After the weekend’s championship semi-finals the two best teams in the county, St Eunan’s and Naomh Conaill, have qualified for the county final.
On the back of their weekend performances St Eunan’s will be firm favourites once again. But let there be no doubt about it Naomh Conaill are the best team to test them in that final.
They both were comfortable winners and surprisingly so over St Michael’s and Kilcar respectively. St Eunan’s were ten points winners over st Michael’s and Naomh Conaill had 11 points to spare at the end of their clash with Kilcar.
St Eunan’s are a good side, I wouldn’t say they are a brilliant outfit. But they are very well coached and are well organised by Maxi Curran. Maxi has done a good job with them and they did what they had to do on Saturday night. And after Saturday night’s performance you would have to fancy them to go all the way and win the championship.
The one thing they are is a very balanced outfit right through the team. The reality is St Michael’s were no match for them and simply when it came to St Michael’s too much was left to too few. I thought Colm Anthony (McFadden) tried hard up front. Christy Toye put in a decent shift at midfield, but I also thought Martin McElhinney had a very quiet game. Martin and Christy needed to go well for them in the middle of the field for them if they were to have any chance. But Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty dominated around the middle and provided the platform for the win.
The one disappointing aspect of the game was that other than the players we are already aware of no one else stood out as a county player.
The one exception to this was Rory Carr. But he is still a minor. He is definitely one for the future.
Naomh Conaill were far too good for Kilcar. I thought beforehand that it was going to be a 50/50 game. But Kilcar were very disappointing and did not seem to have the desire or hunger to win you normally associate with Kiclar teams.
Naomh Conaill were physically much stronger than Kilcar. They were better coached and had better structure to their game. It sets up an interesting final.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.