Glenswilly stood firm in howling conditions at the Bridge, Dunfanaghy as they proved too strong for a much fancied St Michael’s side.
St. Michael’s 0-7
Playing with the strong wind in the first half the visitors took six minutes before they cashed in their advantage when Leon Kelly struck from play.
Gary McFadden added a free soon after and following a Ciaran Bonner wide captain Michael Murphy had a run on goal but his effort was blocked down by some stout St Michael’s defending. He gathered the breaking ball only to see his fisted effort go across goal with no one to latch on to it.
Minutes later Murphy hit what must have been one of the lengthiest scores ever seen at the Bridge. Standing over a free just inside his own half, the winds were in agreement with his powerful shot and it sailed over the bar leaving it 0-3 to no score for the Glen men with 18 minutes on the clock.
Another Gary McFadden free after Stephen Black took down Ciaran Bonner made it four points to the good.
It was 22 minutes before the home team got on the scoreboard. Colm McFadden pointed a midrange free into the strong wind. Daniel McLaughlin made a darting run a minute later to cleverly fist a score.
Murphy hit a free and this was followed by a 29th minute free from team mate Gary Mc Fadden.
Brian McLaughlin struck a classy point from play on 32 minutes that kept the home side within striking distance at half time.
Despite playing into the strong wind Glenswilly Murphy struck first in the 40th minute from a free to extend their lead to 0-7.
Eight minutes later Brian McLaughlin struck a sweet long range free to make it 0-04 St Michael’s, 0-7 Glenswilly.
St Michael’s now began to dominate the pressure in the middle third of the half.
A rampant Michael Murphy restored the gap with a free 16 minutes into the half.
Colm McFadden was seeing a lot possession but a succession of wides in the 42nd and 43rd minutes would later prove costly.
He made amends in the 56 minute by pulling one back from play after Christy Toye made a menacing run covering good distance before the opposition turned over possession, albeit only for a second before McFadden came flying through to pick a spilled ball and his score left it 0-6 for his side to 0-8. Brian McLaughlin added to St Michael’s woes when he pulled a couple of wide in the half also.
As the clocked ticked down a Colm McFadden free brought it down to a one point game as the intensity levels grew and occasionally spilled over but referee Jimmy White kept a close eye on proceedings.
As they game enter the last minute of normal time Glenswilly’s Aidan McDevitt fisted over a fine score to seal the deal as they ran out winners 0-9 to 0-7.
St Michael’s: Ciaran Gallagher, Stephen Doak, Stephen Black, Brendan Rodden, Peter Witherow, Michael McGinley, Michael Gallagher, Martin McElhinney, Martin Breslin, Daniel McLaughlin, Christy Toye, Andrew Kelly, Colm McFadden, Brian McLaughlin, Antoin McFadden. Subs: Raymond McLaughlin for A Kelly (60min
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell, Ryan Hunter, Jim Pat McDaid, Caolan Kelly, Brian McDaid, Eamon Ward, Ruari Crawford, Leon Kelly, Ciaran Bonner, Darren McGinley, Gary McFadden, Joe Gibbons, Brian Farrelly, Michael Murphy, Aidan McDevitt . Subs: Keelan McFadden for C Bonner (27min), Cathal Gallagher on for L Kelly (27min), C Bonner back on for Darren McGinley (53min), Neil Gallagher for J Gibbons (58min)