IT took a five star display from Patrick McBrearty to see Kilcar eke out a win in this tempestuous encounter in Towney.
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Counting the scores was one difficulty, but counting the yellow and red cards was also one of the tasks which proved just as difficult. In the end our count was nine yellow and one red to Glenswilly, six yellow and one red to Kilcar.
Referee Jimmy White was the busiest man on the pitch and it must be said he did a tremendous job, keeping a lid on a game that was so vital to both sides.
It brought back memories of championship encounters at the famous venue in the past. It certainly was no place for the faint hearted.
In the end it was the accuracy of county star Patrick McBrearty which was the difference between the sides, hitting eight points, some of them exquisite scores from difficult angles.
His counterpart, by comparison, Michael Murphy had just two points on the board before he fisted home a late goal in stoppage time which saw Glenswilly come from six points down to almost snatch victory from the jaws of defeat.The visitors hit 1-2 in added time with Darren McGinley having an effort deflected over the crossbar by Eamonn McGinley, which would have seen Glenswilly take the lead. There was even time for another Glenswilly attack with Michael Murphy also firing over with the last kick of the game.
The second half, however, was one that Glenswilly will want to forget. They had a one point lead at the interval - 1-4 to 0-6 - but they failed to score again until the 56th minute. By then Kilcar had bolted well clear, hitting points at will from Aodhan McGinley, Michael Hegarty and McBrearty in the 35th minute.
Two minutes later Ciaran Bonner was shown a straight red by Jimmy White after being reported from an off the ball altercation with Mark McHugh.
After that scores were hard to come by with Patrick McBrearty adding three to push Kilcar 0-12 to 1-4 clear, before the final, frenetic minutes which saw Glenswilly reduce the six points margin to the minimum.
How they will rue seven second half wides, to add to their four in the opening half. The Glen men had looked the more likely in the opening half as Neil Gallagher Gary McFadden dominated midfield for long periods and they were a point up at the break despite Michael Murphy having little or any bearing on the game.
Gary McFadden had set them on their way on 40 seconds before Aodhan McGinley and Patrick McBrearty replied for Kilcar. Michael Murphy levelled with his own point of the half from a free before McBrearty and McGinley pushed Kilcar two clear by the 13th minute.
The defining score of the opening half came on 14 minutes when Joe Gibbons and Keelan ‘Savvy’ McFadden created the opening for Brian Farrelly to get space and drive to the net past Eamonn McGinley.
Gary McFadden added a quick point from a free. Patrick McBrearty replied, also from a free before Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden was almost in for a second goal, his effort deflected over in a crowded goalmouth by McGinley.
At the other end, Philip O’Donnell had to be alert to deny Patrick McBrearty on the line and McBrearty had the final point of the half, pointing a free to leave just one between them at the break.
The second half proved to be a much better one for the home side and it was no surprise that the game finished with just 14 on either side. The players had clashed on their way to the dressing rooms at half-time. It was that type of championship encounter.
Conor McShane did a good marking job on Michael Murphy and Eamonn McGinley helped out his defence when the high ball was launched. Michael Hegarty, Barry Shovlin, Mark McHugh, Aodhan McGinley and especially Patrick McBrearty played their part.
For Glenswilly, Aidan McDevitt, Neil Gallagher, Gary McFadden, Keelan McFadden and Ciaran Bonner (until his dismissal) were best with Michael Murphy having a quiet game.
Kilcar:Eamonn McGinley; Barry McGinley, Conor McShane, Pauric Carr; Barry Shovlin (0-1), Mark McHugh, Ciaran McGinley (0-1); Michael Hegarty (0-1), David McShane; Patrick Gallagher, Ryan McHugh, Aodhan McGinley (0-3); Barry Doherty, Patrick McBrearty (0-8,5f), Eoin McHugh. Subs., Glen McBrearty for E McHugh 56; Mark Sweeney for B Shovlin 61.
Glenswilly: Philip O’Donnell; Ruairi Crawford, Eamon Ward, Aidan McDevitt; James McDaid, Caolan Kelly, Ryan Diver; Neil Gallagher, Gary McFadden (0-3,1f); Ciaran Bonner, Joe Gibbons, Leon Kelly; Brian Farrelly (1-0), Michael Murphy (1-3,2f), Keelan McFadden. Subs., Darren McGinley (0-1) for K McFadden 43; John McFadden for Diver 46; Ryan Hunter for Gibbons 47.
Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs)
Senior Reserve championship
Kilcar had a comfortable win in the Reserve Championship curtain raiser. They led by 0-7 to 0-2 at half-time with Cormac Cannon hitting three.
Goals from Gerard McBrearty and Declan McCloskey cancelled goals from Brian McDaid and a late effort from Michael Canning for the visitors.
Kilcar: K Boyle; J Carr, M Byrne, L Carr; C Cannon (0-3), J Cunningham, A McClean; C Cunningham, C Gilmore (0-1); L Doherty (0-1, D Gallagher (0-4), K Campbell; D McCloskey (1-0), D O’Donnell (0-1), G McBrearty (1-3). Subs., C Doogan, C Cunningham, G O’Donnell
Glenswilly: C Molloy (0-1,45), D McConnell, P McFadden, M McFadden; S Bonner (0-1), M Canning (1-0), P McConnell; B Molloy (0-1), G McGrenra (0-1); C Farrell, D McGinley (0-2), P Toner; B McDaid (1-0), S Carbery (0-1), O Crawford. Subs., C Bonner, R Toner.
Referee: E McHale.