Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure Senior Championship Group A
Ardara v Glenswilly, Sunday, 2pm
This is a clash of two teams with outstanding championship pedigree.
But Ardara have not won a Donegal county title since 2004 while Glenswilly’s last victory was in 2016 when they shocked the pundits by deservedly defeating Kilcar.
And if both Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher are on the field at the same time, then Glen’s chances are increased immeasurably even though they have been less than impressive in the League.
Murphy is an even bigger match winner at club level than he is at county level while Big Neil always gives a great platform in the middle of the field.
But they also have Gary “Copper” McFadden, Joe Gibbons and Eamon Ward to bolster their challenge.
Glen are physically powerful but so too are the mercurial Ardara who have not been going to well in Division Two of the League.
Home advantage is vital for an Ardara side that could make things awkward for Glenswilly, at least for a while.
They too have pretty towering figures in Declan Gavigan, Conor Classon, Brendan McNelis and the enigmatic CJ Molloy.
Gareth Concarr is still one of the best finishers in the county while Lorcan O’Donnell, Danny Walsh and Tomas are promising young players.
Ardara’s chief problem has been consistency as on their day they could beat any team in Division Two, having been in Division One for a record number of years.
But a series of patchy displays has left them struggling to stay in Division Two, something that would have been unthinkable a few years ago.
It is fair to say they are a side in transition and there could be a few lean years ahead before the young talent blossoms.
But Glenswilly should have far too much power and panache.
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