Goals from Sweeney and Hegarty fire Kilcar to win at St Eunan’s

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KILCAR CONSOLIDATED THEIR place at the top of the AllSportStore.com All-County Football League Division 1 with a win at St Eunan’s.

St Eunan’s 0-10 Kilcar 2-9

Goals from Mark Sweeney and Michael Hegarty gave the side managed by Martin McHugh the points at O’Donnell Park.

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The visitors scored after only 13 seconds but then hit a barren patch as St Eunan’s raked up five points in succession. However a Kilcar goal and a point in first half injury time meant the sides were level at the interval.

It was Darragh O’Donnell who opened the scoring but St Eunan’s were the dominant party for almost all of the remainder of the half. Conor Gibbons scored twice, while Sean Hensey, Daire McWalters and Patrick McGowan also found their range to put the home team 0-5 to 0-1 up.

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Eamonn McGinley, the Kilcar goalkeeper, also made a fine save to deny Mark Forde on 20 minutes.

But Kilcar didn’t let it peter out. In the second minute of injury time at the end of the half, Mark Sweeney shot under Conor Harley after being set free following a good run from Ciaran McGinley. Then, Aodhan McGinley gave Kilcar a share of the spoils at the break – 1-2 to St Eunan’s 0-5 – something that certainly didn’t look likely a couple of minutes beforehand.

Ciaran McGinley put Kilcar in front 11 seconds into the second half with a point that came from his strong direct running and Aodhan McGinley and Michael Hegarty then added scores. From being four down, Kilcar found themselves three up, 1-5 to 0-5.

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St Eunan’s managed three points from Patrick McGowan but on 42 minutes Hegarty smashed home a second Kilcar goal having taken a pass from Conor Doherty and shooting past Harley from 20 metres into the bottom corner.

Kevin Campbell scored a fine point from in front of the O’Donnell Park stand and by the three-quarter mark Kilcar were 2-7 to 0-8 ahead.

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Harley made a brilliant point-blank save from Aodhan McGinley, deflecting the ball onto the crossbar and upwards before cannoning down off the upright.

Kilcar appealed for a penalty as Conor Parke almost lay on the ball. However, St Eunan’s survived the scare but it was Kilcar who left with the points with Ciaran McGinley and Cormac Cannon landing scores late on.

St Eunan’s: Conor Harley; Dylan Sweeney, Cormac Coghlan, Conor Parke; Peter Devine, Daire McWalters, Mark Forde (0-1); Sean Hensey (0-1), Kevin Rafferty; Brian MacIntyre, Sean McVeigh, Kevin Kealy; Patrick McGowan (0-5, 4f), John Haran, Conor Gibbons (0-2, 1f). Subs: Conall O’Boyle for McWalters (0-1, 11), McWalters for Rafferty (12), Daniel Gillespie for Coghlan (37), Oisin Clarke for Hensey (45).

Kilcar: Eamonn McGinley; Stephen Shovlin, Conor McShane, Patrick Gallagher; Andrew McClean, Barry Shovlin, Cormac Cannon (0-1); Ciaran McGinley (0-2), Michael Hegarty (1-1); Mark Sweeney (1-0), Aodhan McGinley (0-2, 1f), Conor Doherty (0-1); Kevin Campbell (0-1), Darragh O’Donnell (0-1), Declan Gallagher.

Referee: Enda McFeely (St Mary’s Convoy).

MA in Journalism graduate from NUI Galway and BBS Marketing and NC in Online Marketing from LyIT, who has worked covering sport in Donegal since 2004. Part of Donegal Democrat who won McNamee awards in 2013 and 2015 for 'best provincial publication'. Reseacher for 'Jimmy's Winnin' Matches' documentary and Rory Kavanagh's autobiography 'Winning'

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