Naomh Ultan, beaten finalists last year, are into another Junior A Championship semi final following Saturday night’s comfortable win over Naomh Padraig, Convoy in Sean MacCumhaill Park.
Naom Ultan 4-8
Naomh Padraig, Convoy 0-10
The ten-point victory might well have flattered the winners somewhat, but they were much the better side over the hour and thoroughly deserved their win.
The turning point in the contest came early on when Convoy missed a penalty on 12 minutes.
Goalkeeper Daniel McGlynn did well to save from John A Kee. As the ball spilled clear, Naomh Ultan picked up possession, broke from defence to attack and James Byrne set up Erin Byrne to palm to the net from close in.
It was a wonderful goal and it put Naomh Ultan 1-3 to 0-2 to the good. Convoy would rue the penalty miss - and Naomh Ultan took full advantage of the space left at the back after Convoy full back, John A Kee had ventured forward to strike the penalty.
With Dermot Gallier, the Byrnes and Shane McWhinnie particularly prominent in the early stages, Naomh Ultan always carried a threat coming forward.
But Convoy managed to stay in touch and they were unlucky not to score an early goal of their own when the impressive Jack Blake crashed a shot off the base of the post.
His brother Peter Blake worked hard at full forward while Anthony Browne, with two frees, and Peter McGlynn raised the white flag for Oliver Prunty’s men in the first half.
But by half time, they were six points behind. Naomh Ultan hit a second goal on 20 minutes when this time Erin Byrne set up James Byrne in front of goal and the young forward diverted the ball home.
Convoy started the second half well but once they conceded a third goal seven minutes after the restart it was game over. Goalkeeper Liam Mailey spilled Aidan Duddy’s dropping effort to the net and suddenly it was 3-6 to 0-7.
The fourth goal was scored by Colm McNicholls midway through the second half, but even by that stage, Naomh Ultan were well on their way to victory and a semi final meeting with either Na Rossa or Naomh Padraig, Lifford.
Naomh Ultan: D McGlynn; C Shovelin, J Cassidy, M McGlynn; D Gallagher, D Gallier (0-4, 2f), A Rodgers; S McWhinnie (0-1), D Martin; P Alvey, A Lyons (0-1), C Kennedy (0-1); E Byrne (1-0), A Duddy (1-1) J Byrne (1-0). Subs: C McNicholls (1-0) for McGlynn (15 mins), M O’Donnell for E Byrne (60), D Quigley for McWhinnie (60), E Kennedy for McNicholls (61).
Convoy: L Mailey; M Patton, JA Kee (0-1, f), S Browne; L Prunty, J Kee (0-1), P McGlynn (0-1); M Ayton (0-1), B Bonner; P O’Leary, L McMullin, A Browne (0-3, 3f); E Patterson, P Blake (0-2, 1f), J Blake; Subs A Bogle (0-1) for McGlynn (22); R Steed for Prunty (half time), D. Bonner for Patton (48).
Referee: C Doherty (Naomh Conaill).