St. Eunan's into Minor final

St. Eunan's into Minor final

Peter Campbell s’prt@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

A physically stronger St. Eunan's are through to another minor championship final after overcoming a disappointing Aodh Ruadh in Convoy.

St. Eunan's . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-15

Aodh Ruadh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-8

The appointed referee Sean Paul Doherty did not arrive and was replaced by Enda McFeely, after an hour delay.

St. Eunan's started and finished the first half well. They were 0-4 to 0-1 up after eight minutes, but then a Shane McGrath goal got Aodh Ruadh into the game; McGrath started and finished the move with his left.

McGrath was excellent also from placed balls and the Ballyshannon side still led 1-4 to 0-6 with 24 minutes gone.

Then St. Eunan's hit a purple patch, notching 1-3 in a two minute period, Evan McCroary finishing the goal after great work by Brian McIntyre. Niall O'Donnell (2) and Oisin O'Boyle (free) had the points.

Shane McGrath hit back with two frees before O'Donnell had the final point to leave it St. Eunan's 1-9, Aodh Ruadh 1-7 at the break.

However, in the second half, it was mostly one-way traffic. Aodh Ruadh had the opening point from Michael McKenna, but they would not score again until deep in added time with a Nathan Boyle free.

In between the Letterkenny boys took a firm grip with Niall O'Donnell and Niall Hannigan controlling matters. They had the tie sown up by the 50th minute as they led 1-13 to 1-8 and but for some poor finishing, would have had three second half goal. They hit a crossbar and both Niall O'Donnell and Niall Hannigan blazed wide, while an O'Donnell '45' ended in the net but was disallowed for a square ball infringement.

For a disappointing Aodh Ruadh the loss of the two McKennas in the second half to injury was a factor, but they were not allowed to perform. The defence coped reasonably well but up front they were unable to make any headway, especially in the second half.

AODH RUADH: Sean Taylor; Shane Gillespie, Cian McGloin, Paddy McCaffrey; Ryan McKenna, Jason Granaghan, David Warnock; Conall Sweeny (0-1), Nathan Boyle (0-2,1f); Dylan Gallagher, Shane McGrath (1-4,4f), Michael McKenna (0-1); Caelan Drummond, Oisin Rooney, Odhran O'Neill. Subs., Gareth Sheerin for O'Neill; Ronan McMullin for M McKenna; O Doherty for R McKenna.

ST. EUNAN'S: Matthew Gallagher; Rory McCrossan, Daragh Toal, Sean Halvey; Brian McIntyre, Aaron Deeney (0-1), Michael McGroary (0-1); Oisin Toal (0-1), Sean McGettigan; Oisin O'Boyle (0-2,2f), Niall O'Donnell (0-5,3f), Evan McCroary (1-0); Oisin Purdy (0-2), Niall Hannigan (0-2), Kevin Kealy. Subs., Paddy McColgan for M McGroary 24; Eoin McGeehin (0-1) for Hannigan; Matthew McGovern for Purdy.

REFEREE: Enda McFeely (Convoy).