Danske Bank Treanor Cup
Thursday 2pm in Eoghan Rua GAC, Portstewart
St Eunan’s Letterkenny v St Louis Ballymena
By Seamus McAleenan
When these teams met in their first game of the league, St Eunan’s Letterkenny scored a very late point to secure a 1-11 to 2-7 victory, although neither team looked capable of ending up in the Danske Bank Treanor Cup final today (THURSDAY).
However both improved significantly as the competition progressed and both secured comfortable semi-final wins on Monday of this week to set up the decider.
St Eunan’s though lost to Holy Trinity Cookstown in their last league game and in the quarter-final had to face a St Patrick’s Keady side that had been going very well. The Donegal school shut up shop at the back and worked their way into victory by 0-8 to 0- 5.
On the same afternoon at the start of last week, St Louis took out another of the fancied schools, St Malachy’s Castlewellan to reach the semis – but they had to survive a play-off after losing to Cookstown in the league. That play off delivered a 3-11 to 3-4 win over Castleblayney.
It seemed as if the quarter-final wins over the fancied teams gave both a confidence boost. St Eunan’s then easily saw off St Ronan’s Lurgan by 3-12 to 0-8 points, while St Louis fired home 7-10 to 1-10 against St Pius X.
Shane Monaghan (2-6) and Keelin Collier (1-4) grabbed the headlines for St Eunan’s while there have been solid performances all the way through from Jack Roarty, Noel O’Donnell and Conor Cassidy.
Meanwhile Aidan Scullion (3-4) and Colla McDonnell (2-2) were the chief executioners for St Louis in their semi-final with Rory McGuigan, Patrick Dougan and Paudie McGilligan others to shine in the campaign.
So two teams growing in confidence, each with a twin strike force scoring well, but one will come away disappointed this evening. The 0-8 to 0-5 quarter-final win for Lettekenny perhaps hinted that they are a little more adaptable to a defensive style game and that could pave the way to success today.
St Eunan’s Squad : M Whoriskey, O McDaid, J Roarty, S Collum, O Brogan, J Gallagher, C McDermott, N O’Donnell, J Alcorn, E O’Boyle, C Friel, C Cassidy, S Monaghan, S McVeigh, K Collier, R Coady, D Devenney, C Aidoo, K Gribben, S Marsh, C McMonagle, B Gallagher, C Wheeler, J Kernan, D Boyle
St Louis : R McCloskey, S Higgins, C Killough, D McNicholl, S O’Callaghan, R McGuigan, R McQuillan, P Dougan, P McGilligan, R McKillop, P Ferris capt., A Scullion, C Campbell, C Higgins, C McDonnell.
Subs : J O’Rawe, C Johnson, A Campbell, R McCartney, D Duffin, J Higgins, R Duffin, E McFerran, C McLarnon, P Graham, S Hasson, J Murray, C McCafferty, C Mestury.