Neil Gallagher returns as Glenswilly get back on track against Dungloe

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GROUP A of the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal SFC sees all four competitors gridlocked on two points after two games apiece.

Glenswilly 1-10 Dungloe 0-10

That’s because Glenswilly came good in the final 10 minutes to kick-start their campaign into life against Dungloe today. Michael Murphy was out with a knee injury but Michael Canning would’ve been delighted to call on the services of Neil Gallagher for the first time this season.

Photo caption: Glenswilly’s Neil Gallagher on the ball for his team in the Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Donegal SFC against Dungloe this afternoon. Photo: Geraldine Diver

Gallagher has been hampered with a number of complaints and has had a frustrating 2016. However, he provided a solid and sensible base for his team in a game that they had to win.

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Glenswilly were the better side in the first half and went in 1-5 to 0-4 in front after Cathal Gallagher had scored what proved to be the only goal of the game.

However, in the third quarter it was Tony Boyle’s Dungloe who dominated and when they got back on levels terms and with Glenswilly down to 14 men following a red card to Kealan McFadden, there was a nervousness running through the hosts.

For Dungloe, the game might’ve been there for them. Boyle will lie awake tonight wondering how they didn’t score a goal early in the second half that would’ve certified their dominance.

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James Gallagher in the Glenswilly saved from the influential Adam Neely, brilliantly from close range, Conor Greene slapped the rebound off the post before Conor Greene didn’t get a strong enough connection on the third chance of a crazy passage of play.

But Glenswilly survived and when they were seemingly painted into a corner, they came out fighting.

A man down in the final 10 minutes with the scores level at 1-6 to 0-9, they spun off four points in a row – three from Gary McFadden and one from the industrious Brian Farrelly. At the bitter end, Dungloe might’ve got something to cling onto but Adam Neely’s shot flew over the bar and not under it.

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Teams in Group B can now either win the section next week, or should they lose their last fixture might be looking at the relegation play-off. It’s that close. Dungloe play Ardara and Glenswilly travel to Bundoran.

Today, in the first half, Glenswilly came out of the blocks well. Joe Gibbons scored two belters to settle any early neves and Neil Gallagher marked his return with a point before Gary McFadden’s first of his half-dozen.

The goal came on just eight minutes when Gibbons went on a haring run and set up Kealan McFadden, who squared for Cathal Gallagher to drive past Danny Rodgers.

It was 1-4 to 0-3 after 28 minutes, with Luke Neely scoring one and Adam two for the away side. Gary McFadden’s second for Glenswilly was matched by Adam Neely replying for Dungloe, who were four point down at half-time.

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Dungloe started the second half like a house on fire. Conor Greene, two Ryan Greene points and an effort from the sideline by Shaun Sharkey brought them level at 0-8 to 1-5, as well as passing up on the goal chance in the scramble.

Glenswilly edged ahead through Gary McFadden and then Adam Neely levelled. When Kealan McFadden was dismissed for a strike by referee Jimmy White, Glenswilly looked in trouble. But they steadied the ship and are still alive and kicking.

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Glenswilly: James Gallagher; Cormac Callaghan, Eamonn Ward, Patrick McFadden; Aidan McDevitt, Ryan Diver, Joe Gibbons (0-2); Neil Gallagher, Caolan Kelly; Ciaran Gibbons, Cathal Gallagher (1-0), Brian Farrelly (0-1); Kealan McFadden, Darren McGinley, Gary McFadden (0-5, 5f). Subs: Oisin Crawford for C Gibbons (35), Christopher McMonagle for Diver (50), Caoimhin Marley for McGinley (60).

Dungloe: Danny Rodgers; Gavin Ward, Raymond Sweeney, Doalty Boyle; Jack Scally, Matthew Ward, Darren Curran; Mark Curran, Paul McGarvey; Barry Curran, Shaun Sharkey, Luke Neely (0-1); Adam Neely (0-6, 5f), Conor Greene (0-1), Ryan Greene (0-2, 2f). Subs: Martin Redmond for McGarvey (20), David McCarron for B Curran (51, black card), Adrian Sweeney for C Greene (53), Owen Scallly for Boyle (57).

Referee: Jimmy White (Killybegs).

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MA in Journalism graduate from NUI Galway and BBS Marketing and NC in Online Marketing from LyIT, who has worked covering sport in Donegal since 2004. Part of Donegal Democrat who won McNamee awards in 2013 and 2015 for 'best provincial publication'. Reseacher for 'Jimmy's Winnin' Matches' documentary and Rory Kavanagh's autobiography 'Winning'

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