St. Eunan’s 0-9 Dungloe 0-7
It was a case of they came, they saw and they conquered for St. Eunan’s following Sunday’s first round first leg victory over Dungloe, at a windy Rosses Park.
As a game this was far from a classic and will be remembered more for a first half dust up rather than for any of the quality of the fare on show.
Amazingly after the first half skirmish and consulting with two of his umpires and his linesmen referee Kieran McShea took no further action other than to book St. Eunan’s Eddie Brennan and John Paul Clarke and Dungloe pair Adrian Sweeney and Mark Sweeney.
The dust-up seemed to get St. Eunan’s dander up as they hit two points without reply in quick succession to go in 0-5 to 0-3 up at half-time.
This was a big turnaround especially as St. Eunan’s came from 0-3 to 0-0 down after a blistering opening eight minutes from Dungloe.
Adrian Hanlon with points on three and seven and Mark Sweeney on eight minutes gave the locals the early advantage.
Peter Devine settled St. Eunan’s nerves with their opening score on nine minutes and when Gibbons converted from 20 metres and Packie Kennedy got the first of his first two points it was all square 0-3 each by the end of the first quarter.
Adrian McClafferty and Austin Marron hit the crucial points after the flare up to give the black and ambers their two point half-time advantage.
While Sean McVeigh edged St. Eunan’s three up on the resumption Dungloe enjoyed a good start to the second period and were back on level terms 0-6 each on 41 minutes courtesy of Shaun Sharkey, Adrian Sweeney and Hanlon.
But as they had done in the first half when questions were asked Eunan’s stepped it up again.
Gibbons (2) Kennedy opened up a three point lead 0-9 to 0-6 once again for the visitors.
Dungloe did mount a late challenge but a Noel McBride point was all they had to show for their efforts against a St. Eunan’s side who lined out without Rory Kavanagh and lost Conall Dunne to injury after half an hour.
St. Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Damien McClafferty, Kealan Ward, Eddie Brennan; Peter Devine (0-1), Adrian McClafferty (0-1), Micheal Martin; Kevin Rafferty, John Haran; Mark McGowan, Packie Kennedy (0-2), Conall Dunne; Kieran Sharkey, Austin Marron (0-1), Conor Gibbons (0-3, 2f). Subs: Sean McVeigh (0-1) for C. Dunne (27); Eamon Doherty for K. Sharkey (47); Paddy McGowan for A. Marron (52); John McHale for P. Kennedy (55); Conall Dunne for M. McGowan (60).
Dungloe: Ciaran Sharkey; Mark Sweeney (0-1), Jamie Sweeney, Doalty Boyle; Martin Redmond, Alan Boyle, Gavin Ward; Raymond Sweeney; Paul McGarvey; James Boyle, Adrian Hanlon (0-3,1f), Noel McBride (0-1); Gerard Walsh, Adrian Sweeney (0-1,1f), Corey Gallagher. Subs: Shaun Sharkey (0-1) for J. Boyle, Conor Greene (both half-time); Paddy Bonner for G. Ward (53); Damien Hanlon for P. McGarvey (54); Brendan McGarvey for N. McBride (60).
Referee: Kieran McShea (Sean MacCumhaills).
Man of the match
Kevin Rafferty won a lot of vital ball in midfield both in the air and in the loose and this tilted the balance in favour of St. Eunan’s.
The St. Eunan’s points from Adrian McClafferty and Austin Marron, in the closing minutes of the first half gave the visitors a 0-5 to 0-3 half-time lead.
Kieran McShea may have been lenient by handing out just four yellows after the big flare up. But in fairness to the official the yellow cards seemed to have the desired effect as the game settled down afterwards.