What does the youth of the county feel about who will win the Donegal Senior Championship final on Sunday. Young St. Eunan’s College Transition Year student Oisin O’Boyle gives his view on why he feels Glenswilly will have too much firepower for Killybegs
This year’s RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta Donegal Senior Championship will be long remembered for lots of shocks and upsets.
The main ones were that Naomh Conaill, St Michael’s, Kilcar, St. Eunan’s and Gweedore crashed out early in the championship.
I personally don’t think that Killybegs are able to add another addition to this list of shocks/upsets.
This is not because they are a bad team; this is simply because Glenswilly will have too much firepower for Killybegs to handle.
Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher will be too much for the Fishermen. Even if Michael Murphy plays on Saturday for Ireland and is tired I still feel Glenswilly have the upper hand. The so-called lesser players, other than Michael and Neil, for Glenswilly have seemed to perform as good as the two All-Stars this year.
I think this has been the main reason for Glenswilly’s success this season. The Glen do not need to rely on the duo; they have the likes of Gary Mc Fadden, Ciaran Bonner, Keelan Mc Fadden and Colin Kelly stepping up to the mark and causing problems to oppositions.
Another man who has stepped up to senior championship level is Aidan Mc Devitt, who two years ago was playing Dvision Five football.
Gary Mc Daid will ensure that Killybegs star Hugh Mc Fadden will be watched very closely as will main players Brendan Boyle and Owen “Ban” Gallagher.
This will make it very hard for Killybegs to play their normal direct gaelic with the long ball into Hugh Mc Fadden. Killybegs will need their weaker players of the 15 to step up on the big day. Meanwhile Martin Boyle will be selecting the players he wants to mark Glenswilly stars Neil Gallagher, Gary Mc Fadden, Colin Kelly and Michael Murphy.
Both sides have players unavailable due to injury and suspension, Killybegs are worse off as defender Ronan Boyle has been ruled out because of a knee injury and influential midfielder Enda Murphy will not play after been shown red against Malin.
Glenswilly will also miss their influential midfielder Ciaran Bonner through injury. Ryan Hunter and Leon Kelly are fighting for their fitness but are expected to be available on the day.
Judging the teams by league form it looks like Glenswilly will hammer Killybegs but you can’t go by league form, especially when Killybegs are involved and they have proved to the county this year they are a championship team.
Killybegs have yet to earn a point in the first tier, while their opponents have been crowned Division 2 league champions last weekend when they beat Termon comfortably. This hammering seemed like a message being sent by Glenswilly to Killybegs before this weekend.
Killybegs will not fear Glenswilly as they have been on an amazing championship journey this year. They haven’t lost a game all year in the championship and shocked the county when they defeated Malin in the semi-final by a point and they held Gaoth Dohair to a draw in Matheragalan earlier in the group stages. The game will be tight but I predict Glenswilly will lift the Dr. Maguire once again.