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Glenswilly may seek Donegal final delay

Donegal skipper Michael Murphy could find himself on the horns of a dilemma now that his team Glenswilly have made it through to the county senior football championship final.

The decider has been fixed for October 20 and Murphy is due to captain Ireland against Australia in the first International Rules Test on the previous day.

It is understood that Glenswilly will seek to have the final postponed, although the Ulster Council is likely to view any potential disruption to the provincial club championship with concern.

Murphy was instrumental in taking his side to the final, in which they will meet Killybegs, by scoring five points in the 1-14 to 0-16 semi-final win over Ardara.

Murphy's five points underpinned Glenswilly's performance, while Colin Kelly's goal and Gary McFadden's four points were also key factors.

Killybegs shook off their dismal league form – played 14, lost 14 – to once again come up trumps in the championship when they beat Malin by 0-11 to 1-7.

Hugh McFadden (4) and Matt Smith (3) were key marksmen.

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Meanwhile, Clontibret were fully extended by Monaghan Harps in the Farney senior championship semi-final replay.

Goals from Vinny Corey and Conor Lavelle had given Clontibret encouragement, but a goal from substitute Liam Hahessy and three points from Fearghal McMahon helped to keep the Harps in contention.

With Donal Hahessy and Shane Smyth also scoring three points each, the Harps sustained their gutsy defiance until the end when it was Clontibret's greater experience and the free-taking accuracy of Conor McManus that saw them reach the final.

Also, Down's 1991 and '94 All-Ireland winning manager Peter McGrath has lost his job as the county's minor football boss.

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