Colaiste Na Carraige booked their place in the Ulster Schools U-14 semi-final with a facile quarter-final over St Joseph’s, Enniskillen, in Irvinestown on Monday.
Colaiste Na Carraige 8-17
St Joseph’s 1-1
The Donegal champion were simply on a different plain to the Fermanagh boys when it came to football skill and class.
In fairness to St Joseph’s, they had a number of fine individual footballers but when it came to team work and overall balance they were no match for the Colaiste Na Carraige boys. This game as a contest was over pretty early.
Goals in the opening two minutes from Kenny Doogan, on 20 seconds, and Lanty Molloy, on two minutes, set the tone. Colaiste Na Carraige, who were rampant for most of the first half, led by ten points, 2-4 to 0-0, by the 14 minute mark.
And not even a fortuitous St Joseph’s goal on the quarter-hour when a speculative lob from Jack Love was flicked past Colm Garvey by Rhys Cunningham, cast any doubt on the expected outcome.
Remember when the sides met ten days earlier in the abandoned tie, Colaiste Na Carraige led 2-8 to 0-0 at half-time. All right they had played with the advantage of a driving wind and rain/snow. But weather conditions apart it was pretty evident the first day that Lanty Molloy and company were in a different league.
Despite conceding the 15th minute goal, with Molloy and Brian O’Donnell ruling the roost at midfield, the Donegal boys had sailed into a commanding 5-13 to 1-0 lead by the half-time whistle.
Molloy had scored 2-6, his midfield partner Brian O’Donnell 2-1, Kenny Doogan 1-0, while Ryan O’Donnell popped over two points and Cillian O’Malley and Gavin Moore had scored one each.
With the game as a contest well and truly over and despite playing into a stiffish breeze and losing the inspirational Molloy to an ankle injury at half-time, Colaiste Na Carraige, continued to dictate.
In the absence Molloy, Aaron Doherty and Gary Molly stepped into the breach and by the time Gavin Moore struck for goal number six, on 35 minutes, Doherty had popped over two quickfire points.
And with manager Gareth Doherty giving his bench a run, the scores continued to flow. Cillian O’Malley struck for goal number seven on 41 minutes to extend the lead out to 7-16 to 1-0. And with the clock ticking Gary Molloy, who had fine game at centre half-forward, rounded off the goal-fest with goal mumber eight, before Calum Jones brought down the curtain on the scoring before referee Dermot Love blew up the game five minutes short of full-time.
This was a facile victory for the Carrick boys who face St. Paul’s Lurgan in the semi-final on Friday and no doubt a much sterner test.
On a day they literally dominated in every position, Lanty Molloy, Brian O’Donnell, Aaron Doherty, Gary Molloy and Ryan O’Donnell stood a little above all the rest.
The only down ide to the win was the ankle injury suffered by their marquee player Lanty Molloy before half-time.
Lanty himself reported when he came off that he had gone over on the ankle and the good news was that he seemed to be walking freely on it at the final whistle.
Colaiste Na Carraige: Colm Garvey; David Love (0-1), Fionn Gallagher, Dillon O’Gara; Jordon Burns, Aaron Doherty (0-2), Tadgh McGinley; Lanty Molloy (2-6, 3f), Brian O’Donnell (2-2); Ryan O’Donnell (0-3), Gary Molloy (1-1), Kenny Doogan (1-0); Gavin Moore (1-1), Cillian O’Malley (1-1), Odhran Doogan. Subs: Oisin Byrne for L Molloy (h/t); Dillon Kelly for R O’Donnell (37 inj); Cormac O’Leime for F Gallagher (40); Vincent Doherty for C O’Malley, David Byrne for T McGinley (all 42); Eric Byrne for K Doogan (43).
St Josephs: S Doherty; P Cassidy, R McCaffery, A Flanagan; C Furey, S Cassidy,F Fee; C Jones (0-1),J Love; R McGovern, R Cassidy, D Burke; L Hamill, Rhys Cunningham (1-0). Subs: D McLaughlin for A Flanagan (50); C McGovern for R McGovern (52); O Agnew for F Fee (53).
Referee: Dermot Love (Fermanagh).