For the second consecutive year the Donegal Hurling Final features Setanta vs St. Eunan’s. Last time these teams met in the final it finished 3-13 to 0-13 in favour of Setanta. Likewise, in 2017 it was 1-16 to 1-08 in the same fixture. You have to go all the way back to 1972 for the last time St. Eunan’s won the Championship. After waiting 48 years, the Letterkenny based side are due a victory.
Setanta sailed back into the final with a convincing semi-final win over Burt. The final scoreline was 3-18 to 2-11 but Burt’s two majors were more of a consolation. David Flynn, Kevin Campbell, and Michael Donoghue found the net for the holders. By the third minute of the second half, it was 1-12 to 0-05 and Setanta cruised back into the final from there.
Meanwhile, St. Eunan’s earned a return to the final with an impressive display against Buncrana. Defence was key as a clean sheet meant their own two goals put them out of reach. Kevin Keeley and Conor O’Grady were the ones raised the green flags. Then, when Buncrana went down to fourteen in the remaining minutes, St. Eunan’s saw out the game with relative ease.
Since this Setanta side are no strangers to the heat of a final, experience could be key. However, the opposition have nothing to lose and can take the game to the reigning champions. Donegalgaa.ie are live streaming the final for fans who wish to tune in. If both sides can continue their Championship form this far, the showdown will be a cracker.
Donegal SHC Final: Setanta vs St. Eunan’s, Saturday 3rd October, 4pm (O’Donnell Park).
— Official Donegal GAA (@officialdonegal) September 29, 2020