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Monday 22 September 2014

Donegal manage to hold off late attack from Roscommon

Donegal 0-10 Roscommon 1-15

Published 03/08/2014 | 02:30

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John Campbell, Donegal, in action against Evan McGrath, Roscommon
John Campbell, Donegal, in action against Evan McGrath, Roscommon
Luke Carty, Roscommon, in action against John Campbell, Donegal
Luke Carty, Roscommon, in action against John Campbell, Donegal
2 August 2014; Stephen McBrearty, Donegal, in action against Ronan Raftery, Roscommon. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship, Quarter Final, Donegal v Roscommon, Markievicz Park, Sligo. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE
2 August 2014; Stephen McBrearty, Donegal, in action against Ronan Raftery, Roscommon. Electric Ireland GAA Football All-Ireland Minor Championship, Quarter Final, Donegal v Roscommon, Markievicz Park, Sligo. Picture credit: Matt Browne / SPORTSFILE

DONEGAL withstood ferocious late pressure from Roscommon to scrape their way into the All-Ireland minor football semi-finals. Donegal led by six points with 15 minutes remaining after struggling early with eight wides, but Noel Gately's 47th-minute goal ignited Roscommon.

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Donegal didn't score in the last quarter, but Declan Bonner's team just about did enough as Cian Mulligan's four points from wing-back proved vital.Hubert Darcy's point ensured a nervous finale.

Roscommon went in search of a goal, but Evan McGrath saw his net-bound effort in added time blocked by man of the match Mulligan as Donegal prevailed.

Scorers - Donegal: C Mulligan 0-4, J Campbell 0-3 (2f), M Carroll, J Brennan, L Connor (f) 0-1 each. Roscommon: N Gately 1-0, K Smyth 0-3f, C Callinan, H Darcy 0-1 each

Donegal: D Rodgers; D Monagle, C Gillespie, C Kelly; C Mulligan, T McClenaghan, A McClean; N Harley, C McGonigle; E Gallagher, L Connor, M Carroll; J Brennan, J Campbell, S McBrearty. Subs: E O'Donnell for McClean (h-t), C Bonner for Harley (48), C O'Boyle for Carroll (51), S McMenamin for Campbell (56), C Doherty for Brennan (56).

Roscommon: S Mannion; J Connaughton, E McGrath, E Fallon; K Beirne, F Lennon, L Carty; C Murray, R Raftery; C Callinan, B Stack, K Bannon; H Darcy, K Smyth, N Gately. Subs: B Kelly for Callinan (41), D Connaughton for Bannon (51), J Gannon for Carty (56).

Referee: C O'Hagan (Tyrone).

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