St. Eunan’s U16 girls were crowned County A Champions after a hard-fought battle with Milford under the lights at St Mary’s Convoy on Wednesday night.
St Eunan’s . . . . 2-14
Milford . . . . 2-03
A stunning second half performance by the Letterkenny girls saw them lift the title with more than enough to spare in the end.
Both teams came into the final having despatched pre-tournament favourites, Eunan's seeing off Termon by 11 points while Milford defeated reigning champions Naomh Conaill with ease in their semi-final.
The final had all started so well for Milford when Megan Ryan netted in the opening minutes to get Marty Barrett’s girls off to a flying start.
But the St Eunan’s girls were bolted into action, with Niamh Harkin, Claire Doherty and Niamh Walsh pointing to get them back in the game.
As the Eunan’s forwards took control of the game, Milford needed ‘keeper Alannah McFadden to be at her best as she pulled off a series of fine saves – stopping four clear goal chances in the early stages.
But when one of those shots re-bounded, Laura Crossan despatched a wonderful shot to the top left-hand corner of the net.
The Milford defence struggled to cope with Eunan’s full-forward Shannon Cunningham who wasn’t to be denied a goal, finally blasting the ball past McFadden to give Eunan’s a 2-04 to 1-02 lead.
The St Eunan’s girls completely dominated the second half, with sub Laoise Ryan adding two more points.
Cunningham, Walsh and Doherty were all back on the scoresheet as Eunan’s hit ten points in the second half.
The St. Eunan's defence helped restrict Milford to just two second-half scores, one a glorious goal from Kelly-Ann Buchanan who buried a shot to the net seven minutes from the end.
Eunan's brought on Ciara O'Donnell and Caoimhe Kelly to help steady their nerves.
However, the Milford goal was to be a mere consolation for a brave Milford team as Greg Harkin and Eunan Walsh's Letterkenny girls ran out comfortable winners on the night.