Ulster Vocational Schools semi-final
St. Patrick’s & St. Brigid’s Claudy 3-6
Falcarragh Community College 2-10
 
Conán Doherty
Reports from Celtic Park
 
A MICHAEL Langan inspired Falcarragh Community College surged into the Ulster Vocational Schools final with a stunning comeback at Celtic Park on Thursday.
The rangy full forward kicked 1-8 of his school’s 2-10 as the Claudy men watched a five-point half time lead disintegrate.
And It could’ve been a bigger margin had the north Derry side made their first half dominance count but, aside from Liam Brolly fisting home over the head of Dean McColgan after six minutes and the bullish Glenswilly full forward Ethan Sweeney leading the line with three scores, Falacarragh managed to stay in touch with Michael Langan (2) and Dylan Doherty raising white flags at the other end to leave the half time score reading 1-5 to 0-3.
And the Donegal men soon made the opposition pay but not before six – that’s right, six - clear cut goal chances went begging right after the restart.
Langan pulled wide, Lee McColgan was denied, Dylan Doherty missed the far post and McColgan again couldn’t find the beaten of a superb Tiarnan Burke in goals for Claudy.  Jason McGee did find the net when he punched home from the deck but the referee rightly overruled it for touching the ball on the ground.
Then Michael Langan again – who had found the other side of the cross bar three times in that period – watched his bottom corner effort rattle off the base of the post before, finally, Ciaran McGinley broke through a roled coolly beneath the goalkeeper to put Falcarragh in the lead for the first time in the game.
It capped a spell of 1-4 without reply for the Community College until Ethan Sweeney struck again, this time to goals.  A lightning run from Caolan O’Connor saw the Foreglen forward reach the byline, pull back for his number 14 who volleyed to goals.
Within 20 seconds though, Falcarragh were back in front as Michael Langan availed of the space at the other end and hammered an effort into the roof of the net.
The same boy kicked three further scores to guide his side home and, after he curled the final point of the game over from the 45 metre line, he had given his side the insurance score needed to protect them from Odhran Crumley’s late goal.
 
THE TEAMS
Claudy: Tiarnan Burke; Sean O’Connor, Lee O’Donnell, Ronan Johnston; Jamie Brown, Niall Cartin, Cillian Higgins; Conall White, Ross Stevenson; Conor McGee, Caolan O’Connor (0-1), Keelan Smith; Ruairi McFeely (0-1), Ethan Sweeney (1-4, 0-4f), Liam Brolly (1-0)
Subs: Conan Mullan, Conor Lyons, Stephen McKeever, Shea McCloskey, Omarh McCormack, Kiernan McCormick, Ciaran Higgins, Shane O’Neill, Odhran Crumley (1-0)
 
Falcarragh: Dean McColgan; Noel Sweeney, Jamie Hunter, Ciaran McFadden; Shane Langan, Christopher Cannon, Dennis Coll; Jason McGee, Daniel Devlin; Dylan Harkin, Ciaran McGinley (1-1), Lee McColgan; Dylan Doherty (0-1), Michael Langan (1-8, 0-2f), Michael Mulhern
Subs: Aaron Carton, Dylan Harkin, Jamie McGee, Michael Fitzgerald, Colin McFadden, Patrick Doohan, Jonathon Harkin, Liam Kelly

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