25 Jun 2022

St Eunan’s find a scoring touch to get back to winning ways

St Eunan's overcame Cloughaneely on Saturday in Division 1 of the All-County Football League

St Eunan’s find a scoring touch to get back to winning ways

St Eunan's manager Rory Kavanagh. Photo: Sportsfile

St Eunan’s scored 1-5 in a ten-minute spell in the second half to return to winning ways on Saturday evening.

Cloughaneely 2-7

St Eunan’s 1-15

Cloughaneely, helped by a Martin Maguire goal in the first half, led momentarily when John Fitzgerald fired over a 39th minute free.

Eunan’s clicked into gear, though.

There were some in Cloughaneely’s colours who felt that Ronan McGeehin - who came on as a half-time replacement - had pulled the ball from the hold of a home defender. McGeehin finished powerfully and the goal, after a very brief pause, stood.

The goal put St Eunan’s 1-8 to 1-6 in front and the next three scores came via the players with numbers 4, 3 and 2 on the backs of the black and amber shirts with Conor Parke, Peter Devine and Anthony Gallagher on the mark.

The McGeehin brothers, Ronan and Eoin, soon had St Eunan’s 1-13 to 1-6 ahead.

Rory Kavanagh’s men posted just two scores in last weekend’s drab 1-4 to 1-1 home defeat by Kilcar, but the Leterkenny side ended with 13 different scores on the board at Pairc Naomh Fionnan,

Kevin Kelly, Brian McIntyre and Darragh Mulgrew clipped three points late in the first half to give them a 0-8 to 1-4 half-time buffer. The returned Rory Carr hit two first-half points before being withdrawn at the break.

After initial good work by Ciaran Scanlon on the right flank, Martin Maguire thumped past Eoin O’Boyle for a 22nd minute Cloughaneely goal.

St Eunan’s fashioned a good goal chance themselves four minutes int the second half, but Shaun McClafferty saved well from Kelly, played in by Ciaran Moore, and McIntyre’s follow-up was wide.

Just before St Eunan’s hit their purple patch, Martin Maguire crashed a shot off the crossbar, but Cloughaneely inched closer again when Shaun Maguire managed to steer home despite the best efforts of Conor O’Donnell senior on the line.

A raking Sean Curran point had just he goal between them, but St Eunan’s closed well. Conor O’Donnell junior, who showed well after his introduction off the bench, and Eoin McGeehin tacked on points to seal the win.

Cloughaneely scorers: Shaun Maguire 1-2; Martin Maguire 1-0; John Fitzgerald (2f) 0-3; Blake McGarvey, Sean Curran 0-1.

St Eunan’s scorers: Ronan McGeehin 1-1; Rory Carr (1m), Eoin McGeehin 0-2; Ciaran Moore, Padraig McGettigan Sean McVeigh, Kevin Kealy, Brian McIntyre, Darragh Mulgrew, Conor Parke, Peter Devine, Anthony Gallagher, Conor O’Donnell junior 0-1.

Cloughaneely: Shaun McClafferty; Noel Sweeney, Lee O’Brien, Fionn McGinley; Cian McFadden, Sean Curran, Ciaran McGeady; Mark Harley, Cathal McGeever; Conor Coyle, Blake McGarvey, Martin Maguire; John Fitzgerald, Ciaran Scanlon, Shaun Maguire. Sub: Paul Sweeney for S.Maguire (54).

St Eunan’s: Eoin O’Boyle; Anthony Gallagher, Peter Devine, Conor Parke; Aaron Deeney, Conor O’Donnell senior, Darragh Mulgrew; Sean McGettigan, Ciaran Moore; Brian McIntyre, Sean McVeigh, Kevin Kealy; Padraig McGettigan, Rory Carr, Oran Winston. Subs: Ronan McGeehin and Eoin McGeehin for Carr and P.McGettigan (h-t), Conor O’Donnell junior for S.McGettigan (37), Niall Hannigan for McVeigh (60), Jordan O’Dowd for Devine (60+2).

Referee: Pat Barrett (Milford)

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