JOE GIBBONS WAS delighted to see his Glenswilly side preserve their Donegal SFC aspirations with a battling win over Dungloe yesterday.
Gibbons kicked two fine first half points as Michael Cannings’ team were 1-5 to 0-4 up at the break. However, Dungloe got back on level terms on two occasions in the second half.[adrotate group=”59″]
“Heat of the battle out there, it’s what we expect from Dungloe,” Gibbons said afterwards. “People wrote us off all week and that hurt us. Dungloe came down here as favourites.”
With James Gallagher in the Glenswilly goal making a superb save to deny Adam Neely and then with the hosts losing Kealan McFadden to a red card, Dungloe looked to be the one most likely three-quarters the way through.[adrotate group=”53″]
“It was a worry,” Gibbons added. “Dungloe were totally on top. We came out four points up. I don’t know what happened. Thankfully we knuckled down in the last 10 or 15 minutes and got the scores. We put our shoulder to the wheel.”
Glenswilly welcomed back Neil Gallagher, who played in his club colours for the first time this season and his inclusion went some way to compensating for the loss of Michael Murphy to a knee injury in the 1-10 to 0-10 win.
“Neil is crucial,” Gibbons said. “Not even with his kick and catch but his ability to talk to you. His influence is phenomenal. And Michael? It was mentioned beforehand that we wanted to get the result for him. Michael would give his heart to be out there but thankfully we are still in there.”
Listen to Gibbons’ interview in full with Alan Foley below …