ST EUNAN’S College got their Danske Bank Mac Rory Cup off to a winning start at Drumragh this afternoon.
St Eunan’s College 0-9 Holy Trinity 0-7
By Charlie Collins at Drumragh
St Eunan’s had two points to spare over Holy Trinity in their opening game of the new term.
Shane Monaghan boomed over a free to open up a 0-9 to 0-2 lead for St Eunan’s on 46 minutes.
However, the Letterkenny scholars had to withstand a strong comeback from Holy Trinity in the final quarter.
Eunan O’Neill kicked three frees with Thomas Doris and Aidan McAleer on the mark. By the 56th minute, Holy Trinity were within striking distance, but St Eunan’s held on for the win.
Holy Trinity briefly led in the early stages as O’Neill and Caolan McLaughlin cancelled out Kelan Dunleavy’s point after just 15 seconds.
Monaghan and Eoin Dowling swung the tide and St Eunan’s were into a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Shea Lawn, the Holy Trinity, pulled off a magnificent save to deny Shane Monaghan a 25th minute goal. The Naomh Colmcille man seemed set to rattle the net, but Lawn made a telling save.
The follow-up, by Jack Alcorn, was put behind and Kealan Dunleavy’s ’45 gave St Eunan’s a 0-4 to 0-2 lead at half-time.
Monaghan’s brilliant score, nine minutes into the second half, kick-started a St Eunan’s purple patch.
Jack Alcorn added to the tally after a superb fetch.
Eoin Dowling and Dunleavy converted from distance and Monaghan looked to have put it too far out of Holy Trinty’s reach.
That he did, but St Eunan’s were nervous as their opponents hit back.
St Eunan’s College: Emmet McGuire; Sean Gallagher, Jamie Grant, Kieran Tobin; Dylan Duggan, Jack Gallagher, Conal McDermott; Kelan Dunleavy (0-3, 1 ’45), Eoin Dowling (0-2, 1f); Cian McMonagle, Conor McGinty, Conor Cassidy; Emmet O’Boyle , Jack Alcorn (0-1), Shane Monaghan (0-3, 2f). Subs: Daragh Ellison for McGinty (40).
Holy Trinity: Shea Lawn; Jack Hamilton, Caolan Mulgrew, Callan Devine; Niall Connolly, Patrick Quinn, Niall Devlin; Blaine Ryan, Aodhan O Loughlin; Eunan O’Neill (0-4, 3f), Shea Quinn, Caolan McLaughlin (0-1); Ben Donnelly, Peter McGurk, Thomas Doris (0-1f). Subs: Aidan McAleer (0-1) and Sean Loughran for McGurk and McLaughlin (40),