ST EUNAN’S recovered from the concession of an early goal to see off Dungloe and book their tickets for the quarter-finals of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC.
St Eunan’s 0-14 Dungloe 1-6
It was a case of getting back on the horse for the O’Donnell Park residents, who weren’t spectacular but they will provide one of the group winners with the stern test in the last eight in two weeks time.
The Letterkenny side had suffered a comprehensive 2-12 to 0-8 loss at Naomh Conaill’s hand six days’ beforehand and if their confidence might’ve been frail this evening, Tony Boyle’s side tested it when David McCarron found Luke Neely in space to shoot past John Paul Clarke on five minutes.
Cory Gallagher, three minutes later maintained the three-point cushion after Lee McMonagle opened St Eunan’s account and Adam Neely did likewise after Conall Dunne’s point for St Eunan’s.
That meant that Dungloe were, on 12 minutes, 1-2 to 0-2 up but without playing particularly badly, conceded eight points in succession as St Eunan’s chugged through the gears.
Kevin Rafferty scored twice, as did Darragh Mulgrew, with Conor Gibbons, Conor Parke, McMonagle and Dunne all on the mark in a 15-minute spell. Dungloe, slightly stunned, rounded off the scoring in the half through Darren Curran.
Maxi Curran’s team were 0-10 to 1-3 in front at half-time.
Six days beforehand at Rosses Park, Dungloe came back from 0-10 to 1-0 at half-time to overcome Ardara 2-7 to 0-12. No doubt Boyle would’ve reminded his team of that at the break.
After Sean McVeigh and Curran swapped points at the start of the second half, Adam Neely passed up on a glorious chance to get Dungloe right back into the match when he slipped a shot wide in a one-on-one with Clarke after Marin Redmond’s pass.
Seven minutes into the second half, it was a good a chance as Dungloe were going to get.
From then on there was no real sting in the game, with Rory Carr, Paddy McGowan and Gibbons scoring for the hosts, and Adrian Sweeney and Conor Greene scoring for Dungloe.
St Eunan’s: John Paul Clarke; Conor Morrison, Sean Hensey, Michéal Martin; Conor Parke (0-1), Eamonn Doherty, Peter Devine; Darragh Mulgrew (0-2), Kevin Rafferty (0-2, 1f); Conor Gibbons (0-2), John Haran, Sean McVeigh (0-1); Conall Dunne (0-2), Rory Carr (0-1), Lee McMonagle (0-2). Subs: Paddy McGowan (0-1) for Haran (44), Kieran Sharkey for Devine (58), Conal McGinley and Michael Miller for Carr and Gibbons (59), Mark McGowan for Dunne (60).