Thirteen-man St Eunan’s come out on top in a sometimes unsavoury All-County Football League Division One clash with Glenswilly.
St Eunan’s 3-13
The Letterkenny side won their fourth from four since the appointment of Maxi Curran despite the losses of John Haran to two yellow cards and Darragh Mulgrew to a straight red.
Glenswilly’s threadbare side perhaps got caught up too much in the spate of incidents and lost their way, as St Eunan’s were clinical in their victory. Michael Murphy, who had a groin injury, was absent and Glenswilly missed his presence.
By the quarter-hour, the hosts led 1-3 to 0-3 with Dermot McGinley bravely ramming underneath an advancing John Paul Clarke following a pass from Cathal Gallagher.
Donnacha Gallagher, who scored nine points for St Eunan’s in their Friday victory over Gaoth Dobhair, continued his good form with five first half points.
St Eunan’s went in at the interval 1-7 to 1-4 in front, thanks largely to a goal from Lee McMonagle on 22 minutes. The corner-forward picked up the loose change from a Conall Dunne lay-off after Glenswilly goalkeeper Philip O’Donnell slapped away a diagonal ball into the square from Rory Kavanagh.
Late in the first half, Haran was fortunate to stay on the field having picked up only a yellow card for a high challenge on Barry Molloy.
The visitors opened the second half impressively with fine scores from McMonagle and Mulgew, only for the willing hosts to claw back points from Cathal Gallagher and Gary McFadden.
Haran, on 47 minutes, was given his second yellow from referee Martin Coll after a tangle with substitute Gerard McGrenra, who had only been on the pitch two minutes and earned a yellow for his own participation.
Any chance that Glenswilly had of making their numerical advantage count was ended on 52 minutes when Mulgrew knocked home a second St Eunan’s goal after excellent play from Kavanagh, who broke four testing challenges in the build-up.
Mulgrew was then red carded as tempers became strained and Joe Gibbons, with a challenge similar to Haran’s in the first half, was yellowed. A minute fromt from time, St Eunan’s substitute Sean McVeigh tapped home a third goal for his side after another fine break from Kavanagh.
Glenswilly: P O’Donnell; C Gibbons, E Ward, C Molloy; R Crawford, Caolan Kelly, A McDevitt; N Gallagher (0-1), B Molloy; J Gibbons, O Crawford (0-1), C Gallagher (0-3, 3f); G McFadden (0-2,2f), Dermot McGinley (1-0), L Kelly. Subs: Darren McGinley for Dermot McGinley (18), C Bonner for McDevitt (27), K McFadden for C Molloy (33), R Toner for C Gibbons (43), G McGrenra for R Crawford (black card 45).
St Eunan’s: JP Clarke; C Morrison, M Martin, C Parke; D Mulgrew(1-2), P Devine, E Doherty; C Ward, R Kavanagh; O Carr, C Dunne, M Miller (0-1); L McMonagle (1-3), J Haran (0-1), D Gallagher (0-6, 5f). Subs: S McVeigh (1-0) for Miller (36), C O’Boyle for Morrison (59).
Referee: M Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).