Kilcar remain at the top of the All County League Division One by virtue of a comprehensive win over St. Eunan’s at a very sunny Towney.
Kilcar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-22
St. Eunan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15
Ciaran McGinley was part of the Donegal squad up until three weeks ago and maybe he gave notice that he should still be involved as he was very impressive in this game, hitting both Kilcar goals, one in each half.
With both sides fielding without their county players, there were other players missing also, notably Michael Hegarty for Kilcar and John Haran for St. Eunan's.
But despite that, both sides put in impressive displays. But at the end of the hour, the scoring power of Kilcar midfield pairing of Ciaran McGinley and Aodhan McGinley was the difference between the teams, as they accounted for 2-12 of their total. Ciaran McGinley hit 1-2 in each half with Aodhan firing over 0-8.
The sides were evenly matches in the first quarter, being level on a number of occasions and the vital first goal came on 18 minutes when midfielder Ciaran McGinley fired home his first.
That score was the only real difference between the sides in the opening half as Kilcar led by 1-10 to 0-9 at the break.
Darragh Mulgrew and Declan Gallagher traded points inside minutes of the restart. Michael Miller reduced the margin to a goal but then Kilcar hit four points without replay from the midfield pairing with Aodh McGinley getting three of them.
Whatever chance St. Eunan’s had was put to bed in the 42nd minute when Ciaran McGinley tore through their defence once more to fire home Kilcar’s second goal and a 2-16 to 0-11 lead.
St. Eunan’s did get a goal back when Kevin Campbell dropped a high delivery from Michael Miller, but Matthew McClean and Conor Doherty replied with points.
A Conor Gibbons free was followed by another burst from Kiclar with points from Aodhan McGinley, Matthew McClean (2) and Ciaran McGinley to leave it 2-22 to 1-12.
St. Eunan’s, who lost Darragh Mulgrew to a black card late on, had the final three points from Conor Parke, Miller and Donnacha Gallagher.
The win ensures the Kilcar remain a point clear of Gaoth Dobhair, who also collected full points from their game with Glenswilly.
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Dermot McGinley, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; Barry Shovlin, Stephen Shovlin, Cormac Cannon; Ciaran McGinley (2-4), Aodhan McGinley (0-8,3f) Conor Doherty (0-2), Mark Sweeney (0-1), Matthew McClean (0-4,1f); Andrew McClean, Darragh O’Donnell (0-1), Declan Gallagher (0-2). Subs., James Cunningham for D O’Donnell; Pauric McShane for C Cannon.
St. Eunan’s: Aidan Simmons; Sean Halvey, Conor McIntyre, Mark Forde (0-1); Peter Devine, Oisin Toal, Conor Parke (0-1); Darragh Mulgrew (0-2), Darragh Toal; Conor Gibbons (0-2,1f), Aidan Friel, Michael Miller (1-3); Brendan Maguire (0-1), Donnacha Gallagher (0-2), Lee McMonagle (0-3). Subs., Cormac Coughlan for Friel; Brian McIntyre for Mulgrew.