Wednesday 13 December 2017

Kelly brace keeps the Glen on historic course

Glenswilly 3-9 Roslea 2-8

Glenswilly are just one game away from becoming the only Donegal club to win Ulster after qualifying for their first final in the club's 31-year history.

A Michael Murphy goal and two Colin Kelly strikes helped them fend off the dogged challenge of a Roslea side that made a game of it with two quickfire goals in the second half at Healy Park.

With Neil Gallagher putting in a massive shift at midfield, the Tir Conaill champions weathered the storm and closed out the game to set up a meeting with Ballinderry in the final on Sunday week.

Glenswilly plundered a goal after just two minutes, when serious problems emerged in the Roslea defence. Kelly was allowed acres of space to get a run on goal, unleashing a shot that 'keeper Sean Boyle got a hand to, but could not prevent from creeping over the line.

Seamie Quigley's two early scores helped keep the Erne champions in it, but with Gallagher mastering midfield, the Glen swept forward time and again.

Murphy, Darren McGinley and Ciaran Bonner slotted over points, as they eased into a 1-4 to 0-2 lead.

Roslea's route-one strategy to target-man Quigley failed to spark the Fermanagh men, with Eamon Ward and Joe Gibbons getting to virtually every booming delivery.

In the 20th minute, Glenswilly struck for a second goal. The move was started from deep by Gallagher, and Kelly turned provider, crossing to the far post for Murphy to net from close range.

Glenswilly led by 2-5 to 0-5 at the break, but Roslea started to move the ball with purpose, and narrowed the gap through Kevin Cosgrove and Peter Lynch. Three goals in the space of four minutes threw the contest wide open as Roslea hit the net twice.

First Kelly flicked home his second from Murphy's floated free to open up an eight-point gap, but then Quigley slotted a penalty.

And the Erne men closed to two points when full-back Conor Mulligan's booming delivery was misjudged by Philip O'Donnell and went straight to the net.

But Glenswilly regrouped and Gibbons and Kelly arrowed over points, followed by a superb Gary McFadden effort. They could have had a fourth goal but for Conor Quigley clearing off the line, and they held on comfortably.

scorers – Glenswilly: C Kelly 2-1, M Murphy 1-2 (0-2fs), G McFadden 0-3 (2fs), D McGinley, J Gibbons, C Bonner 0-1 each. Roslea: Seamus Quigley 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2fs), C Mulligan 1-0, J McMahon, P Lynch, K Cosgrove, D Kelly 0-1 each.

Glenswilly – P O'Donnell; B McDaid, R Crawford, K McFadden; C Kelly, JP McDaid, E Ward; N Gallagher, C Bonner; J McFadden, J Gibbons, C Kelly; D McGinley, G McFadden, M Murphy. Subs: B Farrelly for McGinley (52), C Gallagher for Kelly (55), R Diver for McFadden (59), B Molloy for Gibbons (61).

Roslea – S Boyle; N McMahon, C Mulligan, C Quigley; M Beagan, N Cassidy, J McMahon; K Cosgrove, J Sherry; N Cosgrove, S McMahon, P Lynch; M Renfrew, Seamus Quigley, Sean Quigley. Subs: D Reilly for N McMahon (28), C Sherlock for S McMahon (44), S Lynch for McMahon (55).

Ref – C Branagan (Down).

Irish Independent

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