Kilcar came from five points down to beat St Eunan’s in Letterkenny on the opening Sunday of the 2021 Michael Murphy Sports & Leisure senior football championship, on a final scoreline of 1-14 to 1-12.
Eunan’s led by 1-8 to 0-6 at the interval but an early second-half penalty from Paddy McBrearty, who contributed 1-8, helped spark a strond second-half by Kilcar.
Matthew McClean kicked four excellent points from play in the closing quarter to help his side towards victory.
The victory was a welcome distraction from the ongoing controversy surrounding the outcome of the 2020 county final.
Elsewhere, Ardara survived a second-half comeback from 13-man Bundoran to win by one point at Pearse Memorial Park – while Michael Murphy inspired Glensilly to a six-point win over Killybegs at Fintra.
The game was a costly one for the Fisherm3n with their two county playesr, Eoghan Bán Gallagher and Hugh McFadden taken off injured during the game.
Sunday’s Donegal SFC results
Killybegs 1-6 Glenswilly 1-13
Ardara 1-10 Bundoran 2-6
St Eunan’s 1-12 Kilcar 1-14
Gweedore 4-21 Milford 2-7
Cloughaneely 0-13 Naomh Columba 1-13
St Mary’s Convoy 1-4 Fanad Gaels 1-7
Buncrana 2-11 Burt 0-5
Naomh Ultan 1-9 Malin 1-11
Dungloe 5-19 Naomh Brid 1-10
Naomh Muire 1-10 Red Hugh’s 0-10.