Naomh Conaill and St Eunan's the big game in quarter-final draw

Tom Comack @dgldemocrat

The clash of Naomh Conaill, the defending champions, and St Eunan’s, the previous year’s winners, is the big game in the quarter-finals of the Michael Murphy Sports and Leisure Donegal Senior Championship.

They were the last two names out of the draw drum at Monday night’s championship draw in the Villa Rose Hotel in Ballybofey.

A repeat of last year’s final, it is the plum tie of the four quarter-finals that will see Glenswilly face Sean MacCumhaill’s, Kilcar face Termon and Dungloe face Malin.

Naomh Conaill are one of the form teams and won their three group games in Group D to qualify for the last eight.

The side managed by Martin Regan and Martin Doherty are the only team in all four groups to win all three group games.

St Eunan’s, with two wins and a draw, are also unbeaten but ended up in second place in Group B, behind Kilcar, on score average.

St Eunan’s and Kilcar drew in their first round meeting and they both recorded wins over Killybegs and St Michael’s.

Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s also met in the 2012 final with St Eunan’s shading the result on that occasion. St Eunan’s won that final by the minimum margin on a 1-7 to 0-9 scoreline.

Glenswilly bounced back from losing their first round game away to Ardara with wins over Dungloe, in the second round, and Bundoran last weekend in the third round.

The return of Neil Gallagher against Dungloe and Michael Murphy for last weekend’s clash with Bundoran, in Gaelic Park, had major bearings on the outcome of both games.

Glenswilly may be struggling in the league and are in relegation bother but with their two All-Stars fit and playing well, the championship odds on the 2013 champions have shortened considerably this week.

Sean MacCumhaill’s finished second to Malin in Group C, with two wins from their three games. They pipped Naomh Muire for the second spot with victories over Glenfin and the men from the Lower Rosses.

Kilcar, Division One table toppers, will be strong favourites to advance to semi-final against Termon, after chalking up big wins over St Michael’s and Killybegs and drawing with St. Eunan’s.

Termon have been the giant killers of the 2016 championship so far with their shock second round win over Gaoth Dobhair. They defeated a star laden Gaoth Dobhair by five points, 1-11 to 0-9, at the Burn Road.

And they followed up last weekend with a narrow two point win over Four Masters, also at the Burn Road

They suffered a heavy first round defeat to Naomh Conaill, in Davy Brennan Memorial Park.

Dungloe, with wins over Bundoran and Ardara, ended up second to Glenswilly on score difference, who also won two games and finished up on four points.


Meanwhile, the draw was also made for the relegation play-offs on Monday night.

Glenfin face Four Masters and Ardara play Killybegs. The winners of those ties retain their senior championship status while the losing sides playing-off to determine the one relegation place.

The draw for the Senior B Championship sees St Eunan’s face Glenfin, MacCumhaill’s face Ardara, Naomh Conaill face Kilcar and Dungloe face Gaoth Dobhair.

The four quarter- finals and the two relegation playoff games are due to be played on the weekend of Saturday September 24th and Sunday 25th.

The times and venues to be fixed by the Donegal CCC who are due to meet at the end of this week.


The quarter-finals in the Intermediate and Intermediate B Championships and the Intermediate relegation play-offs were also drawn.

In the intermediate championship, high flying Milford, who have already have won promotion to Division 1 for next season, have been drawn against Naomh Brid.

Aodh Ruadh, pace setters in Division Three, will face Naomh Ultan; Burt will face Cloughaneely and Naomh Columba have been drawn against St Naul’s.

In the Intermediate relegation play-offs Buncrana face Naomh Colmcille and the losers of that tie will face Carndonagh.

The quarter-finals and the relegation play-offs in the Intermediate Championship are also due to be played on the weekend of Saturday September 24th and Sunday 25th, with venues and time to be decided.

The weekend of September 24th/25th promises to be a busy one as the two semi-finals in Junior A are also due to be played that weekend also.

The semi-finals of the senior championship are due to be played on October 1st/2nd with the final due to be played on Sunday October 16th.

The Junior A final has been fixed for the weekend of October 1st/2nd with the Intermediate final fixed for Sunday October 9th.