Shannon Blues 1-13 Donegal 1-12
Shannon Blues squeaked past Donegal in the first of two wonderfully exciting senior football semi finals. The Blues opened a six point lead early in the second half only to see it disappear with less than five minutes to go, and Donegal lead by two. The Blues dragged themselves back to level the scores, and Darren Wallace put the winner over the bar after coming on as a second half substitute.
|Sean O'Connor on the attack.|
|Mark Canney tries to stop Niall Murphy.|
Donegal continued to control the direction of traffic. Both scores that leveled the game came from McLaughlin; five minutes to go it was anybody’s game. The Blues shortened up the kickouts to hit the wing backs. Donegal took a one point lead, but in a rare Blues attack, Sean O’Connor, whose effort when the chips were down was tremendous for the Blues, was pulled down by Matt Smyth while bearing down on goal. Smyth was shown the black card, a loss to the Donegal’s midfield effort, and O’Connor leveled from the free. As the possibility of extra time approached the Blues had a last chance and Darren Wallace put the ball over the bar from 30 yards. Donegal had one last chance of their ownto draw level, but in a turn of events from last week’s quarter final game, Steven Griffin put the high pressure kick wide from a difficult angle. Blues delight as they advance to their second final in three years.
Blues: C. Wallace, T. Wallace, G. Ryan, D. Clifford, J. Walsh, D. McElligott, A. O’Donovan, K. Byrnes, S. Moriarty, S. O’Connor, D. Treacy, P. O’Connor, N. Murphy. Donegal: E. McCarney, M. Canney, J. O’Connor, S. Doherty, G. Gallagher, C. Healy, M. Smyth, C. Thompson, G. Clancy, S. Griffin, D. McLaughlin, S. Boyle, R. Murray.
By Rory O'Donnell