Saturday 10 December 2016

Game at a glance

Published 25/04/2011 | 05:00

Man of the match: Michael Murphy (Donegal): He was pushed all the way by Colm McFadden but everything Murphy touched turned to gold. You'll hardly see a better penalty and he also had a hand in the second goal, while his pointed free from the touchline on the restart was sublime.

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Turning point

The two-minute period after the restart that yielded 1-2 for Donegal. It provided them with a cushion that they would never relinquish.

Talking point

National silverware for Donegal but can they deliver on this promise come championship time or will they come up short once more?

Ref watch

With a relatively low free count, Sligo official Marty Duffy went largely unnoticed over the course of the 70 minutes.

What they said

Colm McFadden (Donegal forward):

"It was good to hold out and get

the win. It's good to know in tight games we can hold on and get the victory."

Justin McNulty (Laois manager, right):

"We're disappointed of course but

the guys have shown great character throughout this year. They've conceded sucker punches of goals at times and still come back from them. I think that's a true sign of their resilience."

Match statistics

Attendance: 36,438

Wides: Donegal 11 (7) Laois 8 (4)

Frees: Donegal 14 (6) Laois 16 (11)

Yellow Cards: Donegal 4 (A Hanlon 12, 39; K Cassidy 34, K Rafferty 39, K Lacey 59).

Laois 2 (B Quigley 39, MJ Tierney

40)

Red Card: Donegal A Hanlon 39

What next?

Donegal take on Antrim in Ballybofey in the Ulster SF Championship preliminary round on May 15, while, in the Leinster SF Championship, Laois face Longford on May 22 in Portlaoise.

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