EAMONN DOHERTY ADMITS St Eunan’s were expecting a backlash from St Michael’s during yesterday’s Donegal SFC Group B clash in Dunfanaghy.
The Letterkenny side opened in spectacular fashion, leading 3-3 to 0-2 in the first half with Conall Dunne goaling twice and Rory Kavanagh also finding the net at the Bridge.
However, the home side rallied through goals from county panellists Christy Toye and Colm McFadden, while the hosts’ goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley made a string of saves, including one from a Conor Gibbons’ penalty in the second half.
In the end, St Eunan’s survived to win 3-14 to 2-14 and it means that David McGinley’s team join Kilcar in qualifying from Group B as St Michael’s were eliminated.
“We knew we were going to have a tight game coming down,” Doherty said afterwards.[adrotate group=”53″]
“We’ve never done wile well down here. We made a great start but we did miss plenty. Mark Anthony McGinley kept them in it. We were always expecting a backlash and Michael’s were always going to have a purple patch. There was no way we were going to hold us with out them coming at us.”
The result meant that St Eunan’s finished off as runners-up and will now face a potentially tricky quarter-final against Naomh Conaill, Glenswilly or Malin, who topped their group in the late throw-in yesterday. The draw tonight is at 8:30pm in Ballybofey.[adrotate group=”38″]
“It’s been knock-out football and we enjoy that,” Doherty added. “Look a win is a win. It’s going to be tough now no matter who we get. The boys were hungry. There wasn’t panic. There’s lots of experience there.”
Listen to Doherty’s interview in full with Alan Foley …