Murphy and Gallagher the aces in the pack for Glenswilly - Boyle

Tom Comack dgldemocrat

Glenswilly, champions in 2013 and finalists in 2014, are the hot favourites to make it back to another big day out in MacCumhaill Park on county final day.

Malin from Division Two of the All-County Football League and conquerors of Dungloe in last Sunday’s quarter-final, stand between the men from Pairc Naomh Columba and a county final date with either Naomh Conaill or Kilcar.

They meet in the first last four game on Sunday afternoon in O’Donnell Park (2.30 p.m.)

Former All-Star forward, Tony Boyle, is the manager of the Dungloe side that fell to Malin last weekend.

The Inishowen men trailed by six points late in the first-half of that quarter-final meeting but produced a strong final quarter to win by two points, 0-13 to 1-8.

Glenswilly and Dungloe also collided in the group stages with Michael Canning’s charges shading the tie in Pairc Naomh Columba, Glenswilly, 1-10 to 0-10.

“The day we played them they were without Michael Murphy and it was Neil Gallagher’s first game back,” said Tony Boyle.

“We played well that day and gave it a right good go and were unlucky not to score a couple of goals and could have won the game.

“Big Neil was very influential in that game and probably his presence was the difference on the day.

“But Michael (Murphy) is back and has a couple of games played and big Neil also has a few more games under his belt.

“Glenswilly are much improved and a different prospect now than they were the day we played them,” added the Dungloe boss.

“Michael and Neil make an awful difference as we saw last weekend against MacCumhaill's.

“Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden is playing well and himself and Michael combined well against MacCumhaill's and between them scored 2-11, Michael 2-5 and Copper 0-6.


“They are two big men and are a real handful for any defence and there are those that will say that at club level Michael is unmarkable when he is in form.

“They also have a Caolan McFadden and Brian Farrelly in the attack who can also chalk up scores.

“Big Neil gives them a huge platform at midfield and they are getting stronger with every game. They also had Cormac Callaghan back from injury and Ciaran Bonner and Shaun Burke have also returned to the squad.

“They both got game time against MacCumhaill’s and they are getting stronger and just seem to be coming into form at the right time.”

Malin are in their 12th straight season in the senior championship and qualified undefeated from Group C.

They topped the group with home wins over Sean MacCumhaill’s and Glenfin either side of an away draw with Naomh Muire.

Dungloe last weekend in the quarter-final were their first Division One opposition.

And they go into Sunday’s tie, their second semi-final in four seasons, very much as the underdogs.

“Malin are a decent side and they played well against us and showed great character to come back in the second half against us,” said Boyle.

“They have Brendan and Stephen McLaughlin in the forward line that take watching and I was very impressed with their half-back line against us.

“Declan Walsh pushed up just before half-time and played a big part in their three points before the break that brought then back into the game.

“Paul McLaughlin and Kieran McColgan also pushed up on us in the second half and really played a big part in their comeback.

“I don’t expect they will get the same freedom against Glenswilly. They are going to have to play very well and stay with Glenswilly and be still in the game going down the last stretch if they are to be in with a chance of causing an upset.

“But given the form of Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Copper McFadden it is hard to see anything other than a Glenswilly win.

“And once in the final I wouldn’t rule them out winning another county title. They are certainly more than capable of giving either Naomh Conaill or Kilcar a run for their money.

Verdict: Glenswilly


 Glenswilly carry the hot favourites tag into their semi final clash with Malin.

The 2013 champions, after a poor league campaign and losing their opening game in the championship to Ardara back in May, have really turned things around in recent weeks.

And with Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher back playing, and Ciaran Bonner back in the squad, they have become championship contenders once again.

All-Star Murphy kicked 2-5, with all but one from a free, and Gary McFadden posted 0-6 in their 2-20 to 1-14 win over Sean MacCumhaill’s in O’Donnell Park.

This was their third straight championship win on the trot following their group stages wins over Dungloe and Bundoran.

Malin topped their group with two wins and a draw. They produced a storming second half against Dungloe in last weekend’s quarter-final to come from four down early in the second period to win by two.

Declan Walsh, Paul McLaughlin, Kieran McColgan, Brendan McLaughlin, Adam Byrne and Stephen McLaughlin were the men that turned the tide for the Inishowen men.

Anthony Kelly and Adam Byrne (hamstring) are injury concerns for Malin. Glenswilly are believed to have no major injury worries.