COLM MCFADDEN became a father for the first time last week and the St Michael’s forward had further reason to celebrate when he grabbed seven points to help his side to a two-point win over St Eunan’s at the Bridge in Dunfanaghy on Sunday.
St Michael’s 0-11
St Eunan’s 1-6
McFadden’s wife Levina gave birth to a baby girl on Bank Holiday Monday and it was her husband who led St Michael’s to their first win of their return to the All-County League Division One.
The defeat for the Letterkenny outfit - their second in three after the reversal at the hands of Naomh Conaill - means they will head into the weekend’s double header of fixtures wanting some points.
With 10 minutes left on the clock, it was the visitors who led, thanks in no small part to Conor Gibbons, who contributed 1-4. However, in the closing stages St Michael’s got their noses in front through a McFadden brace and a point from Lorcan McDaid to seal a two-point win.
St Eunan;’s grabbed the only goal of the game inside of four minutes when Ross Wherity got on the end of a ball into the square from Rory Kavanagh. Ciaran Gallagher in the St Michael’s goal saved Wherity’s effort but Gibbons was on hand to tuck home the rebound.
McFadden belatedly got the hosts on the scoresheet but scores from Kavanagh and Gibbons sandwiched scores by McFadden and Andrew Kelly as St Eunan’s led by two points after 20 minutes.
John McFadden put St Michael’s ahead for the first time in the game before a late score by David McGinley to leave the scores level at the break, 0-6 to 1-3.
Two Gibbons scores put St Eunan’s ahead again after the restart but it was far from one-way traffic. As he had in the first half, goalkeeper John Paul Clarke was required to save well from Stephen Coyle.
Daniel McLaughlin came from the bench and was immediately on the mark, as was McFadden from play, as the scores were levelled again. Gibbons edged St Eunan’s in front once more but it was St Michael’s who finished the stronger.
St Michael’s: Ciaran Gallagher; Brendan Rodden, Peter Witherow, Stephen Doak; Andrew Kelly (0-1), Michael McGinley, Michael Gallagher; Martin McElhinney, Lorcan McDaid (0-1); Martin Breslin, John McFadden (0-1), Stephen Coyle; Colm McFadden (0-7, 6f), Antoin McFadden, Raymond McLaughlin. Subs: Daniel McLaughlin (0-1) for Breslin, (41), Martin Breslin for Coyle (56).
St Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Conor Parke, Michael Martin, Damian McClafferty; Peter Devine, Eamon Doherty, Caolan Ward; John Haran, Ross Wherity; Conal McGinley, Conal Dunne, Rory Kavanagh (0-1); Packie Kennedy, David McGinley (0-1), Conor Gibbons (1-4, 3f). Subs: James Bradley for McClafferty, (11, Ciaran Greene for Kennedy, (36).
Referee: Shaun McLaughlin (Malin)