Monday 11 December 2017

All too easy for Eunan's

St Eunan's 0-13 Naomh Conaill 0-7 DONEGAL SFC FINAL

Letterkenny side St Eunan's had an easier than expected third championship success in-a-row against Naomh Conaill of Glenties in Ballybofey yesterday.

The Glenties men failed to raise a flag from the 10th to 36th minute, having led early on by 0-4 to 0-1.

By half-time Eunan's were a point to the good, 0-5 to 0-4, with Conall Dunne and John Haran big influences in the turnaround.

By the start of the second half the Letterkenny men took a firm grip on the game and they were three ahead thanks to a magnificent point from Ciaran Greene in the 41st minute.

Any chance Naomh Conaill had of turning it around disappeared when they lost Anthony Thompson, rather harshly, to a second yellow card on 43 minutes.

With a continuous supply of ball, the St Eunan's forwards tagged on points at will with young substitute, Conor Gibbons, getting a brace.

Captain Brendan Devenney was collecting the cup for the second year in a row and he has a magnificent record of playing in 10 of the last 12 finals in Donegal.

For Kieran Ryan, it was also a milestone as he collected his seventh county medal, four with Mullingar Shamrocks in Westmeath and now three in-a-row with Eunan's.

Naomh Conaill will be disappointed with their performance, but apart from a good opening 10 minutes, they disappointed, with only Brendan McDyre and Eoin Waide playing anywhere near to scratch.

Scorers -- St. Eunan's: C Dunne 0-4 (4f), R Kavanagh, B Devenney, C Gibbons 0-2 each, K Rafferty (f), D McGinley, C Greene 0-1 each. Naomh Conaill: B McDyre 0-3 (3f), D Gallagher, J McLoone, D Molloy, L Thompson 0-1 each.

St Eunan's -- D Martin; E Brennan, M Martin, A McClafferty; D McClafferty, K Ryan, C Greene; J Haran, K Rafferty; M McGowan, C Dunne, R Kavanagh; C Morrison, B Devenney, D McGInley. Subs: E Doherty for D McClafferty (8), C GIbbons for Morrison (51), A Marren for McGinley (60), B McDermott for Devenney (60).

Naomh Conaill -- S McGrath; J McKenna, J Bonner, S Molloy; T Donoghue, A Tompson, E Waide; L McLoone, J McGuinness; B McDyre, D Gallagher, J McLoone; D Molloy, M Boyle, L Thompson. Subs: C Ellis for S Molloy (40), S Corcoran for L Thompson (45), H McDevitt for McKenna (52), C McNelis for D Molloy (60), C Boyle for Donoghue (60).

Ref -- P McBride (Downings).

Irish Independent

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