Glenswilly manager appeals for space from Donegal senior team management

Alan Foley

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Alan Foley

Glenswilly manager appeals for space from Donegal senior team management
Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid, by his own admission, will “tap up more” of his “buddies from The Ranch again about Roslea.”

Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid, by his own admission, will “tap up more” of his “buddies from The Ranch again about Roslea.”

McDaid’s side yesterday produced the surprise of the round in the AIB Ulster Club Championship quarter-finals with a 1-10 to 0-10 win over St Gall’s in Ballybofey.

Glenswilly will take on Roslea Shamrocks on Sunday November 17, most probably at Healy Park in Omagh.

McDaid made an appeal to the Donegal management to exclude county panellists Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher, Ciaran Bonner and Gary McFadden from any meetings in the coming weeks.

“It’s important the county board and senior management back us on this,” McDaid said. “We don’t want any pressure on our county players to attend anything. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for us.”

Meanwhile, the rumbling over who will join Glenswilly in Division One of the All-County Football League next season shows no sign of abating.

Termon and Glenfin drew 3-9 to 1-15 in the promotion play-off to further complicate the situation.

Dungloe have an appeal before the Ulster Council tonight, Monday, as they feel they should face Glenfin, who finished second in the table.

Termon had a better head-t0-head record with two wins over Dungloe in the league and while Dungloe had the better scoring average. Both teams finished on 18 points.

But Dungloe insist the rule is unclear and scoring average is the determinant.

“We heard from the county board and the county executive if it went down to it, it would be the head-to-head,” Termon manager Daireann Gibson said yesterday. “We defeated Dungloe on two occasions during the year so we got the opportunity today,”

Confusion reigned in Letterkenny yesterday at full-time as nobody seemed sure whether extra-time or a replay was needed to find a winner.

Referee Seamus McGonigle hobbled off with a knee injury on 45 minutes and was replaced by Liam McConigley, who played 12 minutes injury time. Termon claimed it was correct not to play extra-time, while Glenfin thought it was in the rules.

“We checked the regulations before the match, although we didn’t bring the rule book with us,” manager Francie Martin said. “It said that there would be 10 minutes each way played if the match ended in a draw.”