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Donegal SFC: Naomh Conaill may edge St Eunan's in final repeat

 Glenties have slightly more firepower than St Eunan’s
Gerry McLaughlin

Michael Murphy Sports Donegal Senior Football Championship quarter-finals

Naomh Conaill v St Eunan’s, Letterkenny (tomorrow, Ballybofey, 5pm)

By a country mile, the big championship clash in Donegal is the collision of reigning county champions Naomh Conaill and St Eunan’s tomorrow.

The men from Glenties, brilliantly led by Leo McLoone were 0-8 to 0-6 down and lost Eoghan McGettigan to a red card midway through the second half of last year’s decider against the Letterkenny men but launched a superb comeback to take the title.

Both sides have formidable squads, but Glenties appear to have the strongest bench in the county.

Any team that can leave to quality performers like Leon Thompson, Darragh Gallagher, Kevin McGettigan and Eoghan McGettigan on the bench is blessed.

In contrast, St Eunan’s will be minus three key players as Kevin Rafferty, Lee McMonagle and Conor O’Donnell are on the long-term injured list. That fact alone gives the reigning champions a slight edge in what could be a very close encounter.

Glenties have slightly more firepower and should advance.

Kilcar v Termon (tonight, Ballybofey, 8.30pm)

Kilcar look odds on to beat Termon, who shocked Gaoth Dobhair the group stage.

Martin McHugh has come back to manage his native club after being a player manager when they last took the Dr Maguire Cup back in 1993.

Paddy McBrearty, Stephen McBrearty, Ryan McHugh, Eoin McHugh and Mark McHugh are all main players for the Towney men.

But they can also call on ageless veteran Michael Hegarty, Ciaran McGinley and Aodhan McGinley to power their challenge.

Kilcar have been most impressive in the league, while Termon will revel in the arch underdogs tag. However, anything other than a Kilcar victory would be a major shock.

Glenswilly v Sean MacCumhaill’s (today, Letterkenny, 4pm)

A revitalised Glenswilly just might have too much power for the Marty O’Reilly-inspired Sean MacCumhaill’s.

Michael Murphy seems to be coping very well with his injury problems, while Neil Gallagher has come back to transform a side that struggled badly earlier in the season.

On pedigree alone, Glenswilly must be fancied as they can also call on vastly experienced Eamon Ward and Gary McFadden.

MacCumhaill’s are powered by the electric O’Reilly, Darren O’Leary Steven O’Reilly and Brian Lafferty.

MacCumhaill’s got over Naomh Muire in a previous round while the Glen hammered Bundoran, and should prevail.

Dungloe v Malin (tomorrow, Letterkenny, 2.30pm)

IT is truly very difficult to call the clash of Dungloe and Malin.

Both are here on merit with Malin and Dungloe staging a memorable comeback to edge out Ardara.

There is no shortage of character in either side, as Liam Colhoun and the inspirational midfielder, Anthony Kelly guide the fortunes of Malin.

The ageless Adrian and Raymond Sweeney are still key players for Dungloe, along with Adam Neely, Sean Sharkey and Conor Greene.

Malin, who are always great championship battlers, will fancy their chances but Dungloe would seem to have an edge in scoring power and should progress to the semi-finals.

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