Naomh Columba were celerating U-16 league success at the weekend following their Division Two League final win over Urris at Sean MacCumhaill Park, on Friday night.
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Aaron Doherty, Liam Donnegan and Finn Gallagher scored the goals for the winners who led 2-9 to 2-5 at half-time thanks to goals from Doherty and Donnegan and three points each from Doherty and Lanty Molloy, two from Ronan O’Hare and one from Donnegan.
Doherty and Molloy ran the show for most of the 60 minutes for Naomh Columba who, after getting off to a flying start with three points in the opening seven minutes, found themselves 1-3 to 0-3 down at the end of the first quarter.
A fortunate Luke Devlin goal ten minutes into the game got the Inishowen men off the mark when his long range punt from 50 metres hopped over Naomh Columba keeper Colm McElroy into an empty net.
McElroy atoned shortly afterwards when he denied Devlin a second green flag with a fine save and he was alert again late on to deny the Inishowen boys a fourth goal.
Boosted by their stroke of good fortune and thanks to some fine fielding in the middle of the park from Luke Devlin and clever off the ball running from Jack Doherty and Oisin Hession, Urris pulled three clear.
With Molloy switched to midfield to address the influence of Devlin, the tide turned again. Molloy popped over Naomh Columba’s first point in close on ten minutes before Donnegan struck for the first of the goals after Doherty and Molloy combined well to carve the opening.
Ronan O’Hare made it a two point game, 1-5 to 1-3, coming up to the 20 minute mark before Mikey Friel, cheekily found the top right corner of McElroy’s net from the edge of the D.
And when Jack Doherty converted from 20 metres, Urris were in front again by two, 2-4 to 1-5. But a strong closing ten minutes to the half and points from Aaron Doherty (2) and Molloy and a Doherty goal, sent Naomh Columba in four up at the interval.
The boys from the South West dominated the third quarter and had stretched their lead out to ten points to lead 3-12 to 2-5 by the three quarter-mark. Molloy and Doherty (2) hit the points and midfielder Finn Gallagher got in for the goal after Donnegan and Paul O’Hehir combined well out on the left.
A Tiernan Devine converted free and Jack Doherty goal after Oisin Hession opened up the Naomh Columba defence reduced the margin to seven points with a little over ten minutes remaining. And when Mikey Friel and Tiernan Devine raised two more Urris white flags, the margin was down to five. But late points form Molloy and Doherty closed out the game and ensured a seven point win.
Naomh Columba: Colm McElroy; Oisin Byrne, Jordan Burns, Tadhg McGinley; Owen McIntyre, Aaron Dohetry(1-7,6f), James Heanea; Finn Gallagher (1-0), Ronan O’Hehir (0-2); Eric Carr, Lanty Molloy (0-5), Dillon Kelly; Ronan Gillespie, Liam Donnegan (1-1), Paul O’Hehir. Sub: Michael Lyons for P O’Hehir (61).
Urris; Kyle Devlin; Kyle Doherty, James Devlin, Lee Harkin; Luke Mullins, Brendan Dohetry, Oisin Hession (0-1); Luke Devlin (1-0), Tiernan Devine (0-3,3f); Conor O’Donnell, Jack Doherty (1-3,1f), Mikey Friel (1-1); Oisin Devlin, Gavin McDaid, Michael Porter. Subs: Owen Brennan for M Porter; Kevin Noone for G McDaid (both 48); David McCarron for C Harkin (58); Declan Gill for K Doherty (61).
Referee: Greg McGrory (Four Masters).