It was mostly one-way traffic as Donegal proved to be far too strong for the Shannon Blues in the opening junior championship game of the season. Donegal fielded a side containing several names that we may very well see feature in senior competition later in the year. The Blues battled throughout the hour but it was a case of trying to beat back the waves as Donegal overran their defences.
|Blues rise highest for this kickout.|
It was more of the same in the second half. The Blues added a second point to their tally, and Mike Coyne forced a save out of Christy McLoughlin in the Donegal goal following some well placed passes from the Blues. Donegal, however, cruised to victory. Additional scores from Duffy, McCarney, Pauric McLoughlin, and Eoin Sheedy embellished the Donegal tally. A late Blues goal was well finished by Conor Fitzgerald, who added a well-taken point shortly afterwards. An easy win for the Donegal juniors to get off the mark, while the Blues will be looking for better things in the season to come.
Donegal: C. McLoughlin, B. Friel, N. Byrne, K. Coyle, B. Duffy, P. Wanish, P. McLoughlin, A. McGirr, E. McCarney, R. Ivers, E. Sheedy, J. Eagan, D. Green. Blues: P. Murray, M. Green, M. Buckley, M. Keegan, B. McDermott, P. Moriarty, N. Murray, B. Collopy, M. Coyne, K. O’Sullivan, C. Fitzgerald, T. Hernon, R. Howley.
By Rory O'Donnell
Other results from the Junior A Championship were:
Connemara Gaels 2-15 Wolfe Tones 0-6
Aidan McAnespies 1-22 New England Celtics 1-8