Donegal are back in the Andrew O’Neill Cup final (U-21C All-Ireland) hurling final following Saturday’s semi-final victory over Louth.
Donegal 4-11 . . . .. Louth 1-13
They will now meet the winners of Fermanagh and Sligo, who play in the second semi-final next Friday night.
In Saturday’s game in Dunleer, Louth, Donegal came from five points down at half-time after playing against a very strong wind in the opening 30 minutes.
Louth led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time after the locals blitzed Donegal early on. But Donegal settled and were still in the game at the interval.
“We played against a strong wind in the first half and the grass was long and the pitch was tight and it took us a while to get going,” said Donegal manager, Tom Hennessy
“But we really took off in the second half and in the last we 20 minutes we took complete control and played as good as hurling as ever played by any Donegal ide.
“It is no more than the lads deserve because they have given a big commitment and they are looking forward to defending the title now against either Fermanagh or Sligo.”
Sam Doherty (2), Paul Nelson and Matt Ahern scored the goals as Donegal turned a six point half-time deficit around to win by seven points.
This was a good victory for Donegal, who defeated Tyrone in the quarter-final. They lined out with influential Eddie Lynch, due to a family bereavement.
The final has been fixed for July 23rd with the venue to be decided after Friday night’s meeting of Fermanagh and Sligo.
Donegal: Dylan Lafferty; Conor Griffin, Donal MacLochlainn, Ciaran Rami; Sean Anderson, Jack O’Loughlin (0-2), Sam Doherty (2-1); Stephen Doherty, Justin McBride; Conor O’Grady (0-1), Sean Curran, Aaron McCauley (0-5); Conor Grant, Paul Nelson (1-1), Matt Ahern (1-1). Subs: Darragh McGrath for S Curran; Tommy Gillespie for C Grant; Tom Clare for J McBride.