Naomh Mhuire of Convoy crowned a magnificent win with a five goal bonanza as they saw off a determined challenge by Naomh Columba at O’Donnell Park yesterday afternoon.
Naomh Mhuire 5-11
Naomh Columba 1-13
It was the Convoy assault on goal that helped them win out in a thrilling contest that was end to end action throughout. Glen got off to a good start with points from Eddie Curran from play and Ryan Gillespie from a free in the first three minutes. Francis Curran extended their lead and Paul Doherty added another leaving it 0-4 to no score before Convoy‘s Peter Blake opened their account with a pointed free on the ten minute mark.
Glen’s Francis Curran made it 1-5 before Ryan Bonner hit back with two fine scores from play before team mate Gavin Sweeney hit a low shot to give the winners their first goal and also send Convoy into the lead, 1-3 to 0-5.
Francis Curran scored a long range effort from play to level matters for Naomh Columba and Steven Jones added another at the 25 minute mark. Convoy’s Peter Blake hit a long range shot that looked to be going over the bar until it rebounded off the angle into the arms of Paul O’Leary who made short work of the finish for a goal leaving it Naomh Mhuire 2-3 Naomh Columba 0-7.
Gavin Sweeney added a point while on his way to the ground. but the Glen men hit back with two scores just before half time from Francis Curran and Mark Cannon, both from play, leaving it Naomh Columba 0-9, Naomh Mhure 2-04 at the break.
Convoy opened the scoring in the second half with a Peter Blake free while Glen’s Pauric Cunningham responded with a point. Six minutes into the half Francis Curran found himself one-on-one with keeper Conor Cairns, who saved brilliantly, but the rebound was sweetly met by Curran’s boot and found the back of the net.
Convoy didn’t wait long before they returned the favour. Michael Patton’s pass found Raymond McNamee who hit the net making it Naomh Mhuire 3-5 to 1-10. Mark Cannon hit a free which was followed by team mate Francis Curran’s score to edge Naomh Columba back in front.
Paul O’Leary and Jack Blake hit scores from play for Naomh Mhuire as the game swung from end to end at a terrific full-blooded pace.
Pauric Cunningham pointed a free for Naomh Columba while a newly introduced Dean McConnell, on for Paul O’Leary, hit a point just after coming on making it 1-13 to Naomh Columba and 3-8 to Naomh Mhuire.
Convoy’s Peter Blake pointed a free on 53 minutes and then added a goal in the 54th minute to send Convoy clear. Peter Blake added another free for Convoy as they took control of the game at 4-10 to 1-13. The game teetered on this brink of boiling over with referee Liam McConigley making a number of bookings for a number off the ball incidents. Jack Blake’s pass then found Ray McNamee, who’s low shot hit the net making it 5-10 for the Convoy lads in injury time before Gavin Sweeney’s point closed the scoring.
Naomh Mhuire: Conor Cairns, James Kee, Oisin Porter, Gavin McBrearty, Peter McGlynn, Michael Patton, Caolan McGinley, Dean Bonner, Raymond McNamee 2-0, Ryan Bonner 0-2, Michael Ayton, Jack Blake 0-1, Gavin Sweeney 1-3, Peter Blake 1-4,4f, Paul O’Leary 1-0. Subs: Dean McConnell 0-2 for Paul O’Leary. Ciaran Doherty for M Ayton. Oliver Quinn for McGlynn
Naomh Columba: Paddy Byrne, Philip McNern, James McGinley, Christopher Byrne, Philip Doherty 0-1, Pauirc Ward, Conor Kennedy, Kevin McNern, Stephen Jones 1-1, Paul Doherty, Ryan Gillespie 0-1,1f, Mark Cannon, Pauric Cunningham 0-3, Francis Curran 1-5, Eddie Curran 0-1. Subs: Cian Gallagher for Cannon. Patrick Carr for P McNern.
Referee: Liam McConigley (Downings)
Man of the Match
Gavin Sweeney was lively throughout and proved a handful from start to finish scoring 1-3.
Liam McConigley (Downings) let the game flow from the start but reigned it in when it was required as tempers began to flare late on with the game reaching fever pitch. Competent performance.