PCC U-16 footballers are celebrating Donegal Vocational School success following their county final victory over St. Columba’s College, Stranorlar.
St Columba’s 0-2
Jason McGee and Michael Langan scored the goals for the Falcarragh nursery who were winning their first county Vocational Schools championship in eight seasons. They last claimed county laurels in 2006, when they also won the U-16 championship.
Both the goals were scored in the final quarter. McGee netted on 53 minutes and Langan drilled home the second from the penalty spot five minutes from the end.
By the time the goals arrived McGee was already begining to put his victory speech together. Having led by just two points, 0-3 to 0-1 at half-time, PCC, who were the better balanced outfit throughout, took control of the game in the second half.
While Jason Blake scored the first point of the second period for St Columba’s, Dylan Doherty (2), Michael Langan (3) hit five points without reply in a good quarter hour spell for the winners as they moved into a 0-8 to 0-2 lead.
And with the wind whipping up at the Donegal GAA Centre of Excellence, they were on their way when McGee, after a run through the heart of the St. Columba rearguard, hit the St. Columba’s net.
That was on 53 minutes and with the lead now out 1-8 to 0-2, the game was up for St Columba’s and while PCC continued to press, Langan’s goal from the penalty spot was their only other score. The county U-16 made no mistake from the spot after Shane Langan was brought down.
The first half was a low scoring affair as the two sides struggled to master the wide open spaces of the Convoy pitch. Both outfits were also guilty of being a little wayward in their passing.
McGee landed the game’s opening point on 12 minutes after a Langan ‘45’ dropped short and 60 seconds later the boys from the North West were 0-2 to 0-0 up. Langan this time popping over from 30 metres.
Langan once more split the posts on 20 minutes to make it 3-0, before Conor Patton, from a 20 metre free six minutes from half-time, finally broke St Columba’s duck to make it 0-3 to 0-1 at the half-time interval.
PCC were the better all round side and as well as Michael Langan and skipper McGee, they also had top class performances from Daniel Devlin in the middle of the field, Ciaran McGinley, Dylan Doherty in the half-forward line and Shane Langan at corner forward, while in defence Jamie Hunter, Ciaran McFadden and Christopher Cannon did not put a foot wrong from the first whistle to the last.
All of St Columba’s better performers were in defence - Fintan Griffin, Brendan Hughes, Jason Dullaghan and Adam Lynch and this quartet along with Conor Patton, in midfield. and Aobhain McGlynn on the forty did not deserve to be on the end of a 12 point defeat.
Goalkeeper Carl Dunnion could not be faulted for either of the PCC goals and in fact pulled off one top drawer point blank save to deny Ciaran McGinley, on the stroke of half-time, to keep his side’s hopes alive at the break.
PCC: Dean McColgan; Noel Sweeney, Jamie Hunter, Dylan Harkin; Ciaran McFadden, Christopher Cannon, Denis Coll; Jason McGee (1-1), Daniel Devlin; Lee McColgan, Dylan Doherty (0-2), Ciaran McGinley; Shane Langan, Michael Langan (1-5), Micheal Fitzgerald. Subs: Michael Mulhern for D Coll (h/t); Aaron Carton for L McColgan (52); Colin McFadden for C McGinley; Patrick Deeney for C Cannon (both 59); Jamie McGee for M Fitzgerald (60).
St Columba’s: Carl Dunnion; Brendan Hughes, Stephen McMenamin, Fintan Griffin; Adam Lynch, Jason Dullaghan, Peter Sweeney; Conor Patton (0-1,1f), Ryan Doherty; Matthew Carlin, Aobhain McGlynn, Dylan McNamee; Chad McSorley, Jack Blake (0-1) Pauric Patton. Subs:Jack McGeehan for P Sweeney (37, inj); Owen Givens for M Carlin (39).
Referee: Liam McConigley (Downings).