Conor Doherty gave a masterclass as Colaiste na Carraige lifted another senior Vocational title, defeating St. Columba’s, Glenties in Convoy
Colaiste na Carraige 1-13
St. Columba’s, Glenties 1-8
The final margin of five points did not flatter the winners, who were the better side throughout.
The Glenties boys kept in touch thanks to a goal late in the opening and a couple of point scoring bursts in the second period.
But overall, Colaiste na Carraige were the better drilled outfit and but for a large number of shots dropping short, could and should have been further ahead.
They can thank Conor Doherty for an inspirational display - his four first half points underlining an outstanding half which saw the Glenties boys try three different markets on him.
Three Doherty points in the middle of the opening half saw the Carrick boys go four clear, 0-5 to 0-1, although Ethan O’Donnell did have a good goal chance on nine minutes, blazing wide after working an opening.
Points were traded between Adam McHugh and Odhran Molloy for St. Columba’s to one from Ryan Gillespie before another run by Ethan O’Donnell saw Charles McGuinness pick up the pieces and fire to the net to leave the sides level, 0-6 to 1-3 with six minutes left in the half.
But the Carrick boys finished the half well with Doherty, Cormac Cannon and Pauric Cunningham finding the target to leave them 0-9 to 1-3 ahead at the break.
The other talking point of the opening half was a yellow card picked up by Stephen Moore on 16 minutes when he blocked Conor Doherty on a run for goal. Most observers on the sideline felt he was luck to escape a black card, but Martin Coll elected to flash yellow. Overall Coll had a very good game, allowing play to flow whenever possible.
There was plenty of action early in the second half but no scores. Chris Doogan hit a post and Paddy Byrne made a great block on Ethan O’Donnell while Kevin McGettigan and Cormac Cannon were both booked after a minor skirmish.
St. Columba’s were dealt a blow when Ryan Moore was shown a second yellow on nine minutes to reduce their number to 14.
It seemed as if Colaiste na Carraige were on their way when Ryan Gillespie sent Pauric Cunningham clear to fire to the net, but St. Columba’s responded with points from Ethan O’Donnell and Charles McGuinness.
Paddy Byrne and Conor Doherty points were cancelled by McGuinness (free) and Shane O’Donnell with seven minutes left.
St. Columba’s could not get the margin below four points as Pauric Cunningham pointed while Shane O’Donnell responded and it was fitting that Conor Doherty had the final score with a minute of added time played. Doherty point, from a free, was the only score from a placed ball from the winners.
They could have had a goal a minute later but substitute Pauric O’Neill somehow didn’t find the target from point blank range.
Colaiste na Carraige: Michael Cunningham; Christopher Byrne, Jamie McGinley, Conor Kennedy; Cormac Cannon (0-1), Pauric Ward, Philip Doherty; Patrick Byrne (0-1), Ryan Gillespie (0-2); Chris Doogan, Pauric Cunningham (1-2), Conor Doherty (0-6,1f); Andrew McClean, Aodhan McGinley (0-1), Philip McNern. Sub., Pauric O’Neill for Doogan 48.
St. Columba’s, Glenties: Ryan McGonigle; Stephen Moore, John McDyre, Conor McCahill; Christian Bonner, Kevin McGettigan, Sean McMonagle; Jamie Coyle, Shane O’Donnell (0-2); Kevin Whyte (0-1), Adam McHugh (0-1), Conor Molloy; Odhran Molloy (0-1), Charles McGuinness (1-2,1f), Ethan O’Donnell (0-1). Subs., Conor Bonner for C Molloy ht; Stefan Boyle for McHugh 48; John Ross Molloy for McGuinness 55.
Referee Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair)