Mulligan and McFadden the difference as Donegal see off Derry
Donegal 2-16 Derry 0-16
Two goals proved the difference for Donegal in a 2-16 to 0-16 win over Derry in the Ulster football championship this afternoon.
Donegal saw off the challenge of their Ulster rivals at Derry's Celtic Park thanks to goals from Cian Mulligan and Hugh McFadden.
The visitors took a 1-10 to 0-7 lead at half-time, and a further goal and six points in the second half secured victory Donegal, who crashed out of the Ulster championship at the semi-final stage last year.
Donegal were in control for large periods, and their attacking class eventually told, Cian Mulligan putting the result beyond doubt with a goal five minutes from time.
The win means Declan Bonner's men will now face Down in the semi-final of the provincial championship next month.
Derry: B McKinless; P McNeill, B Rogers, K McKaigue; K Johnston, C McKaigue, SL McGoldrick; C McAtamney, M Bateson; P Cassidy, E Bradley (0-08, 5f), P Coney; E Lynn, S McGuigan, M Lynch (0-05, 4f).
Subs: L McGoldrick for SL McGoldrick (h-t), J Doherty for Bateson (h-t), C McWilliams for Rogers (51), N Toner (0-01) for McGuigan (54), J Kielt (0-02) for McAtamney (60), P Hagan for Cassidy (60)
Donegal: S Patton; P McGrath, N McGee, E Ban Gallagher; C Ward, F McGlynn, P Brennan, H McFadden (1-0), L McLoone (0-03); C Thompson, M Langan, R McHugh (0-02); P McBrearty (0-08, 3f), M Murphy (0-02, 1 ’45), J Brennan (0-01).
Subs: S McMenamin for McGee (3), O MacNiallais for Langan (h-t), C Mulligan (1-00) for P Brennan (43), C McGinley for Thompson (49), D O Baoill for McGrath (59), M McHugh for McGlynn (65)
Referee: M Deegan (Laois).