Naomh Columba's Aaron Doherty fires a first half penalty past Mark McConigley of Gaeil Fhánada. PHOTO: THOMAS GALLAGHER
Naomh Columba finally made it over the line in the Intermediate championship semi-final with their win over Gaeil Fhánada on Sunday evening and the mood was one of relief in the Glen camp.
A goal from the penalty spot by Aaron Doherty just before half-time put them into a lead they did not relinquish, but they were made to fight to the end, before winning 4-11 to 2-9.
“That was a big one. That is a monkey off our back. We were in four of the last five semi-finals and we have got over the line this time,” said manager Paddy J McGinley. “It showed, we were tentative for 40 minutes, hung in there and in the end we were good in the last 10 or 15 minutes. Listen, it's a relief and it’s another step.”
When put to him that he might have thought he was back in his own playing days with Fanad using the direct high ball for much of the game with Michael Sweeney as a target man, McGinley said it was something that gave them difficulties.
"I think it is something we should look at. I’m not being critical because fixtures have a tough job. But a player with a knock, and there will be knocks after championship matches, need an extra week. We will enjoy this week and then we’ll look forward to Dungloe and the final,” said McGinley.
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