Glenswilly managed to come from behind to edge past St Michael’s with a late point to seal victory in a bruising encounter.
St Michaels 3-3
Despite conceding three goals Glenswilly chipped away at a slender St Michaels lead and a late surge saw them take the points in a hard hitting encounter.
Colm McFadden opened the scoring in the second minute when he pointed a close range.
Caolan Kelly levelled with a close range point after being set up by Barry Molloy.
In the ninth minute Michael Langan of St Michael’s found the net with a side-footed effort after a Christy Toye off-load.
Murphy opened his account with a free and Glenswilly had a goal of their own in the 14th minute when Kelly’s stylish volley met Gary McFadden’s pass leaving it 1-2 to 1-1.
Murphy added another free to put two between them and his county colleague Colm McFadden responded with a free of his own to bring the gap back to one.
Gary McFadden hit a high pointed effort from play to make it 1-4 for his side and as the half wound down St Michaels were back in the game with a goal from James Henry Alcorn .
At the restart Murphy hit another solid free and Gary McFadden followed it up with point from play. A Colm McFadden free levelled it at 1-6 to 2-3 in the 44th minute.
Another Murphy free pulled them ahead but St Michaels responded with a Colm McFadden goal in the 51st minute.
Chances from Michael Langan and a rebound off the post for Martin Breslin could have seen St Michael’s pull away but a Gary McFadden kept the home team in touch with a fine point from play.
Another Murphy free made it 1-9 to 3-3 to level the tie in the 25th minute of the half.
Aidan McDevitt secured the win when his fisted effort sailed over from close range and Glenswilly managed to hold possession until the whistle sounded.
Glenswilly: Phillip O’Donnell, Brian McDaid, Eamon Ward, Paddy McFadden, Cormac Callaghan, Ciaran Bonner, Aidan McDevitt (0-1), Neil Gallagher, Joe Gibbons, Oisin Crawford, Gary McFadden(0-3), Darren McGinley, Caolan Kelly (1-1), Michael Murphy(0-5, 5f), Barry Molloy. Subs: Ciaran Molloy for O’Donnell (18), Cathal Gallagher for Crawford (53), Ryan Diver for McGinley (58 black card).
St Michael’s: Ciaran Gallagher, Brendan Rodden, Stephen Doak, James Alcorn(1-0), Peter Witherow, Liam Paul Ferry, Michael Cannon, Ciaran ‘Rock’ Gallagher, Martin McElhinney, Chris McElhinney, Lorcan McDaid, Christy Toye, Oisin Langan, Colm McFadden(1-3,3f),Michael Langan (1-0). Subs: Martin Breslin for McDaid (44), Andrew Kelly for Ferry (50),
Referee: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).