Ulster Club SFC: Impressive Gaoth Dobhair march on

November 18, 2018

Crossmaglen's Stephen Morris looks to close in on Odhran Mac Niallais of Gweedore

Gaoth Dobhair outlined their Ulster Club SFC winning credentials with an impressive seven-point semi-final success over Crossmaglen at Healy Park today.

Mervyn O’Donnell’s Donegal champions recorded a 4-11 to 0-16 win to set up a provincial final showdown with Scotstown of Monaghan.

A first-half Dáire Ó Baoill hat-trick was a key ingredient in their winning formula against an Armagh opposition that finished with 13 men.

Johnny Hanratty was issued with his marching orders after picking up a second yellow card with 25 minutes left on the clock while Rian O’Neill was shown a straight red card for a late challenge right at the death.

The winners led by 3-5 to 0-9 and the evergreen Kevin Cassidy slotted home their fourth goal in the 42nd minute.

That left the scoreboard reading 4-7 to 0-11 in favour of Gaoth Dobhair and, with Ódhran MacNiallais pulling the strings, there was no way back for Donal Murtagh’s Crossmaglen charges.

Gaoth Dobhair - C Sweeney; G McFadden, N McGee, C McFadden; N Friel (0-1), E McGee, O McFadden Ferry; D O Baoill (3-0, 1-0pen), O MacNiallais (0-4, 1f); C Mulligan (0-1), N O Baoill, D McBride; E Collum (0-2, 1f), K Cassidy (1-2), M Carroll. Subs: P Hughes for D McBride, S Carroll for E Collum, S O Baoill for O McFadden Ferry, S Ferry (0-1) for M Carroll.

Crossmaglen - J McEvoy; R Kelly, A Farrelly, G Carragher; A Kernan, J Morgan, P Hughes; S Morris, O O’Neill (0-3, 1f); J McKeever, R O’Neill (0-8, 5f), J Hanratty (0-2); C Cumiskey, T Kernan (0-2, 1f), K Carragher (0-1). Subs: A Rushe for G Carragher, D McKenna for C Cumiskey, P Stuttard for P Hughes, C McConville for T Kernan, M Boyce for K Carragher.

Referee - J McQuillan.

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