Glenswilly joint-manager Gary McDaid was frustrated with the time-keeping and officiating during his side’s drawn quarter-final of the senior football championship against St Eunan’s on Sunday.
McDaid’s team were two points to the good when two minutes stoppage time was signalled at the end of the game. Sean McVeigh immediately pulled one back for St Eunan’s and Conall Dunne levelled the score at 0-9 to 0-9 four minutes into added on time.
“It’s very frustrating when two minutes are signalled and we concede an equalising point three minutes and 55 seconds into stoppage time,” McDaid said. “I understand there was a brief injury and the play went on another minute after they equalised when we had a free, but I honestly don’t know where the time came from.”
McDaid was also unhappy with the performance of match referee Robbie O’Donnell, who, according to the Glenswilly joint-manager, let St Eunan’s away with constant fouling. O’Donnell eventually sent Rory Kavanagh off for a second bookable offence.
“I thought St Eunan’s got away with persistent fouling and that made it awkward for us to get any sort of rhythm going. The referee was not penalising them with ticks or bookings and I would love to see the foul count.”
On the other hand, St Eunan’s manager Jonathan Scanlon admitted he thought his team’s chances had passed them by as they trailed 0-9 to 0-7 entering stoppage time. Those two late points brought the sides back level and the spoils were shared. And after an enterprising first half and having to endure the second Scanlon was delighted with the response of his team.
“To be honest I didn’t see it coming and thought we were beat,” he said. “But in fairness to the lads I had to hand it to them. They did very well to come back. It was a game of two halves, with us the better side in the first half and Glenswilly in the second.
“It was frustrating going in at 0-5 as we had a lot of the ball but as well as missing chances we also gifted Glenswilly their scores. But they were very strong in the second half and I’m just delighted to have got the draw. We got out of jail,” he said.
The draws for the semi-final of the Donegal senior championship was made on Sunday evening in Falcarragh and paired St. Michael’s and Glenfin while the winners of the Glenswilly/St Eunan’s tie will play Ardara or Kilcar.
St Michael’s overcame Gaoth Dobhair while Glenfin defeated Four Masters. This pairing will ensure that there will be a new finalists this year as neither has ever contested a senior final before.
Ardara made it through to the quarter-final by defeating Cloughaneely in the play-off to set up a south-west derby against Kilcar, while Glenswilly and St. Eunan’s must meet again after they finished all square in Ballybofey. The club championship will not be played until after Donegal’s All-Ireland semi-final with Dublin.