That’s seven leagues and six championships, Niall Erskine said to John Haran as he presented him with the Democrat Cup on Saturday in Fintra.
St. Eunan’s 2-14
Haran quickly replied that it was seven championships. “I always put 1997 down as one that I won.”
In the end it was a facile victory for the Letterkenny men as they retained their league title against a makeshift Killybegs side, who maintained their 100% league record, losing all of their games. They had to call on coach Sean Connor to don the red and white for a very brief appearance before the ball was thrown-in to ensure that they had the full complement on the field.
In conditions that were atrocious, the result didn’t really matter as the title had been decided before the final game.
It was something of an anti-climax with the home side unable to put up any kind of challenge.
With nothing at stake, St. Eunan’s romped to a 1-13 to 0-1 half-time lead, making full use of the elements which they had in their backs.
Mark McGowsan, Donncha Gallagher, Lee McMonagle all recorded points before McMonagle had the opening goal on ten minutes.
They had 1-10 on the board before Hugh McFadden raised the only flag at th eother end, courtesy of a free.
The teams were anxious to get it over with, but there was a brief intermission before the second half was slightly curtailed.
Hugh McFadden added two more points, one from a free one from a ‘45’ before Conall Dunne added the second St. Eunan’s goal which was good enough for referee Shane Toolan to signal the end o the game.
By that stage, conditions had deteriorated with the wind increasing and lifting leaves from the car park and covering the field like a hail shower.
Killybegs: Michael Mullin; Antoine O’Hara, Daniel O’Donnell, Niall Carbery; Pauric Gallagher, Christopher Murrin, John Ban Gallagher; Enda Murphy, Daniel Breslin; Mark Boyle, Charles Tully, Manus Boyle; Ryan McCloskey, Hugh McFadden (0-3,2f,45), Sean Connor.
St. Eunan’s: Aidan Simmons; Damien McClafferty, Caolan Ward, Conor Parke; Mark McGowan (0-3), Eamonn Doherty, Dara Mulgrew; Rory Kavanagh (0-1), Sean Hensey; Conor Gibbons (0-1), Conall Dunne (1-0), Ciaran Sharkey (0-1); Donncha Gallagher (0-3,2f), John Haran (0-1), Lee McMonagle (1-4). Subs., Jordan McBride for McClafferty 32; Conal O’Boyle for Kavanagh 38; Michael Miller for Park 40.
Referee: Shane Toolan (Aodh Ruadh)