injection of youth made difference For St Eunan’’s

injection of youth made difference For St Eunan’’s
Conall Dunne scored five points in the final and ended the championship as St Eunan’s top scorer at the end of the campaign.

Conall Dunne scored five points in the final and ended the championship as St Eunan’s top scorer at the end of the campaign.

Conall, who won his sixth Donegal Celtic Cross in yesterday’s final, brought his total for the whole campaign to 0-23 for the six games.

The versatile Dunne put yesterday’s victory over arch rivals, Glenswilly, down to the injection of youth into the team.

“This is a different team to the one it was maybe four or five years ago You need them young fellas to drive it on when you have the likes of Rory and Rafferty, John and Haran and myself,” said Conall.

“You’re not going to win Championships without the young legs drive to drive you and cover the yards required over 60 minutes in the modern game.

“We have them players in abundance with the likes of Darragh Mulgrew, Conor Morrison, Conor Parke in the side. They are the players that inspire and drives us older guys on.”

Reflecting on the game Conall felt it went very much to plan and what they had expected.

“The way football has gone in this county we knew it wasn’t going to be an open, expansive game. Tactically, over the last few weeks we’ve been working on a couple of things at training.

“We knew we were not going to be able to play off the cuff like we might have done in the past. We knew that we had to be very patient and then the space would open up for us.

“When we went four-one up we were a little disappointed that we did not kick on. But Glenswilly are a formidable team with players like Michael Murphy, Ciaran Bonner, Neil Gallagher and Copper McFadden. You don’t get to an Ulster final without being a good team and they were always going to get their spell in the game and they came back at us.

“But we scored before half-time and went in one up which was important and it was a matter then of sticking to the game plan and wearing them down in the second half.

“And that is the way it worked out; we got some turnovers and kicked crucial points and we also missed a number of chances which might have made it a bit easier for ourselves.

“We couldn’t really enjoy it until the final whistle. They were putting big balls in on top of Murphy and we’ve seen what he’s capable of throughout the years. When you’re two points up there’s no margin for error. All it would have taken for Michael to get a hand to one of those balls and all of a sudden it was in the back of the net.”