A first-half goal from the lightning Blake Mc Garvey paved the way for a PCC win at The Bridge Dunfanaghy in the U-16.5 A schools final.
PCC 1-14 St Eunan’s 3-7
The Falcarragh school started well with the aid of a strong reeze and led at half time 1-5 to 0-2 with Mc Garvey proving a real handful from the full forward berth.
Indeed his goal gave PCC a lifeline as the seasiders shot four wides, three of which were well within range.
Carlos O Reilly was the other scorer for PCC in what was a hard hitting first half.
It was real end to end stuff in the second period with St. Eunan’s releasing some real fire power off their bench, in particular Jack Gallagher proved a real handful.
Two goals from the fantastic Shane Monaghan brought St. Eunans right back into the mix midway through the half.
PCC kept their noses in front for the most part however thanks to some wonderful strikes from the ground by Blake McGarvey until a St. Eunan’s goal from David Boyle edged the Letterkenny lads ahead for the first time to lead by two.
He may have been going for the point but with Oran Craig off his line the ball dropped on the south side off the crossbar.
With eight minutes left things looked ominous for PCC at this stage though they dug deep with Conor Coyle leading the charge from midfield adding a curling score off his left boot.
He was aided by a defence who were not just content to shut off the Eunan’s attack but add to their own sides threat going forward.
Daire Ferry constantly foraged forward for PCC with the impressive Keenan Gallagher a consistent line breaker.
With everything all square at 1-13 to 3-7 PCC played keep ball until Blake Mc Garvey found a seam in the Eunans rearguard just on the right side of the ‘D’.
McGarvey won a free for his side and then Eunan’s showed some indiscipline with the ball pulled forward for Conor Coyle to fire over the resultant free.
The subsequent kick out was met with the full time whistle to hand PCC the title, their first 16.5 title since the Arthur Cup winning team of 2014.Tags: