Late, late free claims the points for Naomh Bríd
Gaeil Fhánada 1:08 Naomh Bríd 1:09
(Report by Micheál Friel in Traigh a Locha)
It proved to be a disappointing afternoon in Traigh a Locha for Aidan Mc Ateer’s men as a closely contested game went the way of Naomh Bríd after they converted a free kick in stoppage time to secure a one point victory. Conditions in Traigh a Locha weren’t perfect, the ground was heavy, with a fair breeze blowing in the direction of Ballylar.
Gaeil Fhánada played with the wind at their backs in the opening period and were dominant for much of the first half. Both sides were guilty of early missed before Seamí Nanny Friel finally opened the scoring for Gaeil Fhánada the ninth minute after a good link up play with Mark Mc Ateer. Fanad built on that over the next five minutes with three further points, the first a Bernard McGettigan effort from play, a Seamí Nanny free kick after Mark Mc Ateer was upended and the third score came from Mark himself from play. Fanad were completely on top during this period but missed a couple of decent chances to stretch their lead before
Seamí Nanny fired over the Gaels’ fifth point after 20 minutes. Naomh Bríd finally started to play their way onto proceedings and held onto possession much better in the latter stages they got their name on the scoreboard with five minutes of the half remaining through a Darragh Brogan effort from play. Brogan added his second point from a placed ball before Gearóid Gallagher fired over a great point just before the half-time whistle. Gaeil Fhánada 0:05 Naomh Bríd 0:03.
Fanad began the second half the stronger with Seamí Nanny firing over a point within the opening minute. Ryan Brogan responded for the visitors two minutes later before Eoghan Carr struck the second Gaeil Fhánada point of the half. Gary McCafferty responded with a fine Naomh Bríd point before the games pivotal score arrived eleven minutes into the second half. Ryan Brogan who was lively all day, got in behind Fanad defence and struck his shot low into the corner of the net. That put the visitors into the lead and it energised them going forward. They were awarded three frees which were all converted by Darragh Brogan to leave four points between the teams. Fanad needed a bit of inspiration and with a couple of minutes left on the clock were awarded a penalty. Fergal Friel was hauled to the ground and Seamí Nanny made no mistake from the spot. Mark Mc Ateer fired over an equalising score in injury time but Naomh Bríd had one further opportunity. John Mc Nulty fired wide but referee Tony Gallagher adjudged that he had been fouled which gave Darragh Brogan an easy opportunity in front of the posts to take the victory.
Fanad Gaels: Eoin Mc Gonigle, Seamus Coyle, Paddy Heraghty, Jonny Gallagher, Conor Mc Gonigle, James Gallagher, Matthew Gallagher, Bernard Mc Gettigan (0:01), Oisín Shiels, Paul Coyle, Jimmy Coyle, Eoghan Carr (0:01), Mark Mc Ateer (0:02), Seamí Nanny Friel (1:04), Mark Friel. Subs used: Fergal Friel for Paul Coyle, Shaun Kerr for Paddy Heraghty, John Friel for Matthew Gallagher.
Naomh Bríd: Pádraig Mc Daid, Clint Walsh, Sam Burgess, Ricky Walsh, Eoghan Mc Garrigle, Ross Gallagher, Jamie Timoney, Gearóid Gallagher (0:01), Seán Gormley, Declan Mc Cafferty, Gary Mc Cafferty (0:01), Ryan O’ Leary, Ryan Brogan (1:01), Darragh Brogan (0:06), Liam Duffy. Subs used: John Mc Nulty for Ryan O’ Leary.
Referee: Tony Gallagher (Red Hughs)