Thursday 8 December 2016

McBrearty the Donegal hero

Donegal 0-14 Derry 2-7

Published 17/03/2016 | 02:30

Niall Toner cancelled out a McBrearty free, but McBrearty won and pointed another to send Donegal into the last four Stock photo: Sportsfile
Niall Toner cancelled out a McBrearty free, but McBrearty won and pointed another to send Donegal into the last four Stock photo: Sportsfile

Stephen McBrearty scored a pair of frees in injury-time to fire Donegal into the Ulster U-21 semi-finals.

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There was high drama in Ballybofey as Derry came back from the dead, with goals by Niall Loughlin and Ruairi McElwee giving them the lead for the first time in the 53rd minute.

Niall Toner cancelled out a McBrearty free, but McBrearty won and pointed another to send Donegal into the last four.

Jamie Brennan arced over three points for the hosts, who led 0-9 to 0-3 at the break. Derry's Meehaul McGrath and Donegal's Stephen McMenamin were sent off after collecting second yellow cards.

Scorers - Donegal: S McBrearty 0-4fs, C McGonagle (2fs), J Brennan 0-3 each, A McClean, C Bonner, C Doherty, C Mulligan 0-1 each. Derry: N Loughlin 1-1 (0-1f), R McElwee 1-0, D Tallon, N Toner 0-2 each, J Donaghy, T O'Brien 0-1 each.

Donegal - D Rogers; J O'Brien, K Gillespie, C Morrison; E Gallagher, C O'Donnell, E McGrath; S McMenamin, C McGonagle; A McClean, S McBrearty, M Carroll; C Doherty, J Brennan, C Bonner. Subs: D Monagle for McGrath (38), C Mulligan for Bonner (38), C Thompson for Doherty (46), N Friel for McClean (51), A McGinley for O'Donnell (55), J Scally for O'Brien (60).

Derry - C McCloy; N Keenan, C McDevitt, O Hegarty; M McEvoy, E McGill, J Rocks; J Bradley, M McGrath; D Tallon, T O'Brien, J Donaghy; N Toner, N Loughlin, P Hagan. Subs: R McElwee for McDevitt (38), C Convery for Donaghy (38), R Lee for McEvoy (42), T McCrossan for McGill (59), E Devine for Bradley (60).

Ref - N McKenna (Monaghan).

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