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Donegal stars pressed into key club clashes

By John Campbell

Donegal All-Ireland winning captain Michael Murphy has scarcely had time to draw breath since leading his side to Croke Park glory.

But while the 23-year-old skipper finds himself the target of just about every media outlet in the country right now, he is also expected to focus strongly on Glenswilly’s bid to retain their county Senior Football Championship title.

It was with Murphy and county midfield ace Neil Gallagher pulling the strings that Glenswilly powered to the title last year by beating St Michael’s in the final.

Both teams are again in the running for the crown although Glenswilly appear to have a tough first round second leg tie against Gweedore on their hands on Sunday.

Murphy, not surprisingly, stamped his imprint on proceedings when Glenswilly won the first leg last weekend but he will need to be at his best again if his team is to make it to the quarter-finals.

St Michael’s, in contrast, enjoyed a fairly straightforward passage against MacCumhaills last Sunday and should repeat their win this Sunday in the second leg to earn a last eight place.

Mark McHugh, meanwhile, will have a vital role to play for Kilcar when they seek to repeat their shock win of last Sunday over fancied St Eunan’s while Naomh Conall, champions two years ago, look capable of sending St Naul’s out of the competition.

Naomh Conaill’s challenge will be spearheaded by Donegal All-Ireland winners Anthony Thompson, Leo McLoone, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy and Martin Boyle.

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