cian Mackey now pulling the strings, Castlerahan slowly reeled in their opponents and a brace of points from the excellent Cormac Daly made it a two-point game by the 63rd minute.

In a fiery finish, the red carding of substitute Gavin Daly time added further salt into Castlerahan’s wound. Three minutes later the Tír Chonaill men sealed a date with Clontibret in the semi-finals with a fine score from Anthony Thompson.

CASTLERAHAN: J Leahy; S Cooney (0-1), K McEnroe, E O’Connell; S O’Reilly, O Kiernan, F Reilly; Pauric Smith, C Daly (0-4); K Cosgrave (0-3, 1f), B Ennis (0-1), Paul Smith; O O’Connell, R Flanagan, E Flanagan (0-1).

Subs: C Mackey for S O’Reilly (32); G Daly for K McEnroe (41); S Brady (0-1) for B Ennis (43); F Flanagan for Pauric Smith (52).

NAOMH CONAILL: S McGrath; U Doherty, AJ Gallagher, K McGettigan; E O’Donnell, A Thompson (0-3), E Waide; C Thompson (1-2,’45, 1f), L McLoone (0-1); B McDyer (0-1), M Boyle, E Doherty; J McKelvey (0-1), C McGuinness (0-2, 1f), K Gallagher.

Subs: D Molloy (0-1) for C McGuinness (36); S Molloy for M Boyle (42); N Byrne for E O’Donnell (48); J O’Malley for B McDyer (51); H Gallagher for E Waide (55); M Boyle for C Gallagher (60).

Referee: C Branagan (Down).

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