Donegal outclass Mournemen in Ulster decider – Donegal 2-18 Down 0-13
Despite great optimism in the Mournes that this would be their year – it wasn’t to be.
In a very cagey first 20 minutes of this Ulster Senior football decider Down and Donegal played some very hard hitting football at a packed Clones. Donegal, who were out to defend their title, looked uneasy and nervy as the Down men looked to be up for the game.
Donegal didn’t look like they were up for it for most of the first half and were bossed in the middle of the park; Ambrose Rogers in particular impressed for Down with his strong and determined runs breaking through Donegal’s half back line like no other player or team have done this year to date.
The second half seen a different Donegal side come out. They were in stark contrast to the team that played in the first 35 minutes. Down to their credit never stopped plugging away but in reality, Donegal showed why they are the reigning kingpins of Ulster football.
The real death nail was struck for Down on 50 minutes when Donegal scored their second goal as Frank McGlynn broke away after a cleverly crafted pass from Michael Murphy and slotted the ball past Brendan McVeigh in the Down nets.
A barrage of scores ensued and with Donegal hitting scores over the bar almost at will. The final whistle couldn’t come soon enough for the Mournemen and the large contingent of supporters who followed the team down to Clones.
Down will be back in action next weekend when they will have to regroup to play Tipperary in the group four qualifier.
Donegal are the first team to win back-to-back Ulster titles coming through the preliminary round. This is their first time ever to take consecutive provincial titles.
[McLoone 1-0, McGlynn 1-0, Bradley 0-1, McBrearty 0-1, Declan Walsh 0-2, David Walsh 0-1, McFadden 0-6, Murphy 0-1, McHugh 0-2, McElhinney 0-2, Bradley 0-1, McLaughlin 0-1]
[Doyle 0-4, O’Hare 0-2, Rogers 0-1, McKernan 0-1, Laverty 0-1, McCartan 0-1, Hughes 0-1, Maginn 0-1, Brannigan 0-1]
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