McLoone sees off Kingscourt
A clinical goal in the 49th minute by Leo McLoone finished off Kingscourt in a pulsating clash at the Stars' O'Raghallaigh Park base.
McLoone's finish put the visitors into a 1-11 to 0-9 lead and the Cavan champs were fighting a lost cause.
The teams were deadlocked on six occasions. However, the Stars only scored a point between the 34th and 52nd minutes as the Donegal side registered 1-6.
Naomh Conaill went two points up against the run of play after eight minutes, but Kingscourt's Joe MacMahon pointed to level the score at five-a-piece and they went in a point up at half-time.
In the second half they extended their lead, but Naomh Conaill found their form and points from Anthony Thompson and John O'Malley gave them a lead they would never relinquish.
Scorers -- Naomh Conaill: D Molloy 0-4 (1f), L McLoone 1-0, J O'Malley 0-3, D Gallagher 0-2 (2f), L Thompson, A Thompson, B McDyer 0-1 each. Kingscourt Stars: R McCormack 0-5 (5f), B Reilly 0-3 (1f), J MacMahon, T Malone, C Smith 0-1 each.
Naomh Conaill -- S McGrath; T Donoghue, J Bonner, C Boyle; M Boyle, A Thompson, E Waide; M Regan, J McLoone; B McDyer, L McLoone, D Gallagher; J O'Malley, D Molloy, L Thompson. Subs: D Bonner for C Boyle (inj, 4); C McNelis for L Thompson (60); S Corcoran for O'Malley (62).
Kingscourt Stars -- B McCormack; S Gray, T Wakely, K McCabe; B Tully, A Clarke, JP Reilly; C Smith, G Sheenan; B Reilly, P Smith, J MacMahon; T Malone, R McCormack, D Martin. Subs: M McGovern for Gray (25); M McKeown for Martin (41); N McCabe for Sheenan (53); P Tinnelly for MacMahon (54); J McCarthy for P Smith (58).
Ref -- P Hughes (Armagh)