Donegal board won't postpone Glenswilly's league fixtures

21 October 2011

Michael Murphy is congratulated after his injury time penalty earned Glenswilly a one point victory over Cavan Gaels in the AIB Ulster club SFC tie at Kingspan Breffni Park
Glenswilly are threatening to boycott their remaining league fixtures if the Donegal county board don't postpone them until after Michael Murphy returns from International Rules duty.

The newly-crowned county champions have been told that tomorrow's crunch relegation clash with Cloughaneely will go ahead, despite them submitting a letter to county board officials insisting that they will not play senior fixtures without their captain.

The Ulster Council has accommodated Glenswilly by postponing their Ulster club SFC quarter-final against Latton until Sunday, November 13, when Murphy returns home from Australia, but the Donegal county board are adamant that they must play their remaining three league fixtures over the next three weekends with or without the talented full forward.

A furious Glenswilly manager Gary McDaid told the Irish Independent: "We're forced to play this weekend without him. 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."

He continued: "God knows what we're going to do. 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 [our] 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 (missing), had no game. We could have played either of those instead."