MOVILLE COMMUNITY COLLEGE overcame Coláiste Ailigh to collect the Donegal Vocational Schools Senior ‘B’ title at O’Donnell Park.
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Goals were the key for Barry Molloy’s men, but the second half strikes from Pauric Gillen, Padhraic Skelly and Evan Craig will have felt like a dagger through the Coláiste Ailigh hearts.
Coláiste Ailigh had a host of missed chances in the first half and they paid the ultimate price as Moville sank them in the second half.
James Breslin and Patrick Faulkener struck gold for Moville in the first half and despite taking an age to get warmed up on an icy morning at Sallaghgraine, Moville got the scores at the vital moments.
There was a little touch of good fortune about the third Moville goal in the 46th minute.
Skelly laid the ball off for Gillen, whose shot deceived Josh Pond, sailing over the goalkeeper’s head and into the net.
Four minutes from the end, Aidan McLaughlin’s long punt into the dagerzone was batted to the net by Skelly.
Just for good measure, Moville added a fifth goal as Craig drove powerfully to the net from 30 metres.
Coláiste Ailigh were the reigning champions of this competition and had reached the Ulster final last year and it was they who started the brighter, even if they did kick six wides in the opening quarter.
They still seemed to have enough about them when they went 1-2 to no score ahead by the 16th minute.
Ailin Pasoma was on fire, kicking 1-3 in the first half-an-hour.
It took until the 12th minute for the deadlock to be broken and it was Pasoma who slotted over before registering a goal two minutes later from a penalty.
Niall Ó hEannagain, Pasoma and Brian Mac a tSaoir combined in a superb move that ended with Mac a tSaoir being fouled by Jason McCallion just inside the parallellogram.
Pasoma stepped up to send a cool finish low down the middle past the dive of Ciaran Bonner.
Pasoma curled over another point and it was one-way traffic before Moville got a lifeline in the form of a 17th minute goal.
Gillen’s ball across goal was seized on by James Breslin and the midfielder expertly picked his spot.
Ó hEannagain and Pasoma extended the Coláiste Ailigh lead, but it was the Moville boys who would have been the happier side, although trailing by the minimum, at the interval.
Six minutes before the changeover, a second goal arrived as Patrick Faulkener drilled home and the scoreline then belied the dominance of Coláiste Ailigh, who were by now cursing some wayward shooting.
Gillen – who starred in Moville’s high-scoring semi-final win over Garimscoil Chú Uladh, when he scored 2-3 – brought the teams level, but Coláiste Ailigh went in with their noses in front, 1-5 to 2-1, at the break.
Niall Ó hEannagain, from a free with the last kick of the half, put his men into the lead, but Craig and then Cathal McLaughlin pointed to give Moville the lead and those golden goals fired them to a first ever senior title.
Moville Community College: Ciaran Bonner; Jason McCallion, Rhys Davenport, Shane McColgan; Declan Diver, Kyle Dougal, Cathal McLaughlin (0-1); James Breslin (1-0), Aidan McLaughlin; Eunan Mullan, Pauric Gillen (1-1), Gareth Foynes; Evan Craig (1-1), Padhraic Skelly (1-0), Patrick Faulkener (1-0). Sub: Jason Tinney for C.McLaughlin (70).
Coláiste Ailigh: Josh Pond; Ross Ó Marlaith, Cathair Ó Dochartaigh, Macdara Ó Eannaigh; Padhraig Mac Diarmada, Dara O Tuathail, Sean Mac an Ultaigh; Máitís Mac Ceallabhuí, Oisin O Tuathail; Niall Ó hEannagain (0-4, 3f), Brian Mac atSaoir, Eoin McGeehin; Fionn Ó Cléirigh, Dara Mac Carraigh, Ailin Pasoma (1-3, 1-0pen). Subs: Micheál Mac Suibhne for Ó Cléirigh (half-time), Iarlaith Mac Fhionnaile for Mac Diarmada (70), and Peadar Ó Connachain for Mac an Ultaigh (70).
Referee: Liam McConigley (Downings).Tags: