NAOMH COLUMBA COMPLETED the semi-final line-up in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure IFC with a comfortable replay win over St Naul’s in Ardara.
Naomh Columba 2-7 St Naul’s 0-3
When the sides met at the weekend, St Naul’s came from seven points down to seal a dramatic draw, Naomh Columba 1-18 St Naul’s 3-9.
With the Mountcharles team missing their talisman Stephen Griffin, who had booked a holiday long before the weekend’s draw, it was always going to be an uphill struggle.
The first half was a low-scoring one in difficult conditions at Pearse Park, with Naomh Columba going in 0-3 to 0-2 in front with Philip Doherty’s 27th minute point the difference.
Gavin Mulreany levelled it for St Naul’s a minute into the second half but that was the last point his team would manage.
A Philip Doherty goal on 44 minutes really put daylight between the teams, when he prodded home after a long ball in from Paddy Byrne.
Substitute Gavin McGinley added a second goal late on and Burt will be Naomh Columba’s semi-final opponents on Saturday, with Milford and Aodh Ruadh also due to meet in the last four.#[adrotate group=”38″]
Naomh Columba: Pauric O’Donnell; Barry Carr, Kieran McBrearty, Philip Doherty (0-1); Pauric Ward, Michael Maguire, Stephen Jones; Declan McGuire, Paddy Byrne (0-1, 1f); Ryan McNern, Martin Cunningham (1-0), Pauric Cunningham; Kevin McNern (0-1), Ryan Gillespie (0-4, 4f), Pauric O’Neill. Subs: Gavin McGinley (1-0) for P Cunningham (44), Paul Doherty for R McNern (58), Jamie McNern for O’Neill (60).
St. Naul’s: Patrick Burke; Conor McBrearty, Brendan McCole, Edward Kane; John Rose, Aidan Kennedy, Glen McDyre; Lee McBrearty, Danny McDyre; Cathal Lowther, Des McGroarty, Barry Rose; Brian McCabe, Gavin Mulreany (0-3, 2f), Shane Conneely. Subs: Mark Ward for Kennedy (46), Andrew Gallagher for Conneely (50), Martin Breslin for McDyre (55),
Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar).[adrotate group=”37″] Tags: