Tuesday 25 July 2017

Antrim edge it in tense encounter to deny Donegal

Donegal 2-14 Antrim 0-21

Aaron Doherty clipped Donegal into the lead after only 15 seconds, but Antrim soon took control and were 0-10 to 0-3 ahead by the 20th minute. Stock photo: Sportsfile
Aaron Doherty clipped Donegal into the lead after only 15 seconds, but Antrim soon took control and were 0-10 to 0-3 ahead by the 20th minute. Stock photo: Sportsfile
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Antrim had the edge on Donegal in a tense, tight Ulster MFC battle in Ballybofey that went all the way to extra time.

Aaron Doherty clipped Donegal into the lead after only 15 seconds, but Antrim soon took control and were 0-10 to 0-3 ahead by the 20th minute.

Goalkeeper Michael Byrne began the day in top form with fine saves to deny Oisin Gallen and Peadar Mogan early on.

Donegal, though, got a lifeline in the 21st minute. A 30-metre free by Donegal captain Mogan looked to be flying over the crossbar but, having let it go, Byrne watched in horror as the ball dropped into his net.

Antrim were four in front, 0-12 to 1-5, at half-time, but Donegal inched back and it looked to be completed when super subs Shay Doherty and Lanty Molloy struck three points in as many minutes.

Doherty's brace brought Donegal level and when Molloy sped away to fist over, Donegal led, only for Liam Quinn's free - his sixth of the day - to send the game to an extra period.

In the third minute of extra time, Oisin Gallen hammered to the roof of the Antrim net after Byrne saved from Mogan.

But Antrim held sway as Ruairi Brolly landed a brace and Tiarnán McAteer won it.

Scorers - Donegal: P Mogan (1-1f), O Gallen 1-2 each, C O'Donnell, A Doherty, S Doherty 0-2 each, P Dolan, T McGowan L Molloy, C McFadden 0-1 each

Antrim: L Quinn 0-7 (4f), T McAteer 0-4, R Kelly (1f) 0-3, E Nagle, R Brolly 0-2 each, J McCaffrey, D McErlaine (f), M Doherty 0-1 each

Donegal - C Randles; L Gavigan, A Deeney, C McGlynn; C McFadden, J Mac Ceallabhuí, P Murphy; R Docherty, C O'Donnell; P Dolan, A Doherty, B O'Donnell; P Mogan, O Gallen, K McGroddy. Subs: T McGowan for B.O'Donnell (26), S Doherty for Dolan (46), L Molloy for McGroddy (50), J McSharry for C.O'Donnell (60), M McGroary for Mac Ceallabhuí (b/c, 60), Dolan for Gallen (70).

Antrim - M Byrne; E Kelly, J Toner, A Mulholland; J Gribbin, E McCabe, J McCaffrey; E Gibson, J Maybin; E Nagle, D McErlaine, T McAteer; L Quinn, D McEnhill, R Kelly. Subs: M Doherty for McCaffrey (41), J Lenehan for Maybin (46), R Brolly for Kelly (52), K McCann for Gibson (57), P Henvey for McEnhill (57), J McCann for McErlaine (b/c, 60), D Smith for K.McCann (b/c, 67), McCaffrey for Gribbon (68), S Duffin for Kelly (70).

Ref - S Campbell (Tyrone).

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