Youthful Naomh Columba have been threatening to become a real force in Division Two for quite some time, and they certainly added to their case at Pairc na nGael yesterday.
Naomh Columba . . . . 3-8
St Naul’s . . . . . . . . . . . 0-8
In the end, three clear goals seperated the sides and the home team was well worth this victory against a mercurial St Naul’s side who have slipped somewhat from that well earned draw against Four Masters two weeks ago.
Once again, the visitors tended to rely too much on the scoring skills of Stephen Griffin, while the Glen lads had a much better spread of scores.
Barry Carr and Martin Cunningham got the all- important goals in the opening half for the winners who led by 2-4 to 0-3 at the interval.
Points from the impressive Christopher Byrne and Pauric Cunningham got the home side off to a good start.
But the inevitable Griffin levelled matters fairly smartly before Barry Carr had the field open like the Red Sea before he drilled the ball to the net midway through the first half.
Carr’s cracker rocked the visitors and their agony was added to just before half-time when Martin Cunningham cooly converted a penalty after Pauric O’Neill was brought down in the square.
St Naul’s came out a bit fresher with a Griffin point before the Glen men struck for the crucial if somewhat fortuitous score.
Kevin McNern grabbed the ball out the field and his high lob ended up in the top of the Naul’s defence.
And even though they tried, the Mountcharles men were just not able to reply in kind.
Daniel Brennan and feisty veteran Andrew Gallagher were on target for the losers.
But, Ryan Gillespie and Christopher Byrne closed out the scoring for the impressive winners.
Naomh Columba scorers: Ryan Gillespie (0-4,3f), Kevin McNern (1-0), Barry Carr (1-0), Martin Cunningham (1-0, pen), Christopher Byrne (0-2), Pauric Cunningham (0-1f).
St Naul’s scorers: Stephen Griffin (0-5,4f), Daniel Brennan (0-2), Andrew Gallagher (0-1)