Kavanagh hails the young brigade in Eunan’s victory

Gerry McLaughlin

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Gerry McLaughlin

Kavanagh hails the young brigade in Eunan’s victory
There is one magic moment just immediately after St Eunan’s stunning victory over Glenswilly and it features team captain Rory Kavanagh and his family.

There is one magic moment just immediately after St Eunan’s stunning victory over Glenswilly and it features team captain Rory Kavanagh and his family.

Delirious fans are busy taking photographs as the occasion is suitably remembered for the ages.

And there was something really special about last Sunday’s triumph for St Eunan’s that was in, for them, the almost foreign territory of the arch underdog.

But a superb combination of youth and age poleaxed favourites Glenswilly and made ex Eunan’s icon Brendan Devenney describe the win as a great day for “attacking football”.

Glenswilly blocked the centre so youthful Letterkenny went down the flanks like the Sioux light cavalry and made the space for the scores.

They were not flattered in the slightest by their three points victory and team captain Kavanagh was as sprightly as any of his younger colleagues.

Kavanagh ran the lines like a teenager and pulled off a magnificent catch in his own square as Michael Murphy and Co came looking for a goal to level matters.

But the athletic and very youthful Donegal midfielder paid tribute to the role of St Eunan’s young guns in Sunday’s memorable victory.

“It was just amazing really as we were really outsiders and we had to dig very deep to come out with a result.

“It was not going with us at certain times of the game as their big players came into it and it was the result that mattered in the end”.

And even though Kavanagh, Conall Dunne, and John Haran made huge contributions, Rory Kavanagh prefers to salute the nifty younger brigade.

“I thought the younger boys really stood up and lads like Eamon Doherty, Conor Parke, Conor Morrison and Rory Carr really came into the picture.

“Conor Gibbons kicked massive points for us as did Conall Dunne but it was really a mighty team effort that got us through.

“And we could have been much further ahead as we had a bit of wayward shooting in the first half”.

This was Kavanagh’s sixth county title and is one he will really cherish.

“We knew that Glenswilly were going to make it really tough for us and of course they had the experience of reaching an Ulster club final last year.

“But we managed to keep possession and our cool”.

A key feature of St Eunan’s all through the championship was their ability to keep possession and attack down the flanks.

They were hit by two sucker punch goals and trailed by four points on two different occasions against St Michael’s, but stuck to their passing game and eventually prevailed.

“Jim McGuinness used to say that when you are on the ball you are the point of attack, so there is no point in giving away possession and that is a key principle with us.

“And it is also about making the right decisions at the right time”.

And nobody exemplified that as much as Kavanagh who hit a superb equalising point from the sideline to level matters against St Michael’s.

It was sheer instinct and perfect timing.

But he also popped up at the end of Sunday’s county final clash to save his club at the death.

And this is a timeless quality called real leadership and true class when it really matters as captain Kavanagh and his men now look forward to taking on Fermanagh champions, Roslea, in Letterkenny on Sunday.