Donegal did a demolition job on the Shannon Blues with a surprisingly one sided victory. Having been beaten by Wolfe Tones the previous week, and facing one of the stronger teams in
this year, Donegal made amends in style with a thumping win.
|Captains, Sean Moriarty and Mark Canney with referee James Dorgan.|
At the end of the first half Donegal held a 1-8 to 1-4 advantage. The Blues rode a superbly taken goal by Paul O'Connor well into the game. O'Connor superbly finished a move involving David Clifford and Sean O'Connor and followed it up with three points to Donegal's one. With the Blues ahead by the goal Donegal began to assert themselves on the game.
The skillful forward line containing Steven Griffin, Daniel; McLaughlin, and Ryan Murray clicked. The Blues midfield was neutralized. Donegal battled for every ball afforded little room to the Blues to operate. The northerners looked dangerous with each attack. After a
free closed the gap to two points, an expertly struck Griffin penalty put Donegal ahead. Finishing the half with three unanswered
points had Donegal in a four point lead at the break.
|Donegal Senior Footballers had an impressive win over the Blues on Sunday.|
Following the restart Donegal put the Blues away. Continuing where they ended the first, the northerners played with urgency and purpose. An early goal rattled the Blues. Daniel McLaughlin made a hard run down the wing and his ball across the face of goal was punching in by
Griffin. Donegal's lead was now eight points. It became 14 after a flurry pf three points
was capped off by a third goal, this time Sean Boyle was on hand to finsih it
The Blues tried to salvage something late in the game, but the horse was already out of the barn. Substitute Shane Kavanagh netted for the Blues, but Donegal were rampant and the scores seemed to come almost at will. The result meant three teams were tied at the top of the table.
Blues: C. Wallace, S. Kelly, C. Long, T. Wallace, D. McElligott,
J. Walsh, A. Donovan, D. Clifford, D. Treacy, S. O'Connor, N. Murphy, P.
O'Connor. Donegal: E. McCarney, M. Canney, J. O'Connor, S.
Doherty, G. Gallagher, C. Healy, M. Smyth, C. Thompson, S. Boyle, G. Clancy, R.
Murray, D. McLaughlin, S. Griffin.
By Rory O'Donnell