Bonner: “It was fitness that won it”

Bonner: “It was fitness that won it”
Ciaran Bonner was the scorer of one of the great team goals in a RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final to out the icing on Glenswilly’s cake.

Ciaran Bonner was the scorer of one of the great team goals in a RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC final to out the icing on Glenswilly’s cake.

Michael Murphy played a soccer-style pass into space to slice open the Killybegs defence and Kealan McFadden and Bonner scampered into space.

McFadden could’ve taken on the chance himself - as Antoine O’Hara was the only Killybegs player that could’ve prevented a goal - but squared to Bonner, who slammed into the empty net.

“It doesn’t matter who gets the scores in this team. You could see that in the second half.

“Michael Murphy’s flick was unbelievable and Kealan

McFadden was unselfish as he could’ve went himself. I was delighted to be on the end of it but it’s a fantastic achievement for the club.”

Bonner, with his son Daithi in his arms, believed Glenswilly’s fitness was the deciding factor in their 3-19 to 2-6 win - especially since there was only a point between the teams at half-time.

Milford native Paul Fisher, who has worked with Jim McGuinness and Donegal, has come in lately in Foxhall to assist Gary McDaid’s panel in their strength and conditioning.

“We always knew it was going to be a battle and it was certainly in the first half,” Bonner added.

“Killybegs stuck with us but when we got in at half-time and settled down, we got the gameplan going again. We just opened up the legs and pure fitness and physically took us through. A lot of

that has to go down to Paul Fisher, who is someone we haven’t mentioned so much, but he’s done some great work with us in a short space of time.

“We always knew with Hugh McFadden at the edge of the square that they were going to be dangerous. It was a day with slippy ball and we let in a bad first goal but there’s no point in blaming people. You just have to get on with it.

“We did thankfully and it’s just great for the club to win a senior championship once again.”