Colaiste Na Carraige are celebrating Donegal Vocational Schools success this week following their U-14 county final victory over Carndonagh Community School on Tuesday in Convoy.
Colaiste Na Carraige 6-7
Carndonagh C S 1-5
Full-forward Cillian O’Malley stole the show for the winners with three goals while Gary Molloy, Dillon Kelly and aBrendan Doherty own goal were the other Colaiste Na Carraige goalscorers.
The new champions may have lost out in the physical stakes against the bigger and stronger Inishowen boys, but they more than made up it for in football ability and know how. They also had the edge in finishing power.
They led by five points - 1-5 to 0-3 at half-time. O’Malley got them off to a dream start with the first of his hat-trick inside 45 seconds while midfielder Lanty Molloy (4) and Aaron Doherty were the point scorers.
Molloy and his midfield partner Ryan O’Donnell provided the platform for much of the first half dominance though in fairness to Carndonagh they enjoyed a good deal of possession in the first period. Joe Doherty popped over their first point on eight minutes. Kieran Farren added their second 11 minutes later and team captain Conor O’Donnell knocked over their third six minutes from the half-time break. In that period too the Inishowen men shot seven wides to Colaiste Na Carraige’s two.
The loss of a skipper O’Donnell to a black card just before half-time was a hammer blow to the Inishowen boys. And Colaiste Na Carraige took full advantange in the second half.
The impressive Gary Molloy skipped through the Carn defence within a half a minute of the restart to slam home goal number two for the boys from the South West. Molloy rounded a number of defenders and after his initial strike crashed back off Ronan Lafferty’s crossbar, he rammed home the rebound from five metres.
The Carrick boys did not score again until the 41st minute when Molloy converted from 30 metres shortly after Fionn McClure had opened the Carn second half account. Despite losing Tadgh McGinley to the game’s second black card, Jordan Burns stretched the winners’ lead out to nine points with a little under a quarter hour remaining.
A Kieran Farren goal ten minutes from the end temporarily raised Carndonagh hopes. Farren, who carried a threat any time he won possession, first timed to the Colaiste Na Carraige net after the ball broke in the goal area.
But the winners were rocking again within three minutes when O’Malley struck twice in the space of a minute and send the champions on their way as they led 4-7 to 1-4 with seven minutes left on the clock.
Things went from bad to worse for Carn when Ciaran Doherty deflected a long range strike from Gavin Moore into his own net.
And with time almost up Dillon Kelly sunk the dagger when he pounced for goal number six for Colaiste Na Carraige to bring down the curtain on a perfect day and a first U-14 title in four seasons.
This was a good all round team performance from the winners who had a man of the match performance in midfield from Lanty Molloy, who finished with a tally of five points to his name.
Molloy’s midfield partner Ryan O’Donnell along with Gary Molloy, Cillian O’Malley, Aaron Doherty and Fionn Gallagher were the standout players for Colaiste Na Carraige.
Conor O’Donnell, Daniel Houghton, Brendan Doherty, Fionn McClure and Kieran Farren all turned in big performances for Carndonagh. Colaiste Na Carraige: Colm Garvey; David Love, Fionn Gallagher, Dillon O’Gara; Ryan O’Donnell, Aaron Doherty (0-1), Tadhg McGinley; Lanty Molloy (0-5,3f,45), Ryan O’Donnell; Kenny Doogan, Gary Molloy (1-0), Jordan Burns (0-1); Gavin Moore, Cillian O’Malley (3-0), Odhran Doogan. Subs: Dillon Kelly (1-0) for Tadhg McGinley (Black card 41); Eric Byrne for C O’Malley; Owen Cormick for G Moore (both 58); Cormac O’Leime for D O’Gara; Michael Lyons for Jordan Burns (both 59)
Carndonagh C S: Ronan Lafferty; Ciaran Doherty (1-0 og), Daniel Houghton, Brendan Doherty; Donal Doherty, Luke Devlin, Oisin McGonagle; Joe Doherty (0-1), Conor O’Donnell (0-1); Oisin Hession, Fionn McClure (0-1), Ciaran Doherty, Mark Doherty (0-1), Conor Bambrick, Kieran Farren (1-1). Subs: Michael Friel for M Doherty (27); Seamus Burns for C O’Donnell (black card,29); Mark Doherty for C Doherty (55).
Referee: Gerard McHugh (Convoy).
The Centre of Excellence is a fine facility and will be something that the county should be very proud of when it is completed.
But it is questionable if it is suitable for play competitive games on just yet especially championship finals such as Tuesday’s U-14 final.
It falls down on two fronts. First of all on a biting cold, wet and dreary day, I feel it is very unfair to have young players tog out in dressing rooms without proper shower facilities. The other reason is the fact that the playing area is not closed in. This was highlighted by a minor incident that happened close to the end of Tuesday’s game when a number of young Carndonagh supporters raced onto the field and got involved in a minor flare that had erupted between a few players. Thankfully, referee Gerard McHugh and a number of mentors from both sides acted promptly and order was quickly restored. But it could have easily turned into a nasty enough incident. There must have been at least up to a dozen people other than players on the field during the incident.