A physically stronger St. Eunan’s finished better in Towney to lay down a marker for the season ahead and Ross Wherity also gave notice to Jim McGuinness that he might have a place in the Donegal senior panel.
ST EUNAN’S 2-12
The game turned early in the second half when Kilcar turned a two point half-time deficit into a four point lead, but then St. Eunan’s struck the next five points and when Ross Wherity struck for their second goal with seven minutes left, the result was secure.
Both sides were short some regulars with Patrick McBrearty, Ashley Carr and Noel Hegarty the notable absentees for Kilcar while Kevin Rafferty and Adrian McClafferty were not togged for the visitors.
The first half was evenly and keenly contested with the sides level on three occasions before Kilcar went two ahead in the 21st minute, 0-6 to 0-4, but then St. Eunan’s struck for the first goal with Damien McClafferty and Conor Parke driving forward to set up Sean Hensey, who palmed to the net on 28 minutes and take a 1-5 to 0-6 lead to the dressing rooms.
The impressive Ross Wherity (2), Eddie Brennan, Conall Dunne and Conor Gibbons were the point scorers for Eunan’s while Ryan McHugh (3), Pauric Sweeney, Mark Sweeney and Eoin McHugh were on the mark for Kilcar.
Kilcar started the second half well with a Conor McManus point followed by a very well taken goal from Ciaran McGinley and Ryan McHugh added two more points to put the home side 1-9 to 1-5 ahead.
But it was then that St. Eunan’s hit back with young Conor Parke scoring followed by Rory Kavanagh (2), Conall Dunne and Conor Gibbons.
Ryan McHugh got Kilcar back on terms as John Haran was shown a second yellow and red with ten minutes left. But it made not difference to the Letterkenny men as Ross Wherity availed of a misplaced pass to fire home a second goal while Ciaran Greene and Conor Gibbons added further points and put down a marker for a possible championship clash later in the summer.
Overall St. Eunan’s were worthy winners with Conor Parke, Kealan Ward, Ross Wherity, Rory Kavanagh, Conall Dunne and Conor Gibbons impressing. Kilcar lacked the punch up front with their best being Ryan McHugh, Pauric Carr, Ciaran McGinley, Conor McManus and Mark Sweeney.
Kilcar: Eamon McGinley; Luke Carr, Patrick Gallagher, Pauric Carr; Michael Hegarty, Barry Shovlin, Ryan McHugh (0-6,4f); Ciaran McGinley (1-0), Conor McManus (0-1); Pauric Sweeney (0-1), Mark McHugh, Mark Sweeney (0-1); Eoin McHugh (0-1), Barry Doherty, Glen McBrearty. Subs., Conor McShane for L Carr ht; Declan McCloskey for B Shovlin 56
St. Eunan’s: JP Clarke; Eddie Brennan (0-1), Damien McClafferty, Conor Parke (0-1); Kealan Ward, Eamon Doherty, Peter Devine; Ross Wherity (1-2), Rory Kavanagh (0-2); John Haran, Conall Dunne (0-1,f), Ciaran Sharkey; Lee McMonagle, Sean Hensey (1-0), Conor Gibbons (0-3,3f). Subs., Ciaran Greene (0-1) for McMonagle; Packie Kennedy for Hensey, both 35; Niall McClafferty for D McClafferty 58.
Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs)