MARTIN MCHUGH’S FIRST Donegal SFC in charge of Kilcar in 27 years ended in an entertaining draw against St Eunan’s in Letterkenny yesterday.
McHugh’s Kilcar were four points up at one stage in the first half and looked to be a decent position. However, the Letterkenny side – who lost Rory Kavanagh to a black card -came back to edge in front in the closing stages and were one up in injury time before Ryan McHugh’s piercing long-range free kick secured a 1-10 to 0-13 draw in Group B.[adrotate group=”56"]
“I thought we showed good character,” Martin McHugh, who was player-manager of the Towney-based club back in 1989, said at O’Donnell Park yesterday. “That team doesn’t lie down. If you come over to St Eunan’s and get a point you have to be delighted.
“We were 1-4 to 0-2 up but we got involved and we took the bait. It disrupted our team and we lost our shape. But I thought our full-back line and goalkeeper were excellent.[a[adrotate group=”48”]p>“St Eunan’s have a lot of big men but we showed character. We could’ve sneaked it but with 10 minutes to go we’d have taken a draw. It was just two good teams playing it out.”
St Michael’s defeated Killybegs in the other fixture in the group that’s been dubbed ‘the group of death’.[a[adrotate group=”45"]p>“Whatever two teams come out of this group will be ready for a quarter-final. It’s a great group but maybe now it’s advantage a little bit now to St Michael’s.”
Listen to McHugh’s interview in full with Alan Foley …