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St Eunan's Player Decries Teammate's Harsh Red Card As Naomh Conaill Win Donegal SFC

St Eunan's Player Decries Teammate's Harsh Red Card As Naomh Conaill Win Donegal SFC
By Donny Mahoney Updated
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The postponed Donegal SFC title was decided this afternoon as Glenties club Naomh Conaill outfought St Eunan's 1-9 to 2-5  in a predictably tense affair in Ballybofey.

It was a scrappy, low-scoring game played in difficult October conditions.

The decisive moment of the match was a seemingly harsh red card doled out to Shane O'Donnell of the Letterkenny club just before the break

In the dying moments of the first half, there was a scrap in front of the St Eunan's goal. O'Donnell pushed Jeaic Mac Ceallbhui of Naomh Conaill and saw red from referee Mark Dorrian.

Many watching the game at home were surprised to see red card brandished. Others thought Naomh Conaill's talisman Ciarán Thompson was lucky to escape with a yellow for a tackle in the buildup to the incident.

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Donegal intercounty star Niall O'Donnell of St Eunan's voiced his displeasure with the decision on Twitter after the game, saying "Ye give up so much & train all year round for a sideline official to go and ruin the biggest day of the year". He also had some choice words for the umpire.

Brendan McDyer of Naomh Conaill spoke after the match about the grit his team showed in winning the match in less-than-ideal conditions.

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"We knew the conditions were going to be a factor for both teams. This time of year you're going to get nothing different, late Championship games.  We knew it wasn't a day for fine free-flowing football. "

Today is another step forward for Naomh Conaill as the club continues its rise in Donegal. The club won Donegal's Senior A and B titles today.

The Donegal SFC final was supposed to take place last weekend but was postponed because of the tragedy in Creeslough where ten people lost their lives.

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