Malin manager Terence Colhoun was delighted to a see his side continue their fairytale run with a hugely impressive win over St Eunan’s.
The Inishowen outfit built on a good first half to dethrone the reigning RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC winners on a 3-12 to 2-7 scoreline.
Following a Lee McMonagle penalty, goals from Terence Doherty and Paul McLaughlin tipped the balance of power in favour of the underdogs as they went in 2-6 to 1-3 in front at the interval.
Twenty-three seconds into the second half, Stephen McLaughlin rasped a third Malin goal. And although St Eunan’s pulled a goal back within two minutes from Sean McVeigh, Malin sealed an historic win.
“When St Eunan’s scored their penalty our lads weren’t phased and we managed to get two goals by the end of the first half,” Colhoun said.
“Our boys played well. Then, at the start of the second half we got a goal after not much more than 20 seconds and although St Eunan’s got a second goal we matched them from there to the finish.”
It could all have been so different for Colhoun and his team after they went down 2-10 to 1-8 against St Eunan’s at O’Donnell Park in June.
Malin then came back from the dead against last year’s beaten finalists, Naomh Conaill, to keep their heads above water.
Cloughaneely were hammered and that result, combined with St Eunan’s win over Naomh Conaill, meant a quarter-final place.
“The boys knew that day leaving O’Donnell Park that they didn’t play to their potential,” Colhoun added.
“Against Naomh Conaill we were seven points down at half-time and it even went out to nine at a stage.
“The boys stuck with it to get a draw and we did what we had to do against Cloughaneely.”
There’s been 10 weeks since the group stages came to a conclusion but Malin kept ticking over in the meantime.
“We were waiting on the game against St Eunan’s for two months,” Colhoun added.
“Ever since the draw, we’ve been looking at them and everything went to plan on Saturday evening.”
Malin were cheered over the line in Buncrana by a huge following from the peninsula in what was almost like a home game.
“There was a great support there and the crowd was rooting for us,” Colhoun said.
“We’ve never ever made the last four before and all we can do is continue to focus and we’ll see how we get on from there.”