Confident Coola seal Cup Final appearance

FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Boys National Cup Semi Final (Under 17, Small Schools)


Wednesday, March 9, 2022


Coola Post Primary School, Riverstown 8-3 Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair

Daire Callaghan (6, 30, 60), Oisin Conlon (35), Darragh McKeon (37), Owen Elding (47, 71, 80 pen)  Caolan Laux (40), Cronan MacPhaidin (51 pen), Martin Coyle (63)


DUAL HAT-TRICK HEROS Daire Gallaghan and Owen Elding ensured Coola’s progression to the next stage in the Cup following an empathic performance against Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair at Letterkenny Community Centre yesterday afternoon (March 8)

A superb strike by the talented Daire Callaghan in the sixth minute opened proceedings.

Callaghan again stuck on the half hour mark to slot past Cian Ó Gallchoir in the Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair net to double their tally.

Oisin Conlon headed home from a James Foley corner to make it three and McCarthy’s charges soon followed up with a fourth courtesy of youngster Darragh McKeon when his strike hit the top corner for a superb finish.

The impressive Gweedore Captain Caolan Laux pulled one back just before the interval.

The Sligo side, again started the second period swiftly as Owen Elding followed up on a James Foley through ball to make it 5-1 seven minutes in.

Cronan Mac Pháídin netted from the spot after he was taken down in the box to bring the score to 5-2

Daire Callaghan’s hat-trick was sealed shortly after this when he latched onto a ball following a defensive mix up in the Gweedore box to slot into an empty net.

Again Pobalscoil Ghaoth Dobhair came back as Martin Coyle slammed the ball into the net following a lovely free kick.

But it was to be Coola’s day as further goals came courtesy of Elding, his second half brace saw him convert a spot kick to complete the hat-trick in the dying minutes of the game.

Coola will await the winners of the other semi-final which sees newbies Scoil Ruain, Killenaule entertain Dublin outfit Gaelcholáiste Reachrann, Domhnach Mide. That game is scheduled for Killeshin FC (3G) tomorrow, Thursday with a 1pm kick-off.


The FAI Schools Junior ‘B’ Boys National Cup Final is penciled in for Wednesday, March 23 at 1pm. Venue to be confirmed.


COOLA POST PRIMARY SCHOOL, RIVERSTOWN | Kyle Gabbidon, Oisin Conlon, Ciaran Kenny, Aaron Mullen, David King, James Foley, Darragh McKeon, Niall Kenny, Daire Callaghan, Sam Tuohy ©, Owen Elding

SUBS | Dion Lowe for McKeon (60), PJ Scanlon for N Kenny (63), Dara Moyston for Callaghan (71), Aidan Gabbidon for Foley (75), Jack Tuohy for King (75)

TEACHERS | Kevin McCarthy, Keith Raymond

POBALSCOIL GHAOTH DOBHAIR | Cian Ó’ Gallchóir, Pádraig Mac Giolla Bhríde, Cathal ‘Rua’ Ó Gallchóir, Maghnus Ó’Domhnaill, Finn Ó Fearraigh, Caolán Laux ©, Liam Breathnach, Darragh Mac Aoidh, Crónan MacPháídín, Martin Coyle, Colm Ó Dochartaigh

SUBS | Michael Mac Giolla Bhríde for C Ó Gallchóir (35), Jack Ó Dochartaigh for Breathnach (41), Johnnie Mac Gioll Bhríde, Joey MacPháídín, Lee Mac Giolla Bhríde, Mick Mac Duibhne, Pádraig Ó Fríl, Cathal Diver, Oisín Diver,  Tiarnán Místel, Michael Mac Aoidh

BAINISTEOIR | Pádraig MacFhionnghaile


MATCH OFFICIAL | Tony McNamee (Donegal)