St Eunan’s finished much the stronger to post what was ultimately a comfortable win over Dungloe at O’Donnell Park on Sunday to maintain their steady start in the All-County League Division One.
St Eunan’s 2-11
The management team of the Letterkenny side - Eamon O’Boyle, Brendan Devenney and Michael McGeehin - can be content with a good second half performance and a decent scoring total of two goals and 11 points.
Dungloe trailed for much of the first half but would’ve been content to go in at half-time level, after Adrian Hanlon’s goal made it 1-3 to 0-6 at the break, but they failed to get going at all afterwards and managed just three points as the supporters were making their way out the gates.
After 25 minutes, St Eunan’s were comfortably in control, 0-6 to 0-2 in front. Ross Wherity, Conall Dunne and Austin Marron shared the scoring responsibilities with Conor Gibbons, who grabbed three points in the first half of his cumulative 1-5.
Corey Gallagher and Adrian Sweeney were the first two point scorers for Dungloe but Declan Bonner’s side were blighting their chances with a succession of wides. Then, Hanlon missed the target with faced with only the white of John Paul Clarke’s eyes.
However, after another Gallagher point, the wing-forward made a piercing run from deep and Hanlon was freed again. This time, though, the county forward made no mistake when going for goal and levelled things up.
When Lee McMonagle goaled at the start of the second half, two points from Gibbons and one apiece from Wherity and Marron meant St Eunan’s got off on the right foot. Rory Kavanagh then popped over at a stage in the game where the away team’s fluidity had stopped.
Seven minutes from time, Doalty Boyle was dispossessed coming out of defence with the ball and Gibbons rammed home a second goal to leave his team in total control.
Brendan McGarvey, on 59 minutes, scored Dungloe’s first point in a half-an-hour before Hanlon scored a free - the only one scored all day - and then one from play even deeper into stoppage time. Patrick McGowan, who had impressed in the reserve game with seven points, came off the bench to seal the home win.
St Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Eddie Brennan, Michéal Martin, James Bradley; Peter Devine, Eamon Doherty, Darragh Mulgrew; Ross Wherity (0-2), Rory Kavanagh (0-1); Lee McMonagle (1-0), Conall Dunne (0-1), Packie Kennedy; Austin Marron (0-2), Sean McVeigh, Conor Gibbons (1-5). Subs: Caolan Ward for Mulgrew (48), Sean Hensey and Patrick McGowan (0-1) for Kavanagh and Marron (52), Ciaran Greene for McMonagle (56), Mark Forde for Bradley (59).
Dungloe: Christopher McGlynn; Doalty Boyle, Raymond Sweeney, Gerard Walsh; Martin Redmond, Gavin Ward, Declan O’Donnell; Noel McBride, Shaun Sharkey; Corey Gallagher (0-2), Adrian Sweeney (0-1), Eoin Redmond; Brendan McGarvey (0-1, 1f), Adrian Hanlon (1-2, 1f), Basil Malone. Subs: Mark Boyle for Ward (41), Mark Clerkin and Conor Greene for Redmond and Sharkey (50)
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh).