Donegal’s clash with Antrim can rekindle memories of minors’ class of 2006

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Donegal’s clash with Antrim can rekindle memories of minors’ class of 2006
Martin McElhinney kicked two goals as Donegal defeated Antrim 2-12 to 1-5 to win the 2006 Ulster Minor Football Championship at Croke Park.

Martin McElhinney kicked two goals as Donegal defeated Antrim 2-12 to 1-5 to win the 2006 Ulster Minor Football Championship at Croke Park.

The St Michael’s midfielder is one of four of the current senior panel to help Donegal to their most recent minor provincial title.

Declan Walsh, Leo McLoone and Michael Murphy were also part of Sean Clerkin’s side.

Cloughaneely’s Lee McFadden kept goal that day, while Malin’s Walsh was in the full-back-line alongside Shane ‘Baker’ Boyle from Killybegs and Mark McGowan of St Eunan’s.

McFadden is currently working as an English teacher in South Korea.

Walsh was an All-Ireland winner in 2012 having started the Ulster final that year and kicked two points against Down. He is a Client Relationship Manager at LeBruin Private in Dublin.

Boyle is living in New York and a bartender at O’Reilly’s Bar in Manhatten and travels each weekend to line out for Parnell’s in Chicago.

McGowan played once for seniors in the championship - a 2008 qualifier against Roscommon - before being forced to retire last Chrismas with an ongoing hip problem. He is employed as an energy trader with ElectroRoute.

Right-wing-back of that 2006 team McGinley is living with clubmate Boyle in New York, working in AIB’s corporate department and playing with Donegal New York.

Centre-back McLoone is part of Jim McGuinness’s seniors and scored the goal in the 1-11 to 0-11 win in Derry in the Ulster quarter-final.He recently completed a Masters in Education from NUI Galway.

Also in the half-backs was Paul Thornton from St Eunan’s, who is employed by Boyd HR in Letterkenny but has not played since 2009 with back and hamstring injuries.

At centre-field, Murphy from Glenswilly lined up alongside St Eunan’s Ross Wherity, who was part of the 2013 Donegal panel, scoring a goal in the 2-10 to 0-10 win over Tyrone in the Ulster quarter-final.

He works as an underwriter for Fora Financial in Midtown Manhatten and played for New York against Mayo in the Connacht championship in May.

Murphy captained Donegal to the 2012 All-Ireland title and has since led the Irish International Rules team and helped his club to two Dr Maguire Cups and an Ulster final.

McElhinney, who has just completed an MA in Education from Queen’s University Belfast, wore the No 10 shirt with Dualtach Molloy from St Eunan’s on the 45.

He plays for North London Shamrocks and is a sales rep for Seating Matters in London.

The 2006 captain was Eoin Waide, who has played occasionally for Donegal seniors, working in Roddy’s Bar, Glenties.Waide, Molloy and Murphy kicked three points apiece against Antrim.

Waide’s clubmate Daragh Gallagher has also flittered in and out of the senior panel and currently works at Lifestyle Sports in Letterkenny.

Gerard Ward from Glenfin can still be seen in his club colours and is an engineer based in the midlands. Brendan Faherty from Killybegs is in Chicago, working as a bartender in the Trump Hotel.

From the substitutes, Declan McGarvey is with Cloughaneely, self-employed as a personal trainer in DMG fitness, Gaoth Dobhair’s James Carroll teaches in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates, and Barry Shovlin is an electrician at home in Kilcar.

Antrim have four players, from their 2006 minors - Justin Crozier, Mark Sweeney, Brian Neeson and Conor Murray should all feature on Sunday.