Neil Gallagher returned as Glenswilly did just enough to hold off a gritty Dungloe side and it was Cathal Gallagher’s first half goal that stood between the sides at the final whistle.
Glenswilly . . . . . . . . 1-10
Dungloe . . . . . . . . . . . 0-10
Glenswilly had to play a good part of the second half with 14 men after Keelan McFadden got a straight red card in the 44th minute and Dungloe will rue a couple of decent goal chances, one in either half, that could have made a difference but they never managed to overtake the home team.
Joe Gibbons opened the scoring with just 25 seconds on the clock with a point from play and an Adam Neely free brought it level after six minutes.
Freshly returned Neil Gallagher added a second for Glenswilly and his brother Cathal was put through by Keelan Mcfadden to hit the net soon after. A Gary McFadden free made it 1-3 to Glenswilly in the 11th minute.
Adam Neely and Luke Neely both hit back for the visitors before a very long range score from Joe Gibbons left Glenswilly four to the good. Adam Neely was on the mark with a free while Gary McFadden returned the favour at the opposite end to bring the half to a close with Glenswilly on 1-5 to Dungloe’s 0-4.
Within minutes of the restart Dungloe spurned a golden goal opportunity with three quick chances to hit the net in the one passage of play but some frantic Glenswilly defending and goalkeeping held them at bay and their goal intact.
That attack signalled Dungloe’s intentions to get back into the game and they enjoyed a purple patch that saw them draw level on two occasions.
It started with a Conor Greene point from play followed by a Ryan Greene free. Sean Sharkey hit a fine effort before another Ryan Greene free saw the sides all square at 1-5 to 0-8 in the 42 minute.
Glenswilly were reduced to 14 men in the 43rd minute when Keelan McFadden received a straight red card from referee Jimmy White for a striking offence on Mark Curran.
A Gary McFadden free put Glenswilly back in the lead two minutes later before an Adam Neely free levelled things up once more.
The Glenswilly marksman, McFadden, hit two impressive frees to make it 1-8 for Glenswilly to Dungloe’s 0-9.
Brian Farrelly added another for the Glen men from play in the 60the minute to put the goal between them once again before Gary McFadden’s long range free made it 1-10 to 0-9 deep into injury time.
Dungloe hunted hard for a goal as the clock ticked down and despite a half-chance in the 63rd minute Adam Neely blasted a powerful shot well over the bar and in the end it was the goal that stood between the teams in a hard fought game.