Murphy guides Glenswilly to famous win

Glenswilly get the better of Kilcar in Donegal Senior Final

Peter Campbell

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Murphy guides Glenswilly to famous win

Action from Sunday's final in Sean MacCumhaill Park. Photo: Thomas Gallagher.

Glenswilly claimed a third senior championship title when against the odds, they produced a thrilling victory to beat Kilcar in Sunday's Donegal Senior Final.

Glenswilly and Michael Murphy were written off but they once again delivered against the odds to win by just a point, 1-10 to 0-12.

Murphy was man of the match once again, but they had heroes everywhere and Kilcar can have no complaints.

This game didn't go according to the script and that was mainly due to the presence of Murphy.

In the difficult conditions, Kilcar were nervous and Glenswilly took full advantage, leading by 1-02 to 0-01 after ten minutes.

The Donegal star accounted for the entire 1-02, firing home the goal after a long delivery from Neil Gallagher.

Glenswilly had claims for a penalty after just three minutes when Cormac Callaghan was fouled close to the line, but referee Shaun McLaughlin gave a 13m free.

Patrick McBrearty and Conor Doherty got Kilcar back within two but Brian Farrelly and a magnificent long range effort from Ciaran Gibbons restored the Glenswilly four-point advantage on 20 minutes.

It was point for point until half-time with Patrick McBrearty (2) and Ryan McHugh points for Kilcar being cancelled by Gary Copper McFadden and two more from Murphy.

The Donegal county captain accounted for 1-04 of his sides’s first half total.

Three points from Patrick McBrearty, Michael Hegarty and Ryan McHugh had Kilcar back within a point inside six minutes of the restart, but Glenswilly hit back with a point from substitute Ciaran Bonner.

Kilcar just didn’t have the accuracy to get their noses in front, hitting five second half wides.

Michael Murphy added a free and before the end Ciaran Gibbons got his second of the game as the winners showed great discipline to keep Kilcar at bay.