Killybegs and Glenfin must do it all again

Killybegs and Glenfin must do it all again
Tom Comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Killybegs and Glenfin are going to have to meet again after their Senior Championship relegation play-off ended in a draw in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny.

Killybegs 2-8

Glenfin 1-11

In lively and surprisingly open encounter given the high stakes, it was Glenfin who came from behind to keep their hopes of retaining their senior championship status.

They showed great heart to come from 1-8 to 2-8 down in the closing ten minutes to tie up the game.

Conor McBride, Paddy O’Connor and Kevin McGlynn posted the points for the men from the Gaeltacht Lár.

Killybegs led by two at the end of a fast flowing opening half hour on a slippy surface.

After an early scare and a disallowed Glenfin goal they got off the brighter start. County man Hugh McFadden landed the two opening points, one from a close in free and the other from play from long range.

And Evan Broderick kicked the point of the half from way out on the left hand side for a 0-3 to 0-0 Killybegs lead with just seven minutes on the clock.

But Glenfin’s trademark is goals and Gerard Ward scored the one that kick started the Glenfin challenge.

Ward polished off a sweeping move on 13 minutes for a 1-1 to 0-3 lead, seconds after Stephen Ward had kicked Glenfin’s opening point.

Daniel McGlynn made it a two point game, before Killybegs took control again to lead 1-5 to 1-3 at half-time. Eoghan Bán Gallagher scored the Killybegs goal and Shane Molloy and Daniel Breslin landed the points.

And Killybegs were four up when Evan Broderick struck goal number two for a 2-5 to 1-4 lead. That was on 34 minutes but Glenfin responded with the next three scores to reduce the margin to a single point once again.

Daniel Keeney and David McGuinness pointed either side of a Gary Dorrian point for Glenfin before Shane Molloy kicked a fine point for a three point Killybegs lead once more, 2-8 to 1-8, with under ten minutes on the clock.

But that was Killybegs’ last score as Glenfin did all the pressing in the closing exchanges and they were rewarded with those three late points, to salvage a deserved draw.

KILLYBEGS: Antoine O’Hara; Christopher Cunningham, Ciaran Conaghan, Daniel O’Donnell; David McGuinness (0-1), Shane Molloy (0-2), Niall Carberry; Hugh McFadden (0-2,1f), Pauric Conaghan; Christopher Murrin, Eoghan Bán Gallagher (1-0), Daniel Breslin (0-1); Daniel Keeney (0-1), John Bán Gallagher, Evan Broderick (1-1). Subs: Owen Gallagher for N Carberry 30; Pauric Gallagher for P Conaghan 51.

GLENFIN: Liam O’Meara; Martin O’Donnell, Daniel Harkin, Gary Herron; Stephen McGlynn, Frank McGlynn, Jason Morrow; Michael McGlynn, Stephen Ward (0-1); Daniel McGlynn (0-1), Paddy O’Connor (0-2,2f), Stephen Carr (0-1); Conor McBride (0-3,2f), Gerard Ward (1-0), Kevin McGlynn (0-2). Subs: Gary Dorrian (0-1) for M McGlynn h/t; Ciaran Foy for S McGlynn.

REFEREE: Robbie O’Donnell (Naomh Muire).