Donegal are still in with a chance of holding on to their Division 2B Allianz National Hurling League status despite yesterday’s away defeat to Wicklow.
They will now face Wicklow the weekend after next in a first round relegation/promotion clash after the two ended their five game campaign at the bottom of the Division 2B table.
Donegal are pointless after their five games while Wicklow registered their first win of the campaign in yesterday’s clash in Aughrim.
As they had done in all their games, Donegal fared well enough in the first half and were only eight points adrift of the locals at half-time and Wicklow led 0-16 to 0-8.
Wicklow pulled away in the second half though Donegal battled to the end and scored nine more points to bring their tally to 17 points and in most games, a respectable scoreline.
“It was another tough lesson for us today. But it was no more than we expected in this division when we started out at the beginning of the year,” said Donegal manager Ardal McDermott.
“Today’s game meant nothing as ourselves and Wicklow were already in the relegation play-off before the game so we used it to try out a few players,” said McDermott.
“We will meet Wicklow again in two weeks at a neutral venue which will make a difference. We left Burt at 7 o’clock this morning so we expect the play-off to be closer, like Cavan or Monaghan.
“We are hoping to have a more settled team for the play-off and that is the focus now over the next two weeks.”
Despite the defeat there were positives for Donegal on Sunday. Marty Callaghan returned from injury for his first outing of the campaign and Jamsie Donnelly also saw his first action of the season when introduced in the second half.