A DAY after making his Irish League debut for Institute and after a week when he hit the national headlines, Michael Lynch starred for Naomh Colmcille in an eight-point win over Red Hughs.
Lynch played in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Annagh United at the Riverside Stadium for ‘Stute, having signed from Derry City.
During the week, the St Johnston teenager became something of an internet sensation.
Lynch, who won the Foyle Cup with Derry City Under-19s, is featured in FIFA ’15 and as many of his friends were picking up their Leaving Cert results on Wednesday, Lynch posted a screenshot from the EA Sports game accompanied by the message: “F*** your leaving cert, I’m in FIFA.”
Lynch is also quite adept on the Gaelic football pitch and he was Man of the Match as Naomh Colmcille scored a vital win over Red Hughs.
Lining out at midfield, Lynch lorded the engine room battle, but had a cameo in goals in the second half when he went in to face a penalty – and he saved from Calvin Bradley.
First-half goals by Willie Gillespie and Ryan McKinley propelled Francie Martin’s team to a deserved win.
Although Damian Browne kept the score ticking for Red Hughs, Joe Donaghy’s nine-point haul ensure that Naomh Colmcille were comfortable winners.
This was despite the likes of Ryan McErlean, Ciaran Devine, Richard Clarke, Ricky Hegarty, Paul Friel and Michael Friel being absent from their roster.
For Red Hughs, defeat means they are now the bottom club in the Division, three points off Downings.
Naomh Colmcille: Gary McDaid; Oran Hilley, Alex Devenney, Don Hegarty; Gerard Curran (0-1), John Fullerton, Eddie Gillespie; Daniel Clarke, Michael Lynch (0-1, 1 ’45); Mark Dowds, Willie Gillespie (1-0), Conor Grant; Stephen Gallagher, Ryan McKinley, Joe Donaghy (0-9, 5f). Subs: Liam Grant for Hegarty, Ryan Dowds for Gallagher, Jordan McDaid for M.Dowds.
Red Hughs: Luke Kelly; Mickey Devine, Shane McGlinchey, Dylan Irwin; Cathal Doherty, Thomas McMenamin, Pauric McMenamin; Eugene Browne, Paul Byrne; Calvin Bradley (0-2), PJ Gallagher, Damian Browne (0-5); Conor Gallagher (0-1), Colm Melaugh (0-1), Ronan Gallen.