It's Kilcar v Naomh Conaill in big semi-final clash


It's Kilcar v Naomh Conaill in big semi-final clash
Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

It's a repeat of last year's semi-final with big guns Naomh Conaill and Kilcar to meet in the last four after the draw was made in Ballybofey.

“The meeting of Kilcar and Naomh Conaill is a mouth watering tie and the clash of the big two,” was the reaction of former Donegal manager, Brian McEniff.

“I’m just after watching Naomh Conaill against St Eunan’s and I have to admit that I’m not as convinced about Naomh Conaill as I was coming down the road going to the match,” added the 1992 All-Ireland winning manager.

“I thought they looked lethargic and leg weary and that included Leo McLoone in the middle of the field.

“I don’t know if that is from the training they are doing or just tiredness and I feel they are not playing as well as last year.

“Going on what I saw this evening against St Eunan’s I would have to fancy Kilcar. I think they are a fresher and hungrier team and the went about their business in a professional manner against Termon on Saturday night.”

He also feels that Glenswilly will be too strong for Malin, in the other semi-final.


Amazingly the four Group winners have emerged to contest the semi-finals. Naomh Conaill, the reigning champions, again showed their pedigree in dismissing St. Eunan's by five points, 1-13 to 1-8, while on Saturday evening in a one-sided fair that degenerated into a farce at times, Kilcar demolished Termon by 0-19 to 0-4.

The Glenties men were once again able to take strong options off the bench and Dara Gallagher came on to find the net and push them into a lead that they never looked like losing.

The Kilcar-Termon game was a bad tempered affair which was not helped by officials who failed to take action early on when the game looked more like a rugby game that a game of Gaelic football.

Glenswilly will be strongly favoured to make the final once more after showing their worth in dismissing MacCumhaill's with ease on Saturday and Malin won the battle of the underdogs, having two points to spare over Dungloe in O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny (0-13 to 1-8).

Once again Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher were pivotal for Glenswilly, who notched up a tally of 2-20.


The draw for the semi-finals of the Intermediate Championship were also held and the pairings are - Milford v Aodh Ruadh and Naomh Columba/St. Naul's v Burt.

Three of the quarter-finals took place on Saturday with Aodh Ruadh accounting for Naomh Ultan; Milford struggling to get past Naomh Brid while Burt caused a minor shock in defeating Cloughaneely.

On Sunday, the remaining quarter-final ended all square with 14-man St. Naul's hitting three second half goals to secure a replay, 3-9 to 1-15. Indeed, they almost stole it with Stephen Griffin not availing of a late 40m free. These sides will have to replay this week under lights, probably on Wednesday night.

Milford have a request to play their semi-final on Friday night, believed to be due to a wedding.