Treble success is still on for Glenswilly’s Murphy
Donegal captain Michael Murphy is still on course to take delivery what could be a third major trophy this year.
Having already led his county to both the Ulster and All-Ireland titles, the 23-year-old full-forward is still in good shape to steer Glenswilly to another senior county football championship accolade.
They won the crown in spectacular fashion last year and the manner in which they clinched a first round second leg victory over Gweedore yesterday by 2-9 to 0-7 suggests that they are going to be very difficult to separate from their booty.
Murphy may have scored ‘only’ three points but his fingerprints were on virtually every Glenswilly move as they continued their progress in the championship.
Meanwhile, his county colleague Neil Gallagher also made a notable impact as he stormed up from midfield to grab a second goal for Glenswilly.
Murphy’s comrade-in-arms in the Donegal full-forward line Colm McFadden helped himself to 1-5 in what turned out to be an emphatic 1-15 to 1-8 win for St Michael’s over MacCumhaills.
Veteran Christy Toye, who was deployed as a substitute by manager Jim McGuinness during the Ulster and All-Ireland triumphs, was also hugely influential for the winners.
But the Donegal county board faces a potential fixtures logjam following the outcome of other second leg games over the week-end.
The results means that four ties — Kilcar v St Eunan’s, Ardara v Four Masters, Glenfin v Bundoran and Fanad v Killybegs — will now go to a third meeting to determine just who will reach the quarter-finals which are actually scheduled for Sunday.
These four games will now be staged over the course of Wednesday and Thursday nights as officials seek to adhere to what was already a rigid timetable given that the Donegal final is pencilled in for November 4 with the winners of this due to meet the Armagh champions in the Ulster Club championship quarter-finals which are due to be played on November 11.