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McGoldrick hails Eoghan Rua triumph


By Declan Bogue

Eoghan Rua of Coleraine added a significant achievement to their roll of honour on Saturday when they won the Kilmacud Sevens Tournament, defeating the host club in the final on a scoreline of 4-9 to 2-10.

As ever, Eoghan Rua were backboned by the McGoldrick family. Father Sean was joint manager along with Sean McLaughlin, and his five sons all featured for the team - Barry, Colm, Ciaran, Liam and Sean Leo, who also won the Player of the Tournament award.

A first cousin of the boys, former Derry midfielder Niall Holly, was also on the team, with the rest of the panel completed by Rory Mooney, Ciaran Lagan, Gavin McWilliams and Ciaran Lenihan.

Eoghan Rua got there the hard way. In the group stages their toughest game was against Dublin club Thomas Davis and it took a couple of late points to snatch a victory.

After that they faced Oliver Plunketts in the quarter-final, comfortably accounted for fellow Derry club Ballinderry - who in turn had taken out the holders, Belfast's St Gall's, in an earlier round - in the semi-final and then defeated hosts Kilmacud Crokes in the decider.

Colm McGoldrick rattled the net for a first-half goal in the final as they trailed Crokes 1-7 to 1-6 at half-time, but a glut of goals from Colm, Sean Leo and Lagan in the second period propelled them to a 4-9 to 2-10 victory.

And all this despite not having two of their best players available. Ciaran and Declan Mullan have both represented Derry, but were unavailable due to a business trip to China and an injury respectively.

Reflecting on a marvellous achievement for such a small club, Sean McGoldrick said: "It's a tough day's football. If you get to the final you play six games. The games are 20 minutes long, so it is quite hard going.

"We were going down in hope. We didn't even have our physio, he was otherwise engaged."

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