Neighbours vie to keep their heads above water
Dungloe and Gaoth Dobhair are gearing up once again this week for their crunch All-County Football Division One relegation play-off in Rosses Park.
The tie which was due to be played last Saturday, but was postponed due to a bereavement in Dungloe, has been rescheduled for this Sunday in Rosses Park (throw-in 12 noon).
This is a make or break encounter for these two great rivals with the prize for the winners top flight status for next season, while the losers will join Glenswilly in making the drop to Division Two.
Both Declan Bonner, the Dungloe manager, who also guided Gaoth Dobhair to championship success in 2006 and Alan Boyd, a member of the Gaoth Dobhair management team, insisted it was a big game for both clubs with bragging rights as much as Division One football.
Dungloe are hoping the extra week will have give former All-Star and county ace Adrian Sweeney a little more time to recover from the groin injury that had him extremely doubtful for last weekend.
Adrian’s brother Raymond returned to training this week after suffering a broken collar bone against Glenswilly in the championship. However, the former county full-back is unlikely too feature.
Gaoth Dobhair will definitely will be without county panellist Peter McGee, who is currently in Australia, but otherwise expect to be at full strength with Peter’s brothers Neil and Eamon and Kevin Cassidy manning central positions.
Gaoth Dobhair, who were in the automatic relegation spot for most of the season, have come with a late run and victories over St Eunan’s and Glenswilly - in a play-off - to keep their Division One ambitions alive.
And are the form team going into the tie against a Dungloe outfit that have struggled with their form all season.
Verdict: Gaoth Dobhair.
U-21- A semi-final - St Eunan’s v St Michael’s
St Eunan’s and St. Michael’s meet in the second of the U-21 A semi-final in Davy Brennan Memorial Park on Sunday. (Throw in 12 noon)
St Eunan’s made it through to the last four after finally overcoming Kilcar, at the second attempt in a cracking quarter-final replay, after hammering Gaoth Dobhair beforehand.
Lee McMonagle, Packie Kennedy, Michael Coleman and Conor Parke scored the goals in the 4-10 to 3-8 victory over Kilcar. And is this quartet along with senior championship winners Conor Gibbons - who scored 0-5 last weekend - Peter Devine, Darragh Mulgrew and Coalan Ward, that black and amber followers will look too, to set up a final meeting with Naomh Conaill.
Senior players Michael Cannon, Stephen Doak, Ryan McLaughlin, Lorcan McDaid, James Henry Alcorn, John McFadden and Lee Martin Carr are the big men in the St Michael’s line-up.
St Michael’s were controversially dumped out of the championship last season after failing to field against Naomh Conaill in the semi-final. The defeated Four Masters in the quarter final this term.
Verdict: St. Eunan’s
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