Two late points from substitute Paul O’Brien settled Glenswilly nerves in Sunday’s victory over Malin in the All-County Football League Division One.
Michael Canning’s team had kept that of Liam Bradley at arm’s length for the most part before four successive second half scores from the visitors changed the complexion of the contest late on.
When O’Brien came on with just six minutes remaining, Glenswilly’s lead was down to a single point, 1-6 to 0-8.
Malin, through Matthew Byrne in particular, were clawing their way back into the match.
Glenswilly had also seen Daniel Mullarkey save a Darren McGinley penalty - the Malin goalkeeper touched the ball onto the post - on 46 minutes.
Referee Liam McConigley had awarded the kick after Gary Farren had grabbed hold of McGinley after a ball in by Cathal Gallagher.
Glenswilly had won their opening fixture against Dungloe before going down to losses at the hands of Naomh Conaill and Kilcar.
Malin, without a point from their first three outings, were level at 0-2 to 0-2 on 18 minutes, with Byrne and Dan McDaid seeing their efforts cancelled out by Brian Farrelly and Ciaran Bonner.
However, if the first quarter was even the second saw a sea-change.
Glenswilly bossed things and goaled on 19 minutes when Christopher McMonagle bobbled past Mullarkey following a poor kick-out and then a pass from Oisin Crawford.
The half-time score was 1-2 to 0-2 for Glenswilly.
Early points at the start of the second half from McMonagle and Kealan McFadden stretched the Glenswilly advantage out to five points.
When McDaid pointed for Malin on 37 minutes, it was his side’s first score in 27 minutes.
McDaid scored again soon afterwards, although Glenswilly were still looking relatively comfortable by the 45-minute mark when Bonner and McGinley points had them 1-6 to 0-4 in front.
McGinley’s penalty miss gave Malin some hope and although they spun off four in a row, it was the home side who finished the strongest.
Glenswilly: G McGrenra; P Diver, E Ward, A McDevitt; R Diver, C Kelly, R Crawford; C Bonner (0-2), C Gallagher; O Crawford, D McGinley (0-2), J Gibbons; B Farrelly (0-1), K McFadden (0-1), C McMonagle (1-1). Subs: R Hunter for Farrelly (half-time, black card), John McFadden for McDevitt (52), P O’Brien (0-2) for McFadden (54).
Malin: D Mullarkey; JG McLaughlin, J Gallagher, M McLaughlin; P McLaughlin, D Harkin, G Collins; N McLaughlin, C McColgan; S McLaughlin, B McLaughlin, G Farren; S Doherty (0-1), M Byrne (0-5, 3f), D McDaid (0-3, 1f). Subs: C McLaughlin for Collins (41), J Doherty for P McLaughlin (45).
Referee: L McConigley (Downings)