St Eunan’s College won the Danske Bank Treanor Cup final in a thrilling game against St Patrician High School, Carrickmacross at at Drumragh in Omagh on Thursday.
St Eunan’s College 4-10
St Patrician High School 2-6
The Letterkenny school finally brought back some silverware after the two year gap since they won the Mac Larnon title in 2014. The scoreline does not reflect on how the game had panned out as the Carrickmacross men never gave up.
It was Colm Mc Fadden and Chris Carr’s men who had got off to the better start with Conor O’ Donnell firing over two points, one from a free and one from play inside the first two minutes.
Carrickmacross then opened their scoring for the day with a free from Donnach Swinbume. Then on the 9th minute Conor O’Donnell played a ball into Shane O’Donnell who was about to pull the trigger in the penalty area but was hauled down and referee Stephen Mc Namee awarded the penalty. O'Donnell finished to the bottom corner.
Darragh Ellison then added another point. On 16 minutes O’ Donnell was then brought down in the penalty area but the referee waved play on and the Patrician men broke at pace and Andrew Moore got on the end of a fine move to finish to the roof of the net.
The Letterkenny men reacted well with Pauric Mc Gettigan scoring from long range.
A minute later Ellison got an assist to his name after playing a sublime ball into the hands of O’Donnell who hit the back of the net from close range. Shane O’ Donnell then pointed from long distance.
Down the other end the Monaghan men worked a goal which ended in Ronan Mc Keown rounding Eoghan Jordan to find the net. Tadhg Callaghan then tapped over another point.
On 29 minutes substitute Michael Gallagher played a high ball into the square and Pauric Mc Gettigan got a fist on it to beat keeper Ryan Mc Cluskey. Conor O’Donnell drew a halt to the first half scoring with a free.
The second half began with a well struck '45 from Oisin McEntee of Carrickmacross. Shane O’Donnell replied with a point.
Ronan Mc Cann was then black carded when he brought down Swinbume who scored the resulting free.
A short time later, O’Donnell struck a free which fell short into the hands of Dylan Doogan who was brought to ground in the penalty area,
Stephen McNamee awarded the Eunan’s men their second penalty of the day - O’Donnell finishing calmy to the corner which was the insurance goal.
St Patrician’s still didn’t give up as Eunan's keeper Eoghan Jordan was called upon again to make a fine stop with his feet in the dying minutes. And it was the Letterkenny men who came out on top and landed another Ulster Colleges title .
St Eunan’s College: Eoghan Jordan; Conor O’Donnell, Anthony Gallagher, Brendan Horgan; Ronan McCann, Cormac O’Kane, Oisin Cassidy; Conor Cullen, Shane O’Donnell (0-2); Daragh Ellison (0-2), Pauric McGettigan (1-1), Conor McKinney; Dylan Doogan, Cormac Finn (0-1), Conor O’Donnell (3-3, 2-0 pens, 2f). Subs: Michael Gallagher (0-1) for Cullen (28), Keenan Diver for McCann (45, black card), Oran Winston for Doogan (59).
St Patrician HS: Ryan McCluskey; Ryan Farrelly, Darragh Dunne, Jarlath McGahan; Shane Hanratty, Jack Doogan, Ronan McKeown (1-0); Oisin McEntee (0-1, 45), Tadhg Kirk Callaghan (0-2, 1f); Sean Jones, Andrew Moore (1-0), Donnach Swinburne (1-1); David Martin, Ryan McNulty, Cian Shekleston (0-1). Subs: Padraig McGahan for Kirk Callaghan (30), Ciaran O’Reilly for Farrelly (half-time), Adam Reilly for McKeown (40), Oisin O’Hanlon for Martin (53).
Referee: Stephen McNamee (Tyrone).