Ciaran McGinley who helped lead the way for Kilcar. Photo: Sportsfile
Kilcar handed St Eunan’s a first League defeat of 2022, although Sunday’s low-scoring Division 1 game will be swiftly forgotten.
St Eunan’s 1-1
Daniel Lyons noted the 53rd minute goal that gave Kilcar the win.
Conor Cunningham’s side were the worthy winners in the end, Lyons slipping beyond Eoin O’Boyle after Andrew McClean made the telling incision, coming from deep.
It was a rare moment of creativity and punch in an otherwise dull affair played on the second pitch with O’Donnell Park’s main surface having recently been re-seeded.
At half-time, the score read St Eunan’s 1-0 Kilcar 0-1 and it was a fair reflection of the fare.
St Eunan’s opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Darragh Mulgrew intercepted a Kevin Campbell kick-out and he offloaded for Eoin McGeehin to convert.
A 41st minute Mulgrew point was their next - and only - addition over the remaining 55 minutes.
Kilcar had only a Ryan O’Donnell point, landed in the 21st minute, to show for their first-half endeavours.
Conor O’Donnell senior was close to a second St Eunan’s goal in the 25th minute, but he fired wide after Kevin Kealy floated a ball in around the edge of the square.
At the other end, Ciaran McGinley powered through, but was denied by a wrong save from O’Boyle.
McGinley and O’Donnell had Kilcar level within six minutes of the restart, but scores remained at a premium in zapping conditions.
The teams were wasteful at times, St Eunan’s hitting nine wides with Kilcar off target seven times.
Brian O’Donnell drew Kilcar level after Mulgrew hoisted St Eunan’s in front before Lyons netted.
Kilcar played keep ball for much of the closing chapter to see it out.
St Eunan’s scorers: Eoin McGeehin 1-0; Darragh Mulgrew 0-1
Kilcar scorers: Daniel Lyons 1-0; Ryan O’Donnell 0-2; Brian O’Donnell, Ciaran McGinley 0-1.
St Eunan’s: Eoin O’Boyle; Conor Parke, Anthony Gallagher, Aaron Deeney; Brian McIntyre, Conor O’Donnell senior, Darragh Mulgrew; Darragh Toal, Kevin Kealy; Oran Winston, James Kelly, Ciaran Moore; Conor O’Donnell junior, Eoin McGeehin, Ronan McGeehin. Subs: Cormac Finn for Winston (45), Oisin Toal for Moore (59).
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Pauric Carr, Brian O’Donnell, Dylan O’Gara; Kenny Doogan, Andrew McClean, Daniel Lyons; Ciaran McGinley, Mark McHugh; Eoin Cormack, Conor Doherty, Paddy McShane; Stephen McBrearty, Darragh O’Donnell, Ryan O’Donnell. Sub: Conor O’Donnell for Lyons (60).
Referee: Enda McFeely (St Mary’s, Convoy).
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