St. Eunan’s Under 14 hurlers clinched the county hurling title on Thursday evening with a superb display of hurling to add the championship to the league title they secured a fortnight ago and in the process wrote their names into O’Donnell Park folklore.
St. Eunan’s 8-12
Mac Cumhaills 2-2
After defeating Burt in last week’s semi final, the Letterkenny boys had the opportunity to secure an historic double as they took on Sean MacCumhaill’s. As little more than a point or two separated the sides in their recent encounters, a tense and tight final was anticipated.
The Eunan’s boys got out of the blocks quickly with points from Shane O’Donnell, Eoin Dowling and a goal from Ronan Daly before MacCumhaill’s Matthew Doherty registered their first point. At this stage, St Eunan’s used the dominance of midfielders Oisin Randles and Shane O’Donnell to launch attacks and allow Ronan Daly, Eoin Dowling, Paul O’Donnell and Shane O Donnell to add further scores. When the half time whistle blew, the lead was out to 3-09 to 0-01.
MacCumhaill’s did not get to a championship final without battling qualities and they showed this when they came out rejuvenated after the break and were first to score when Matthew Doherty added to his points total. St Eunan’s immediately got a point back but were under pressure for a ten minute spell. Despite resolute defending from the Letterkenny backs, Matthew Doherty powered through to strike a great goal for MacCumhaill’s. However, the St Eunan‘s boys were not to be denied on their home patch and responded with their fourth goal almost immediately from the restart to kill off any notion of a Ballybofey revival. Man of the match Shane O’Donnell burst through from the middle of the field and finished brilliantly from 20 metres. MacCumhaill’s battled gamely and skilfully for the full hour, but found it hard to make an impression on the big St. Eunan’s lead. Dylan Crossan and Nathan Scully of MacCumhaill’s were a constant danger and Cian Farragh added a goal to the MacCumhaill’s total. Late goals from Eoin Dowling and Peter Kelly sealed the win for St. Eunan’s.
A delighted team captain Shane O’Donnell accepted the cup and thanked the MacCumhaill’s team for a sporting match, the officials who let the game flow, the St. Eunan’s management who put in a huge effort preparing the team and of course his teammates for their commitment to achieving a special league and championship double.
St. Eunans’ focus now turns to the Ulster Féile competition next weekend where they will also be a host club for Friday and Saturday’s group games in both hurling and camogie.
St. Eunan’s: Cian Harkin, Matthew Noonan, Keenan Barrett, Peter McGee, Marty Duffy, Andrew O’Connor, Jack Gallagher, Oisin Randles, Shane O’Donnell (3-05), Paul O’Donnell (0-02), Michael O’Donnell, Gavin Forde, Russell Forde, Eoin Dowling (2-04), Ronan Daly (2-00). Subs: Mark Mulholland, William Hutchinson (0-01), Conor Whoriskey, Peter Kelly (1-00), James O’Donnell, Dylan Duggan, Conor Horgan, Lorcan O’Donnell, Jack Doherty, Alex McDermott, Darren O’Donnell, Rory Doherty. Managers: Eunan O’Donnell, Gordon Randles, Michael Forde.
Sean MacCumhaills: Owen Gillespie, Dylan Kennedy, Shane Griffin, Jamie Crossan, Aaron Killgoley, Tommy Lee Scully, Fintan Doherty, Pete Byrne, Matthew Doherty (1-02), Dylan Crossan, Jason McDaid, Nathan Scully, David Gillespie, Cian Farragh (1-00), Sean Livesley Subs: Dylan Doherty, Jonathan Griffin. Managers: Marcel McGhee, Justin McGhee, James Connaghan.
Dungloe/Gaoth Dobhair win U-14B title
Dungloe/Gaoth Dobhair 5-12
Aodh Ruadh 1-3
This ‘B’ final was played in O’Donnell Park in almost perfect conditions for hurling. Aodh Ruadh opened up the scoring with a fine point from Eoin Doherty after great work from Senan Rooney. However the North-West amalgamation replied with two quick goals and a point from full forward Dáithi Óg Roberts and Aodh Ruadh found themselves chasing the game.
In fairness the Aodh Ruadh outfit never gave up and kept battling away picking off some nice points and a goal from Ryan Keenaghan from a goalmouth scramble.
Further goals from James Hartnett and Dáithi Og sealed it for Dungloe/Gaoth Dobhair.
This was a team effort from Dungloe/Gaoth Dobhair and they were just too strong for Aodh Ruadh.