A scintillating second half display with Michael Murphy surpeme saw Glenswilly lift their second senior championship.
Killybegs put up a brave first half display but were not match for Glenswilly in the second period.
A second Glenswilly goal from Neil Gallagher, after combining with Michael Murphy, four minutes into the second half put them on their way.
The Glen men were simply outstanding in the second half. Killybegs’ cause was not helped when they lost Jason Noctor to a second yellow ten minutes into the second half, but even at that stage, the game was slipping away.
At the end of a very entertaining first half Glenswilly held a one point advantage. It probably should have been level as the Glen men got a very soft free just before the break.
It was a half of goals with Christopher Murrin’s effort from the middle of the field setting the game on fire on seven minutes.
Glenswilly had edged two points ahead through Michael Murphy, the first inside the first minute.
However, Murrin’s goal which went all the way with Brendan Faherty challenging, set the tone for the game.
Glenswilly hit back with Colin Kelly winning a penalty and Michael Murphy fired home. But Killybegs responded with another high ball into the Glen goalmouth. It broke to Brendan Faherty and he crossed for Hugh McFadden to palm home.
The score read Glenswilly 1-2, Killybegs 2-0.
Michael Murphy levelled from another free but the Glenswilly goal had a great escape when a Matthew Smyth centre seemed to come down and hit an upright and came down on the line. Glenswilly went up the field and Caolan Kelly scored their only point from play in the opening half to edge them back in front.
David Conwell levelled as Killybegs kept driving forward but two Gary McFadden frees pushed the Glen men clear again.
Before half-time Hugh McFadden had two pointed frees for Killybegs while Antoine O’Hara did well to advance and smother Ciaran Bonner when he was clear. The Killybegs men were unfortunate that a free was awarded in the aftermath for Murphy to hit his fourth free.
Brendan Faherty was to get one of only three Killybegs points at the start of the second half, but then Glenswilly took over with the second goal on 34 minutes, Murphy setting up Big Neil, who found the net after his first effort was blocked.
The points then began to flow with Keelan McFadden and Gary McFadden, in particular, finding the range with ease and Michael Murphy continued to show all his talent.
His flick for Glenswilly’s third goal, when he set Keelan McFadden clear, was magnificent. McFadden had Ciaran|Bonner with him and he offloaded for Bonner to drive to the empty net.
Darren McGinley opted for a point when he could have had a fourth and it was fitting that Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy had the final two points of the game.
Glenswilly had won the second half 2-12 to 0-3 - that was a revealing statistic.
Michael Murphy, after leading Ireland to victory the night before, picked up the man of the match award, his second in three years.
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Brian McDaid, James Pat McDaid, Aidan McDevitt; Joe Gibbons, Eamonn Ward, Ruairi Crawford (0-1); Neil Gallagher (1-1), Ciaran Bonner (1-1); Darren McGinley (0-1), Keelan McFadden (0-2), Gary McFadden (0-7,5f); Caolan Kelly (0-1), Michael Murphy (1-5,5f, 1-0 pen), Colin Kelly. Subs., Cathal Gallagher for J Pat McDaid 48; Brian Farrelly for K McFadden 51; John McFadden for C Kelly 53; Ryan Diver for Crawford 55; Oisin Crawford for C Bonner 57
Killybegs: Antoine O’Hara; Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Jason Noctor, Daniel O’Donnell; Christopher Murrin (1-0), Shane Molloy, David Conwell (0-1); Enda Murphy, Matthew Smyth; Daniel Breslin, Conal Molloy, Brendan Boyle (0-1); Mark Boyle, Hugh McFadden (1-3,3f), Brendan Faherty (0-1). Subs., Pauric Gallagher for M Boyle 36; Brendan McGuire for C Molloy; Barry Cannon for Murphy, both 44.
Referee: Ian Molloy (Naomh Conaill)