MAGH ENE, BUNDORAN and St Columba’s Comprehensive, Glenties cross swords in the Donegal Vocational Schools Senior ‘A’ final tomorrow at Mundys Field in Ballyshannon (throw-in 12.30pm).
Martin Regan, whose departure as manager of the Naomh Conaill senior football team was confirmed this week, has had quite the year of trophies and titles and will hope to end the year by guiding St Columba’s (pictured above) to glory tomorrow.
Having led Naomh Conaill to success in the Donegal senior football championship, as well as the All-Ireland and Donegal Comortas Peile na Gaeltachta crowns, Regan has become well versed in the art of winning.
Regan, though, has stepped aside as Naomh Conaill’s manager, but tomorrow leads St Columba’s – the school where he was once a pupil and now works as a PE teacher – to the final.
They’ll be without Eoghan McGettigan, the Donegal minor player who left his mark on the Donegal SFC.
Goals by Simon Breslin, Paul McGuinness and Kieran Gallagher gave them a 3-10 to 0-12 win over Abbey Vocational School, Donegal town, in the semi-final in Letterkenny.
John Ross Molloy, Danny Walsh, Stefan Boyle, Adam McHugh and Jack Flannery are among the others who have been to the fore for St Columba’s.
Magh Ene were beaten semi-finalists last year, but Fergal O’Flaherty’s side held on to defeat St Columba’s Stranorlar in their semi last week.
Level at 0-8 to 2-2, with Chad McSorley’s two goals key for St Columba’s, it was Magh Ene (pictured below) who came out on top, largely thanks to Cian McEniff’s nerveless place-ball kicking. He scored nine points in all, eight of them coming from dead balls, as Magh Ene won 0-13 to 2-5.
They’d also a narrow quarter-final win over PCC Falcarragh, whom they defeated 1-13 to 1-11, on a day when late points from Dermot Galagher and Declan Clancy won the day. Sub Niall Carr goaled that day with McEniff hitting seven points.