Ardara and Bundoran have been awarded the league points by the Donegal Central Competitions Control Committee after Gaoth Dobhair and Sean MacCumhaills failed to field for recent league games.
The CCC took the decision after the clubs failed to field for their respective Divsion One and Division Two games on the Saturday evening before last month’s Ulster final meeting of Donegal and Down.
Both clubs, who had been fixed for home games - Gaoth Dobhair versus Ardara in Magheragallon and Sean MacCumhaills versus Bundoran in Sean MacCumhaill Park, did not field.
And it is understood that they had refused to play because they were being asked to do so without the county players and also because in the case of Sean MacCumhaills they had a number of games in hand on teams below them in the league.
However, with both Ardara and Bundoran turning up to fulfil the fixtures, the CCC decided at their meeting on Thursday night August 2nd to award the points to both Ardara and Bundoran.
However, both clubs confirmed last night that they were still awaiting confirmation of the CCC ruling. Both clubs are expected to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, Donegal manager Jim McGuinness breathed a massive sigh of relief on Sunday night after all his county squad came through the weekend round of games in the all county league.
In fact a number of his players turned in big performances, especially team captain Michael Murphy. The county skipper kicked all of Glenswilly’s nine points in their 1-9 each draw with Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon. Neil Gallagher also featured for Glenswilly and had a fine game at midfield while the McGee brothers, Neil, Eamonn and Peter, all played for Gaoth Dobhair.
In Glenties, Karl Lacey kicked six points from midfield for Four Masters in their 2-11 to 1-9 win over Naomh Conaill. Paul Durcan was in goals for the Donegal Town men and Anthony Thompson and Leo McLoone came on as subs for Naomh Conaill.
Adrian Hanlon stole the show in Dungloe’s seven point win over Kilcar in Rosses Park. Hanlon scored 2-6 of his side’s total of 2-9. Both Mark McHugh and Patrick McBrearty sat out the game in Rosses Park with minor knocks.
Colm McFadden continued his rich vein of scoring form as he hit 1-2 for St. Michael’s in their surprise defeat to Ardara in Dunfanaghy. Christy Toye, Daniel McLaughlin along with Ardara’s Paddy McGrath also featured in that game while St. Michael’s were without Martin McElhinney.
Ryan Bradley, Buncrana and Frank McGlynn, Glenfin, also played for their clubs at the weekend.