Nagle grabs Nolan Glory for Aquinas

February 12, 2016

Danske Bank Nolan Cup final

in Meadowbank, Magherafelt

Aquinas Belfast 2-7     Lumen Christi Derry 1-9

A point in second minute of injury time from Eoin Nagle won the Danske Bank Nolan Cup last evening at Meadowbank Magherafelt in a pulsating final that swung in favour of one side then the other over the 60 minutes.

Although Lumen Christi recovered from them early in the second half, the two goals from Phelim Lennon during the opening half were the decisive scores.

Those goals, both set up by Ronan Quinn, put Lumen Christi on the back foot and they were playing catch up for 40 minutes.

The goals gave Aquinas the belief that they could beat the favourites and, with James Woods and Brogan Austin in top form at the back and Michael Brown, Eoin Nagle and Lennon causing problems up front, Lumen had their hands full.

Lumen trailed by 2-1 to 0-4 at the break, but helped by a 37th minute goal from Sean Kelly they edged ahead and led by three points at the three-quarter stage with Eoghan Bradley and Ben McCarron a constant threat.

Aquinas however showed great character to come back during the final quarter and a series of points from Nagle culminated in a tense finish with the corner-forward firing over the winner in injury time.

Aquinas : C Leggett, J Woods, D Magorrian, M McGeogh, B McCarthy, B Austin, F Quinn, B McMeekin, C Kelly, A Harney, M Brown 0-1, P Lennon 2-0, L Fahy, R Quinn, E Nagle 0-5.

Subs: C McHugh for C Kelly, E McMenamin 0-1 for L Fahy.

Lumen Christi : S Nicell, J Doherty, M McColgan, D McGurk, S McKeever, D Baker, J O`Reilly, M Martin, C Roarty, T Moore 0-1, B McCarron 0-3, O Duffy, S Kelly 1-1, E Bradley 0-5, M Philson

Subs : L McCarron for MPhilson, E Matthewson for O Duffy.