Monday 21 August 2017

Mullan leads the charge as Derry trample all over Donegal

Derry 4-16 Donegal 2-6 Ulster MHC semi-finals

Dual star Richie Mullan top scored for the Oakleaf county, amassing 1-9 over the hour. Photo: Sportsfile
Dual star Richie Mullan top scored for the Oakleaf county, amassing 1-9 over the hour. Photo: Sportsfile

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Derry progressed to the Ulster Minor hurling final on the back of a convincing 16-point win over Donegal at Celtic Park.

Dual star Richie Mullan top scored for the Oakleaf county, amassing 1-9 over the hour, while Tiarnan McHugh, with two, and captain Tim Rankin also found the back of the net for the victors.

Liam Hinphey's young side will meet favourites and reigning champions Antrim in this year's provincial final on Sunday.

Derry scorched to a 1-5 to no score lead after just nine minutes as Fintan Bradley and Mullan helped themselves to a brace of points apiece before captain Rankin squirted home the first goal past Donegal's Ciaran Bradley.

Back to back McHugh goals extended the Derry lead to 3-7 to 0-5, before a Ben Doherty's goal on the stroke of half-time left Donegal trailing 3-8 to 1-5 at the break.

Jordan Barr's green flag soon after the restart offered hope to the Tír Chonaıll county, but stung into retaliation, Derry hit the next eight consecutive scores to snuff out any residual Donegal hopes.

Scorers - Derry: R Mullan 1-9 (0-8f), T McHugh 2-0, T Rankin 1-1, Declan Quinn 0-3 (1f), F Bradley, C McAlinden, E O'Kane 0-1 each. Donegal: S Anderson 0-4 (4f), Ben Doherty 1-1, J Barr 1-0, K Brady 0-1

Derry - S Kelly; R Corey, T Walsh, R Rafferty; M McEldowney, R Mullan, C McAlinden; R McSorley, T Rankin; F Bradley, E O'Kane, C Campbell; Declan Quinn, T McHugh, C Donnelly. Subs: Martin Quinn for C Campbell (half-time), N Moore for R McSorley (51), C Henry for C Donnelly (53), R Scullion for M McEldowney (56), C Murray for T McHugh (56)

Donegal - C Bradley, C Gallagher, F McLaughlin, Cathair Doherty, C Finn, Donal Doherty, R Hilferty, C McDermott, Ben Doherty, S Anderson, A Craig, T Harnett, K Brady, C Randles, J Barr. Subs: C McGlynn for K Brady (half-time)

Ref - C Canning (Antrim)

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