Donegal side Cill Chártha were yesterday crowned Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta champions for the sixth time beating Galway side Cumann Mícheál Breathnach 3-14 to 0-13 in Moycullen. The victory for Cill Chártha makes it eight titles from the last nine for Donegal sides.
Donegal star Ryan McCugh played a major role in the tournament being crowned Man of the Match in yesterday’s final but also being name Player of the Tournament. His brother and fellow Donegal player Mark McCugh captained the side.
In truth, Cill Chártha were by far the best side throughout the competition beating local side Moycullen 2-15 to 1-7 in Sunday evening’s semi final. They carried that form into the final by outclassing a brave Míchéal Breathnach side. Ryan McCugh netted twice in what was a comfortable victory in the end.
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness will be pleased that his Cill Chártha players came through the final unscathed with only Patrick McBrearty missing out through injury.
The final junior competition brought together the novel pairing of the Aran Islands and London side Móin Dearg. It was the Aran Islands who ran out comfortable six point winners on a scoreline of 015 to 0-9.
The Aran Islands opened the competition on Friday night by beating hosts Moycullen in the opening round in the preliminary stage of the competition. The played a marathon four games in four days in order to take the title. Peadar Seoighe top scored in the final with seven points to power the islanders to their second title.
The result will fuel speculation that the Aran Islands side will opt to go senior for next year’s tournament which takes place in Ard na Ratha in Donegal.
Their was some joy for the host club as Moycullen’s ladies side won the women’s competition. It is the first time that a Galway side has won the competition and they did it in style beating An Ceathrú Rua 10-20 to 1-4 in an emphatic victory.
Peader Breathnach, Pundit Arena