A powerful first half display against a strong wind laid the foundations for Magh Ene Colleges safe passage into the semi final of the O’Doherty Cup in Donagh today.
Magh Ene College, Bundoran 3-21 Dean Maguire, Carrickmore 1-5
Magh Ene will now meet St Marys College, Limavady in the final
In a close opening period the sides were level 0-3 apiece each after 10 minutes with Sligo minor Luke Towey hitting two and Cillian McGloin getting the other.
Ruairi Slane, Cathaoir Gallagher and Ciaran Cuddy replied for the Tyrone men.
A further brace of points for both Cian McEniff and Niall Carr put four between the sides.
Then came the decisive scores of the match with the Bundoran lads raising the green flag twice in two minutes from the boot of Carr and a bravely fisted effort from Conor McLoone.
In fairness the Carrickmore men did not lie down and hit the next two scores; a point from Slane and a well-taken goal from Aaron Donnelly.
Two further frees from Mc Eniff settled the Donegal men and any hope of a Dean revival was completely extinguished when a fantastic run from deep in defence by Timmy Govorov was finished to the net by corner forward Reece Brennan.
Two overs from Carr and Towey and a reply from Gallagher left the the half-time score Magh Ene 3-11 Dean Maguirc 1-5
Now playing with the elements in their favour the Bundoran school tagged on four further scores from Towey, McGloin and two from McEniff.
The Tyrone men’s hopes were dealt a further blow when the lost Conall Grimes to a red card and he was soon followed by Patrick McElhatton to a black card.
Despite this they battled bravely but found the rearguard of Paul Murphy, Oisin Walsh, James Stewart and Shane McGloin impossible to break down.
Further points from Cian Brennan, Oran Gallagher and two from Carr left the Tyrone school with a mountain to climb of Everest proportions.
With time nearly up, a melee broke out which resulted in three more dismissals – two players from Carrickmore and one from Magh Ene.
There was still time for the impressive Towey to add two points and Maghe Ene were comfortably final-bound.
Magh Ene: Conor Carty; James Stewart, Matthew Duffy, Shane McGloin; Oisin Walsh, Paul Murphy, Brian McHenry; Cian McEniff (0-6, 4f), Cillian McGloin (0-2); Cian Brennan (0-1) Luke Towey (0-6), Timmy Govorov; Reece Brennan (1-0), Niall Carr (1-5, 1f), Conor McLoone (1-0). Subs: Oran Gallagher (0-1, 1f) for C.McGloin, James O’Reilly for S.McGloin, Adam Gallagher for C.Brennan
Dean Maguire: Thomas Donaghy; Matthew Donnelly, Conall Grimes, Aiden McCallan; Sarah Casey, Shane Grimes, Ryan Gumley; Ciaran Daly, Patrick McElhatton; Sean Og McCann, Cathaoir Gallagher (0-2), Conor Loughran; Ruairi Slane (0-2), Aaron Donnelly (1-0), Ciaran Cuddy (0-1). Subs used: Thomas McCallan, Ronan Curran