St. Eunan’s College 4 7 to St. Malachy’s Castlewellen 1 9
St. Eunan’s College young team to the delight of Gary Mc Daid (Manager) and Eddie Harvey(Assistant manager) emerged with a great victory on Thursday over the highly fancied St. Malachy’s, Castlewellen who were averaging scores of 6 - 19 in every game. There is a 10 year gap and St. Eunan’s are determined to put their name on the cup again but it will take another big game against Patrician College, Carrickmacross, Monaghan whose senior team are back in Mc Rory football this year.
St. Eunan’s were leading 2 - 2 to 1 - 3 at half time with goals by Keelan Collier and Shane Monaghan. This had the makings of a great game as both teams led at different stages. Two outstanding goals by St. Eunan’s were matched by a great goal by Damian Mc Mullan (St. Malachy’s) in the 20th minute. Callum Friel and Emmet o’ Boyle (both St. Eunan’s) were a constant threat up front scoring some fine points. The defense held firm against a constant attack with Sean Collum, Oisin Mc Daid and captain Oran Brogan in control. Keelan Gribben the St. Eunan’s College goalkeeper had another great game, commanding his area and his kick outs were very accurate.
St. Eunan’s Cian Mc Monagle made some great runs from defence and along with Jack Gallagher and Conal Mc Dermott they were responsible for several turn overs. Noel O’ Donnell and Jack Roarty held midfield especially in the 2nd half as St. Eunan’s stepped up a gear, both players sprayed the ball with great accuracy. Another goal by Shane Monaghan indeed his uncle Brendan Devenney would have been proud of it. This gave the College the lead by 3 -3 to 1 -4 but back came St.
Malachy’s to reduce the deficit 3 - 3 to 1 - 8 with Peter O Hare, Shay Moorhead and Sean Og Mc Cosker prominent. Jack Alcorn (St. Eunan’s ) was always in the wars and came away with the ball on several occasions and a brilliant fielding by Matthew Whoriskey in defence relieved the pressure for Eunan’s at a critical period. Keelan Collier after great work by the tireless Calum Friel and Emmet o’ Boyle gave St. Eunan’s a 6 point lead again with another great strike in the corner of the goals. Oran Brogan playing in the centre of defence scored a great point to seal the win for St. Eunan’s.
St. Eunan’s introduced several substitutions in the final 15 minutes and all players showed their potential to challenge for positions.
St. Eunan’s now play Patrician College, Carrickmacross in the Final.
St. Eunan’s College Team:
Killian Gribben, Sean Collum, Oran Brogan(Captain) ( 0 – 1), Oisin Mc Daid, Noel O’ Donnell, Conall Mc Dermott, ,Cian Mc Monagle, Jack Gallagher, Jack Alcorn, Matthew Whoriskey, Keelan Collier( 2 – 2), Jack Roarty , Emmet O’ Boyle ( 0 – 1), Callum Friel ( 0-2), Shane Monaghan( 2 -1),
Subs. Sean Mc Veigh (53 min) , Seimi Breslin(50 min), Peadar Mc Geehan, Joshua Hay(55 min), , Calvin Adoo, Conor Hughes, Conor Cassidy(56 min), Sean Pascal, Ben Gallagher( 51 min) , Adam Duncan(55 min), Jake Kelly, Nathan Plumb, Ciaran Quinn,and Sean Mc Ginley, Sean Marsh, Adam Callaghan, Danny Toye