Ardara (@7.5) vs Gaoth Dobhair (@1.06)
22-09-2019

Our Prediction:

Gaoth Dobhair will win

Ardara – Gaoth Dobhair Match Prediction | 22-09-2019 09:00

In Michael Murphy, Glenswilly possess one of those players who can flick the switch and turn a game. On form, Murphy is untouchable in Donegal. Even though Gavin McDermott of Glenfin did a reasonable job on the Donegal captain last Saturday night in the League, Murphy had four points scored in the opening six minutes. A first half goal was struck with such ferocity that there was, quite simply, no possibility of it being halted.

To the north, beautiful views from Cnoc Fola; the bogs green with grass and brown with turf; wide secluded beaches and snug little piers look out towards the islands of Gabhla, Inis Mein, Inis Oirthear and Inis Sionnaigh which form a chain protecting the mainland from storms and Atlantic gales. It is situated between the mountains and the sea and is very picturesque. To the south, the proud peak of An Earagail, King of the Hills, dominates the surrounding area; on one side, Taobh an Leithid and Cr na Leacht, and on the other, the Doire Bheatha mountains, while Cr Nimhe and Dn Liche Lake lie quietly in the glen.

He is the brother of John McConnell (pictured below with Declan Bonner, the Donegal manager), former Donegal GAA county chairman and Ardara club stalwart, whospoke to the crowd at half-time and admitted the family was humbled by the efforts of the GAA family. A Game For Owen was organised to raise money for Ardara man Owen McConnell.Owen is a father of four living in New York who was diagnosedwithStage 4 lung, lymph node and bone cancer.

Glenfin, last years Intermediate champions, came close to pulling off a shock win over Glenswilly last weekend in the first round. On the back of last weekends performance, Glenfin boosted by the inclusion of Aaron McGlynn and Stephen Ward, both of whom impressed against Glenswilly,will head to Moyle View Park in confident mood.Milford were a little unlucky to be relegated and came out on the wrong side of a number of results in a very strong Division One. It took an injury time equaliser from Michael Murphy to snatch a dramatic draw for the 2016 senior champions to deny the locals a famous win. Cathal McGettigan once again top scored for Milford and along with Luke Barrett, Christopher Barrett, Kane Barrett and Darragh Black, they will carry the main hopes of the Moyle Park faithful on Saturday afternoon against Glenfin. Milford left the disappointment of league relegation behind them with a four point win over struggling Four Masters in Tr Chonaill Park.

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Donegal: Sean Patton (St Marys Convoy); Aaron Gilhooley, Darragh Mulgrew, Oisin Kelly; Jack McSharry (1-1), Seamus Byrne, Anthony Diver; Ryan McMahon (0-1), Conor Classon; Kealan McGroddy; Paddy Dolan (0-1, 1f), Colin McFadden (0-1); Ryan Cunningham (0-2), Oisin Gallen (0-1), Lanty Molloy (0-1).Subs: Michael Lynch, Michael Statham (0-1), Thomas McGowan (0-1), Johnny Toye, Anthony Diver, Mark McAteer, Sean Gorrell (0-2), Shay Doherty, Cian McEniff.

It is generally accepted that Naomh Conaill will top the group and claim the number one quarter-final qualifying spot. One things for sure, Oisin Gallen wont be allowed the same freedom in this clash as he was allowed last Saturday night against Dungloe in MacCumhaill Park. Killybegs will be anxious to bounce back from last weekends six point defeat in Davy Brennan Memorial Park. This is a huge tie in the race for the second qualifying place in the group. But they face a MacCumhaills team buoyed by that eight point win over Dungloe. A win in Glenties was always going to be a bonus for Hugh McFadden and company.The home games against MacCumhaills and Dungloe would have been the target games once the draw was made. Killybegs manager John Cunningham and coach Rory Gallagher, a disciple of the blanket defence, will make sure of that.

The game is in Rosses Park which is worth a few points to the locals but after Martin Regans teams clinical defeat of Killybegs, it would register as a huge shock if there was anything other than a Naomh Conaill win. Naomh Conaill dont have an Oisin Gallen (he scored 2-9 against Dungloe) though Eoghan McGettigan has the potential if given room.

Gallagher didnt play in Glenfin, but the 2012 All-Star midfielder will return on Saturday evening, though Ryan Hunter will be given a fitness test on the twisted knee injury that forced him off in Pairc Taobhoige. Glenswilly look set to be without Leon Kelly, with McDaid saying that the midfielder is unlikely to feature as he struggles to get over a hamstring injury.

Ardara: Cathal Gallagher;PaddyMcGrath, Oisin ODonnell, John Ross Molloy; Nicolas Maguire, Declan Gavigan, Danny Walsh; Conor Classon, Brendan McNelis (0-4); Johnny Herron, Brendan Boyle, Ryan Malley; Gareth Concarr (0-2, 2f), CJ Molloy, Lorcan ODonnell (1-1). Subs: Toms Boyle for O ODonnell (40), Calvin Slowey and Simon Breslin for Classon and McGrath (46), Paul Watters for L ODonnell (57).

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A Game For Owen was organised to raise money for Ardara man Owen McConnell.Owen is a father of four living in New York who was diagnosedwithStage 4 lung, lymph node and bone cancer. He is the brother of John McConnell (pictured below with Declan Bonner, the Donegal manager), former Donegal GAA county chairman and Ardara club stalwart, whospoke to the crowd at half-time and admitted the family was humbled by the efforts of the GAA family.

Gaoth Dobhair: Christopher Sweeney; Gary McFadden, Neil McGee, Christopher McFadden; Danny Curran (0-1), Kieran Gillespie, Jamie Reynolds (0-1); Odhrn Ferry-McFadden, Eamon McGee (0-1); Cian Mulligan (0-5), James Carroll (0-3, 2f), Dire Baoill (2-2, 1-0 pen); Niall Friel (0-3), Noel Kelly, Michael Carroll (0-2). Subs: Peter McGee for Curran (35), Eamon Collum for Kelly (40), Ryan Kelly for Friel (46), Gavin McBride (0-2, 1f) for J Carroll (50), James Gallagher (0-1) and Sean Boyle for Baoill and Reynolds (54).

But in Adam Neilly and Conor Greene they have the attacking duo to ask questions of the Naomh Conaill. Naivety in defence rather than frailties was the source of Dungloes problems and it is hard to see Francie Martin coming up with a defensive plan to tighten up at the back in the space of a week. Dungloe chalked up 1-18 yet were still on the end of an eight point defeaty courtesy of Oisin Gallen and Sean MacCumhaills in Ballybofey on Saturday night.. It is a bigger project than that.