Tuesday, February 26, 2019
PCC Falcarragh 5-0 Glenamaddy Community School
Ethan Doherty (15), Kevin Boyle (53, 58), Calvin Murray (71), Keenan Gallagher (80+3)
Defending Champions Glenamaddy Community School exit this season’s Cup campaign at the hands of last year’s beaten finalists, PCC Falcarragh in Glenea United on Monday (February 25).
The Connacht stars stunned the Ulster men twelve months previous with an exquisite brace courtesy of Liam Tevenan and Conor Raftery to lift the newly established Cup trophy however the tables were turned this week when Falcarragh outsmarted their rivals in a wonderful showcase.
The Donegal crew stormed to victory with some classy goals, two of which were absolute belters from distance and with that brilliantly executed performance, they will be hard to beat in the Cup Final.
It was Glenamaddy that created the first real opportunity of the game with 9 minutes played as a sweeping corner from Liam Tevenan was carried with the wind and goalkeeper Oran Craig had to be alert to tip over the danger.
Daíre Ferry responded shortly after with a darting run down the right flank and his cross was just struck over the woodwork by the industrious Gavin McGarvey.
Paul Johnson was absent due to illness which saw the introduction of Ethan Doherty to the starting line-up. The youngster didn’t disappoint as he netted the first on the quarter hour mark, a real peach to open their account and settle the nerves.
Thomas Collins produced a top class save to deny Kevin Boyle as the game ended 1-0 at the break.
Falcarragh doubled their goal tally 18 minutes into the restart as a well-rehearsed free kick as Boyle found the back of the net.
The Galway school responded immediately through Tevenan but the inform keeper Oran Craig stopped his thunderous shot to keep a clean sheet.
With 58 minutes on the clock, Boyle netted his second and Falcarragh’s third of the afternoon through an enterprising strike from 20 yards out.
With ten minutes remaining Nathan O’Brien saw his rocket smash off the crossbar. However, moments later Calvin Murray converted with a wonderful individual effort to take the contest out of Glenamaddy’s reach.
The icing on the cake came three minutes into injury time as Keenan Gallagher scored an audacious lob from inside his own half to seal the deal for Packie Doohan’s charges.
PCC FALCARRAGH | Oran Craig, Daíre Ferry, Shaun Curran, Padraig Coyle, Kennan Gallagher, Kyle McMullan (Captain), Ethan Doherty, Kevin Boyle, Calvin Murray. Gavin McGarvey, Nathan O’Brien
SUBS | Cathal McGeever, Conor Hanna (for O’Brien, 71), Remy Moran (for Boyle, 77), Odhran Doogan (for Curran, 81), Thomas Ferry
TEACHER | Packie Doohan
GLENAMADDY COMMUNITY SCHOOL | Thomas Collins, Cian Canton, Cian Hynes, Luke Divilly, Joe Kelly, Cathan Fallon, Evan Duffy, Ryan Duffy, Liam Tevenan, Cilín Geraghty, Morgan Neary
SUBS | Ciaran Kelly, Joshua Gemmell (for Fallon, 43), Ciaran Lee, Darren Hegarty (for Carton, 61), Cathal Gilligan (for Hynes, 68)
TEACHER | James Francis & Michael Heavey ASSISTANT | David Lennon
REFEREE |Colm McConigley