THREE LATE POINTS were enough for St Eunan’s to overcome neighbours Termon in the AllSportStore.com All-County Football League Division 1.
Termon 2-8 St Eunan’s 1-14
The sides were level at 2-8 to 1-11 with just five minutes to play but it was the side managed by David McGinley who came out on top following scores from Patrick McGowan, Conor Gibbons and Darragh McWalters.
Photo caption: St Eunan’s manager David McGinley saw his side win this afternoon at the Burn Road against Termon in the AllSportStore.com All-County Football League Division 1. Photo: Geraldine Diver
Termon had put up a brave fight and were leading at half-time by a point, 2-4 to 0-9 with Steve McElwaine and Aidan Sweeney the goalscorers. However, McGowan, who scored 1-5 in all poked home a goal for St Eunan’s in the second half to help turn the tide.[adrotate group=”56″]
Francie Friel’s team are still very much mired in a relegation battle at the bottom of the table but the Termon manager can at least take some heart from the performance of his troops.
St Eunan’s were 0-6 to 0-2 in front by the 18th minute with Brian McIntyre and Daniel Gillespie joining Conor Gibbons, McGowan and David Tyrrell on the scoreboard.[adrotate group=”38″]
Termon, at that stage, had only managed a couple of points – with Fionntán O’Flynn and Steve McElwaine on the mark. But on 19 minutes McElwaine burst onto a pass from James McSharry to shoot past Sean Daffan, who got a hand to it but couldn’t keep it out, in the St Eunan’s goal.
A minute later, Termon fashioned a second goal with an excellent move. McSharry and Paul McDaid were involved in the build up and then Sweeney played a bright give and go with Brendan Friel before rounding Daffan to slot into the empty net for a 2-2 to 0-6 lead.
The visitors did steady themselves with three points on the bounce, with McGowan, McIntyre and Conor Parke scoring but it was the hosts who went in a score to the good following points from Daire McDaid and Sweeney.
Gibbons and Daire McDaid pointed at either end at the start of the second period before McGowan’s vital goal for St Eunan’s on 41 minutes. Gillespie seemed to have lost possession as he tried to pop off a hand pass but it fell to the feet of McGowan who lashed it past Conor Tinney from the ground in a flash. It made for a 1-10 to 2-5 lead for St Eunan’s.[adrotate group=”70″]
Termon managed to get back on terms when Daire McDaid scored two long range frees and although St Eunan’s eked ahead again when McGowan was on target with a free of his own, O’Flynn levelled it at 2-8 to 1-11 with six minutes left.
However, it was St Eunan’s who saw it out with those three late points.[adrotate group=”81″]
Termon: Conor Tinney; Joseph O’Donnell, Kevin McDaid, Kevin McElwaine; Steve McElwaine (1-1, 1f), Nathan McElwaine, James McSharry; Brendan Friel, Johnny McCafferty; Daniel Connaghan, Aidan Sweeney (1-1), Fionntán O’Flynn (0-2); Paul McDaid, Daire McDaid (0-4, 2f), Shane Callaghan. Subs: Alan Dugera for Connaghan (48), Joe English for McSharry (60).
St Eunan’s: Sean Daffan; Conor Morrison, Darragh McWalters (0-1), Conor Parke (0-1); Peter Devine, Caolan Ward, Kevin Kealy; Eamonn Doherty, Rory Kavanagh; Daniel Gillespie, David Tyrrell, Sean McVeigh; Patrick McGowan (1-5, 4f), Brian McIntyre (0-2), Conor Gibbons (0-3, 1f). Sub: Sean Hensey for Kealy (54).
Referee: Shane Toolin (Aodh Ruadh).