Diarmaid Doherty sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Termon’s win over Gaoth Dobhair on Saturday evening was probably the big surprise in all the groups in the Michael Murphy Sports Senior Football Championship at the weekend.

It means that for the third year running, Gaoth Dobhair are facing the very real prospect of missing out on the quarter-finals. They travel to play in-form Naomh Conaill on Sunday where a win might not be enough to guarantee them qualification, if Termon beat Four Masters at the Burn Road.

Qualification from the other groups has also gone down to the wire, particularly in Group A where amazingly after the second series of games, all four teams sit on two points.

The top two placings won’t be decided until next Sunday when Bundoran host Glenswilly and Dungloe have home advantage against Ardara.

In Group B, it’s close as well, and next Sunday’s meeting of St. Michael’s and St. Eunan’s is a winner-takes-all encounter.

St. Eunan’s are ahead of St. Michael’s by a point after the weekend’s games, but with Kilcar expected to beat Killybegs, St. Eunan’s will miss out on a top two finish if they fail to avoid defeat at The Bridge on Sunday.

It’s tight as well in Group C where Malin and Naomh Muire share top spot on three points following their draw at The Banks yesterday. This group will also go down to the final series of matches with Sean MacCumhaill’s at home to Naomh Muire on Sunday and Malin entertaining pointless Glenfin. It means the game in MacCumhaill Park will decide one of the qualifiers from the group with MacCumhaills needing nothing less than a win to be sure of qualification.


In the Intermediate Championship, Milford and Aodh Ruadh are the only teams with two wins from two.

In Group A Milford are qualified for the quarter-finals and St. Naul’s are in pole position to join them. They have a win and a draw and meet Milford in the final game. Carndonagh can catch St. Naul’s but must travel to Fanad and win.

In Group B it is a similar situation with Aodh Ruadh qualified with two wins, while Naomh Ultan have a win and a draw and meet Aodh Ruadh next week. Cloughaneely (who travel to bottom side Naomh Colmcille) can catch Naomh Ultan and then it would come down to scoring difference.

In Group C, the draw syndrome continued with Burt and Buncrana ending level while Naomh Columba put themselves on top with a one point win over Naomh Brid. However, they must go to Burt on Saturday, while Naomh Brid host Buncrana. Like most grops, all to play for.