Wednesday 21 February 2018

Game at a glance - Donegal v Armagh

Man of the match

Michael Murphy (Donegal)

Heavily marked when he got anywhere near shooting distance, but the Donegal captain still managed to score five points and never shirked responsibility.

turning point

Michael Murphy's break through the centre for a well-taken point, quickly followed by Paddy McBrearty's score which proved to be the winner.

talking point

Donegal's famed 'system' doesn't appear to be as intimidatingly effective as in former years, so they need to come into the semi-final revitalised to face the Dubs.

Magic moment

The Donegal goal after 22 minutes. Odhran MacNiallais was put in after a nice move involving Neil Gallagher, Anthony Thompson and Paddy McBrearty.

ref watch

Joe McQuillan was lenient with booking only one player for the melee early in the game which also involved backroom staff from both teams. Although he booked six players in total, all from Armagh, he did a reasonable job in a match that was difficult to referee at times.

what they said

Damian Diver (Donegal selector):

"We know the level we can play at, and we didn't come anywhere near that. There were glimpses of it at times, but in general, probably well below par."

Paul Grimley (Armagh manager):

"Devastated about the result, but I'm proud of the way we went out there at the start."

Match statistics


Donegal 16 (5 first half)

Armagh 11 (7)


Donegal 18 (8)

Armagh 12 (5)


Donegal 0

Armagh 6 (A Findon, 10 mins, A Forker 50, S Campbell 54, C Vernon 57, J Clarke 60, K Toner 62)





what's next?

Donegal play Dublin in the semi-final on August 31; Armagh's season is over.

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