It was a historic day in O’Donnell Park yesterday afternoon when St Eunan’s completed their first Senior League and Championship double in nearly 50 years and Dungloe won their first hurling championship title with victory in the Junior final.

 

In the Junior final it was nip and tuck all the way with key roles played by both free-takers with Aodh Ruadh’s Garreth Sheerin converting 0-10 and man of the match Richie Ryan notching 0-9. Aodh Ruadh led for the first time ten minutes in when Ciaran Kilgannon latched onto a loose ball to finish to the net but three minutes later Sean McGee restored Dungloe’s lead. The team from the Rosses maintained that lead until just before the second half water-break when Aodh Ruadh who never trailed by more than two points pushed into a 1-10 to 1-9 lead.  The lead barely last a minute as a Richie Ryan free levelled matters and a second Sean McGee goal minutes later proved the decisive score. Aodh Ruadh did battle back to within a point 2-11 to 1-13 on 25 minutes but An Clochán Liath rallied and super long range points from Conor Diver and Brendan Boyle in added time sealed the win for Dungloe.

 

 

There was an equally exciting finish to the Senior final. Eunans stormed into an early lead, a Russell Forde goal putting 1-3 on the board before Setanta had bothered the umpires. The side from Killygordon rallied thereafter but stout Eunans defence and some inspirational scores gave them a half-time lead 1-6 to 0-5. Setanta started the second half like a wounded lion and were beginning to reel Eunans in who were thankful to Cian Hennessey for some super saves but a super team goal that seen the sliothar passed between seven Eunans players ended with Kevin Kealy striking to the net. This put the Cathedral town men 2-8 to 0-8 up. Setanta rallied from there to the end to get within a point of Eunans by the finish and were pushing hard for an equaliser but heroic stuff from the 14 Letterkenny men behind the sliothar and the the ticking clock seen Setanta yield their title.

 

 

 

Michael Murphy Sports Senior and Junior Hurling Finals

Saturday Oct 30th, Páirc Uí Dhomhnaill, Aodh Ruadh 1-13 An Clochán Liath 2-14, James Callaghan

Saturday Oct 30th, Páirc Uí Dhomhnaill, Naomh Ádhamhnáin 2-9 Setanta 0-14, Aidan McAleer