DONEGAL SENIOR HURLING SEMI-FINAL

St. Eunan's cause major shock by dethroning Donegal senior champions MacCumhaill's in semi-final

Gerry McLaughlin

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Gerry McLaughlin

St. Eunan's cause major shock by dethroning Donegal senior champions MacCumhaill's in semi-final

St. Eunan's celebrate after defeating MacCumhaill's Photo Geraldine Diver

Youthful St Eunan’s sensationally dumped out reigning Donegal county hurling champions Sean MacCumhaill’s after a very impressive display in Ballybofey tonight.

St Eunan’s 3-18
Sean MacCumhaill’s 2-11

The last time Letterkenny were in a county final was back in 2002, but there was very little doubt about who was the better team from the off.
Veteran Eugene Organ led the line excellently at full-forward and finished with 1-2 while dual stars Sean McVeigh and Niall O’Donnell were also very prominent for the winners.
St Eunan’s deservedly led by 0-13 to 1-7 at half time, the MacCumhaill’s goal coming from David White while Kevin Meehan and Kevin Kealy were also on target for the winners.
The second half was a well- contested affair but the greater fitness and dash of the winner’s had MacCumhaill’s in all sorts of bother.
Organ stretched the lead with a well struck goal after five minutes but this was quickly cancelled by a Ciaran Matthewson effort that crept to the net through three defenders.
But, a dreadful error from MacCumhaill’s keeper Dylan Lafferty allowed a Colm Flood speculative shot slip through his hand to the net to put the winner’s ahead by 2-13 to 2-8.
And the match was well over when substitute Cian Durack hit St Eunan’s final goal.

ST. EUNAN’S: Colm Breathnach; Brian McIntyre, Gearoid Leahy, Conor Kelly; Conor McVeigh, Conor O’Grady (0-1,f), Conor Parke; Colm Flood (1-0), Steven Doherty; Sean Halvey (0-2), Sean McVeigh (0-3) Kevin Meehan (0-4f); Kevin Kealy (0-4,2f) Eugene Organ (1-2) Niall O’Donnell (0-3). Subs: Conor O’Donnell for Brian McIntyre (inj 38), Ray McCarthy for Eugene Organ (53), Cian Durack (1-0) for Sean Halvey (59)

SEAN MACCUMHAILL’S: Dylan Lafferty; Anthony Patton , Jamesie Donnelly; Justin McGee; Ciaran Mathewson (1-0), Gavin Browne, Bernard McMenamin ; Lee Henderson (0-4,4f),  Oisin Rooney; Barry McGhee, Eddie Lynch (0-2), Sean Curran; Aaron McCauley (0-3), Dave White (1-1), Gerard Gilmore. Subs: John Anthony Chambers for Justin McGhee (27), Barry McGranaghan for Sean Curran (37), Andrew Barrons for Ciaran Mathewson (56)

REFEREE: J J Lafferty (Carndonagh)