Buncrana clinch 'humdinger’
St Eunan’s... 4-02
SPECTATORS in Convoy’s Centre of Excellence for the
county ‘A’ hurling final were treated to fine weather,
fine drama and great commitment from all 30 plus
players. Buncrana won it in the final minute with a goal
from Cathal Óg Wilson.
It could so easily have gone the other way. Not thirty
seconds earlier a strike from Eunan’s excellent Shane
O’Donnell had goal written all over it but for high
heroics from the Buncrana keeper, Óisín Kelly. The final
minute reflected drama from the throw in by referee Hugo
Buncrana U14 hurling team.
Buncrana got the scoreboard
ticking with a point from Aaron Craig. Shane O’Donnell
got his first of three goals and followed with a couple
of points. Aaron Craig on twenty minutes hit the Eunan's
net. Niall O’Doherty followed with a point for the
Scarvey boys. When Letterkenny’s Ethan Doherty rattled
the Buncrana goal Eunan's had taken control. The
Buncrana mums and dads looked worried. Their sons had
swept all before them up till this point. They were
League and County Féile champs and favourites to
complete the treble. The O’Donnell Park manager Gordon
Randles’ boys were fighting tooth and claw and led by a
goal with half-time beckoning.
Matty Mulholland a touch of class from Inis Eoghain then
nets and equalizes . The end of the first half. All
St Eunan U14 hurling team.
Early after the restart
Eunan's miss from the penalty spot. Buncrana got another
three pointer through Cathal Óg . Eunan's step up to the
mark: Shane O’Donnell’s two strikes score to the value
of six points. The Letterkenny lads were leading by a
goal. Niall O’Doherty points a free. The difference is
two points. Jason McLaughlin’s fine goal leaves Buncrana
a point to the good. Eunans attack : wide, wide, save.
And again attack, attack, spectacular save. Ryan Hegarty
points for Buncrana .
The last sixty seconds will live long in the spectators’
memories. Both squads shone. Managers Cathal Wilson and
Gordon Randles and their coaching teams have very fine
players for the future.
County Minor chairman was lavish in his praise for both
Buncrana’s team and squad were: Óisín Kelly, James
O’Hagan, John Vaughan, Pauric Doherty, Liam O’Doherty,
Matthew Wilson (Capt.), Matthew Mulholland, Niall
O’Doherty, Óisín McDaid, Jason McLaughlin, Aaron Craig,
Tommy McLaughlin, Gavin Deehan, Anton Cassidy, Cathal Óg
Wilson, Ryan Hegarty, Rúairí Doherty, Finn McLaughlin,
Matthew Harkin, John Jackson.