Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid was just as mystified as everyone else as to what happened at the start of the game with Kilcar.
“I think one of our boys was late going off the field,” said Gary. “Lucky for us we won the second throw-in and got the ball to Colin (Kelly) and he put it over the bar.”
The manager was high in his praise of Colin, who led the Glenswilly attack, troubling Kilcar from start to finish.
The former county star finished with 0-3 and along with Neil Gallagher could have shared the man of the match award.
“Colin was very good for us today. It was his first championship start. He has been plagued by a back injury all year. He was massive for us today. The ball stuck to him every time it went in which was vital today in those consitions. Possession was so vital.”
The Glenswilly manager felt it was a difficult day to play good football. “It was more a running game today. It was a very cagey game for the neutral to watch,” said Gary.
McDaid wondered why five added minutes were added but also felt his side were ready for anything. “I wasn’t expecting five minutes but our boys are very mentally tough andif they had put ten ujp they would still grind it out,” said McDaid, who said they had done the same against St. Michael’s. He also felt his defence had a massive final ten minutes giving the Kilcar forwards little room and he gave the credit for the Kilcar misses to the tightness of his defence.
Asked about the fact that championship favourites St. Eunan’s were knocked out and speculation that the game with Kilcar was almost a county final, McDaid dismissed this competely.
“I was in Buncrana yesterday and then in Convoy and a lot of people were saying that, but it wasn’t mentioned in our dressing room or in our meeting after the match today. You have to give every team the respect they deserve. Malin were absolutely fantastic against St. Eunan’s,” said McDaid.
The Glenswilly boss said it would be very easy to keep his side focussed for the semi-final.
“We will have no bother keeping our feet on the ground. We are in Division Two and we went out of the championship last year very easily. We are still rebuilding,” he said.
He wanted to heap all the praise on his players and agreed that Neil Gallagher had put in a massive shift at midfield for the cause.
“Neil Gallagher is an All-Star; Michael Michael Murphy is an All-Star and we have 21 players all pushing hard for places,” said McDaid.
No matter what, Glenswilly and McDaid will now have to carry the favourites’ tag for the remainder of the race for the Dr. Maguire.
They lifted the title in 2011 and with players of the calibre of Colin Kelly, Ciaran Bonner and Gary McFadden to embellish the work of Gallagher and Murphy, they will take beating