Gary McDaid will decide on future in next few weeks

Gary McDaid will decide on future in next few weeks
Gary McDaid will meet Glenswilly’s players in the next fortnight to decide on his future after their loss in the Ulster Club final yesterday.

Gary McDaid will meet Glenswilly’s players in the next fortnight to decide on his future after their loss in the Ulster Club final yesterday.

McDaid’s side put in a spirited display against a fine Ballinderry Shamrocks side, who ran out winners 1-13 to 2-6 at Healy Park in Omagh yesterday afternoon.

“I’m going to think about it now for the next week or two,” McDaid said immediately afterwards. “I’ll pull the lads together soon for a meeting to see where we’re at.”

Glenswilly got off to a dream start, when Michael Murphy’s miskick flew straight over Michael Conlan for a goal on 26 seconds.

However, the Derry champions went in at the interval in front 1-6 to 1-2 thanks to a number of fine scores and a goal from Michael McIver on 26 minutes.

Glenswilly made a lightening start to the second half and following a Caolan Kelly goal on 32 minutes soon eked ahead thanks to Darren McGinley.

But Martin McKinless’s Ballinderry finished the match strongly to win a third Ulster championship - following their successes in 1981 and 2001, which preceded the 2002 All-Ireland win.

McDaid was joint manager of Glenswilly with John McGinley when they won a first ever RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC in 2011. It was only the Foxhall club’s sith season in the senior bracket.

After stepping aside last year, McDaid returned in January to steer his panel to a second Dr Maguire in three season, as well as comfortably winning the All-County Football League Division Two.

Yesterday they were only the fourth Donegal club - after St Joseph’s, Killybegs and Naomh Conaill - to reach an Ulster final.

McDaid is certainly popular among his players for the impact he has made at the club.

“Hopefully Gary McDaid and the management team stay on,” said forward Gary McFadden. “If they do there’s no reason we can’t give it another lash next year.”