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Gordon and O'Hagan shoot from the hip for Cup final replay


John Campbell

By John Campbell

Frustration was certainly the prevailing mood in the respective team camps following Monday's drawn Ulster College MacLarnon Cup final between St Eunan's College, Letterkenny and Holy Trinity College, Cookstown.

Now ahead of tomorrow night's replay at Celtic Park, Derry Neil Gordon, the Donegal team's coach, certainly does not spare the verbal rod in assessing his team's performance.

"We just didn't do what we were supposed to do and that's it, bottom line," declared Gordon.

"We were just not good enough with the possession that we had. Whether it was nerves or what I don't know but we only played for ten minutes in the first-half and that's not good enough.

"My team simply did not perform to the level that they can. Holy Trinity must have thought it was Christmas because of the manner in which we kicked three or four balls straight to them."

Gordon is urging a more structured, cohesive display from his side tomorrow and is optimistic that players such as Conor O'Donnell, Barry McDevitt and midfield ace Padraig McGettigan can set the tone for a better performance.

Holy Trinity coach Aidan O'Hagan certainly had cause for relief given what transpired in the dying seconds of the match yet was realistic in analysing his team's display.

"We have to be thankful to Conor Loane whom we only made into a goalkeeper in January. That save he made at the end on Monday was fantastic and fair play to him," said O'Hagan.

Tomorrow night, though, Pauric Lagan and Eoin Gallagher can help to give Holy Trinity a more solid foothold at midfield.

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