Sean MacCumhaills powered their way to a derby win over neighbours Glenfin at Pairc Tabhoige this afternoon.
Glenfin 0-12 Sean MacCumhaills 2-13
By Charlie Collins at Pairc Tabhoige
A handful of late points put a gloss on the scoreline for Glenfin, who were wiped away by the goals in either half by Paddy Hannigan and substitute Aaron Kelly.
Picture caption: Aaron Kelly fires home Sean MacCumhaills’ second goal. Picture by Chris Doherty
Hannogan’s goal late in the first half had MacCumhaills well in front and they were never in any danger of allowing Glenfin erode the deficit.
MacCumhaills – who suffered a first League loss of 2018 last weekend against Four Masters – roared out from the blocks.
By the 10th minute, the Twin Towns men were five points to the good.
Gary Wilson arched them in front after two minutes and from the seventh minute MacCumhaills hit four points in a three-minute spell.
Steven O’Reilly clipped over twice in quick succession before Wilson (free) and Gavin Gallagher added to the tally.
Stephen Carr’s free for Glenfin on 15 minutes only momentarily stemmed the flow.
Hannigan, Wilson and Ronan McMenamin added points before MacCumhaills turned the screw for a 28th minute goal.
A sweeping move involving Gallagher, Barney Lafferty and Wilson concluded with Wilson applying the perfect pass for Hannigan to palm home.
Conor McBride and Wilson traded frees to leave MacCumhaills ten up at the short whistle (1-9 to 0-2).
A couple of times in the second half, Glenfin kicked a flurry of points, but when Kelly rattled the net for the second MacCumhaills goal, there was daylight between them.
They’d gone close when O’Reilly was denied by a super one-handed save by Andrew Walsh, the Glenfin ‘keeper, but there was no keeping Kelly at bay.
O’Reilly and Lafferty did the spadework and Kelly riffled a fine finish to the top corner.
Glenfin: Andrew Walsh; Ronan Gallagher, John Harkin, Gary Heron; Daithi Carr, Daniel McGlynn (0-1), Aodhfin McGlynn; Stephen Ward, Gary Dorrian; Kevin McGlynn, Jack Morrow, Stephen Carr (0-6f); Conor McBride (0-2, 1f), Ciaran Brady (0-1), Jason Marley. Subs: Kevin McGlynn for Gallagher (24), Gavin McDermott (0-2) for Marley (24), Kyle Doherty for D.Carr (42), Packie McGrath for Dorrian (47), Paddy O’Connor for McBride (50).
Sean MacCumhaills: Chris Patton; Chris Gallagher, Martin Gallagher, Conor Griffin; Andrew McCloskey, Gary Dunnion, Ronan McMenamin (0-1); Nathan Gavigan, Steven O’Reilly (0-2); Gavin Gallagher (0-1), Paddy Hannigan (1-1), Chad McSorely; Barney Lafferty, Gary Wilson (0-5, 3f, 1 ’45), Adam Lynch. Subs: Luke Gavigan for McMenamin (32), Oisin Gallen (0-2, 1f) for N.Gavigan (39), Aaron Kelly (1-1) for McSorely (41), David White for Hannigan (42), Ryan Duffy for Lafferty (45), Mark Connolly for Griffin (58).
Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin).