Following the McGinty sporting family is becoming a busy pasttime of late with two members of the family hitting the heights at different sporting venues.
Ed McGinty, now resident in Ballyshannon, but whose father, Joe is a native of Townawilly, Donegal town, has begun the new SSE Airtricity Premier League as first choice goalkeeper for Sligo Rovers, and has been getting great reviews after just three games. He was man of the match in their opening game, holding reigning champions, Dundalk, to a 1-1 draw at Oriel Park.
Ed, along with another Donegal town man, Jack Keaney, were the Sligo heroes, as Keaney put the Bit 0’ Red ahead from a superbly struck free kick.
Meanwhile, on the Gaelic playing fields, Ed’s first cousin, Roisin Friel of Termon is part of the Donegal Ladies team that are sitting pretty at the top of the Lidl Ladies National League.
And not to be outdone by her cousin, Roisin hit a great goal for Donegal as they demolished Monaghan in O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Sunday.
Speaking after the game, Roisin was very happy with the Donegal win: “Aye, it’s a very good start; three wins from three; we should be safe from relagation though with Tipperary beating Cork you can’t be sure.
“In Division One anyone can beat anyone, so we are delighted to have the three wins and we hope to continue that”.
She was really happy with the influx of younger players on the Donegal panel: “When you look at the younger ones coming through with Niamh Carr on the periphery last year playing out of her skin at the moment and they’re learning from the best with Geraldine (McLaughlin), who’s a regular performer and Karen Guthrie, the younger girls are playing off her so its good to have the younger girls coming in and pushing us on”.
Roisin said they couldn’t be looking too far ahead but would focus on the Tipperary game this Saturday. “If things go our way and we finish in the top four, it’ll be great to get the extra games”.
She agreed that Geraldine McLaughlin was really playing well as the playmaker and said her pass for her goal is something that comes easy.
“Aye, Geraldine has all the skills. I mean she’s probably the best goal-getter in the country in full-forward or out the field. I mean Geraldine’s just an outstanding footballer, she has the vision to see the runs. I had the easy job, I just had to roll it into the net. As you say the vision for the pass was just outstanding. Geraldine is capable of those passes.”
When put to her that she was similar to Michael Murphy as she was now playing further from goal, Roisin said: “As I say Geraldine can play anywhere. She’s one of the best full-forwards in the country. You would love to have three or four Geraldines there so she could play in a couple of different positions. She keeps talking about half-back so she might get a run out there as well,” quipped Roisin.
As for the extended McGinty family success of recent times, Roisin said that it was a busy time for grandfather Eamonn McGinty. Eamonn has been a regular supporter of Roisin and the Donegal Ladies but he now has another string to the McGinty bow with the performances of Ed with Sligo Rovers.
“Ah well, I must say he’s been very good to me over the years supporting me but its great to see Ed starting with Sligo. He’s performing very well at the moment but he’s put in a lot of hard work and he’s got a game now on Friday against Finn Harps so we’ll all be over to support him.
“He put in a man of the match performance the first day out. It’s no more than he deserves; we’re all delighted for him,” said Roisin.
It surely is going to be a busy weekend for granddad Eamonn. Ed will playing in goals for Sligo Rovers against Finn Harps on Friday night in Finn Park, while on Saturday Rosin will be involved with Donegal as they host Tipperary in Convoy.
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