Mac’s View: Bundoran have tough task with long trip to Newry

Mac's View
Bundoran have a difficult assignment in the Ulster Club semi-final on Sunday next as they have a long journey to Newry to face Antrim side Glenavy. It is not particularly helpful that supporters have to be in Newry for a 12.45 throw-in.

Bundoran have a difficult assignment in the Ulster Club semi-final on Sunday next as they have a long journey to Newry to face Antrim side Glenavy. It is not particularly helpful that supporters have to be in Newry for a 12.45 throw-in.

There is talk that the team might stay overnight but that is very costly and something we can’t afford at the moment, but be that as it may, we have to give it a go. I remember a number of years ago when Donegal drew with Galway in Croke Park and the replay was fixed for Castlebar. We weren’t happy, but we used that in our favour and we got through. I’m hoping that Bundoran can do the same on Sunday.

Much will depend on the availability of Jamie Brennan. Hopefully, he will have recovered as he is an important part of the team. He was going well in the county final when he was forced off. Hopefully, too, Johnny Boyle will be free of injury and able to play a full part.

Overall, they are in a good place and it would be nice to kick on and reach an Ulster final. Of course, they have promotion on their mind as well and that too is important. They had a big win yesterday over Termon in the final game and will now look forward to meeting Four Masters in the promotion/relegation play-off.

I want to extend a big congratulations to Finn Harps on achieving promotion to the Premier division. They have worked hard this year and even though it will be tough for them to retain the Premier status, they have deserved what they got and I’m told there were a great crowd in Finn Park on Friday night. It reminds me of the old days when Fran Fields and Patsy McGowan were there; they had some good times.

Commiserations to the Termon Ladies who lost out in the Ulster final the previous weekend. It is tough for a small club like Termon to be at their best in every game and, from what I’ve heard, Donaghmoyne are a serious club with a strong Intermediate side also. No doubt Termon will be back.

The club is going really well with the men winning Division 2 last weekend and their U-13 team winning a first ever underage A title, defeating St. Eunan’s comprehensively in the county final on Saturday. It takes a good team to defeat the Letterkenny club so this must be a strong Termon underage side.

The Director General Paraic Duffy outlined a plan for Gaelic football and hurling last week and although I haven’t had time to digest all of the proposals, I wouldn’t mind seeing them given a chance.

There is also talk of change in the leagues in Donegal and again I would like to put forward the proposal to divide the county for league football. That would give the chance to play games midweek and also there would be more local derbies which would be competitive and also help in providing much needed revenue for clubs.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Peter Campbell