Senior Boys march on
The senior boys football team continue to progress in the Ulster competition.
The Senior Boys soccer squad march on after two excellent wins in a week. First up was a local derby game against Colaiste Chu Uladh of Ballinamore. The game, which had to be reversed to Pairc Acla in Fintown, proved to be a showcase for the strength in depth of the FVC squad with 20 players being utilised in a comprehensive 8-0 victory. Goals on the day came from Conor Gallagher (3), Daniel Mc Glinchey (2), Lee Kennedy, Ryan Lindsay and an OG. The game was over as a contest with the score being 4-0 at half time, however the most pleasing aspect of the game was the fact that even after a raft of changes at the break the same number of goals were scored in the second half.
Later in the week came the crunch game of the section against Colaiste Ailigh of Letterkenny. Ailigh had already dispatched Ballinamore and Killybegs while FVC could only manage a draw against the fishermen. The outcome of the game would decide not only the group but also a more favourable draw in the quarter finals. The game itself was in doubt of being played due to the atrocious rainfall of the previous day and night, but luckily the excellent playing surface in Curragh Athletic’s new pitch was more than capable of hosting.
The match itself was, as expected, a tense affair. The Ailigh team were well mentored by Finn Harps player Keith Cowan and proved to be a stubborn obstacle. In a tight first half it was undoubtedly Finn Valley who edged the better of the chances with Daniel Mc Glinchey, Justin Mc Bride, Kenan Sweeney and Conor Gallagher all going agonisingly close to taking the lead.
The turning point in the game came just before half time when a dangerous move from the Letterkenny men saw a goal disallowed, correctly, for offside as Valley Keeper Gary Mc Croary’s view was impeded by a Ailigh forward who was clearly in an offside position. This incident seemed to spark the Twin-Towns lads into action and barely a minute had passed since the disallowed goal when the front pairing of Daniel Mc Glinchey and Kenan Sweeney combined to give FVC a vital lead going into half time after a fine finish from Sweeney.
The second half belonged to Finn Valley. Justin Mc Bride and Paul Bannigan were gaining control in the middle of the park, while the back line of skipper Jordan Tourish, Dylan ‘Del’ Laverty, Dylan Irwin and Kyle Doherty were letting very little through. Anything that did find a way past was met by Gary Mc Croary who was at his commanding best, in particular a save at the feet of an Ailigh forward in the early moments.
Ross Mc Gahern and Conor Gallagher were constant threats down each flank and indeed it was the rangy Gallagher who sealed a deserved victory with a bullet header from a Mc Glinchey corner. The performance was one of the best given by an FVC team in recent memory with every member of the team giving a stand out display. Next up for the team is a Quarter Final against the winners of Errigal College and Mulroy College for the right to play a Cavan/Monaghan team in the Ulster Semi-Final. Watch this space!