DONEGAL SENIOR HURLING CHAMPIONSHIP SEMI-FINAL

Setanta defeat old rivals Burt to set up Donegal hurling final against St. Eunan's

Gerry McLaughlin

Reporter:

Gerry McLaughlin

Setanta defeat old rivals Burt to set up Donegal hurling final against St. Eunan's

Action from Setanta v Burt semi-final. Photo Geraldine Diver

Setanta edged out old rivals Burt in a cracking semi-final under lights at Sean MacCumhaill Park last night.

Setanta 1-14 
Burt 2-6

And they can thank ex Armagh star Declan Coulter in large measure, as he was inspirational throughout.
Kevin Campbell nailed some early frees for the winners to sent them into a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 10th minute.
But they were briefly rocked when Ronan McDermott tore through and his shot was half blocked and he then pulled on the loose ball to the net to leave it 1-1 to 0-4.
Undaunted, Setanta hit back with Coulter picking out Bernard Lafferty, who smashed the sliothar to the net.
Setanta was well worth their half-time lead of 1-7 to 1-2.
And they cantered clear in the second half thanks to some great hurling from Campbell and Coulter.
Burt veteran Mickey McCann hit a late goal but it was too little too late.

SETANTA: Ciaran Bellew; Brendan Tourish, Simon McMenamin, Mark Callaghan; Shaun Anderson Marty Bonner, Justin McBride; Danny Cullen, Richie Kee; Colm Melaugh, Mark Kee, Bernard Lafferty (1-0); Shane Flynn, Declan Coulter (0-5), Kevin Campbell, (0-7,6f, pen). Subs: Niall Cleary for Shane Flynn (27) Jonathan Carlin for Martin Kee (57)

BURT: Paul Burns: Dara Grant, Ciaran Dowds (0-1) Martin McGrath; Benny Harrigan, Joe Boyle, Caolan McDermott; Mark Dowds, Christy McDermott; Ronan McDermott (1-0), Stephen Gillespie, Niall Campbell (0-5,5f); Jonathan McGrath, Enda McDermott Conor Harkin Mickey McCann (1-0) for Jonathan McGrath (27)   

REFEREE: Aidan McAleer (Muff).