Naomh Columba took home the U-16 Division Two regional title on Monday evening having overcome Naomh Bríd in a fast paced affair in Dunkineely.
Naomh Columba 2-14
Naomh Bríd 4-5
A Pauric O’Neill goal put the Glen lads in front in the opening minute, and they soon added a further three points from play to open a decent gap. There were nine minutes on the clock before the Ballintra man registered their first point, but this was quickly followed by a goal to bring them firmly back into the game.
A further two points saw both sides level with 22 minutes on the clock. The Glen men then started the onslaught however, and a goal from Pauric Cunningham and six unanswered points from play saw them going into half time with a 2-9 to 1-3 lead.
The opening 10 minutes of the second half saw just a single score, with a further point from Naomh Columba. Naomh Bríd soon found the net again, and added a point from play, while Naomh Columba managed another two points to leave an eight point gap with nine minutes left on the clock.
The Naomh Bríd lads had developed an appetite for goals however, and a very crowded goal mouth saw them sneak the ball past Pádraig Byrne twice in the dying minutes. Naomh Columba added a further two points to ease the pressure somewhat, but a further Naomh Brid point, and considerable injury time made for nail-biting stuff in the dying minutes.
Naomh Columba held on to the win however, and it was a jubilant travelling support that joined the lads on the pitch after the final whistle.