Trinity do the damage early

A commanding first half performance helped Holy Trinity College record a comfortable victory over Clonakilty Community College in the All-Ireland Vocational Schools’ SAFC semi-final at St Conleth’s Park on Saturday.

With Declan McClure and James McGahan in fine shooting form from play and frees, Peter Canavan’s side were seven points up after ten minutes. That advantage grew to 11 when powerful John Loughran found the net at the second attempt in the 18th minute.

Jack O’Mahony got his side’s opening score when pointing a free two minutes later and Ian Falvey cracked home a brilliant goal, but Clonakilty still trailed 1-12 to 1-2 at half time.

McGahan had the Tyrone side’s second goal soon after the resumption, chipping over Aidan Collins after the goalkeeper had denied Loughran. At the other end, Anthony McKenna saved Gearóid Barry’s penalty kick and though Jonathan Leahy produced an excellent goal, there was never any way back for the west Cork crew, who lost corner-back Jack Barrett on a straight red card in the last act of the game.

Scorers for Holy Trinity: J McGahan 1-5 (0-2fs), D McClure 0-5, J Loughran 1-1, K McGeary 0-2 (1f) A Devlin 0-1.

Scorers for Clonakilty CC: J O’Mahony 0-4fs, J Leahy 1-1, I Falvey 1-0.

HOLY TRINITY: A McKenna; C Coney, R Mullan, N McWilliams; E Coyle, C McAleer, M Cassidy; A Devlin, D McNulty; A Armstrong, J Loughran, D McClure; K McGeary, J McGahan, B Potter.

Subs: M Hughes for Coyle (ht), F Burns for Potter (ht), G Corey for McNulty (53), P Warnock for McWilliams (53).

CLONAKILTY CC: A Collins; J Barrett, a Davis, C O’Donovan; S White, F Butler, C Hennessy; D Nyhan, C Crowley; I Falvey, G Barry, M O’Donovan; J Leahy, J Clancy, J O’Mahony.

Subs: JP Maughan for Butler (38), D O’Brien for M O’Donovan (55), D O’Gorman for Clancy (55).

Referee: J Curley (Meath).

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