St. Michael’s and Glenswilly take centre stage in the Donegal Senior Championship on Saturday night at the Bridge in Dunfanaghy.
Their game in Group 4 of the championship is the most talked about game of all the weekend ties in the round robin stages of the new look championship.
With Kilcar undefeated and qualified Saturday evening’s clash is at the Bridge, is a winner takes all, though a draw would do Glenswilly, as long as Bundoran don’t run up a big score and win over Kilcar,in Bundoran
Bundoran and Kilcar is the other game in the group while there are also two games in Group 3, with great west of the county rivals Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair locking horns in Rosses Park in Dungloe.
The other game in Group 3 sees Killybegs host Termon in Fintra. This group are only playing their second round due to Gaoth Dobhair’s participation in the All-Ireland finals of Comortas Peile Na Gaeltachta.
The third round games in this group are fixed for next weekend.
St. Michael’s v Glenswilly
This is a real backs-to-the-wall for both St. Michael’s and Glenswilly, with St. Michael’s, of the two, under the most pressure.
Colm McFadden’s side have only one point - away draw to Bundoran - from their two games while Glenswilly are one point better off with one win from their two outings - at home to Bundoran. Gary McFaddens’s men have a much better score average of +12 compared to St. Michael’s -13.
While a draw will more than likely do Glenswilly, this is a must win game for Charlie McLaughlin and St. Michael’s.
McLaughlin is hoping to have Christy Toye back from injury, while Glenswilly are definitely without All-Star midfielder Neil Gallagher. Donegal skipper Michael Murphy, is a slight doubt with an ankle injury. “This is a nightmare game for Jim McGuinness and one he will want over and all his players coming through without any knocks. It should be hell for leather at the Bridge on Saturday night and really is a difficult one to call,” said Damien Diver.
“It will probably turn into a shoot-out between Colm McFadden and Michael Murphy. St. Michael’s backs are to the wall and I expect them to make a brave bid for it, but I would not be at all surprised if it ended in a draw.”
Bundoran v Kilcar
Bundoran got off to a flier and were a little unlucky not to bag the win against St. Michael’s in the first round. But in the end they had to be happy with a draw. They then suffered a heavy defeat to Glenswilly in the second round.
The have also lost their midfielder Ciaran McCaughey to the U.S for the summer. Kilcar are one of the form teams in the county and with Patrick McBrearty, Mark McHugh, Ryan McHugh and Michael Hegarty playing well they are a formidable outfit.
“I know you have the scenario where if Bundoran were to win, it could send St. Michael’s packing and possibly Glenswilly too. Somehow I can’t see that happen and I expect Kilcar to make it three from three,” inisted Damien Diver.
Dungloe v Gaoth Dobhair
A local derby and the clash of two of Donegal football’s great rivals should ensure a bumper crowd in Rosses Park for this one.
Gaoth Dobhair are playing in Division One the league and showing a return to form in recent outings after a poor start. Dungloe are in Division Two having being relegated following a play-off with Gaoth Dobhair at the end of last season in Rosses Park.
“With the McGees, Eamon, Neil and Peter, Kevin Cassidy and Odhran MacNiallais, Gaoth Dobhair are a decent side. Dungloe, on the other hand, have the Sweeneys, Raymond and Adrian, Noel McBride and Adrian Hanlon, but they have been very inconsistent in the league,” said Damien Diver.
Verdict: Gaoth Dobhair
Killybegs v Termon
Killybegs are pointless at the foot of the Division One legaue table after nine games. Their first round draw with Gaoth Dobhair in Magheragallon, was the first point they have picked up all season.
Termon, on the other hand, albeit in Division Two, have been showing good form and are hot on Glenswilly’s tails at the top of the Division Two table and also came from behind twice to earn a share of the spoils against Dungloe last time out.
“I know Killybegs are having a very poor league run, but they have a good championship tradition and they may just have turned their season around with their draw against Gaoth Dobhair in Magherahallon,” said Damien Diver.