Two Donegal panellists will compete in the Sigerson Cup final weekend, which will be hosted this year by Queen’s University Belfast.
Patrick McBrearty and Luke Keaney will try and join a host of Donegal predecessors such as Jim McGuinness, Karl Lacey, Christy Toye and Colm McFadden in winning the third level colleges’ competition.
McBrearty’s NUI Maynooth will take on University College Cork in the semi-final on Friday, February 28, while Keaney, who is with University of Ulster Jordanstown, faces University College Dublin.
McBrearty continued his fine form at Pearse Stadium in Galway on Thursday as NUI Maynooth left it late to book their semi-final berth.
The Kilcar forward was sprung from the bench - kicking three points - on Sunday by McGuinness as Donegal defeated Galway 1-16 to 0-12 in Division Two of the Allianz League.
On Thursday, the 21-year-old was in from the off against Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology in Salthill.
McBrearty kicked 1-3, with the goal arriving on seven minutes from the penalty spot, after he was fouled by GMIT goalkeeper Gavin Shiel.
It was 1-3 to 0-6 at half-time but the hosts missed three very good goal chances to plough ahead.
McBrearty, though, continued on the front foot and saw his team over the line on a 1-10 to 0-9 scoreline.
Footballer of the Year, Dublin’s Michael Darragh Macauley, whose late father Michael was from Lettermacaward, is McBrearty’s most recognisable teammate.
Meanwhile, Keaney from Four Masters played wing-back as UUJ overcame Dublin Institute of Technology 1-9 to 1-6 on Thursday.
UUJ, with Armagh’s Jamie Clarke, Kieran Hughes of Monaghan and Chrissy McKaigue from Derry, are now considered the favourites for the competition.
Keaney’s Four Masters’ teammate Oisin McGinty was part of the Dublin Institute of Technology panel that won last year’s Sigerson, alongside Johnny Gallagher from Aodh Ruadh.
Meanwhile, Letterkenny Institute of Technology are also on their way to Queen’s.
Eamon O’Boyle, the former St Eunan’s manager, saw his team overcome Mary Immaculate College on a 1-13 to 1-8 scoreline in the Trench Cup quarter-final.
LyIT will take on Hope University from Liverpool in their semi-final on Friday week, while St Patrick’s College from Drumcondra face Dundalk IT in the other last four tie.