Depleted Donegal rally to clinch win
Donegal 3-15 Fermanagh 3-11
Published 02/05/2016 | 02:30
Donegal overcame the first-half sending off of full-back Justin McGhee to see off Fermanagh in Letterkenny.
A minute before the break, Donegal - without a win all year heading into the game - saw McGhee given his second yellow card and they parted ways trailing Fermanagh 2-5 to 1-6.
But Ardal McDermott's team roared out in the second half to take the win. After the break, Donegal swung the pendulum. Lee Henderson, Bernard Lafferty, Danny Cullen and Paul Sheridan got on the scoresheet before Kevin Campbell found the net.
Sean Corrigan's goal brought Fermanagh back into it, but Ciaran Matthewson replied for the hosts, who held on for their first win of 2016.
Scorers - Donegal: S McVeigh 1-3, L Henderson 0-6 (6f), K Campbell, C Matthewson 1-0 each, B Lafferty 0-2, N Cleary, P Sheridan, D Cullen, R McDermott 0-1 each. Fermanagh: S Corrigan 1-5 (2f), JP McGarry 1-1, R Porteous 1-0, D McGarry 0-2 (1f), R Bogue 0-2 (2f), J Duffy 0-1 (f).
Donegal - P Burns; P Doherty, J McGhee, S Gallen; J O'Loughlin, J Donnelly, N Cleary; P Sheridan, C Mathewson; L Henderson, D Cullen, B Lafferty; R McDermott, P Hannigan, S McVeigh. Subs: K Campbell for Hannigan (46), M Callaghan for Gallen (48), S Doherty for Cleary (63), C Flood for Sheridan (66), P Nelson for Lafferty (68).
Fermanagh - C McGarry; A Breslin, M Teague, O Russell; B Duffy, M Slevin, T Cleary; J Duffy, R Bogue; JP McGarry, D McGarry, C McShea; S Corrigan, R Porteous, C Corrigan. Subs: B McLaughlin for McShea (ht), McShea for Porteous (60), Porteous for Slevin (68).
Ref - Kevin McGeeney (Mayo).