Beware the wounded green giants from the Glen. Last week’s defeat to Kilcar at home wounded Gary McDaid’s men deeply, and hapless Bundoran bore the brunt of this clinical backlash on a nippy evening by the sea.
That defeat meant that the Glen simply had to rack up a big score to stay in the hunt as Kilcar are also expected to inflict a heavy defeat on Brian McEniff’s boys next weekend.
And Glenswilly have a real dogfight on their hands next weekend as they battle with St Michael’s, one of Tir Conaill’s greatest rivalries in a real group of death.
Despite the gulf in class, this was still a most impressive display from a fit and focused Glenswilly who quickly imposed themselves on this match against the game but badly outgunned Bundoran.
And the usual suspects showed loads of power and panache as Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden hit a hat-trick of goals with Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and a rejuvenated Ciaran Bonner finding the net with ease.
All of Glen’s goals were clinically constructed and five of them were palmed home from close range, as the losers’ defence was filleted with deadly ease.
Donegal captain Michael Murphy hit the goal of the game when he gathered a ball about 35 metres out on the right wing.
Murphy took off like an express and buried the ball in the back of the Bundoran net to leave the Glen ahead by 2-9 to 0-2 after 22 minutes.
Big Neil Gallagher palmed home the Glen’s first goal when he cooly finished a Murphy, Gary McFadden and Darren McGinley move to the Bundoran net.
By that stage a vastly superior physical Glenswilly had steamed ahead by 1-5 to 0-1 thanks to some superbly struck long range points from McFadden, Bonner, Murphy and a sharp looking Leon Kelly.
It took Bundoran eight minutes to get on the mark via county minor star Jamie Brennan, but this was only one of two points from play for the Seasiders in the opening half.
Marksman Christy Keaney converted two frees and hit a point from play to complete their scoring.
The winners were well worth their 2-12 to 0-5 interval lead.
But there was little respite for the losers in an equally fraught second half.
With Neil Gallagher, Ciaran Bonner and the tiny but talented Darren McGinley orchestrating matters, the Glen continued to pile on the agony urged on by their vocal manager Gary McDaid.
Gary McFadden had the ball in the Bundoran net just three minutes into the half after Murphy and Bonner combined cleverly to leave Gary “Rua” with a simple palm in goal.
Darren McGinley did the spadework for the second goal for McFadden and he completed his hat trick in 50th minute with Bonner giving a huge assist.
Bundoran relied on sporadic breakaways and Christy Keaney, Peter McGonigle and Gary Clancy were on target for the Seasiders.
But Glenswilly stayed lean and mean to the finish and this big win certainly helps their scoring average in this very competitive group as team manager Gary McDaid admitted afterwards.
“It was important that we got back on track after last week.
“The people of Glenswilly gave us great support last week against Kilcar and we felt we let them down.
“And it was very important that we got a big score against Bundoran to give ourselves a chance of getting through.
“There is a great spirit in the squad and we have no big egos.
“These lads are very proud to wear the Glenswilly jersey and they kept playing right to the finish”.
And when politely asked if he was maybe considering the vacant Donegal U-21 or senior jobs, he replied: “My whole focus is the match against St Michael’s next weekend”.
Bundoran: J Keenan; J Boyle, J Keaney, D McCaughey; S McGowan, P McGonigle (0-1), M McEniff; C McCaughey, G Clancy (0-1); A Coyne, J Brennan (0-1), N Dunne; A Russell, C Keaney (0-6,5f), D Hoey. Subs: F McKiernan for A Coyne (h-time), P Rooney for D McCaughey (inj 37), P Sheridan for P Rooney (black card 44).
Glenswilly: G McGrenra; B McDaid, E Ward, P McFadden; O Crawford, R Crawford, L Kelly (0-1); N Gallagher (1-1), A McDermott, J Gibbons (0-1), K Kelly (0-1) D McGinley (0-1), C Bonner (1-3), M Murphy (1-5,2f), G McFadden (3-2). Subs: C Gallagher for K Kelly (47), B Farrelly for L Kelly (48), B Molloy for B McDaid (54), K McFadden for D McGinley (55).
Referee: A Mullin (Killybegs)