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Saturday 24 March 2018

Glenswilly boycott threat over Murphy

Jackie Cahill

GARY McDaid, manager of Donegal SF champions Glenswilly, has launched a scathing attack on the county board for scheduling a crucial relegation battle against Cloughaneely for tomorrow.

Despite submitting a letter insisting that they will not play senior fixtures without county star and International Rules panellist Michael Murphy, Glenswilly have been told that the crunch league tie will go ahead.

The Ulster Council has accommodated Glenswilly by pushing back their Ulster quarter-final against Monaghan champions Latton until Sunday, November 13, when Murphy will be home from the International Rules trip to Australia.

But Donegal chiefs are refusing to budge in their stance that Glenswilly must fulfil their three remaining league fixtures, with or without the services of Murphy.

Glenswilly management and officials were set to meet after club training last night to discuss their options regarding the Cloughaneely fixture.

It is understood that any decision will be kept in-house but a boycott of the tie is a distinct possibility.

"We're in a bad position at the minute," McDaid fumed. "The Ulster Council, fair play to them and we take our hats off to them, put our Ulster quarter-final back until Michael returns home, but our own county board are giving us no backing at all."

McDaid revealed that during the summer, a club tie was postponed because opponents St Eunan's had two players involved with the county's U-21 hurling team. And he is furious that Donegal's top brass will not accede to their request to defer internal club fixtures while Murphy is away.

"We're forced to play this weekend without him," McDaid added.

"It's a crunch relegation match against Cloughaneely, who are a point ahead of us, with so much at stake.

"We've been asked to go out and play this weekend, having played for the last five or six weekends on the trot in high-intensity games."

Glenswilly's three remaining league fixtures have been fixed for the next three weekends. "God knows what we're going to do," McDaid added.

"They set one precedent with the St Eunan's hurlers and now we have a player away playing International Rules.

"We have an appeal in as well with Ulster because during the summer, we played league games without county players.

"They put us down to play against a full-strength Dungloe team, who had no county players, when Four Masters or Gweedore, who had county players, had no game. We could have played either of those instead."

Glenswilly took a stand and refused to play against Dungloe, who were awarded the points.

Irish Independent

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