St. Eunan's hoping for Paul McGirr Cup glory

Diarmaid Doherty @dgldemocrat

St. Eunan's U-16s will be at full strength for Saturday's rescheduled Paul McGirr Cup (Ulster U-16) final in Dromore, Co. Tyrone.

The final was originally fixed for last Saturday but was called off on Friday afternoon because the pitch at Gardrum Park was frozen.

St. Eunan's, the Donegal champions, will meet Down champions, St. Peter's, Warrenpoint with throw-in on Saturday at 2pm.

St. Eunan's manager Pauric Ryan said the players are well prepared and looking forward to the final.

“Naturally, we were all very disappointed that the game didn't go ahead last weekend,” he said.

“But it was the same for both teams. There wasn't a lot anyone could do because the pitch was frozen so bad.

“We got to train on Sunday which was good and we'll train again on Thursday evening under the lights at LYIT.

“Our preparation has gone well and everyone is fit and raring to go.”

Ryan said the final has generated great interest within the club and a good crowd is expected to travel to the game from Letterkenny.

“It's always nice to be in a final and the players have done really well to get to this stage,” he said.

For both St. Eunan's and Warrenport, it's a first ever Paul McGirr final.

The Letterkenny club are hoping to become only the second team from Donegal to win this competition.

Back in 1999, the first year of the tournament, Four Masters won the title with Karl Lacey, Barry Dunnion and Paul Durcan in the side.