St Michael’s showed they are coming of age with a totally comprehensive nine-point win over St Eunan’s at O’Donnell Park.
St Eunan’s 1-9
St Michael’s 3-15
The team managed by Tony Wilkinson, who featured a number of fresh faces, actually trailed 1-8 to 1-7 six minutes into the second half, but, having threatened all afternoon, soon made their superiority tell in emphatic fashion.
Colm McFadden, typically, was the ring-leader but the St Michael’s full-forward was every bit as much a score-maker as a score-taker. He scored 1-6 but contributed much else besides.
The visitors edged the first half and went in 1-7 to 1-6 in front after Michael Langan, one of the new generation, scored right on Shaun McLaughlin’s whistle.
St Michael’s had opened promisingly, with Michael Cannon scoring twice, alongside Oisin Langan and McFadden for an early 0-4 to 0-1 lead.
However, on 16 minutes, Rory Kavanagh slotted home a St Eunan’s goal following a pass from Donnacha Gallagher to level the scores.
That coincided with the best period of play from Maxi Curran’s team and they edged into a 1-6 to 0-6 lead with Gallagher, Paddy McGowan, Conor Gibbons and Kavanagh all getting scores.
A minute before the break, though, Oisin Langan goaled after he was initially denied by a decent stop from John Paul Clarke.
St Michael’s saw Michael Langan ram off the St Eunan’s crossbar right at the start of the second period.
But even though they fell behind momentarily, the team from the Bridge roared back to take the points.
McFadden rammed home their second goal on 39 minutes after a pass from Ciaran Gallagher and assisted Oisin Langan for St Michael’s third on 46 minutes.
St Eunan’s, facing the wind and facing a St Michael’s gale, couldn’t get close.
St Eunan’s: JP Clarke; Conor Morrison, Mick Martin, Conor Parke; Conor Gibbons (0-1), Caolan Ward, Peter Devine; Eamonn Doherty, Rory Kavanagh (1-1); Michael Miller, Conall Dunne (0-1), Darragh Mulgrew (0-1); David Tyrrell, Donnacha Gallagher (0-3, 1f, 1’45’), Paddy McGowan (0-2). Subs: Conal McGinley for Morrison (16 ), Rory Carr for McGowan (46).
St Michael’s: Ciaran Gallagher; James Alcorn, Stephen Black, Liam Paul Ferry; Antoin McFadden, Ciaran Gallagher, Michael Gallagher; Christy Toye (0-2), Lorcan McDaid; Chris McElhinney, Michael Cannon (0-3), Martin Breslin; Oisin Langan (2-1), Colm McFadden (1-6, 2fs), Michael Langan (0-2). Subs: Andrew Kelly (0-1) for McDaid (11), Peter Sweeney for Breslin (19), for Michael Gallagher (27 black card), Mark McGinley for Ciaran Gallagher (half-time).
Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin).