There will be a repeat of the 2012 county final after Naomh Conaill and St. Eunan’s had easier than expected passages to the final after one-sided semi-finals at weekend.
Reigning champions, St. Eunan’s, completely overwhelmed St. Michael’s in the final 20 minutes on Saturday evening, while yesterday afternoon, Naomh Conaill, had an even easier passage against a very disappointing Kilcar challenge.
In the first semi-final St. Michael’s came from two points down at the break to go ahead 0-10 to 0-8 within five minutes of the restart but they could manage only more point in the final 27 minutes, while St. Eunan’s turned on the style with some great displays from young players like Rory Carr, Caolan Ward, Conor Parke, Lee McMonagle and Conor Gibbons.
The Letterkenny side looked like champions’ in waiting, but then we saw an equally impressive display from Naomh Conaill as they brushed aside Kilcar in the second semi-final.
They hit two goals in each half as Kilcar just couldn’t make any headway. Kilcar could point to some very tough calls going against them from referee Seamus McGonagle, but overall they were playing second fiddle to a Naomh Conaill side that were physically superior.
The Glenties men will remember the 2012 final when they led St. Eunan’s with minutes left before conceding a late goal to Lee McMonagle which left St. Eunan’s one point winners - 1-7 to 0-9.
St. Eunan’s will be contesting their 11th final of the new millennium and they have won the last five finals they have contested.
The line-up for the Intermediate semi-finals were completed on Saturday evening when Aodh Ruadh overcame Milford in the quarter-final replay. Their win was followed by the semi-final draw which paired the Ballyshannon side with neighbours Bundoran in a tasty encounter, while Naomh Colmcille will take on Fanad Gaels. Those semi-finals take place next weekend.