St Eunan’s College are looking forward to an Ulster Colleges Colmcille Cup (U-131/2) semi-final following Monday’s narrow one point win over St Pat’s, Keady in Garvaghy.
St Eunan’s College 3-7
St Pat’s, Keady 3-6
In a keenly contested encounter played in very wet and windy conditions the Letterkenny boys prevailed in extra time to set up a semi-final meeting with St Columb’s,
St Eunan’s, though playing into a strong wind, looked to be in a good position at half-time as the sides ended level, 1-1 to 0-4, thanks to a number of top drawer saves from ‘keeper Matthew Whoriskey, and good defensive play from Oran Brogan, Sean Collum and Jack Gallagher.
Two quickfire St Pat’s goals at the start of the second half saw the Armagh boys race into a 2-4 to 1-1 lead. Callum Friel raised to St Eunan’s first point of the second half to reduce the margin to five but with St Pat’s on top they added two points to lead 2-6 to 1-2 with a little over a quarter hour remaining.
St Eunan’s dug deep in the closing minutes and with Jack Alcorn, Jack Roarty and Shane Monaghan all finding the target the gap was down to four with a little over five minutes remaining.
And Seimi Breslin set up a grandstand finish when he drove to the St Pat’s net for St Eunan’s second goal before John Collier tied up the game 2-5 each to send the tie to extra-time. Shane Monaghan and Oisin Grimley traded goals before Sean McVeigh kicked a brilliant point to seal the win for the Donegal boys.
St Eunan’s: Matthew Whoriskey; Sean Collum, Oran Brogan, Cian McMonagle; Conor Hughes, Jack Gallagher, Conal McDermott; Jack Roarty, Noel O’ Donnell; Adam Duncan, Seimi Breslin, Jack Alcorn; Emmet O’ Boyle, Callum Friel, Shane Monaghan.