David McComish in action for Dundalk Gaels. (Pic: Ciarán Culligan)
Dundalk Gaels 0-10 Dreadnots 0-8
Dundalk Gaels secured themselves a home Cardinal O'Donnell Cup semi-final with the Dreadnots by beating the Clogherhead men at the Ramparts on Saturday evening.
A strong first-half performance proved decisive for Malachy O'Rourke's men, who scored only two-points after half-time.
Though, their lead was never reeled in with the Dreadnots kicking 14 wides, most of which came in the second-half.
The visitors had gilt-edged goal chances too, the most blatant of which was missed by Liam Shevlin who sent a rasping shot outside the post.
Jason Clarke scored the point of the match during a spell where the Gaels were on top, while David Moloney's late point, the Gaels' 10th score, was another beauty - the wing-back escaped the challenge of three Dreadnots defenders along the left-hand touchline before pointing from an acute angle.
While the end result had no bearing over whether or not the teams made the top four, victory for the Gaels means they finish joint-top of the division and it sets them in good stead ahead of next Sunday's championship replay with the O'Mahony's.
Dundalk Gaels: Micheál Lambert; Óisín Murray, Jamie Faulkner, Dáire O'Callaghan; David McComish (0-1), Derek Crilly (0-1), David Maloney; James Stewart, Seán McCann; Niall Hearty (0-1), Jason Clarke (0-1), Gerard Fee; Éanna McArdle (0-1), Barry Watters, Gerard McSorley (0-3)
Subs: Stephen Faulkner, Seán Murray, Eamonn Kenny, Errol Boyle, Emmet Lindsay, Chris Sweeney
Dreadnots: Derek Shevlin; Brian Gargan, Pádraig Rath, Barry Faulkner; Anthony Williams, David O'Brien (0-1), Barry Mulroy; Fergal McGuigan, Dermot Campbell; Pat Lynch, Peter Kirwan (0-3), Páraic Smith (0-2); Cian McEvoy (0-1), Liam Shevlin (0-1), Carl Monaghan
Subs: Anthony Lynch, Aaron Scullion, Ronan Califf, Cathal Lynch