It has been a good weekend of football in Donegal and the weather was kind for the return of the Senior and Intermediate Championships.
Bundoran had a great victory over Ardara on Saturday evening, but their win by five points still leaves them needing to beat Glenswilly next week to advance. It is very tight with all four clubs on two points, so it's all to play for.
Kilcar gave St. Michael's quite a beating and so did St. Eunan's to Killybegs. The Letterkenny side have not been going that well, but will fancy going to Dunfanaghy and getting the result on Sunday next. They have the edge over St. Michael's in recent times and that game looks like a winner take all affair to join Kilcar in the draw for the quarter-final.
It looks as if Malin will advance again and there will be a shoot-out in Ballybofey with MacCumhaill's and Naomh Muire vying for a quarter-final spot.
In the final group, Naomh Conaill showed why they are one of the favourites along with Kilcar for the title. Gaoth Dobhair look to be in serious trouble after losing to Termon. Four Masters, who have not been going well, have little to play for next week, so Termon and Naomh Conaill look the likely to advance.
In the Intermediate it looks as if only Aodh Ruadh and Milford are guaranteed last eight places, with all to play for in the other games next weekend.
DUBS OVERCOME KERRY
I was watching the Dublin-Kerry semi-final and it was a really enjoyable game. Credit to the Dubs, they responded well. I thought at one stage Kerry, when they came back at them, would push on. But they only scored five points in the second half and that's not good enough.
Dublin are not the finished article that some people make them out to be. I still have a hankering for Mayo. Dublin will be hot favourites but I have a feeling since February last about Mayo.
As for Kerry, some lads have played one or two games too many at this stage. Five or six are over 30. But then their minor team looked very good and they will not want for talent.
Looking at our own county teams, the underage managers will be hoping to have their work done for next Spring. At the weekend, in our own game, apart from Jamie Brennan, and to a lesser extent, Paul Brennan, there wasn't many on view that you would see as county material.