Donegal 2-21 Armagh-Notre Dame 2-11
Donegal eased their way through most of this Junior A encounter with Armagh-Notre Dame to open a hot Sunday at the
. Donegal found plenty of shooting room and
made good use of it. A converted penalty
late in the first half seemed to have put the game beyond the reach of their
opponents. The northerners were forced
to reconsider after their opponents started the second half brightly and
threatened to rein in the deficit to a more manageable level, but a goal from
Christopher Rush and some excellently taken Christy McLaughlin points restored
the considerable advantage coming into the final 10 minutes. Irish Cultural
|Matthew Cutliffe on his way to earning a penalty.|
Almost all of the Donegal forwards got on the scoresheet over the first 30 minutes as the scores seemed to come easy. Pauric McLaughlin got the ball rolling, while Eoin Grant, Christy McLaughlin, and Matthew Cutliffe followed. Mark Dunphy and Kieran McDevitt combined well on several occasions as Donegal looked unstoppable.
Armagh-Notre Dame had Robert Quigley isolated on the full forward line and after a couple of fluffed chances, Quigley popped over a handful of points before the break. Frank Meehan was played through on one occasion and blasted the ball off the crossbar as the
Brighton based side began
to find their feet. Donegal hit with a
goal from the penalty spot just before half time. Matthew Cutliffe was fouled in the box and
expertly converted the kick himself. At
the break it looked as though, with a 12 point lead, the game was in the bag
|And the Donegal corner forward puts it away despite a good effort from Ollie Murphy.|
Things got brighter for the Armagh-Notre Dame lads in the second half. Quigley put two well taken points over the bar before finding the room to fire in a goal. Conor Kieran fetched well in the middle of the field and found Quigley with the incisive pass. Andrew Sharkey pointed to bring the Orchard men within seven points, but Donegal managed to get themselves back on top of affairs.
Christopher Rush, who came on at corner forward netted, and wing back Darren Doherty pointed twice to re-open the large gap.
continued to work hard and a goal from Frank Meehan late in the game provided
some consolation, while Donegal continue unbeaten in the junior A championship.
Donegal: E. McCarney, F. Donnelly, D. McBride, D. Doherty, D. Green, H. Devine, Peter McLaughlin, M. Dunphy, C. McDevitt, E. Grant, Pauric McLaughlin, M. Cutliffe, C. McLaughlin. Armagh-ND: O. Murphy, S. McKenna, D. Morrow, M. Murphy, J. Taggert, C. Horan, C. Kiernan, A. Sharkey, P. Quigg, F. Meehan, B. McGrath, M. Tiffney, R. Quigley.
By Rory O'Donnell