Kilcar, Kilcoo . . . whatever - Come on Glenswilly

Kilcar, Kilcoo . . . whatever - Come on Glenswilly

It is a similar story for Glenswilly this Sunday as they are underdogs again in the Ulster Club Championship where they face Down champions, Kilcoo.

After disposing of Kilcar in the Donegal final, they are used to the underdogs tag. On Sunday they are 12/5 with Kilcoo 2/5 favourites, but that will hardly worry the Glen men.

They head to Newry safe in the knowledge that their Division One league status was sorted out last weekend when they defeated neighbours, Termon. They will also have a full deck to choose from with Michael Murphy (rested), Cormac Callaghan and Ryan Diver (injured) all back in contention.

However, they know that they face a tough assignment. Kilcoo have done the five in-a-row in Down and are regarded as a side built on a strong defence. That defence has four Branagan brothers, three of them making up the half-back line, and they are regarded as the backbone of the team.

But as Glenswilly captain Gary McFadden pointed out this week, the Donegal club have performed well when they’ve stepped onto the provincial stage.

“I remember the first year we won the county title, we played against Cavan Gaels,” he said.

“We’d only really a week to prepare for that match and with all the celebrating that went on, we just decided to go out and give it a go.

“We managed to win that day, but got beat in the next round. But the next time we got into Ulster, we knew that if we prepared properly and we could give it a rattle. As it turned out we got all the way to the final.”

See Thursday's Donegal Democrat for previews