Whoever said that the formbook goes out the window when it comes to derbies should’ve taken the time to go to O’Donnell Park on Sunday.
Glenswilly stream-rolled neighbours Termon in Letterkenny to confirm their place in the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC semi-finals against either Naomh Conaill or Ardara.
The south-westerners drew on Saturday in Donegal Town and will replay on Wednesday.
There might be only one place between Glenswilly and Termon in the All-County Football League but Glenswilly’s experience of winning the Dr Maguire twice in the last three seasons, as well as reaching the Ulster club final last year, means they were heavy favourites.
Darren McGinley’s two first half goals put Gary McDaid’s team in control and when Glenswilly operate on their terms, they’re a stiff proposition.
By half-time they were 2-6 to 0-2 in front and then could effectively just see out the win.
Daireann Gibson’s Termon had, in retrospect, played their final seven days’ beforehand when they defeated Gaoth Dobhair to reach the last eight.
By 11 minutes Glenswilly had the first goal of the contest.
Neil Gallagher caught a Caolan Kelly diagonal ball in the bread-basket and laid off to McGinley, whose initial effort was untidy and squirmed onto the crossbar.
It was the Glenswilly forward who was alive to the situation to get the decisive touch and the ball trickled over Michael Boyle’s goal-line.
Seven minutes later, McGinley was again a goalscorer as he tucked home from the ground, sweeping his shot past Boyle, after Michael Murphy had broken free down the Glenswilly right and, using his own soccer skills, laid on the opportunity.
All that Termon could muster, amid a clutter of misplaced shots – they had 11 wides to Glenswilly’s three – was two first half frees from Christy Conaghan.
Ciaran Bonner scored that same amount in three minutes at the end of the half to give his team a 2-6 to 0-2 interval lead.
Glenswilly went though the motions in the second half. On 45 minutes, Termon finally registered from play through Caolan McDaid.
In the lead-up, it was claimed that the contest would be one filled with attrition and although fiercely contested, there weren’t too many controversial incidents.
Ruairí Crawford was dismissed late on for a second yellow and Anthony McGrenra saw red for kicking out.
Leon Kelly slapped home a last minute goal, Glenswilly’s third, when McGinley generously squared to Brian Farrelly, who set up Kelly.
Glenswilly: G McGrenra; B McDaid, E Ward, J Gibbons (0-1); A McDevitt, Ciaran Bonner (0-2), C Callaghan; N Gallagher, C Kelly; L Kelly (1-0), G McFadden (0-4, 1f), R Crawford; B Molloy, M Murphy (0-1, 1f), D McGinley (2-0). Subs: C Gallagher for Gibbons (23), B Farrelly (0-1) for Molloy (half-time), P McFadden for McDaid (51), P Diver for Callaghan (54), Charley Bonner for Murphy (56), C Marley for Ciaran Bonner (56).
Termon: M Boyle; J O’Donnell, A McGrenra, S McDaid; D O’Donnell, K McDaid, S O’Donnell; B Alcorn, J Gallagher; D McDaid (0-1), C Conaghan (0-2, 2f), C McDaid (0-1); T Alcorn, J McCafferty, D McFadden. Subs: A Marron for B Alcorn (22), A Sweeney for T Alcorn (half-time), S McElwaine for D McFadden (38), J English for Sweeney (55), D McClafferty for D O’Donnell (58).
Referee: Martin Coll (Gaoth Dobhair).