Gaoth Dobhair set the pace in All County League Div 1


Gaoth Dobhair set the pace in All County League Div 1

Gaoth Dobhair are the early pace-setters in the Division One of the Donegal All County Football League after four rounds of games.

They are followed closely by Kilcar and St Eunan’s who are level on points, and one ahead of Naomh Conaill, who have a game less played.

Of the top four, Kilcar who are managed by Martin McHugh this season, are the only team to lose a game. .

Even at this early stage it is difficult to look past the leading four for the league title. Last year’s champions St Michael’s lost their opening game, but have won their last two and received a big boost with the return to action last weekend of Colm McFadden.

However, the word around the Bridge is that the championship is the main focus this season.

The other big story so far is the form of Glenswilly who are bottom with no points from four games.

Gaoth Dobhair will expect to bag two more points this weekend when they host great rivals, Dungloe, in Magheragallon.

Time was this fixture took on a life of its own and it was easier to pick the six numbers in the Lotto than choose the winner of a Gaoth Dobhair, Dungloe game.

But with county seniors Neil and Eamon McGee, Odhran MacNiallais, Ciaran Gillespie and Michael Carroll in their line-up, Gaoth Dobhair simply have too much power for an injury-struck Dungloe.

Without Noel McBride, Cory Gallagher, both injured and Martin Redmond currently soccer tied with Home Farm, Dungloe are going to have to play out of their skins to take anything from this tie.

St Eunan’s are showing good early season form under new manager David McGinley and with Rory Kavanagh, looking lean and fit and with veteran John Haran playing as well as ever they should have a little too much power and pace for St Michael’s, especially on the wide open spaces of O’Donnell Park.

Naomh Conaill have a tricky assignment away to last year’s Intermediate champions, Realt Na Mara, Bundoran expect to be back to full strength after fielding a shadow team last weekend against St Michael’s.

If there is to be a surprise result this weekend, Realt Na Mara might just pull it off, but Leo McLoone, Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy and Anthony Thompson should power Naomh Conaill to victory.

Former playing mates Martin McHugh and Seamus Gallagher go head to head for the first time when Kilcar host Ardara, in Towney, with McHugh expected to be holding the bragging rights at the final whistle.

Termon host Glenswilly, in what promises to be tasty encounter at the Burn Road. Termon have one win from their three outings. They also ran Gaoth Dobhair to a point at the Burn Road and with this kind of form they should have the edge against Glenswilly, who are still chasing their first points after four defeats. The outcome may very well hinge on the availability of Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher.

Other divisions

In Division Two, Glenfin, Malin, Killybegs, Sean MacCumhaills, and Cloughaneely should have the measure on home soil of Four Masters, Milford, St Nauls, Naomh Columba, and Cloughaneely respectively.

Gaeil Fhanáda, Buncrana, Letterkenny Gaels, Aodh Ruadh and Burt get the nod for wins in Division Three,

Robert Emmetts, St Mary’s, Convoy, Na Rossa and Red Hughs are the likely winners in their respective games in Division Four.

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