St Eunan’s All-Ireland championship dream ended in disappointment on Saturday when they went down to St Aidan’s, Dublin, in Iniskeen.
St. Eunan’s 0-7
St. Aidan’s (Dubliln) 0-11
The first time Leinster champions, who are managed by former Gaoth Dobhair player Micheál McCafferty were the better side.
They led by three points, 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time, and that was after St Eunan’s got off to a flying start and two Sean Hume points inside the opening five minutes.
St Eunan’s were rampant in the early exchanges and in between Hume’s two strikes they were also denied what was a clear cut goal chance by the St Aidan’s keeper Sean Montgomery.
Montgomery denied Daire McDaid from ten metres after the Termon man found himself through on an open goal from a Niall O’Donnell flick on. That was on three minutes and although it may have been early, was a big moment in the game.
Despite Montgomery’s heroics and two St Aidan’s points from Gavin King and Patrick Small, St Eunan’s still had their noses in front 20 minutes into the game.
But with Aaron Elliot and Sean Ryan taking a grip at midfield and with Conor Kavanagh, Gavin King and Eoghan O’Donnell carving the openings up front, the final ten minutes belonged to the Dubliners.
They reeled off four points without reply in the closing eight minutes of the half to go in at half-time in the driving seat.
They had stretched their lead out to six points, 0-9 to 0-3, before Daire McDaid kicked St Eunan’s first of the second half at the end of the third quarter. McDaid added another after Kavanagh had pointed at the other end before St Eunan’s put on a late spurt when McDaid and Rory Carr scored two injury time points.
St Eunan’s: Shaun Patton; Conor Morrison, Darragh McWalters, Conal Boyle; Darragh McMonagle, Conor O’Donnell, Sean McDonagh; Oisin Carr, Jordan McBride; Cormac Callaghan, David Tyrell, Michael Millar; Niall O’Donnell (0-1), Sean Hume (0-2, 1, f, 1, 45), Daire McDaid (0-3). Subs: Daniel Clarke for M Millar; Rory Carr (0-1) for C Callaghan (both 41); C McDaid for C O’Boyle (53).
St Aidan’s CBS: S Montgomery; K Nangle, S Brennan, I Jesson; J Connell, A O’Brien (0-1,1,45), J McLoone; A Elliot, S Ryan (0-1);C Doran (0-1), C Kavanagh (0-3), G King (0-2); E O Donnell (0-1), Glen Doyle(0-1), P Small (0-1,1f). Sub: C Ryan for P Small (57).
Referee: C O’Hagan (Tyrone)