Their 22-month unbeaten run in the premier division was brought to an end by Buncrana Hearts last Sunday, but Glengad boss Shane Byrne is feeling anything but rattled.

The three-time successive champions were defeated 3-1 at Castle Park by Stephen Parkhouse's side, the first league loss for the Crua outfit since they were beaten by Clonmany Shamrocks in Christmas 2015.

The result gives some real hope to the rest of the league that Glengad's stranglehold can finally be loosened this season - but Byrne is completely unfazed.  He told the Inish Times: "Away to Greencastle and Buncrana, I would have taken a point from each, so we're actually a point ahead of schedule because of the victory at Chapel Lane.

"We've those two teams to play at home at the end of the season, and believe you me they won't enjoy coming to the Crua."

Glengad are currently in the middle of a manpower crisis, with a spate of injuries compounded by their dual players being required by Malin for the next few weeks as the Gaelic men fight to stay up in division two.

But Byrne is taking nothing away from Buncrana's achievement. "We were under strength on Sunday. Adam (Byrne) tore his ligaments in the league cup match against Moville and will be out for three more weeks, Terence Doherty didn't play, Michael (Byrne) is just back from hamstring problems and Shane Canning is playing through an injury.

"All credit to Buncrana, though, they beat us fair and square. But you talk to Stephen Parkhouse and he'll be the first to tell you that no league was ever won in October."

Glengad take a break from league concerns for the next month and turn their attentions to the Clubman Shirts, FAI Junior and Ulster cup campaigns.

Byrne believes they might take a hit in some of these competitions given the current shortage in personnel, but he has stressed that anyone sounding the death knell for their supremacy would be acting prematurely.

He said: "I envisage us dropping out of a few cups because of the injuries and the boys away for the Gaelic, and if that happens I've no doubt some people will say 'that's them on the slippery slope'.

"But it's just straightforward maths that if you're missing a chunk of your team you're going to be affected. We'll be a lot healthier in three or four weeks - then we'll really see what's what."

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