With their best performance under Rory Gallagher, Donegal almost certainly guaranteed their Division One status with a 10 point win over Tyrone.
They won 1-13 to 0-6 and mathematically they can be caught, if they lose their last game against Mayo, but it would take some strange results. Indeed, a win in Mayo will put them in with a great chance of making the League semi-finals.
At the moment Donegal are on six points along with Kerry and Mayo, while Tyrone are on four. Derry are now relegated after losing to Dublin on Satgurday night.
Donegal have a scoring average of +8; Mayo are on +3 with Kerry on -11 and Mayo back on -14. Tyrone host Kerry in their final game.
Yesterday in front of 8,500 in MacCumhaill Park, Donegal were far too good for a Tyrone side that laboured. It was a significant marker ahead of their championship clash on May 17th, although all in the Donegal camp were keen to play that down.
Donegal captain Michael Murphy praised his teammates for the display.
“A lot of lads stood up and showed a lot of character today,” Murphy added. “They really put their shoulder to the wheel there. That’s important because you just can’t turn it on in seven weeks’ time.
“We needed to be showing some form and there was some glimpse of it there today.
“The margin was very flattering if anything. We had a bit of a purple patch in the first half where we scored a few back-to-back,” said Murphy.
Elsewhere yesterday Monaghan pulled off a shock result, winning away to Kerry while Cork booked their place in the league semi-finals with a narrow win over Mayo.