Glenswilly win with big second half

Glenswilly win with big second half
A commanding second-half display saw Glenswilly surge away from a gutsy Malin side to reach the quarter final of the senior championship at Foxhall.

A commanding second-half display saw Glenswilly surge away from a gutsy Malin side to reach the quarter final of the senior championship at Foxhall.

Glenswilly 3-9

Malin 1-8

In truth this game should perhaps not have gone ahead at all, such were the conditions due to heavy rain.

Indeed the throw-in was put back by half an hour to allow groundsmen attempt to drain off surface water.

There was also a minutes clapping in memory of Glenswilly stalwart and club president Finbarr Glackin whose funeral took place just hours before the throw-in. When the action did eventually get underway, the 500 or so strong crowd still questioned the wisdom of pressing ahead with the game.

The surface did not lend itself to any kind of flowing football but both teams, to their credit, did attempt to create decent passages of play.

Glenswilly were without Ciaran Bonner who failed to shake off an earlier injury.

It was Malin who went two points ahead in the first fifteen minutes through Matthew Byrne with Gary McFadden, Michael Murphy and Caolan Kelly all missing the target early on for Glenswilly.

Indeed it wasn’t until the 18th minute that Glen finally opened their account through Copper McFadden who had a fine game throughout.

The home side struck again a couple of minutes later and this time it was a good build up which eventually saw Donegal star Neil Gallagher palm the ball into the back of the Malin net to make it 1-1 to 0-2.

Malin ticked of another couple of points while Caolan Kelly and Gary McFadden struck again for Glen to leave the half-time score 1-3 to 0-4.

Glenswilly emerged a very different team in the second half and that wasn’t just because they had changed their jerseys. Murphy dropped back into a deeper role allowing the likes of Darren McGinley to go on penetrating runs.

The Donegal captain’s place-kicking wasn’t half-bad either considering the poor underfoot conditions as he pointed a couple of his now trademark free-kicks.

Glen ended the game as a contest just a few minutes into the restart when a all-worked move started by Murphy resulted in Cathal Gallagher finishing off the move to make it 2-4 to 0-4.

Matthew Byrne managed to eventually poke the ball home for Malin from close range after a game of ping pong in the Glenswilly goal area to leave it 2-6 to 1-5.

Although it was difficult to sense a full Malin revival, Glen put the lights out of the Inishowen team with the next attack of the game and again the conditions played a part.

The Malin goalkeeper managed to keep out a dropping ball but couldn’thold it and it eventually fell to Darren McGinley who slid the ball home from close range to make it 3-6 to 1-6.

Both sides swapped points after that but it was Glenswilly who had one finger on cruise control.

Liam ‘Baker’ Bradley can have no real complaints about the result which saw Glenswlly, spurred on by that man Murphy again, book their place in the latter stages of the championship on again.

Finbarr Glackin would have been proud.

Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Ruairi Crawford, Eamonn Ward, Joe Gibbons; Oisin Crawford (1-0), Aidan McDevitt, Cormac Callaghan; Neil Gallagher (1-0), Cathal Gallagher (0-1); Caolan Kelly (0-2), Gary McFadden (0-2), Brian Farrelly; Darren McGinley (1-2), Michael Murphy(0-2, 1f), Kealan McFadden. Subs: Leon Kelly for K.McFadden (48), PaulO’Brien for O.Crawford (51), Gerard McGrenra for McGinley (60).

Malin: Darragh McLaughlin; Michael McLaughlin, Damien Harkin, Gary Farren; Stephen McLaughlin, Declan Walsh, Charlie Byrne; Anthony Kelly(0-2, 2f), Seamus Houghton (0-1); Christy McLaughlin, Seamus Doherty, Dan McDaid (0-1); Brendan McLaughlin, Matthew Byrne (1-4, 4f), Paul McLaughlin. Subs: Terence Doherty, John G McLaughlin and Daniel Mullarkey for B.McLaughlin, Houghton and M.Byrne (55).

Referee: Mark Dorrian (Gaeil Fhánada).