Michael Murphy is a mighty man and on the edge of the square is unmarkable
It may have been All-Ireland hurling final weekend, but championship took centre stage in Donegal this weekend.
In Bundoran, Michael Murphy once again just showed the quality of footballer he is as Glenswilly put us to the sword.
Glenswilly beat us 3-12 to 0-7 and I wasn’t counting the number of points he kicked. But he scored one of the goals and had a hand in the other two, and he is supposed to carrying in an injury.
He is simply a fabulous player and a giant of a man and on the edge of the square he is unstoppable.
The other thing the game highlighted was the loss big Neil Gallagher was to Donegal this season. He was very composed throughout and was spraying the ball about and using it well. He has a huge physical presence and he hit Michael (Murphy) with quality ball.
We are disappointed with our own performance but we have no complaints. Glenswilly were much the better side. And now that they are in the quarter-final, they could have a say in the championship yet. They are a good side and work hard for one another and Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden is a quality club forward.
Gaoth Dobhair and St Michael’s were the big casualties of the first round.
Kilcar and Naomh Conaill are the two form and quality teams in the championship. But if St Eunan’s can get Kevin Rafferty back fit and playing you could not rule them out. They have a good squad of players and they are after putting together two good away wins against Killybegs and St Michael’s back to back.
It has also been a good championship so far for Dungloe, Termon, Malin and MacCumhaill’s, who have also qualified for the quarter-finals.
They are all now in bonus territory and they will await the draw with interest.
Finally, I was disappointed to see that Kevin Cassidy has called time on his playing career, a decision which I feel is a little premature.
I feel he still has a lot to offer at club level. He has been a great servant of Donegal football and it is a pity that himself and Jim McGuinness had their spat and Kevin missed out on his All-Ireland medal.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.