Aaron Doherty scored a stunning 2-7 as Coláiste na Carraige overcame Carndonagh Community School to win the Donegal Senior Schools final in Convoy.
Coláiste na Carraige 3-14 Carndonagh Community School 2-07
By Charlie Collins in Convoy
Doherty hit a pair of goals in the first half, the second of them a penalty, and Michael Gallagher added another in the second half as Noel Ward’s men stormed to victory.
Carrick got off to the best possible start as a brilliant run by Gallagher resulted in an off-load for Dylan Kelly, who teed up Doherty to blast home the opening goal, just two minutes in.
Gallagher himself, after another sweeping Carrick move started by Lanty Molloy, fired just wide.
It was one-way traffic in the early stages, but Carndonagh were a whisker from a goal as Oisin Hession shot against the post.
Gallagher and Doherty kept the board ticking and the south west men led 1-6 to no score by the 19th minute.
Carn got a lifeline, however, with two goals in a six minute spell.
First, Daniel Houghton set Lorcan Bradley up and he slotted past Colm Garvey, though Carrick contested that Houghton had fouled in the build-up.
Jonathan Toye hammered home soon after and Carn’s hopes had lifted.
When Garvey denied the Inishowen side with a fine save soon after, the Carn tails were up.
But in injury time at the end of the first half, Doherty tucked home a penalty after a Carn defender was penalised for a foot block and they led 2-9 to 2-0 at the short whistle.
A brace of Aaron Doherty frees at the start of the second half were bisected by a Carn double, their first points of the afternoon.
Carrick were denied a goal midway through part two. Aaron Doherty’s lob beat Daniel McCallion and hit the back stanchion in the net, but the goal wasn’t given.
They were denied again when Eoin Comack drilled against the crossbar but, two minutes from the end, the Carrick boys landed another goal as Gallagher palmed home from Doherty’s pass to cap off the scoring.
Coláiste Na Carraige: Colm Garvey; Oisin Byrne, Kenny Doogan, Jordan Burns; Cormac O’Leime, Aaron Doherty (2-7, 1-0pen, 5f), Ryan O’Donnell; Oran Doogan (0-1), Lanty Molloy (0-1); Eric Carr, Michael Gallagher (1-3), Eoin Comack (0-1); Colin Doherty, Tadhg McGinley, Dylan Kelly (0-1). Subs: Dylan O’Gara for Comack (56), David Love for C.Doherty (57), Paul O’Hare for Kelly (58).
Carndonagh Community School: Daniel McCallion; Darren Donaghy, Luke Mullins, Sean Byrne; Brendan Doherty, Ciaran Doherty (0-1), Donal Doherty (0-1); Gavin McDaid, Oisin McGonagle (0-1); Fionn McClure, Conor O’Donnell (0-3, 1f), Oisin Hession; Lorcan Bradley (1-0), Daniel Houghton, Jonathan Toye (1-0). Subs: Conor Banbrick for McClure (39), Ultan Doherty for Donaghy (44), Conor O’Donnell for U.Doherty (black card, 51).
Referee: Greg McGrory (Four Masters)Tags: