AS THE SCORELINE SUGGESTS, this was a very one-sided game, which was over as a contest by the end of the first quarter.
North-West Regional College 0-07Letterkenny Institute of Technology 5-18
By then, Eamon O’Boyle’s team had scored two goals and seven points without reply in a lopsided game at Templemore.
NWRC’s first score didn’t arrive until the 17th minute when a free by Eoghan Quigg, the former X Factor finalist.
However, two goals by John Campbell had put LyIt into a commanding position and they went onto record a second big win of the term, having beaten UU Coleraine last week.
Campbell also added three points from play and one form a free in that period.
Points from captain Callum Gallagher, Jack O’Brien and Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle had the Port Road students in complete control.
After Quigg’s point, LyIT took command again with a third goal in the 25th minute by Caolan McDaid after an excellent move involving Campbell and full-back Sean Payton.
Campbell (2), McDaid and Jack Quinn also added points as LyIt pushed clear, while NWRC scores from Quigg and Lee McMonagle left it 3-11 to 0-3 at the interval.
Early second-half points from McDaid, Connall O’Boyle and Campbell again added to the misery for NWRC before Jamie Donaghy got their fourth point from play.
A minute later, McDaid netted his second goal after a brilliant set up by Campbell, who completed the goal fest in the 44th minute, just after Gallagher drilled over a point.
Both sides made a series of substitutions with LyIt introducing four players at half-time, but it didn’t effect their dominance and one of replacements, Jack Mahon, scored two late points.
Campbell completed his tally with a free five minutes from the end.
Quigg and McMonagle added points for the home side (pictured above), but LyIt were 26 points to the good.
Campbell and McDaid shared 5-10 of the total with McDaid hitting 3-2 and Campbell helping himself to 2-8, only two of those coming from placed balls.
The step up from Division 3, which they won last year, could prove to be a difficult one for the Derry lads, but their team manager, former St Eunan’s player David McGinley, believes it will stand them in good stead in the long-term.
LyIt manager Eamon O’Boyle will have learned little from this game, but was satisfied with the efforts of his team even if he warned that tougher tests await.
North-West Regional College: Ryan Wright; Paddy McNelis, James Slevin, Sean O’Connor; Cahir Doherty, Aidan Devine, Donal Purvis; Peter McLaughlin, Daryl Mallett (0-1); Alex Hildrith, Lee McMonagle (0-2), Eunan Hegarty; Ryan Doherty, Jamie Donaghy (0-1), Eoghan Quigg (0-3). Subs used: Ciarnan Higgins, Darragh Harkin, Jamesie Conway, Eoin Casey.
Letterkenny Institute of Technology: Blake Forkan; Jack Quinn (0-1), Sean Payton, Jack Scally; Connall O’Boyle (0-1), Jack O’Brien (0-1), Caolan Doherty; Conor Harkin, Niall Harley; Caolan McDaid (3-2), Callum Gallagher (0-2), Hugh Boyle (0-1); Ryan Langan, John Campbell (2-8), Lorcan McDaid. Subs used: Niall Gardiner, Fintan O’Flynn, Thomas Courtney, Jack Mahon (0-2), Conor Tinney, Donnachadh Kindlon, Anthony Kilpatrick, Jamesie Boyle.
Referee: Sean Paul Doherty (Urris).Tags: