A close shave on and off the pitch as St Eunan’s College pay support to ill team-mate


St Eunan’s College’s Rannafast Cup panel shaved their heads in support of team-mate Callum Friel ahead of yesterday’s quarter-final in Garvaghey.

St Eunan’s College 1-15 St Patrick’s, Armagh 2-13 (after extra time)

David O’Herlihy’s team were pipped at the post in extra time on a day when the shaven headed Sentry Hill scholars turned out in support of St Michael’s clubman Friel. The gesture helped to raise over €2,000 in the process.

Centre half-forward Friel is battling an illness, but was in Garvaghey to cheer on his team-mates.

St Eunan’s were 0-10 to 0-4 in arrears at half-time and turned that over to lead 0-12 to 0-11 in the late moments, only for Armagh to hit back with a last-ditch equaliser.

David Boyle – who ended with 1-5 to his name – scored a goal early in extra time and kept St Eunan’s marginally ahead.

With thirty seconds left St Eunan’s were one up – but somehow contrived to conceded TWO goals before the conclusion.

St Eunan’s have also been without Kelan Collier, who is out with a broken leg, and midfielder Noel O’Donnell moved to America earlier in the year.

Jack Alcorn, Oran Brogan, Shane Monaghan and Jack Gallagher were the other scorers for St Eunan’s, whose gesture for a team-mate saw them win the day, even if they did lose out on the pitch.

St Eunan’s College: Killian Gribben; Oisin McDaid, Jack Roarty, Sean Collum; Conor Cassidy, Oran Brogan, Conal McDermott; Jack Alcorn, Brian McGettigan; Ben Gallagher, Jack Gallagher, Emmet O’Boyle; David Boyle, Seamie Breslin, Shane Monaghan.

Sports writer from St Johnston, now based in Letterkenny, with ten years' experience covering sport in Donegal. Was a nominee for NUJ Sports Journalist of the Year in 2010. Honoured by the Donegal Boxing Board in 2016 for his coverage on the sport.

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