Ulster Markey champions Colaiste na Carraige are on target to represent Donegal again after winning their semi-final against Magh Ene, Bundoran on Friday.
Colaiste na Carraige 0-19
Magh Ene, Bundoran 2-7
The win was not as easy as expected with Magh Ene getting within two points with seven minutes left, but the Carrick boys finished strongly, outscoring Bundoran by 0-5 to 0-1 in the final minutes.
There was no doubt that Colaiste na Carraige were the better team but they will have to be much sharper if they are continue their journey.
They led 0-8 to 1-1 at the break, the Bundoran goal on 15 minutes edging them a point ahead, 1-1 to 0-3. It was a well finished effort with Luke Towey availing of mistake in the Carrick defence when the ball hopped over a defender. His effort hit the crossbar and came out but Declan Clancy was following in to punch home.
Conor Doherty (2) and Pauric Cunningham had the opening points for Colaiste na Carriage as Magh Ene lost full-back Garrett Kearns to a black card on nine minutes.
They were able to bring in county minor Jamie Brennan as a replacement.
Declan Clancy had the opening Magh Ene point.
After the goal Colaiste na Carraige dominated again with Conor Doherty hitting two and in a sweeping move Eoin Doherty finished well.
Pauric O’Neill hit the butt of the post before Brian O’Donnell and Paddy Byrne completed the first half scoring.
Pauric Cunningham and Paul Doherty pushed the gap to six points at the start of the second half but Jamie Brennan (having a greater influence) and Cillian McGloin replied.
Paul Doherty and Conor Doherty (with his left) opened the gap again but there was a great reply from Jamie Brennan with three points in a couple of minutes to leave it 0-12 to 1-6 with 13 minutes left.
Paddy Byrne and substitute Lanty Molloy opened the gap to five but Magh Ene struck for a second goal when Jamie Brennan found Dara Elliott with a great pass and he fired home.
To be fair the Carrick response was good with Aaron Doherty almost in for a goal and Pauric Cunningham, Lanty Molloy and Conor Doherty struck points to leave the margin at five once more.
Declan Clancy had the only reply for Magh Ene with three minutes left while Lanty Molloy set up Paddy Byrne (who fired over from in front) and Molloy staked a strong claim for a starting place by firing over the final point from a difficult angle.
In added time Jamie Brennan was denied by Michael Cunningham at the expense of a ‘45’
It was a good test for the Donegal champions with Brian O’Donnell, Paddy Byrne, Christopher Byrne (in second half), Pauric Cunningham and Conor Doherty all impressing. For Magh Ene, Leo Ryan, Shane Carr, Jamie Brennan, Cillian McGloin and Declan Clancy were best.
Colaiste na Carraige: Michael Cunningham; Daniel Lyons, Philip McNern, Conor Carr; Aaron Doherty, Philip Doherty, Brian O’Donnell (0-1); Christopher Byrne, Paddy Byrne (0-3); Gary Molloy, Pauric Cunningham (0-3), Paul Doherty (0-2); Eoin O’Donnell (0-1), Pauric O’Neill, Conor Doherty (0-6,2f). Subs., Lanty Molloy (0-3) for O’Neill 34; James McGinley for E O’Donnell 58.
Magh Ene, Bundoran: Conor Carty; Colm Clancy, Garret Kearins, Adam Brennan; Shane Carr, Leo Ryan, Paul Murphy; Darren Oates, Cillian McGloin (0-1); Dermot Gallagher, Dara Elliott (1-0), Taylor Simpson; Declan Clancy (1-2), Conor Colreavy, Luke Towey. Subs., Jamie Brennan (0-4,2f) 9; Ben Roberts for C Clancy ht.
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill)