St Eunan’s breezed through to the quarter-finals of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC when they waltzed past Naomh Muire’s challenge at O’Donnell Park yesterday.
St Eunan’s 1-21
Naomh Muire 1-5
The victory means that Maxi Curran’s side, who opened Group 1 with a 1-17 to 2-6 victory over Malin, join Naomh Conaill in the last eight ahead of the team’s meeting in Glenties this coming weekend.
The Letterkenny side flexed their muscles right from the start and whatever chances their guests from Annagry had of causing an upset were almost instantly blown out of the water.
By the 20th minute, St Eunan’s had put themselves in complete control, leading 1-9 to 0-0 with Conor Gibbons out-jumping goalkeeper Thomas Duffy to slap home a goal on 12 minutes after Donnacha Gallagher had lamped a ball into the square.
Right from Sean Paul Doherty’s throw-in, there was a stream of black and amber towards the Town End goal.
St Eunan’s were bossed the middle third of the field and used that as their base.
Defenders streamed forward in support of attackers and Naomh Muire didn’t have enough finers to plug the multiple holes in their bucket at the back.
After five minutes, the writing was already starting to look like graffiti the wall as the hosts already had five points on the board.
Naomh Muire’s policies of flooding the defence with numbers wasn’t in any way effective as the onslaught continued. St Eunan’s snapped up almost all of the loose balls.
Conall Dunne scored seven points in all before being rested eight minutes into the second half. Sean McVeigh would go onto score four points, all of which came from play, and Donnacha Gallagher two.
It took Naomh Muire all of 22 minutes to score their opening point, which Daniel Gallagher grabbed.
It was to be their only point from play all afternoon.
But that provided little respite with Rory Kavanagh pulling the strings at centre-forward. St Eunan’s were coasting by the break, going in 1-14 to 0-1 in front.
The second half was a patchier affair with a spate of substitutions taking St Eunan’s back down a gear or two.
Naomh Muire did at least grab a goal to give their travelling supporters something to cheer when Hugh ‘Yank’ Boyle slotted past Sean Daffan following good approach play from both Brian Gillespie and Adi O’Gara on 32 minutes.
Naomh Muire did cause the St Eunan’s defence a nervous moment or two, although it really made very little difference to the final outcome.
Up top, St Eunan’s weren’t so proficient, although six second half points, with Eamonn Doherty and Conor Parke getting in on the act, saw them comfortably progress ahead of their trip to Davy Brennan Memorial Park.
St Eunan’s: S Daffan; D Mulgrew, M Martin, C Parke (0-1); C Morrison, E Doherty (0-1), C Ward; K Rafferty, J Haran (0-1); S McVeigh (0-4), R Kavanagh (0-2), C Gibbons (1-2); R Carr (0-1), C Dunne (0-7, 2f), D Gallagher (0-2). Subs: M Miller for Dunne (38), K Sharkey and C O’Boyle for Mulgrew and Gibbons (43), O McGinley for Gallagher (46), P McGowan and D Tyrell for Rafferty and Ward (51).
Naomh Muire: T Duffy; B Gillespie, A O’Gara, R O’Donnell; S Gillespie, J O’Brien, Daniel Gallagher (0-1); P Gillespie, D White; S Boyle, P MacEamharcaigh, O McGarvey; S ‘Yank’ Boyle (0-2, 1f), H Harden (0-2, 2f), H ‘Yank’ Boyle (1-0). Subs: P Rodgers for S Gallagher (39), S Burns and P Ferry for McGarvey and P Gillespie (44), J ack Boyle for S Boyle (53), Jamie Boyle for O’Donnell (55).
Referee: SP Doherty (Urris).