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25 Sept 2022

St Eunan's ease their way past St Michael's into Donegal SFC semi-finals

Rory Kavanagh's St Eunan's team were comfortable from start to finish in Glenties as they disposed of St Michael's in third gear

St Eunan's ease their way past St Michael's into Donegal SFC semi-finals

Sean McVeigh of St Eunan's surrounded by St Michael's players in Glenties. PHOTOS: THOMAS GALLAGHER

St Eunan’s strolled past the challenge of St Michael’s in the sunshine at Davy Brennan Memorial Park and into the semi-finals of the Donegal SFC.

St Eunan’s 2-15
St Michael’s 0-5

Two goals in two minutes in the second half really only twisted the knife for the O’Donnell Park side, with Ciaran Moore and Conor O’Donnell snr the scorers. The truth is the match was long since out of St Michael’s reach by then, at 0-12 to 0-4 down.

Niall O’Donnell played a starring role with eight points having been rested for the last two group games against Cloughaneely and MacCumhaill’s.

St Eunan’s had most of the ball for the opening 10 minutes, although just a single score to show for it as both sides were patient in possession. Conor O’Donnell jnr kicked the first point of the evening, with St Michael’s glad of an early goal-saving block from Carlos O'Reilly beside goalkeeper Oisin Cannon from a second minute shot at goal from Eoin McGeehin. 

Although St Michael’s gained decent possession, they were wary of anything malfunctioning in their attack, which was evident when Conor O’Donnell jnr and Niall O’Donnell hit two on the break. And although Carlos O’Reilly opened the St Michael’s daily tally on 18 minutes, it merely acted as a prelude to Eoin McGeehin and then Niall O’Donnell, from a mark, for a 0-5 to 0-1 lead on 22 minutes. 

Michael Langan pointed a St Michael’s free and then, from a move that started at almost a standstill Caolan Ward broke to fist over. Niall O’Donnell did the necessary from two frees late in the half, and looped one from play. 

At the break, Rory Kavanagh’s team were in complete control, leading 0-9 to 0-2. And the second half began as the first ended, with Niall O’Donnell dancing his way in from the sideline to point.

Peter McEniff then scored before St Michael’s first point in 17 minutes came from Daniel McLaughlin, who immediately repeated the trick moments later. On 44 minutes, it was 0-12 to 0-4 for St Eunan’s, with McGeehin’s fine score on the turn taking them to the dozen.

St Michael’s pushed on but were caught by a blistering break that ended with Moore striking the opening goal on 45 minutes. Then, just over a minute later, St Eunan’s had a second green flag waving when Conor O’Donnell snr tucked into the bottom corner when faced with Cannon, following a quick lay-off from McGeehin.

Late on, Conor Morrison came off the bench for St Eunan’s for his first senior appearance  since suffering a dreadful knee injury over two years ago in Fintra.

St Eunan’s scorers: Niall O’Donnell 0-8, 3f, 1m; Ciaran Moore and Conor O’Donnell snr 1-0;  Conor O’Donnell jnr 0-2, 1f; Eoin McGeehin 0-2; Caolan Ward, Peter McEniff, Padraig McGettigan 0-1 each.
St Michael’s scorers: Daniel McLaughlin 0-3, 3f; Carlos O’Reilly 0-1; Michael Langan 0-1

St Eunan’s: Shaun Patton; Conor Parke, Caolan Ward, Aaron Deeney; Jordan O’Dowd, Conor O’Donnell snr, Peter McEniff; Sean McGettigan, Kevin Kealy; Ciarán Moore, Shane O’Donnell, Sean McVeigh; Conor O’Donnell jnr, Niall O’Donnell, Eoin McGeehin. Subs: Kieran Tobin for Deeney (47), Peter Devine for Kealy (49), Padraig McGettigan for S O’Donnell (52) Conor Morrison for Parke (54), Oran Winston for O’Dowd (57)
St Michael’s: Oisin Cannon; Stephen Doak, Liam Paul Ferry, Antoin McFadden; Hugh O’Donnell, Kyle McGarvey, Michael Gallagher; Martin Breslin, Michael Langan; Carlos O’Reilly, Colin McFadden, Daniel McLaughlin; Patrick McGinley, Martin McElhinney, Oisin Langan. Subs: Andrew Kelly for Breslin (36), Michael McGinley for A McFadden (40), Edward O’Reilly for Gallagher (47)

Referee: Michael McShane (Kilcar). 

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