Sunday 26 January 2020

Ward goal too much for Derry

Donegal 1-10 Derry 0-8

Donegal's Michael Langan surges ahead of Derry's Conor McAtamney. Photo: Sportsfile
Donegal's Michael Langan surges ahead of Derry's Conor McAtamney. Photo: Sportsfile

Donegal topped Section A and qualified for a McKenna Cup semi-final meeting with Monaghan after a five-point win at Celtic Park.

Both sides made a raft of changes but it was Donegal who settled best. The first half was one to forget, with Donegal leading 0-4 to 0-2 at the break before the game sparked into life somewhat.

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Caolan Ward's 56th-minute goal was the key score of the second half as Donegal never looked in any danger.

Michael Langan picked up a second consecutive man of the match with a towering performance from midfield, landing three scores for good measure. The visitors emptied their bench, with Ciarán Diver, Ethan O'Donnell and Andrew McClean all tagging on late scores.

Up next for Donegal is a second meeting with Monaghan, whom they beat by a point last time out.

Scorers - Donegal: C Ward 1-1; M Langan 0-2 (1f); P Mogan 0-2 (1f); D Ó Baoill, E McGettigan, C Diver, A McClean, E O'Donnell 0-1. Derry: R Bell 0-5 (2fs); B McCarron, C McCluskey, E Bradley 0-1.

Derry - O Lynch; C McCluskey, P McGrogan, C Mulholland; C Doherty, C McWilliams, S Downey; E Bradley, C McFaul; D Tallon, N Toner, E Duffy; B McCarron, R Bell, C McAtamney. Subs: C Bradley for N Toner (28), D Cassidy for C McAtamney (47), O Armstrong for B McCarron (52), L McGoldrick for R Dougan (52), O McWilliams for E Duffy (57), P Hagan for O McWilliams (60).

Donegal - M Lynch; C Ward, B McCole, P Brennan; J McKelvey, C O'Donnell, C Morrison; C McGonagle, M Langan; D Ó Baoill, E McHugh, E O'Donnell; P Mogan, M Carroll, E McGettigan. Subs: C Thompson for M Carroll (46), D Clarke for E McGettigan (48), A McClean for E O'Donnell (53), C Diver for E McHugh (58), A Deaney for C Ward (59).

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