What a difference it is when Glenswilly have Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher on the field. They helped the Glen men to an emphatic win over Bundoran and clinch a quarter-final spot.
Bundoran . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-7
Glenswilly . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
Wearing his club championship No. 20 jersey, Michael Murphy was unstoppable for the winners with Neil Gallagher pulling the strings at midfield. His passing was something that the county missed this summer.
The game was over as a contest five minutes into the second half when Darren McGinley tapped home the third goal for the Glen men.
Bundoran, without inspirational Ciaran McCaughey at midfield, were never in the game and managed just two points in the second half, and those coming with six minutes left.
The damage was done in the opening half with Murphy involved in 2-4 of the 2-5 which Glenswilly recorded.
He had a bandage on the ‘injured’ knee going for the warm-up, but when the ball was thrown in, the bandage was gone. His effort for a point came back off the crossbar on seven minutes and Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden was first to react to fist to the net.
To be fair Bundoran had their best spell after this goal, hitting four points in as many minutes to be a point in front on 13 minutes. Christy Keaney (free) and a great point from play, Tommy Hourihane and Peter McGonigle getting the scores.
But Michael Murphy took a quick ‘45’ for Copper McFadden to level and two more McFadden frees had opened the gap to two.
Tommy Hourihane had a free on 19 minutes, but they were not able to raise another flag until the 54th minute.
Michael Murphy pointed from play and then set up Darren McGinley, who was denied by a great save from Conor Carty. From the ‘45’ Murphy found Neil Gallagher to add a fifth point.
Christy Keaney missed a free at the other end and Glenswilly came up the field with another long ball from Neil Gallagher, flicked on by Murphy to Gary McFadden, who was upended by Carty. From the spot Murphy fired to the bottom corner to leave it 2-5 to 0-5 at the break.
Bundoran needed a good start to the second half, but when on attack, Glenswilly turned the ball over and found a big gap with Copper McFadden and Christopher McMonagle setting up Darren McGinley to fire home.
After that it was a procession with Oisin Crawford hitting two great points, Joe Gibbons, Brian Farrelly and Gary McFadden all adding points, while Bundoran had just two consolation scores from Johnny Boyle and Michael McEniff frees.
The win sees Glenswilly top the group and it shows that Glenswilly, when they have their big players, are still a big player in the championship.