It had to happen didn’t it? Having topped the group of death ahead of Glenswilly, St Michael’s and Bundoran John McNulty’s team have been paired with Glenswilly in the last eight.
Both were last out of the hat at the RTE Raidió na Gaeltachta draw in Bunbeg this morning. Kilcar pipped Glenswilly at Towney in their first outing of this year’s championship 0-14 to 2-7 in Group 4.
There will also be a repeat of the Group 1 pairing of St Eunan’s and Malin. The Letterkenny side, who are the reigning county champions, defeated the Inishowen outfit 2-10 to 1-8 in June. The two teams made it to the last eight at the expense of Naomh Conaill and Cloughaneely.
The surprise packets of the first round will face one another. Killybegs, who have lost nine from nine in the All-County League Division One but defeated Dungloe to seal a quarter-final berth, will play Sean MacCumhaill’s, who topped Group 2 ahead of second placed Ardara, which eliminated Four Masters and Glenfin.
Gaoth Dobhair had a last minute Tomas Diver goal to thank for their topping of Group 3, following their one-point win over Termon on Saturday. The Magheragallon based side face Ardara.
In the reserve championship, Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s must meet again, aoth Dobhair take on Kilcar, Ardara are scheduled to face Dungloe and St Michaels play Four Masters.
The quarter-finals are scheduled to be played on the weekend of August 10/11. However, Donegal’s progress in the All-Ireland championship may have an influence on that. All the games will be played at neutral venues.
Donegal SFC quarter-final draw
Gaoth Dobhair v Ardara
Sean MacCumhaill’s v Killybegs
St Eunan’s v Malin
Kilcar v Glenswilly
Donegal SFC Reserve quarter-final draw
Gaoth Dobhair v Kilcar,
Naomh Conaill v St Eunan’s
Ardara v Dungloe
St Michaels v Four Masters