A championship rehearsal it may have been but there was a need for league points as the table croppers Gaoth Dobhair left Glenswilly with a win on Friday night.
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Report: Alan Foley
Once again, the home side were decimated for a number of reasons and with Manus McFadden and nephews Gary and Kealan absent due to a family wedding, Neil Gallagher, Michael Murphy and club chairman Shay Farrell took charge.
However, Gaoth Dobhair, who were almost at full strength had too much for Glenswilly and belatedly posted their first win of the season, while their hosts remain pointless after seven encounters.
The temporary management team of the home team went for the bold move of repositioning goalkeeper Philip O’Donnell at full-forward and although it paid dividends with a point after 20 seconds, it was their only point from play all evening.
The first half, though, was shaded by Gaoth Dobhair and they led by double scores at the interval, 0-6 to 0-3. Cathal Mulligan’s brace, a well estimated James Gallagher free and points from James Carroll, Owen Ward and Frank McGee made up their half-time total.
At the other end, O’Donnell added a second point from his new abode and Brian Farrelly was also on the mark for the county champions.
Substitute Fionnan Diver set Gaoth Dobhair in motion in the second half with a crisp 45 and although Glenswilly matched that score when O’Donnell was on the mark from a 45 they couldn’t bridge the gap.
Neil McGee, who was having an interesting tussle with the lanky O’Donnell, pointed after he moved into a more advanced role as his brother Peter guarded the edge of the square. Another defender, Joe Duffy, was also on the mark before Gerard McGrenra scored Glenswilly’s second point of the second half.
In the final play of the game, McGee confirmed victory when he slapped home a rebound after Ciaran Molloy in the Glenswilly goal had saved his initial effort.
Glenswilly: Ciaran Molloy; Brian McDaid, Barry Canning, Ryan Hunter; Joe Gibbons, Eamon Ward, Ruairi Crawford; Barry Molloy, James Pat McDaid; Caolan Kelly Gerard McGrenra (0-1, 1f), Darren McGinley; Brian Farrelly (0-1, 1f), Philip P’Donnell (0-3, 1f, 45), James McFadden. Subs: Colin Farrell for McFadden (35), Oisin Crawford for Kelly (52), JB McGeehin for Canning (56)
Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Christopher Roarty, Neil McGee (1-1), Ciaran Ferry; Joe Duffy (0-1), Danny Curran, Paul Mulligan; Kevin Cassidy, Peter McGee; James Carroll (0-1), Frank McGee (0-1, 1f), Ronan MacNiallais; Cathal Mulligan (0-2, 1f), James Gallagher (0-1, 1f), Owen Ward (0-1). Subs: Eamon McGee for C Mulligan (35), Fionnan Diver (0-1, 45) for Ward (45).
Referee: S McGonigle (A Ruadh).