Colaiste na Carriage hammered Largy College to bridge a 29-year gap to seal a place in the Ulster U-18 Colleges Markey Cup final.
The wind swept through Tyrone’s GAA training base at Garvahey and when Aodhan McGinley, the Colaiste na Carriage captain, won the toss, the decision was made to use the elements against the team from Clones.
In the end, it wasn’t the wind that won or lost this match.
Conor Doherty, who would score 2-4 in all, slammed home a goal from Ryan Gillespie pass on eight minutes. Then, five minutes later,
Patrick Byrne managed to strike into the roof, whether he meant it or not, of Adam Langan’s net to establish a 2-5 to 0-0 lead.
Philip McNern then scored a third goal on 16 minutes and Noel Ward and Neilly Byrne, the Colaiste na Carriage management team, could hardly believe their luck.
It was a frightening start from Colaiste na Carriage and Dermot Gleeson, on 18 minutes, got Largy off the mark from a rare attack.
The Monaghan outfit then had James Mealiff to thank for a precise goal on 19 minutes.
And when Colaiste na Carriage seemed to take their foot off the gas as the half bore to a close amid a fluctuating breeze, the half-time lead was 3-9 to 1-2.
The wind seemed to drop after the restart and Largy really needed to make serious inroads early to maintain the heart to continue.
Doherty’s second goal on 25 minutes killed the match and it was just played out from there. Ryan Tierney goal’s for Largy was mere consolation.
Colaiste na Carriage: Michael Cunningham; Christopher Byrne, Jamie McGinley, Conor Kennedy; Cormac Cannon, Pauric Ward, Philip Doherty; Patrick Byrne (1-2, 1f, 45), Ryan Gillespie (0-2); Chris Doogan, Pauric Cunningham, Andrew McClean; Conor Doherty (2-4, 2f), Aodhan McGinley, (0-3) Philip McNern (1-1). Subs: Paul Doherty on for McClean (51), Owen O’Donnell and Patrick McNelis for Cannon and Doogan (58).
Largy College: Adam Langan; Martin McPhilips, Michael Smith, Darragh McDermott; Ben Daly, Shane Ward, James McElwaine; John McGuire, Ryan Tierney (1-1); Killian Mooney, Dermot Gleeson (0-2); James Mealif (1-1), Michael Tierney (0-1, 1f), Shane Mohan. Subs: Ronan King for McDermott (4), Matthew McEveaney for Mohan (50).
Referee: Stephen McNamee (Tyrone).