Focused Kilcar dig out win over Glenswilly

The Donegal SFC began with a bang this weekend with Kilcar defeating the 2013 champions Glenswilly.

Focused Kilcar dig out win over Glenswilly

Comprised of four groups of four, with each team facing one another once before straight knockouts in the quarter-finals, the championship in the north-west was delayed after county clubs voted in favour of giving Donegal boss Jim McGuinness a clear run at the Ulster and All-Ireland championships.

Kilcar won a tricky encounter with Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher’s Glenswilly 0-9 to 0-6, with Patrick McBrearty, as well as Ryan and Mark McHugh, playing their part in the win.

Their next opponents will be St Michael’s, who brushed aside Bundoran 4-10 to 0-6 in Dunfanaghy, with Colm McFadden grabbing 2-5 and Christy Toye hitting 1-3.

Thirteen months ago, St Eunan’s of Letterkenny were eliminated at the quarter-final stage by surprise packages Malin. However, yesterday at Connolly Park, the team managed by Maxi Curran gained revenge in a 1-17 to 2-6 win, with Rory Kavanagh the St Eunan’s goalscorer and Conall Dunne pointing seven times for the 2012 champions.

In that same group, Naomh Conaill of Glenties made a winning start against senior newcomers Naomh Muire in Annagry. Dermot Molloy scored five points in the 0-10 to 0-8 win on Saturday.

Kevin Cassidy, Gaoth Dobhair player-manager, scored a last-minute point to edge his team in front at Killybegs but had to be content with a share of the spoils as Brendan McGuire levelled for the hosts (1-5 apiece). Dungloe, inspired by Adrian Hanlon and Adrian Sweeney, saw off Termon 0-11 to 0-8.

Ardara and Four Masters couldn’t be separated in their clash as the sides drew 0-9 to 0-9, and Sean MacCumhaill’s of Ballybofey got a decent start to their campaign on Saturday with a 0-13 to 0-8 win at Glenfin.

Burt won the Donegal SHC for the fourth year in succession with a comfortable 15-point win over Sean MacCumhaill’s of Ballybofey in Letterkenny on Saturday (6-9 to 1-9).

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