Dungloe's band of brothers

Dungloe's band of brothers
Tom comack sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

It may not be a record but six sets of brothers lining out for one club in a championship game is most definitely unique.

It happened here in Donegal earlier this month when Dungloe hosted Ardara in the last round of the group games in the Michael Murphy Sport and Leisure Senior Championship in Rosses Park, Dungloe.

Six sets of brothers featured in Dungloe’s 0-17 to 2-9 win to clinch the Rosses club a place in the last eight of the championship.

Three Currans, Darren, Barry and Mark; Ciaran and Shaun Sharkey; Jack and Eoghan Scally; Luke and Adam Neely; Conor and Ryan Greene and Raymond and Adrian Sweeney - made up the six.

Four of the six - Ciaran and Shaun Sharkey, Darren Curran and Mark Curran, Adam and Luke Neely and Conor and Ryan Greene started the game.

Former All-Star Adrian Sweeney, who turned 40 earlier this year, completed the five when he joined his brother and former Donegal star defender, Raymond, in the action shortly after half-time.

Barry Curran also joined his siblings Darren and Mark in the fray in the middle of the second period as Dungloe came from behind to pip Ardara in a frantic finish. Eoin Scally also replaced his brother Jack in the second half to bring the number up to six.

And when you add in that midfielder Noel McBride and Adrian Sweeney are brothers-in-law this current Dungloe squad has a very strong family flavour to it.

All the brothers played their part in the win that saw Dungloe qualify for the last eight in the championship.

Darren Curran, who at 21 is captain of the team, kicked two points from wing back. Adam Neely ended the game with 0-8 to his name and Ryan Greene posted three points.

But goalkeeper Ciaran Sharkey was the toast of all in the clubhouse afterwards as his dying seconds save from a Gareth Concarr penalty was his side’s saviour.

Sharkey, who is approaching the veteran stage, had been the first choice ‘keeper for the best part of the last decade.

But he had been playing reserve football all year and only received the call-up to the senior team for the Ardara game.

On the day he was deputising for first choice ‘keeper Danny Rodgers, this year’s Donegal U-21 ‘keeper and who also played in the Dr McKenna Cup earlier this year for Donegal seniors. Rodgers was away on holidays for the game.

Sharkey’s overall performance and save does give Dungloe manager Tony Boyle something to ponder before this weekend’s quarter-final with Malin. Tony, himself, was one of three brothers that regularly lined out in the red and white in the course of his playing days.

The 1992 All-Ireland winner and All-Star played alongside his brothers Benji (Brendan) and James in the early part of the millennium.

With the exception of team captain Darren Curran, calf injury, all are fit and well and in his plans again for this Sunday’s quarter final clash against Malin in O’Donnell Park.

Kilcar’s band of brothers

Kilcar also have their brothers-in-arms too. Eamonn and Ciaran McGinley, Mark and Ryan McHugh, Stephen and Patrick McBrearty, Andrew and Mathew McClean, Barry and Stephen Shovlin and Mark and Pauric Sweeney are all part of Martin McHugh’s senior squad.

And four of the six played in Kilcar’s last championship outing against Killybegs with three of them starting.

Eamonn and Ciaran McGinley; Mark and Ryan McHugh; Stephen and Patrick McBrearty all started against Killybegs.

Matthew McClean brought the number to four when he lined up in the attack with his brother Andrew.