McLarnon semi final preview

Following their hard fought victory over St Patrick’s College, Keady last Wednesday week, Colm McFaddens charges attention now turns to the challenge of Lurgan outfit, St Michael’s college, in the semi final stage of the McLarnon cup. 60 minutes lies between them and a place in the famous St.Patricks day final meetngs, which sees the McLarnon and McRory cup finals played off on the one day. Eunans’ recent impressive form was continued after a battle-hard victory over St.Patricks college in the impressive Mid Ulster Sports arena, with Eunans eventually coming out 0-10 to 1-5 winners. Eunans did not lack leaders on the pitch with stunning performances all round, namely by midfielder Oisin Carr and half forward Odhran McMacken whose hard work ethic and fine dead ball kicking inspired the Letterkenny lads to victory. Their semi final counterparts, Lurgan, held off a strong fightback from their quarter final opponents St Patricks College, Cavan winning by 2-10 to 2-09 to confirm their place in the semis. St.Eunans played St.Patricks College, Cavan in the group stages, a game in which Eunans won comprehensively, by 2-15 to 2-03. St.Eunans progressed from that group in first position following wins over Cavan, Ballyshannon and St Marys and a loss to St.Colums’ College, Derry. Lurgan, meanwhile progressed in second position in their group following a win over Keady, a draw with Strabane and a loss to Downpatrick.

Following their hard fought victory over St Patrick’s College, Keady last Wednesday week, Colm McFaddens charges attention now turns to the challenge of Lurgan outfit, St Michael’s college, in the semi final stage of the McLarnon cup. 60 minutes lies between them and a place in the famous St.Patricks day final meetngs, which sees the McLarnon and McRory cup finals played off on the one day. Eunans’ recent impressive form was continued after a battle-hard victory over St.Patricks college in the impressive Mid Ulster Sports arena, with Eunans eventually coming out 0-10 to 1-5 winners. Eunans did not lack leaders on the pitch with stunning performances all round, namely by midfielder Oisin Carr and half forward Odhran McMacken whose hard work ethic and fine dead ball kicking inspired the Letterkenny lads to victory. Their semi final counterparts, Lurgan, held off a strong fightback from their quarter final opponents St Patricks College, Cavan winning by 2-10 to 2-09 to confirm their place in the semis. St.Eunans played St.Patricks College, Cavan in the group stages, a game in which Eunans won comprehensively, by 2-15 to 2-03. St.Eunans progressed from that group in first position following wins over Cavan, Ballyshannon and St Marys and a loss to St.Colums’ College, Derry. Lurgan, meanwhile progressed in second position in their group following a win over Keady, a draw with Strabane and a loss to Downpatrick.

Eunans have a rich history in this famous competition, with no less than five McLarnon triumphs under their belt. The last of those came in 2007, a game in which Letterkenny were led by current Donegal captain, Michael Murphy. McFadden was himself a winner back in 2000 after overcoming St.Colums College, Derry in the final. McFadden managed to bag 1-08 that day and the game is arguably the one that made people sit up and take notice of the then Eunans prodigy.

The St.Eunans College McLarnon team is as follows: Brandon McColgan, Barry McGeehin, Daniel Gillespie, Jordan Mcbride, Daire McMonagle, Ryan Diver, Emmett Lynch, Oisin Crawford, Ryan Hunter, Conor Tinney, Patrick Doherty, Conor O’Donnell, Oisin Carr, Conor McEniff, Aiden Sweeney, Liam Dorrian, Daire McDaid, Odhran McMacken, Enda McDaid, John Gibbons, Eoin Kelly, Sean Gallagher, John Fullerton, Michael Miller, Connall O’Boyle, David Tyrell, Brian Hannigan.