LETTERKENNY INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY breezed into the last eight of the independent.ie Senior League Division 2 with a comfortable home win over Cavan Institute this afternoon.
LyIT 3-14 Cavan Institute 2-4
Eamon O’Boyle’s side made it three from three and that was enough to top the group having already defeated University of Ulster Coleraine 3-12 to 0-7 and North-West Regional College 5-18 to 0-7.
This afternoon at O’Donnell Park, Cavan were game enough in spells but it was the clinical abilities of the LyIT forward line that took them through.
Leading 0-8 to 0-1 at half-time, second half goals from William Gillespie, Niall Harley and Coalan McDaid were enough to seal what was in the end a comprehensive victory.
Manager O’Boyle mightn’t have been best pleased with the concession of two goals – the first an untidy muddle from Cian McKeon and the second a brilliant effort from Tony Simms – but all in all his side are going nicely.
It took a little while for the home team to get into their stride to begin with in a fixture that had the occasional tetchy edge but never spilled over.
Daire McDaid kicked three of those first half points and set up John Campbell, only for John Rickard in the Cavan Institute goal to make a good save.
In the second half LyIT’s positive approach was rewarded with three goals.
The first of them – the opening score of part two – came when Daire McDaid was unselfish and put a chance on a plate for Gillespie, who palmed into the empty net on 36 minutes.
Then, Niall Harley got on the end of a wonderful team goal, that started from the boot of goalkeeper Blake Forkan and saw Gillespie, Campbell and Coalan McDaid involved in a flowing move that concluded with a thumping finish from Harley – that came on 43 minutes.
And whilst there were plaudits for many in that goal, LyIT’s third was the sole property of Coalan McDaid, who began his run from deep just inside the Cavan Institute half and having made his way in from the left and skipped three challenges on 47 minutes, placed the ball neatly past Rickard.
That came two minutes after Cavan’s Sean Donohoe was dismissed for a second yellow card.
Cavan Institute’s endeavours were rewarded on 52 minutes when Harley couldn’t hold a dropping ball and McKeon somehow managed to get the ball to squirm past Forkan.
The visitors added a second goal, when Simms took a shot early a minute from time and his piercing effort flew into the bottom corner.
It was a fine goal but merely consolation in the end, as LyIT stroll on the quarter-finals, which will take place in two weeks’ time.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology: Blake Forkan; Jack Quinn, Sean Payton, Fintan O’Flynn (0-1); Thomas Courtney, Connall O’Boyle, Keenan Doherty; Niall Harley (1-1), Jack O’Brien; Callum Gallagher (0-1), William Gillespie (1-2), Caolan McDaid; Ultan Larney John Campbell (0-2, 2f), Daire McDaid (0-5). Subs: Mark McNicholas for Doherty (54), Lorcan McDaid, Shay Dolan and Jamie Boyle for Campbell, Gillespie and D McDaid (57), Anthony Kilpatrick for Courtney (58).
Cavan Institute: John Rickard; Daryl Buckley, Padraig Colleran, Sean Donohoe; Tony Simms (1-0), Michael Flood, Luke Fagan; George Wall, Joe Rabbitte; Adrian Leahy, Cian McKeon (1-2, 3f), Cathal Moran; Brendan Koegan, Darren Gallagher (0-2), Warren Casserly. Subs: Aidan Kelleher, Dylan O’Sullivan, Killian Watters, Conor Murray, Darren Smith.
Referee: Michael Mulhern.