Glenswilly are crowned Donegal champions after defeat of hot favourites Kilcar


Donegal Senior Football Championship Final result: Kilcar 0-12 (12) v 1-10 (13) Glenswilly

Man of the match Michael Murphy scored an early goal on the 10th minute as Glenswilly got off to a flier against a slow-starting Kilcar side.

His Donegal county team-mate Neil Gallagher linked well with Murphy to set up the goal, pictured above thanks to Brian McDaid.

It was Kilcar who got the first point of the game in the second minute but double champions Glenswilly – who won in 2011 and 2013 - responded terrifically, scoring two points and that Murphy goal.

After 10 minutes at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey, the score was Kilcar 0-01 v 1-02 Glenswilly.

Kilcar hit back with a free from Paddy McBrearty and a point from play by Conor Doherty, but Glenswilly knocked over a couple of points as well to stay clear.

At half-time, it was Kilcar 0-06 v 1-07 Glenswilly.

Rain poured down as the second half got underway, making the surface incredibly slippery.

But it did not stop Kilcar, who posed the greater attacking threat at the restart as they tried to reduce Glenswilly’s half-time four-point lead.

Kilcar's Paddy McBreaty kicked the first point of the half and within minutes Ryan McHugh scored a sensational point to make it a one-point game.

Eighth minutes mark into the second half, the score was Kilcar 0-10 (10) v (11) 1-08 Glenswilly.

There was only one more point over the next nine minutes as the weather conditions seemed to affect the game, and it came from the men from the Glen.

It was the team in the green and gold who made the score to end the lull and extend their lead to two points.

Kilcar’s Paddy McBrearty again put his side back in the game, but again Glenswilly responded.

Kilcar’s Mark Sweeney got another point for his team and as the game approached injury time, there was one point in it.

Glenswilly led 1-10 (13) to 0-12 (12).

Three minutes of injury time were all that stood between Glenswilly another Donegal championship and their experience showed as they saw out the game to clinch their third county final in five years.