Goals from Michael Moreton and Matthew McColgan were the key scores at MacCumhaill Park as St. Eunan’s defeated MacCumhaill’s to qualify for the Junior B Championship final.
St. Eunan’s 2-8
Eunan’s led by 1-2 to no score on 9 minutes following points from a McColgan free and Paul Crossan from play either side of a well taken goal from Moreton who finished emphatically following great work by Anthony Walsh in the Eunan’s forward line. MacCumhaill’s got off the mark on 10 minutes, with a goal from Niall McCloskey with a driving shot that gave Eunan’s ‘keeper Emmet Lynch no chance.
Full forwards Moreton and Paddy Kelly traded the next six scores in a nip and tuck first half followed by a point from MacCumhaill’s midfielder Packie Gallen on 27 minutes which sent the teams in level at 1-5 apiece at half time.
Points from substitute John Russell and Moreton in the opening stages of the second half gave Eunan’s a two point cushion. Paddy Clohessy added two points for MacCumhaill’s, sandwiched by Crossan’s second point for John Coleman’s Eunan’s side. Scores were at a premium in the latter stages and there was only one point between the teams with two minutes remaining, Eunan’s leading 1-8 to 1-7.
With the game in the balance Mark Forde gained vital possession for Eunan’s in the middle third and drove through the Ballybofey defence before laying off for McColgan who finished neatly to the MacCumhaill’s net under pressure to secure a 2-8 to 1-7 win for the Letterkenny side who will now face Downings in the county final.
St. Eunan’s: E.Lynch, C.McIntyre, G.Maguire, M.Forde, B.Thornton, S.Nairn, J.Cavanagh, N.Kennedy, P.Crossan (0-02), M.McColgan (1-02), D.Rafferty, S.Crossan, M.Coleman, M.Moreton (1-03), A.Walsh. subs; J.Russell (0-01) , K.Meehan, P.McAleer, O.O’Boyle, A.O’Connell.
MacCumhaill’s: M.Cannon, A.Dullaghan, G.Doherty, E.Burke, P.Patton, C.Gallagher, A.Doherty, G.O’Donnell, P.Gallen (0-01), N.McCloskey (1-00), K.Hughes, P. Clohessy (0-02), G.Reilly, P.Kelly (0-04), M. Patton