Donegal county star David Walsh limped from the action in the dying minutes of this absorbing affair as Naomh Brid showed that goals really count
Naomh Brid 2-6
Naomh Columba 0-6
The Naomh Brid centre forward was a pivotal figure in this victory along with his elegant cousin Shane Walsh.
And while understandably delighted with the victory he is hoping to be fit for the semi-final.
“I had to come off because I have a recurring groin problem.
“I tried to play through but came off as a precaution.
‘This is a great victory for Naomh Brid as it is the first time in eight years that we have got as far as the semi-finals.
“And the goals were vital for us”.
They certainly were against a youthful Glencolmcille side that started the action with five minors and they had four more on the bench.
The mercurial Clint Walsh grabbed the first goal in the ninth minute when he latched on to a crisply hit pass from Sean Gormley.
The ball fell low at Walsh’s feet but he calmly did a little shimmy and planted the ball in the corner of the net soccer style to put the Ballintra and environs side ahead by 1-2 to 0-1.
Naomh Brid had the better of the opening exchanges but the usually reliable Shane Walsh missed a number of convertible chances.
Walsh also managed to hit two fine efforts from play against a Glen side that were forced to rely on breaks for scores.
Glen were first on the board when minor star Ryan Gillespie converted a free after just five minutes.
But the lead was shortlived and the losers only managed to hit three more points in the entire half from Gillespie and Paddy Byrne frees, while Declan McGuire got their only score from play.
Naomh Brid replied through Walsh and a pointed free from Dara Brogan to lead by 1-3 to 0-4 at halftime.
Glen shaped up a little better after the break but were hammered by a real sucker goal from Naomh Brid wingback Gary McCafferty.
McCafferty took a clever pass from Shane Walsh and Glen keeper Shane O’Gara seemed to have it covered only for the ball to slip from his fingers into the net.
This was a cruel blow to O’Gara and his young teammates as minor midfielder Paddy Byrne finished a fine move with a flashing point to leave just a point between the sides, as Naomh Brid led by 1-3 to 0-5.
And even though Glen threw on several subs they just did not have the physical strength or experience to break down the vastly more experienced Naomh Brid.
A deserved victory for Naomh Brid but there is loads of potential in this Glen side that have a total of nine minors in their squad.
And they are still in with a strong chance of taking a Division Three title.
Naomh Brid: S Doherty; M Quinn, R Gallagher, S Burgess; G McCafferty (1-0), J Timoney, S Gormley. T Gallagher, D Langan (0-1) S Walsh (0-2), D Walsh (0-1f), Cian Gallagher; C Walsh (1-0), D Brogan (0-1f), Calum Gallagher. Subs: P McDaid (0-1f) for Cian Gallagher, S Quinn for D Walsh (59 inj).
Yellow cards C Walsh (26), T Gallagher (31)
Naomh Columba: S O’Gara, B Carr, M Cunningham, K McBrearty; J McGinley, K McNern, P Ward, P Byrne (0-21f), D McGuire (0-1); R McNern, P Cunningham, G McGinley; R Gillespie (0-3f), C Byrne, M Maguire. Subs: P McNern for C Byrne (19), O McGinley for P Cunningham (22), A O’Gara for R McNern (42),
Yellow cards K McNern (44).
Referee: I Molloy (Glenties)