Shannon Blues had control of this one from start to finish. Donegal went scoreless for most of the first half as the Blues rattled off seven unanswered points. The northerners came within a goal in the second period, but the Blues finished strong to hand the reigning champions their first defeat of the 2011 Great performances from Pa Magee, Denis McElligott and Mike Lyons saw the Blues through to a well deserved second championship victory this season.
|Donegal spent much of the afternoon in pursuit of |
the Blues forwards.
Shannon Blues finished the first 30 minutes with a five-point advantage over their opponents. Donegal opened brightly and got the first two points of the game, the first a lovely score from Kevin Curran and the second came from the boot of Andrew Bonnar. From then on the Blues took over. Donegal attacks were snuffed out by a diligent Blues back line and possession turned time and again. The Blues made the most of the chances as a result. Shane Cahill and Denis McElligott led the charge for the Blues, and between them accounted for six of the Blues for half points. Kevin O’Shea put the odd score over, finishing a sweeping downfield move. Donegal’s back line had to work hard, but were under a lot of pressure for most of the half. It was seven points to two for the Blues who were pleased with their work over the first 30 minutes.
|Brian Collopy on the attack for the Blues.|
By Rory O'Donnell