The rivalry between Kilcar and Glenswilly was re-enacted in Towney on Saturday evening in a very close affair with Kilcar coming good in the end with four points in-a-row to take victory
It looked as if Glenswilly had pulled off a shock result as they led by three points with six minutes of normal time left.
With the county players absent and Kilcar also fielding without their three county minors, it was a good result for the south-west side, which put them back on top of the table on Saturday evening.
But like most games between these two clubs in recent times, there was an edge to the contest which kept referee, Seamus McGonigle, on his toes and he did very well to keep it from boiling over.
Over the 60 plus minutes he issued four yellows and a black card to Glenswilly and two yellows to Kilcar and he did well to limit it to that.
Kilcar led by just a point at the break, 1-3 to 1-2 despite having much more in the possession stakes. They got the scoring under way on four minutes when Darragh O’Donnell was fouled as he cut though on the Glenswilly goal at an angle. From the spot, Aodhan McGinley fired home the penalty past Philip O’Donnell.
Mark Sweeney added a point on 12 minutes and there were 18 minutes on the clock before Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden had Glenswilly’s opening point from a free.
Ashley Carr and Oisin Crawford traded points before Glenswilly got right back in the game five minutes from the break when Patrick McFadden found the Kilcar net.
Just on the stroke of half-time Michael Hegarty had the final point of the half.
Glenswilly were ahead within six minutes of the restart with Gary McFadden adding both points. Ciaran McGinley levelled for Kilcar a minute later but then McFadden hit two frees on 44 and 46 minutes to push Glenswilly two clear and Darren McGinley added a third on 51 minutes.
The Kilcar comeback started on 54 minutes with Aodhan McGinley getting the scoreboard ticking. Mark Sweeney, who was a very influential player for the winners, added another a minute later and Cormac Cannon levelled matters with two minutes of normal time left.
There was plenty of tension, both on and off the field, as the game went into added time and four minutes into that period Mark Sweeney hit what proved to be the winning point for the winners.
These sides have at least two more meetings to come this year - in the league and championship - and both are due to take place in Glenswilly. Both could be all-ticket affairs.
Kilcar: Kevin Campbell; Patrick Gallagher, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; Eoin McHugh, Barry Shovlin, Ciaran McGinley (0-1); Michael Hegarty (0-1), David McShane; Matthew McClean, Darragh O’Donnell, Aodhan McGinley (1-1, 1-0pen); Cormac Cannon (0-1), Ashley Carr (0-1), Mark Sweeney (0-3). Subs., Declan McCloskey for D McShane 36
Glenswilly : Philip O’Donnell; Brian McDaid, Eamonn Ward, Ryan Toner; Cormac Callaghan, Aidan McDevitt, Patrick McFadden (1-0); Gary McFadden (0-532f), Joe Gibbons; Oisin Crawford (0-1), Ciaran Bonner, Caolan Kelly; Patrick Diver, Barry Molloy, Darren McGinley (0-1). Subs., Dermot McGinley for P McFadden (black card 40); Ciaran Gibbons for O Crawford; Gerard McGrenra.
Referee: Seamus McGonigle (Aodh Ruadh)