THE SECOND round of group games in the Michael Murphy Sports Donegal SFC threw up the usual mix of thrills and spills at the weekend – and we’ve selected the Team of the Week, in association with the Aura Leisure Centre.
Eight clubs are represented with Kilcar having four players included following their big win over St Michael’s on Sunday.
Termon, who shocked Gaoth Dobhair at the Burn Road on Saturday evening, have three players listed while MacCumhaills and Glenswilly have two apiece and there are also players from Naomh Conaill, Naomh Muire, Bundoran and St Eunan’s in the mix.
So, here’s this week’s Donegal Sport Hub Team of the Week, in assocation with the Aura Leisure Centre.
We also have the weekly poll for the Anthony Conaghan Cars Player of the Week to come.[adrotate group=”37″]
- Michael Boyle (Termon)
TERMON pulled off one of the results of the weekend when they overcame Gaoth Dobhair at The Burn Road and goalkeeper Boyle (pictured above by Geraldine Diver) was on top form. Boyle made several top drawer saves to deny Kevin Cassidy and Daire Ó Baoill. Boyle has just returned from a long cruciate lay-off, but is back to his best again.
- Peter Devine (St Eunan’s)
ST EUNAN’S enjoyed a comfortable 2-14 to 1-6 win at Killybegs in Group B to keep themselves in the chase for a quarter-final berth. In Peter Devine, they’d a player who infused energy into their attacks from deep – the first goal from Conall Dunne was a perfect example of this – and he defended well.
- Kevin McDaid (Termon)
MCDAID put his body on the line to make a fine block on a goal-bound shot by Cian Mulligan in Termon’s win over Gaoth Dobhair. It was the highlight of what was a magnificent performance by Termon’s full-back.
- Jack Boyle (Naomh Muire)
NAMED at corner-back, Boyle managed to score four points as Naomh Muire drew with Malin at The Banks. Boyle clipped over two 45s and also converted a free. With time almost up and with Malin leading by a point, Boyle showed nerves of steele to sail over the game’s final point to earn a share of the spoils for his side.
- Joe Gibbons (Glenswilly)
THE Glenswilly wing-back put in a tireless performance in his side’s 1-10 to 0-10 win over Dungloe. Gibbons scored two peaches of points in the first half to help his team on their way and dug in when things got tight in the second half when the need arose.
- Ryan McHugh (Kilcar)
THOSE runs from deep that characterise his appearances for Donegal were there in abundance as Kilcar laid down a mark of their intent with a 14-point win over St Michael’s on Sunday. The ordeal could have been much worse for St Michael’s had McHugh not been denied by the woodwork three times. Was at the very heartbeat as usual for his side.
- Ricky Gallagher (Termon)
PLAYED his first game since breaking a collarbone in Termon’s first Championship game against Naomh Conaill in May and he showed no ill effects in their win over Gaoth Dobhair. Gallagher was a lynchpin in the half-back line and contributed well in attack and defence. His return was timely for Francie Friel’s team.
- Ciaran McGinley (Kilcar)
IS rapidly playing his way towards another county call-up. McGinley’s powerful bursts from midfield laid a platform for Kilcar against St Michael’s. Set up a goal for Stephen McBrearty and generally was a menace around the middle of the park at Towney.
- Leo McLoone (Naomh Conaill)
THE defending champions, Naomh Conaill, overturned a two-point half-time deficit to score a big win over Four Masters in Donegal town and McLoone was to the fore. Scored a pair of goals and helped lead the way as the Glenties men maintained their 100 per cent record.[adrotate group=”37″]
- Aaron Kelly (Sean MacCumhaills)
KELLY is one of the unsung men on an industrious MacCumhaills side, but he couldn’t be ignored on Saturday night. His two goals against Glenfin were the pictures of precision and he added two points to cap an excellent night’s work.
- Stephen McBrearty (Kilcar)
FINISH off a fine move, started by Ciaran McGinley, with the opening Kilcar goal against St Michael’s. Added three points to the tally as Kilcar impressed with a big win over what had been fellow title hopefuls.
- Brian Farrelly (Glenswilly)
BRIAN Farrelly did look jaded after Glenswilly’s 1-10 to 0-19 win over Dungloe having put in a tremendous shift at wing-forward in the stifling heat. Farrelly has been suffering with a hip injury lately but refused to throw in the towel on Sunday and that attitude epotomised his team’s.[adrotate group=”37″]
- Jamie Brennan (Bundoran)
BRENNAN scored 1-6 in Bundoran’s 1-15 to 0-13 win over Ardara at Gaelic Park. Brennan had an injury-hit time earlier this year, but is back on form and showed his scoring prowess on Saturday. A real livewire, he was a thorn in Ardara’s side.
- Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
RAZOR sharp McBrearty helped himself to 1-6 as Kilcar put St Michael’s to the sword. McBrearty is leading the line so well for his team. When he’s in this mood, Kilcar will be hard to stop in their tracks.
- Darren O’Leary (Sean MacCumhaills)
O’LEARY is enjoying a good spell of form at the moment and he scored 1-4 on Saturday evening as Sean MacCumhaills defeated Glenfin in Ballybofey. A clincial finish past Liam O’Meara gave the Glenfin goalkeeper no chance for the goal and O’Leary’s placed ball kicking was flawless.Tags: