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Cloughbawn lose in Shield decider
Cloughbawn faced a tough, well-developed Donegal team on Sunday in the Division 6 boys' Shield Féile final at a sunny Tinryland pitch.
Gaoth Dobhair 1-7 Cloughbawn 1-0
The two focused squads battled hard but unfortunately for Wexford, Cloughbawn couldn't overcome Gaoth Dobhair's skill and speed.
Proceedings began on an equal note, as Cathal Mac Giolla Comhaill made the most of a free by putting the northern outfit on the scoreboard.
However, Cloughbawn forged a valuable opportunity at the other end of the pitch.
After a well-worked passage of play from Gary Kehoe, a shot on goal deflected into the hands of Daniel Murphy.
Following a great save from Dáithí Mac Roibeáird, Murphy was not intimidated and kicked a cracker to the roof of the net.
This act brought great joy to the Cloughbawn sideline but, alas, it proved to be the only score for the team which had to revert to wearing Tinryland jerseys due to a colour clash with Gaoth Dobhair.
From here on, Gaoth Dobhair excelled. Their determination and talent welcomed many more scores their way.
Cathal Mac Giolla Comhaill added another two points before Fiachra Mac Giolla Comhaill and Liam Mac Phaidín did likewise.
With the blow of the half-time whistle, Gaoth Dobhair were double Cloughbawn's score and an uphill battle lay ahead for the young starlets.
Controversial refereeing decisions didn't add any hope for Cloughbawn and an injury to influential midfielder, Nick Walkden, also brought a dint to their aspirations.
Eanna Doyle continued to create chances for Cloughbawn but even with great efforts from Ciarán Murphy and Gary Kehoe, nothing worthwhile materialised.
Gaoth Dobhair ended the match on a serious high with Stiofán Mac Phaidín finding the back of the Cloughbawn net, rounding up the superb performance from Gaoth Dobhair.
The final whistle blew and while Cloughbawn were left with just one score on the board despite their best efforts, Gaoth Dobhair had a long yet satisfying journey to look forward to back to the north-west of the county
Cloughbawn: Jack Feeney; Ryan Murphy, Fionn Codd, Dylan O'Neill; Ciarán Murphy, Liam Flood, Michael Murphy; Eanna Doyle, Nick Walkden; Shane Kehoe, Gary Kehoe, Michael Fleming; Neil Foley, Paddy Whitty, Daniel Murphy (1-0). Subs. - Nathan McDonald for Walkden, Eamon Byrne for Foley, Gary Kennedy for Fleming, also Darragh Kehoe, Darragh Redmond.
Gaoth Dobhair (Donegal): Dáithí Mac Roibeaird; Aidan Breathnach, Eoin De Burca, Eamon McGairbhith; Domhnall Mac Giolla Bhríde, Fiachra Mac Giolla Comhaill (0-1), Odhrán Mac Giolla Comhaill; Cathal Mac Giolla Comhaill (0-4, 3 frees), Liam Mac Phaidín (0-2); Stiofán Mac Phaidín (1-0), Dáire Mac Suibhne, Lochlann Ó Déa; Seán Ó Dochartaigh, Micheál Ó Dochartaigh, Kyle Ó Dubhcháin. Subs. - Aidan Ó Fearraigh for De Burca, Ruairí Ó Gallchóir for Ó Dochartaigh, Dylan Ó Trainór for Mac Suibhne.