St Eunan’s tore up the form book to claim a second Donegal U-14 Division One Championship title in-a-row with victory over Termon on Friday night in Convoy.
St Eunan’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Termon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8
Tony Gallagher, Caolan Collier and Lorcan O’Donnell scored the goals for Danny O’Donnell young charges, who entered the game as underdogs.
Termon, champions at U-12 and U-13, had dominated their neighbours in recent seasons and had beaten them twice already this season.
Among those Termon victories was a five point Northern Regional final win a couple of weeks ago in Milford.
St Eunan’s scored a late 1-2 in that game.
The boys from the Burn Road also reached this year’s All-Ireland Feile final down Kerry before losing to
Dublin champions, Castleknock.
Termon were the first ever Donegal team to reach a Division One Feile final and hadn’t lost a competitive game in three years.
But all those defeats hurt St Eunan’s and they were up for the game in a big way.
And with Ciaran Tobin doing an effective marking job on Termon’s big man Stephen Black, in the middle of the field, the winners laid the foundation for their triumph in the opening 30 minutes.
And thanks to big performances from man of the match Caolan Collier, David Smith, Ciaran Moore and Eoin Dowling, the black and ambers led 1-5 to 0-3 at half-time after totally dominating most of the half.
Jack Alcorn’s point two minutes from the half-time whistle was Termon’s first score.
And while they added two more before the break after Robert McGettigan moved from full-back to midfield, they still faced an uphill task in the second period. Aaron Reid, one of Termon’s best performers on the night, hit their other two points.
Collier and Sweeney had kicked points before Gallagher struck for the first of the St Eunan’s goals. That was on nine minutes when the midfielder raced onto a cross from Collier to smash to the roof of the Termon net for a 1-2 to 0-0 lead. Sweeney added two more frees and Collier also converted from 35 metres before Alcorn struck Termon’s opener. Smith and Moore, who had a big games in the second half, extended the St Eunan’s lead on the resumption.
Jamie Grant (with one of the points of the night) and Reid responded for Termon.
But St Eunan’s were on their way shortly after Collier got on the end of a sweeping move to drill home a second St Eunan’s goal for a 2-8 to 0-5 lead with 12 minutes remaining.
Termon were back in the game shortly after when Mark Gallagher, who had a good game, first timed to the St Eunan’s net after a Grant long range free dropped short.
But it was game set and match on 55 minutes when Lorcan O’Donnell - son of the manager - polished off a good move with a super goal and 3-9 to 1-6 lead.
St Eunan’s: Cillian Gribbin; Odhran Brogan, Noel O’Donnell, Nathan Plumb; Oisin Farren, Luke Cassidy, Ciaran Tobin; Tony Gallagher (1-0), David Sweeney (0-4,3f 1 ‘45’); Ciaran Moore (0-2), Eoin Dowling, Mark Cannon; James Breslin (0-1), Caolan Collier (1-2,1f), Lorcan O’Donnell (1-0). Subs: David Boyle (0-1) for J Breslin, 57; Donnacha Devenney (0-1) for L O’Donnell, 59.Josh Hay for M Cannon, 61.
Termon: Emmett Maguire; Michael Trearty, Robert McGettigan (0-1), Mark Toye; Jack Alcorn (0-1), Martin Steel, Conor Black (1-0); Jamie Grant (0-2), Stephen Black; Conor Cassidy, Aaron Gallagher (0-1), Aaron Reid (0-2,2f); Damian Egan (0-1), Kevin McGettigan, Mark Gallagher (1-0). Subs; Manus O’Connell for K McGettigan, 49; Lorcan Callaghan for D Egan, 60.
Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).