St. Eunan’s opened up the Donegal Senior Hurling championship race with a hard fought victory over last year’s beaten finalists Mac Cumhaills in O’Donnell Park, on Wednesday night.
St. Eunan’s 2-5
Seann MacCumhaills 1-7
In a key game for both sides, the early exchanges were evenly contested. David Whyte opened the scoring for MacCumhaills with two frees and this was followed by point from a penalty for St. Eunan’s.
Then Eugene Organ levelled matters for the home team with a well worked
score. A fine strike from the wing by Bernard McMenamin and a Ciaran Matthewson edged the visitors back in front, with Conor McVeigh pointing in reply.
On 20 minutes Stephen Doherty fired a loose ball to the net for the games opening goal and when Doherty added two more points and McVeigh added another the locals were four up.
Two late MacCumhaills points from Whyte and Lee Henderson cut the margin to two points by half time, 1-5 to 0-6, in favour of St. Eunan’s.
MacCumhialls got the second half to a flyer with a Matthewson goal and a point from Sean Curran to go two up again.
And that is how it remained until six minutes from the end when Colm Flood found its way to the net for St. Eunan’s second goal which proved to be the winning score.
St. Eunan’s: David Ireland; Francis Lennon, Eunan O’Donnell, Shane O’Connor; Conor Parke, Adie Gaffey, Cormac Goulding; Colm Flood (1-0), Seán McVeigh (0-1); Eugene Organ (0-1), James Connors, Conor McVeigh (0-1); Stephen Doherty (1-1), Colm Breathnach (0-1), Cormac Hartnett. Subs: Mark Timoney, Daniel Lee, Eoin Friel, Darragh Kerrane, Luke Wilson, Anthony Emmett, Michael McGrath, Jack Brennan, Paddy Flood.
Sean MacCumhaills:Dylan Laverty; Anthony Patton, Martin McGonigle, Oliver McRory; Michael McMenamin, Jamesie Donnelly; Gary Browne, Justin McGee; Barry McGranaghan, Bernard McMenamin (0-1), Ciaran Matthewson (1-1); David Whyte (0-3), Gerard Cunningham, Paddy Hannigan, Owey McRory. Subs: Lee Henderson (0-1), Sean Curran (0-1), Ciaran O’Leary, John Anthony Chambers.
Referee: Alan Nash.