The spotlight was on league games in Donegal this weekend, ahead of Donegal’s Qualifier game with Cork on Saturday next in Croke Park.
Most of the Donegal squad were not involved, although Stephen McBrearty did play for Kilcar in their game against St. Michael’s in Towney.
There was drama in many of the games, not least in Bundoran where Ardara came from six points down with four minutes left, to snatch victory. A Gareth Concarr ‘45’ went all the way to the Bundoran net deep in added time to take the points. Ardara are still at the bottom of the Division One table, but are just two and three points respectively adrift of Glenswilly and Termon, with a game in hand.
At the top of Division One, Gaoth Dobhair joined Kilcar after their win over Naomh Conaill in Magheragallon, while Kilcar lost out to a Michael Langan powered St. Michael’s in Towney. It will make for an exciting end to the league with Naomh Conaill just a point adrift of Kilcar and Gaoth Dobhair.
Perhaps the most bizarre game in the top flight was the game in Glenswilly, where the home side had a one point win over St. Eunan’s on a 0-3 to 0-2 scoreline. Blanket defences must have been the order of the day in Pairc Naomh Colulmba.
In Division Two, Milford continued to lead the way with another big win, this time away to MacCumhaill’s, while in Division Three, Aodh Ruadh and Downings had victories. This division looks a three horse race, with Aodh Ruadh strong favourites to make the jump to Division Two, with Buncrana in second place, five points adrift, and Downings a further two points back with six games left.
Downings had a late win over Burt in their game yesterday, while Aodh Ruadh had too much for Naomh Brid in the local derby in Ballyshannon on Saturday evening.
JUNIOR A CHAMPIONSHIP
In the Junior A Championship, St. Mary’s, Convoy, had a surprise win in Dooey against Na Rossa, while there were also wins for Letterkenny Gaels (against Urris); Red Hugh’s (against Naomh Padraig, Lifford) and Moville (against Robert Emmett’s).
The spotlight will be back on the county next weekend with the Donegal minors and seniors in Croke Park for a date with Cork - minors at 2 p.m. and seniors at 4 p.m.
See Page 19 for previews.