Donegal U-17s have it easy against Fermanagh
As part of the double header in Ballyshannon on Saturday, the Donegal U-17s completed the double against Fermanagh.
Donegal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-13
Fermanagh . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 0-4
The talented Michael Gallagher from Killybegs was the scoring star with six points in what was a good start to the campaign.
The U-17 competition runs in tandem with the Ulster Minor League and prior to the U-17 game, the minors had also defeated Fermanagh.
Like the minors, the U-17s will take on Tyrone next and that will be tougher for Brian McGeehin's side, as Tyrone had a big 7-24 to 1-3 win over Antrim.
A strong wind made for a difficult game for both sides in Munday's Field, Ballyshannon. Donegal led 0-5 to 0-3 at half-time with points from Gallagher, Thomas McGowan, Aaron Deeney and Ryan McMahon.
In the second half Gallagher added four more while there were scores also for Michael McGroary, Shane Gillespie and Thomas McGowan.
There were two late sendings off after a bit of a melee broke out with Donegal’s Brian Whyte and Sean Cassidy of Fermanagh receiving their matching orders.
Donegal: Sean Taylor (Aodh Ruadh); Aaron Deeney (St Eunan’s 0-1), Darragh Byrne (Naomh Ultan), Ryan McMahon (Milford 0-1); Michael McGroary (St Eunan’s 0-2), Paul Murphy (Bundoran), Luke Devlin (Urris); James Breslin (N Padraig, Muff), Shaun Gorrell (Killybegs); Michael Gallagher (Killybegs 0-6, 5f), Thomas McGowan (Four Masters 0-2, 1’45’), Cian McEniff (Bundoran); Karl McGlynn (Glenfin), Shaun McGee (Dungloe), Shane Gillespie (Kilcar 0-1). Subs: Brian Whyte (Ardara), Paddy Gallagher (Ardara), Johnny Sweeney for Devlin, Breslin and McGee (half-time); Danny Walsh (Ardara) for McGlynn (44), Matthew McGovern (St Eunan’s) for McGloin (48), Ronan Docherty (Milford) and Barry Gallagher (Termon) for Gillespie and Gorrell (54), Niall Hannigan (St Eunan’s) for McGowan (56).
Fermanagh: David McKenna; Conor McDermott, James McQuaid, Sean Cassidy; Ben McCann, Paddy Maguire, Aidy McKenna (0-1); Odhran McCarney, Pol McKirney (0-1); Kevin Smyth, Ryan Breen, Colm McNally; Callum Jones (0-1), Gareth Deery (0-1), Fergal McGovern. Subs: James Boyle for Maguire (23, black card), Nathan Hughes for Jones (39), Jack Love for Breen (41), Callum Jones for Smyth (50).
Referee: Karol Doherty (Antrim).