Sunday 20 August 2017

Donegal through to Ulster under-21 decider after facile win over Cavan

Donegal 3-17 Cavan 0-13

Lorcan Connors of Donegal in action Cavan's, from left, Pierce Smith, Patrick O'Reilly and Donal Monahan during the EirGrid Ulster GAA Football U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Cavan and Donegal at Brewster Park in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
Lorcan Connors of Donegal in action Cavan's, from left, Pierce Smith, Patrick O'Reilly and Donal Monahan during the EirGrid Ulster GAA Football U21 Championship Semi-Final match between Cavan and Donegal at Brewster Park in Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
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A Cian Mulligan goal within the first minute of the second half ended this game as a contest with Donegal moving 10 points ahead against a hard working but ultimately outclassed Cavan side.

They added a second goal from Michael Carroll ten minutes later in what was a dominant display. Both goals were as a result of free flowing moves with the speed of thought and action too much for the Cavan defence.

Cavan battled bravely for the entire hour but they simply were second best all over the pitch for the majority of the game. Donegal had the luxury of removing most of their big games with 15 minutes to play in this encounter as they coasted to a big win with substitute Caolan McGonigle putting the icing on the cake palming to the net a third goal after yet another slice and dice move.

They put in a 20 minute spell of football in the first half that simply blew Cavan away. Kicking ten points in a row Declan Bonner’s men were brilliant in their movement of the ball. Dropping deep into defence when not in possession they broke as a unit and with scintillating pace. Stephen McBrearty was the epitome of this power and pace as he kicked three first half points with Carroll and Michael Langan contributing a brace a piece. Lorcan Connors at corner forward clipped over five first half points with four coming from frees as Cavan were left reeling.

After five minutes the Breffni boys were leading having scored three of the game’s opening five points. Conor Bradley looked dangerous and Ryan Connolly was popping over free kicks but that was to be as good as it got for Cavan who had more second half points from Connolly and Caoimhin O’Reilly.

Scorers: Donegal: L Connors 0-06 (5f), M Carroll 1-02, S McBrearty 0-04, C Mulligan 1-01, M Langan 0-03 (1f), C McGonigle 1-00, N O’Donnell 0-01. Cavan: R Connolly 0-05 (4f), C O’Reilly 0-04f, L Fortune 0-01, S O’Connor 0-01, C Bradley 0-01, B Magee 0-01

Donegal: D Rodgers; C Morrison, S McMenamin, E Ban Gallagher; D O Baoill, T McCleneghan, B McCole; J McGee, M Langan; J Brennan, C McLaughlin, M Carroll; L Connors, C Mulligan, S McBrearty. Subs: C Doherty for McLaughlin (HT), N O’Donnell for McBrearty (42), C McGonigle for Carroll (46), E O’Donnell for Langan (47), R Carr for Connors (51), N Freil for McCleneghan (55)

Black Cards: Carroll (45)

Cavan: L Brady; M Smart, D Monaghan, L Fortune; S O’Connor, E Sommerville, P O’Reilly; T Galligan, C Daly; P Smith, C Bradley, M McKenna; C O’Reilly, B Magee, R Connolly: Subs, C Smith for M McKenna (36), B Argue for O’Reilly (42), D Brady for Smith (42), K Donohoe for Daly (45), T E Donohoe for Magee (49), R Clarke for Bradley (55)

Yellow Card: Fortune (59)

Referee: S Laverty (Antrim)

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