Carndonagh Community School defeat St. Columba's, Stranorlar to win all-Donegal Markey Cup final

Tom Comack


Tom Comack

Carndonagh Community School defeat St. Columba's, Stranorlar to win all-Donegal Markey Cup final

Carndonagh CS celebrate Markey Cup success

Carndonagh Community School are celebrating a first Ulster Schools Markey Cup success following their four point win over St Columba’s College, Stranorlar, this evening in O’Donnell Park.




Lee McLaughlin, Johnny Toye and Conor O’Donnell scored the goals for the champions, who came from four points down with a little over ten minutes remaining.

McLaughlin hit the first of the goals while second half substitute Toye found the net in the second half.

Man of the match O’Donnell, who also hit six points, sealed the famous win one minute from the end.

St Columba’s led by four points at half-time after coming from 0-2 to 1-0 down ten minutes into the game.

Corey Lee Bogan hit the goal and Oisin Gallen and Joe McGill posted three points each and Chad McSorley one for St Columba’s.

Lee McLaughlin scored the Carndonagh goal and a class goal it was after the wing forward ran straight down the middle of the St Columba’s defence from the 45.

The goal was Carn’s opening score and it came on nine minutes to edge the Inishowen men into a 1-0 to 0-2 lead.

Corey Lee Bogan and Oisin Gallen hit the two opening points.

Conor O’Donnell converted the first of his three first half points to extend the Carn lead out to points.

But with Paddy Dolan coming more into the game in the middle of the field and hit men Bogan and Gallen combiningg well, the Stranorlar boys hit four points on the spin.

Joe McGill kicked three of the four, all from long range and super points while Chad McSorley got in on the act.

St Columba’s led 0-6 to 1-1 at the end of the first quarter.

And the Finnsiders were five up minutes later when Bogan rattled the net with a first time strike after Conor Bonner and Gallen had efforts saved.

Bogan and Gallen added two more points in the last quarter while Conor O’Donnell with two more placed balls kept the Carn boys in touch.

St Columba’s were 1-7 to 1-4 up at half-time

Jamie Keegan struck the first of St Columba’s three second half points within two minutes of the restart.

But it was pretty obvious from very early in the half that the Carn boys meant business. O’Donnell converted two close in frees.

While Dolan and McSorley restored St Columba’s four  point advantage, O’Donnell made it a three point game once again.

The Carn boys were playing with greater purpose and when Toye hit the net on 51 minutes to tie up the game,  every Carn man grew a few inches.

Ciaran Doherty quickly had them in front and fittingly O’Donnell sealed it with his late strike.



ST COLUMBA’S: Cian Gallen; Aaron Gilhooley, Ciaran Foy, Conor Patton; John Moore, Luke Gavigan, Joe Boyle; Patrick Dolan (0-1), Chad McSorley (0-2); Joe McGill (0-3), Oisin Gallen (0-2,1f), Jamie Keegan (0-1); Conor Bonner, Corrie Lee Bogan (1-1), Darragh McMenamin.  Sub: Matthew Doherty for C Bonner 41; Kieran Neeson for C Bonner, Jack Burke for D McMenamin 60.


CARNDONAGH CS; Daniel McCallion; Sean Byrne, Luke Mullins, Ultan Doherty; Brendan Doherty (0-1), Donal Doherty, Darren Donaghy; Oisin McGonagle, Gavin McDaid; Lee McLaughlin (1-0), Conor O’Donnell (1-6,4f), Oisin Hesson; Lorcan Bradley, Daniel Houghton, Mikey Friel. Subs: Anthony Doherty for Ultan Doherty 16; Ciaran Doherty (0-1) for M Friel 22; Johnny Toye (1-0) for L Bradley 39; Con McClure for O Hession 54.


REFEREE: Sean Curran (Derry)