Donegal U12s got their SFAI Schoolboy ambitions back on track with a comfortable victory over Cavan/Monaghan, in this second leg tie played at an Screabán, Gweedore, yesterday.
Donegal. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3
Cavan/Monaghan . . . . . . . . . . . . 0
Adam Carr (2), and Josh Maxwell were the scorers for Donegal, who lost their opening game in the competition 3-1 away to Sligo Rovers.
Carr struck for the first goal on ten minutes after a sustained period of Donegal pressure and good approach play from Paul Ryan.
And Carr pounced for the second two minutes into the second period when he punished a poor kick out to set the side, managed by Peter McHugh, on their way against a solid Cavan/ Monaghan outfit that came close on a number of occasions in the first half of netting themselves.
“We may have been lucky to be 1-0 up at half-time. Cavan Monaghan had a couple of chances in the first half and Oisin Farrell pulled off a couple of good saves,” said the Donegal boss afterwards.
“But I felt we were the better side in the second half and deserved to win,”
Donegal, who were a little nervous and tentative looking after Carr’s opener, kicked on in the second half and were much the better side. And they controlled the game for much of the half thanks to good play from Rory Creevy, Oisin Harkin, Aidan McGowan, Carr, Josh Maxwell and Conor Doherty.
“It is a new squad of players and we were trying out things and playing some lads out of position. But we changed things around again in the second half and introduced a number of players and we kicked on from there and we scored two very good goals.”
With Cavan/Monaghan restricted to sporadic attacks Josh Maxwell struck for the third goal three minutes from the end when he turned a number of defenders in the box before slotting past Ben McGahon in the Cavan/Monaghan goals.
“It was good to get the win. But it is not about the result; it is all about the performance and bringing these lads through for the years to come.
“It is all about developing these boys for the future.
“Once we got going we were the better team. Their direct style did trouble us in the first half just like Sligo/Leitrim.
“I prefer to keep the ball down and once we got to do that we were the better team and they did not create much in the second half and the longer the game went on the better we got.”
Inishowen are next up for Donegal in what is a must win game. A Donegal win and if Sligo/Leitrim were to lose their last game, Donegal would be back with a chance of advancing from the group.
Donegal: Oisin Farrell, Lee Farren, Lorcan Harvey, Paul Ryan, Aidan McGowan, Rory McGrenra, Oisin Harkin, Ryan Creevey, Adam Carr. Subs: Alec McGinley, Luke McGlynn, Ciaran McCormick, Tiarnan Brown, John Maxwell, Dean Timoney, Oisin McFadden.
Cavan/Monaghan: Bonnie McKernan, Aishling Maloney, Jason O’Gorman, Donal McSorley, Odhran Reilly, Kevin Lovett, Josh Shields, Gabriel Asare, Darragh Lovett. Subs: Dylan O’Reilly, Donnchadh McNamara, Ben McGahan, Lucy Jane Grant, Andrew McGaughey.
Referee: Keith Ferry (Donegal)