Glenswilly and Malin are fancied by St. Eunan’s veteran John Haran to come through this weekend’s Donegal Senior Championship semi-finals.
Haran, who has played in 19 championship campaigns, 11 finals and one replay, feels both Glenswilly and Malin have the football and the know-how to come through this weekend’s semi-finals against Ardara and Killybegs respectively.
However, he insisted that both Ardara and Killybegs, have the football pedigree and championship records to make both games both interesting and closely fought encounters.
“Glenswilly are very well organised and professionally set-up under Gary McDaid, this year. They have put in a huge effort and are having a good league campaign albeit in Division Two, and they came out of a very tough group in the championship,” said Haran.
“The return of Colin Kelly is a big boost and Ciaran Bonner is playing good football and with Michael Murphy, (Gary) Copper McFadden and Neil Gallagher they are pretty formidable. Of the four teams left in the championship, I feel they are best equipped to go on and win the championship.”
The St. Eunan’s man does, however, make a case for Ardara and points to their great championship record and tradition.
“Ardara have a good record and they are one of those clubs that know how to win championship games as they proved in their last game against Gaoth Dobhair.
“They have Brendan Boyle back from injury and they also have Stephen McHugh, Kenneth Doherty and Gareth Concarr, all very good players, with a lot of experience. They also have a good crop of young players who have been introduced in the last few years. But it is hard to see past Glenswilly.”
Malin are the Letterkenny man’s fancy in the second semi-final in their clash with Killybegs.
“Malin are a good side. But Sunday’s game is a whole new experience for them. They went in against us in the quarter-final as the underdogs. This time around is different, they are carrying the favourites’ tag and the pressure is on them now to perform.
“It is a great chance for them to make their first final, but the strange thing about the game, while they are the favourites, Killybegs won’t fear them.
“They were in the final three years ago and have a good championship tradition and even though they are having a very poor league, they have beaten a number of decent teams to reach the semi-final. Hugh McFadden is a fine player and they have Jason Noctor, Matthew Smyth and Brendan Boyle, all good footballers.
“Malin are the form team. They are the highest positioned team in the league left in the championship, and in Damien Harkin, Declan Walsh, Charlie Byrne, Anthony Kelly, Stephen McLaughlin and Matthew Byrne they have the players to win.”