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Glenswilly hang on against Cloughaneely for third win in-a-row

Tom Comack


Tom Comack


Michael Murphy top scored for Glenswilly

Michael Murphy top scored for Glenswilly

Glenswilly chalked up a third straight win but not before they we given a serious test by Cloughaneely, at a windy Pairc Naomh Columba, in Glenswilly.

GLENSWILLY ....... 1-14


Glenswilly were ahead by nine points, 1-10 to 1-1, at half-time having played some champagne football in the opening 30 plus minutes.

Yes, they had the advantage of a stiff breeze in the opening period. But with Michael Murphy roving far and wide from his full-forward starting berth and Neil Gallagher rolling back the clock with some vintage Gallagher high fielding, the locals looked at a different level.

They led  0-7 to 0-0 by the end of the first quarter with Murphy, Gary McFadden, Ciaran Bonner and Brian Farrelly lighting up the scoreboard.

Cloughaneely had to wait until 20 minutes for their first score, a well executed point finished by Kevin Mulhern after good work from Ciaran McFadden.

And the locals had their advantage stretched out to 12 points thanks to points from Caoimhin Marley, Gary McFadden and a 29th minute penalty put away well by Philip Farrelly.

But a John Fitzgerald goal in injury time gave Cloughaneely hope as they trooped off for the half-time cuppa.

And what heart it gave them - despite  falling ten behind and going down to 14 men early in the second half, they stormed back into the contest.  

Neil Gallagher and Michael Murphy pointed either side of a John Fitzgerald strike to stretch the Glenswilly out to 1-13 to 1-2 by the 37th minute.

Cloughaneely lost Ciaran McGeady to a red card shortly after following a late block on Caolan McFadden.

But Cloughaneely were not deterred and playing with the wind in their backs they rattled off nine points without reply to cut the Glenswilly lead to two, with a little over three minutes remaining.

John Fitzgerald (2), Martin Maguire (2), Sean Maguire, Leigh O’Brien, Denis Boyle, Mark Harley and Shaun McGarvey 0-1, each were the scorers for a rampant Cloughaneely.  

It took two late Michael Murphy points to halt the Cloughaneely revival and give the locals breathing space before McGarvey finished the scoring with the final point.

However, Murphy was forced out of the game in injury time with a dead leg.

GLENSWILLY: Philip O’Donnell; Shane McDaid, Eamon Ward, Mark McAteer; Ciaran Gibbons, Sean Wogan, Ciaran Bonner (0-1); Neil Gallagher (0-1), Caoimhin Marley (0-1); Cathal Gallagher, Caolan Kelly, Gary McFadden (0-4); Caolan McFadden, Michael Murphy(0-6,4f), Philip Farrelly (1-1).

Subs: Joe Gibbons for C Gallagher 42; Ruairi Crawford for S McDaid 52; Shane McDevitt for C McFadden 58; Cathal Gallagher for M Murphy 61.

CLOUGHANEELY; Sean McCafferty; Michael Fitzgerald, Ciaran Scanlon, John Harley; Kevin Mulhern (0-1), Paddy Cannon, Mark Harley (0-1); Leigh O’Brien (0-1), Martin Maguire (0-2); Aidan Doohan, Shaun McGarvey(0-2,1f), John McGarvey. John Harley, Sean Maguire (0-1), John Fitzgerald (1-3).

Subs: Denis Boyle (0-1,45) for S McGarvey, h/t; Shaun McGarvey for S Maguire, 50; Cian McFadden for L O’Brien, 59.

REFEREE: Mark Dorrian (Gaeil Fhanada)