Gallagher breathes a sigh of relief as Gweedore Celtic secure play-off

GWEEDORE CELTIC manager Hughie Rua Gallagher was a relieved man as he put his thoughts out on his side’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Milford United - a result that means the reigning champions will play-off for the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division in three weeks time against Glenea United.

GWEEDORE CELTIC manager Hughie Rua Gallagher was a relieved man as he put his thoughts out on his side’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Milford United - a result that means the reigning champions will play-off for the Brian McCormick Sports Premier Division in three weeks time against Glenea United.

Gallagher admitted that his side were a little nervous as they started poorly against Milford United, going two goals down before scrambling a point to keep themselves in the title hunt on a dramatic day in the Donegal League.

“We made it very, very hard for ourselves,” Gallagher said. “Chances that we have been usually putting away all year we just didn’t put them away today. We were probably slightly nervous at the beginning and Milford dominated the first 25 minutes.

“We came more into it in the second half and I suppose the changes helped us. But when you’re 2-0 down and we miss the penalty you’re thinking it’s just one of those days. We got it back to 2-1 but when Colin Ferry misses those two chances near the end I thought that was it.”

Gweedore were indebted to two goals from Paul Rua McBride after the central defender came forward to net twice from deliveries from Gary Whoriskey, the second of which arrived in added on time.

“It was unusual for Paul Rua but I remember last year Paul popped up with late winners for us and today he’s come up with a late equaliser,” Gallagher said. “The thing about Paul is that he has a great desire to win. He’ll always try and I thought he had a very good game today. He showed real leadership. The boys will take a lot away from today’s game and hopefully be a bit more confident now, but so will Glenea. They would’ve taken a play-off too I’m sure and it’s down to the last 90 minutes of the season.”