St Eunan’s College begin MacRory Cup bid in Drumragh tomorrow

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St Eunan’s College are back in the MacRory Cup this term – and the Letterkenny school aim to stay in the competition until after Christmas.

St Eunan’s begin their MacRory bid tomorrow when they face Patrician High School from Carrickmacross in Durmragh (throw-in 2pm).

Picture: Gary McDaid with invited guests at the press launch at St. Eunans College last week. Manager Colm McFadden is extreme right. Picture by Brian McDaid

Managed by former Donegal star Colm McFadden, a maths teacher in the school, St Eunan’s are also joined by St Paul’s of Bessbrook and St Patrick’s from Armagh in Section D.

“We have to try and build from every training and challenge game,” McFadden says.

“We want to get better, strong and to learn from the mistakes.

“The boys’ attitude and commitment has been top class. They’re out three times a week and are in the gym twice a week. It’s all coming from the players.

“Our main target is to play MacRory Cup football after Christmas.”

St Eunan’s are backboned by a lot of players who reached the MacLarnon Cup final earlier this year, but lost a replay to Holy Trinity, Cookstown by the narrowest of margins, going down 2-8 to 0-13.

St Eunan’s have bid farewell to the likes of Eoin O’Boyle, Ryan Hilferty, Brian Diver, Peter McEniff and PJ McBrearty from the class of last term.

But McFadden can still call on Shane O’Donnell, Conor O’Donnell, Shane McDevitt.

The St Eunan’s boss said: “We lost some big names

“A lot of lads have a good MacLarnon Cup campaign or two behind them. That will stand to them. We have nine players from the Buncrana Cup too.”

St Eunan’s College panel, 2018/19 Danske Bank MacRory Cup: Eoghan Jordan, Oisin Randles, Conor McKinney, Anthony Gallagher, Niall Diver, Conor Walker, Matty Coyle, Sean Gallagher, Brian Melaugh, Mark McGinty, Shane McDevitt, Conor McGinty, Dylan Doogan, Oisin Cassidy, Keelan Dunleavy, Eoin Dowling, John McCallig, Shaun McGilloway, Luke Toye, Oran Winston, Dylan O’Brien, Ronan Frain, Ciaran Kilfeather, Andrew Gillen, Andrew Grant, Padraig McGettigan, Shane O’Donnell, Conor O’Donnell, Ryan McFadden, Kieran Tobin, Cormac Finn, Conor Cullen, Emmett Maguire, Jack Gallagher, Conor O’Donnell, Jamie Grant, Jamie Doherty, Oran Brogan, Brendan Horgan, Daniel Ferry, Shane Monaghan, Ronan McCann, Kelan Collier, Jack Alcorn, Keelan Margey, Oisin Bradley, Thomas Keys, Darragh Ellison.

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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