Kieran Gallagher gives masterful display

Midfielder gave exhibition in Breffni Park

Kieran Gallagher gives masterful display
Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

There was no great argument about deciding the man of the match at the end of Saturday’s Ulster minor semi final meeting of Donegal and Monaghan.

Donegal midfielder Kieran Gallagher had that accolade all wrapped long before the final whistle on an evening he raked the skies over Kingspan Breffni Park.

The Naomh Conaill clubman put on an exhibition of high fielding and strong running not seen on Breffni hallowed sod since the halcyon days of the late 1980s early 90s of Stephen King and Anthony Molloy.

If it had been earlier in the year there would have definitely been snow on the ball when he hit the ground, he was rising so high in the skies.

“It is brilliant to win. It was an unreal atmosphere out there and to win in front of such a large crowd and doing it with your friends is something special,” said Kieran afterwards.

“We have been together since U-16 and we are all best friends.

“We got off to a great start and really we could not have asked for any better and we were eight up at half-time.

“We got a bit complacent at the start of the second half but we fought back in the end and it was brilliant.

“We did try to be calm at half-time and while we knew Monaghan were a good side and we had played them in the league semi-final and it went to extra time, I feel we did get complacent at the start of second half,” said the Naomh Conaill man.

However, Gallagher was one of those who showed the real leadership when things were tight and even though he picked up an injury, he recovered to kick Donegal three clear in the closing minutes, when things were getting pretty tense for his team. The point put Donegal back on the front foot and they hit the final three points to seal the victory.

“We had done a lot of work on our fitness and I think it showed in the end when we pulled away from them again,” said Gallagher.