Glenswilly have their eyes on a bigger prize but Gary McDaid’s side had a comfortable win over Termon to clinch the All-County Football League Division Two title on Saturday.
The Foxhall club have the final of the RTÉ Raidió na Gaeltachta SFC this coming Sunday against Killybegs but although they had one eye on Ballybofey, Glenswilly were comfortably better than their rivals on Saturday.
Michael Murphy scored two goals before the 10th minute and teenage substitute Cormac Callaghan wrapped thing up with a third. Gary McFadden also gave a hugely impressive performance with seven points from play.
Termon’s hand was weakened with suspensions for Trevor Alcorn and Shaun O’Donnell from their loss at Naomh Muire’s hand a week beforehand.
Murphy slammed home the first goal on six minutes when he rounded off a move that saw Gary McFadden and John McFadden lay the foundation stones.
Then, on nine minutes, Murphy was at it again and the Donegal captain played a give-and-go with Brian Farrelly before busting past Anthony McGrenra, who tried to drag him by the shorts, to plant past Michael Boyle.
That made the score 2-5 to 0-2 with only Daire McDaid causing problems for the Glenswilly defence. Ollie Doherty chipped in with three first half frees but with Ruairi Crawford joining Neil Gallagher, Joe Gibbons and Gary McFadden on the scoresheet, Glenswilly were 2-10 to 0-6 in front at half-time.
Glenswilly barely broke sweat after the interval and Murphy was taken from the heat on 38 minutes with 2-3 to his name. Gary McFadden continued with his portfolio of points and James Pat McDaid, Oisin Crawford, Cathal Gallagher and Ryan Toner all added points.
Callaghan capped things off with a well taken goal nine minutes from time to send Glenswilly up to the top flight again next season.
Glenswilly: Phillip O’Donnell; Ruairi Crawford (0-1), Eamonn Ward, Brian McDaid; Joe Gibbons (0-1), James Pat McDaid (0-1), Aidan McDevitt; Neil Gallagher (0-1), Michael Murphy (2-3, 2f); Caolan Kelly, Cathal Gallagher, John McFadden; Ryan Diver, Brian Farrelly, Gary McFadden (0-8, 1f). Subs: Oisin Crawford (0-1) for B McDaid (37), Dermot McGinley for Murphy (38), Cormac Callaghan (1-0) for J McDaid (43), Ryan Toner (0-1) for Gibbons (51), Gerard McGrenra for N Gallagher (54).
Termon: Michael Boyle; Anthony McGrenra, Joe English, Daniel Connaghan; Jimmy Gallagher, Jimmy McElwaine, Joe O’Donnell; Bernard Alcorn, Ollie Doherty; Steve McElwaine, Aidan Sweeney, Johnny McCafferty; Paddy McDaid, Mark Alcorn, Daire McDaid. Subs: Martin Sweeney for J McElwaine (half-time), Mark Gallagher for S McElwaine (38), Kevin McElwaine for English (42), Francie Friel for M Sweeney (48).
Referee: Hugo Wallace (Burt).
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