Glenswilly should aim to win Ulster

Donegal champions meet Kilcoo

Glenswilly should aim to win Ulster

Glenswilly turn their attentions to the Ulster Club Championship and will now fly the Donegal flag in the provincial championship.

It starts for the Donegal champions next Sunday against the Down champions, Kilcoo in Newry.

Kilcoo are a good side. They are after winning a fifth Down championship in-a-row and at this stage they’re seasoned provincial campaigners.

I watched them last year in the Ulster championship against Crossmaglen. They played Crossmaglen the same day as Bundoran played Loughinisland in the Ulster Intermediate final.

They are a well balanced side with loads of pace and while they lost that day, they gave a good account of themselves and really put it up to Crossmaglen.

Crossmaglen’s experience saw them through in the end, but there was very little between them.

Kilcoo play a lot like Glenswilly themselves. They have plenty of men back in defence, break at pace and they have a few tasty forwards.

But Glenswilly will have the edge in the physical stakes and of course they have one Michael Murphy.

They also have plenty of provincial experience too from getting to the final the last time before losing to Ballinderry.

As I see it, they have a 50/50 chance but they are going to have to get big games from their big men too. Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Gary ‘Copper’ McFadden will have to really step up and the rest of the side are going to have to put the shoulder to the wheel too.

Glenswilly can win and it would be nice to see a Donegal team make a mark in Ulster. It’s long overdue. Joseph’s in 1975 are the only Donegal team to win an Ulster title. And for a county this size, and given the standard of club football here, there's no reason why the Donegal champions shouldn’t set their sights on going all the way.

The great Killybegs team that was honoured last Sunday at the county final are the last team from Donegal to give it a right good rattle. That was 25 years ago, back in 1991.

Club Players Association

There are a lot of rumblings going on over the setting up of the Club Players Association, something similar to the GPA for intercounty players.

I must confess, I have very mixed feelings on the establishment of such an association.

But that is the way the GAA is going and we'll probably have to roll with it.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.