Familiar foes Termon and Glenfin contest Donegal decider
O’Reilly Sports Donegal Ladies’ SFC final
Termon v Glenfin (Sunday, Páirc Mac Cumhaill, 3.45pm)
FOR the last four years, Termon and Glenfin have battled it out for senior county honours in Donegal.
They meet again on Sunday and if the last two years are anything to go by then we could have another classic encounter on our hands.
It’s two each on the wins front, Glenfin’s 2020 and 2021 titles sandwiched in between Termon’s 2019 and 2022 victories.
Termon, as the reigning champions and on their form so far this year, will be favourites to retain the title having already won the Division One league and also the Donegal Gaeltacht title before clinching the All-Ireland Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta title back in June
Glenfin, after a mediocre league campaign, in which they finished mid-table, were boosted by the return of county players and have reached the final unbeaten, following up their group wins over Naomh Conall, Aodh Ruadh and St Naul’s with a semi-final victory over St Eunan’s 2-11 to 2-5.
This is their 10th straight final since 2014, a remarkable achievement that has so far yielded four titles, including 2017 and 2018. Only Moville have won the county title outside these two dominant forces in the last decade.
Termon have also come through unbeaten, proving too strong for Moville, St Eunan’s and Buncrana in their group before defeating St Naul’s 4-12 to 0-6 in the semi-final.
In both the 2021 and 2022 finals, extra-time was needed to separate the sides, last year’s meeting particularly memorable as it needed 25-metre free-kicks to determine the winner, Termon’s Ciara McGarvey sending over the winning kick as the Burn Road girls got their hands back on the county title for the first time since 2019.
This would be title number six for Termon, adding to the 2010, 2014 (they went on to win the All-Ireland Club title) 2016, 2019 and 2022 successes.
The winners will play the Tyrone champions next month in the Ulster championship.
The county junior final between An Clochan Liath and Na Dunaibh will be played as the curtain-raiser in Mac Cumhaill Park, with a 1-15pm throw-in.