Kilcar pace too much for Glenswilly


Kilcar pace too much for Glenswilly

The big day in the county GAA calendar is upon us again.

It is a special day in particular for the competing clubs. Kilcar and Glenswilly are the clubs taking centre stage this Sunday.

It is good to see Kilcar back in the final after 23 years. It comes as no surprise to me as I fancied them from the start of the year.

Glenswilly, on the other hand, are very much the surprise finalists. They have come good in the championship after a poor league campaign.

I tipped Kilcar at the start of the year to make it to the final and now that they are there I fancy them to go all the way and win the final.

They are a serious team. Four Kilcar men - Ryan, Mark and Eoin McHugh and Patrick McBrearty - all featured against Dublin in this years All-Ireland quarter-final.

They also have Michael Hegarty, who is rejuvenated this year, and Ciaran McGinley, who should be in the county squad. Ciaran is having a terrific season and is the best club midfielder in the county this season.

They have a good forward line and have a couple of very good young lads in Conor Doherty and the two McClean brothers, Matthew and Andrew.

Eamonn McGinley is a top class goalkeeper and he has a very solid defence in front of him. They have an exceptionally talented crop of players that have come through from underage which has been nurtured by the club.

And this work has been complimented by the great work being done in Colaiste Na Carraige by Neilly Byrne and the teachers in the school.

It is no coincidence that Glenswilly’s form has improved following the return to action of Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher.

Michael and Neil missed most of the league season and only returned for the championship.

Along with Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden, they are the big men in the Glenswilly lineup. By all accounts Ciaran Bonner is back training but he hasn’t seen much action so far.

Kilcar would be foolish to take Glenswilly lightly. Any team that includes Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher has a chance.

But given Kilcar’s awesome pace and quality it is hard to see anything other than a Kilcar win.

Finally congratulations to our three All-Star nominees Paddy McGrath, Ryan McHugh and Patrick McBrearty.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.