Donegal to face Cork in Qualifiers

QUALIFIERS

Donegal to face Cork in Qualifiers
Peter Campbell sport@donegaldemocrat.com @dgldemocrat

Donegal will play Cork in the Qualifiers after the draw on RTE Radio. Mayo will meet Westmeath in the other Round 3B Qualifier.

In Round 3A Clare will play Roscommon and Derry face Tipperary.

Donegal were in the draw after losing out in the final minutes of the Ulster final in St. Tiernach’s Park, Clones.

With the Donegal minors winning Ulster and down to face Cork in the quarter-final, it is quite possible that there could be a double header for the senior and minors against Cork on Saturday week, 30th July.

AGONISING FINISH IN CLONES

In a tension packed finish, Donegal led by a point as the game entered six minutes of added time. They had a great chance to open the gap to two points, but Colm McFadden, not long on the field, failed to win a great pass from Christy Toye. Tyrone hit back with Sean Cavanagh hitting the leveller and Peter Harte then stepping up to hit a magnificent winner as they ran out 0-13 to 0-11 winners.

It was agonising for Donegal, who had held the lead from midway through the first half. However, in the end they could have few quibbles. Tyrone hit 16 wides over the almost 80 minutes of action, and they had just a little more penetration than Donegal.

However, for any neutrals in the capacity crowd of 33,433, it was not a pretty contest. Both sides had packed defences with at times all the players in one half of the field.

There were a couple of turning points with one big hit on Frank McGlynn with nine minutes of normal time left. Donegal were cutting through the Tyrone defence, but when the ball was turned over, Sean Cavanagh hit a levelling point for Tyrone to leave it 0-9 each.

Donegal were turned over on a number of occasions in the second half with Ciaran Gillespie losing possession on one occasion in front of the Tyrone posts.

Donegal had taken a three point lead to the dressing rooms (0-7 to 0-4), thanks in the main to three magnificent Ryan McHugh points from distance, but they never looked like getting the required seven points in the second half, and that, in the end, was their downfall.

In the very muggy conditions, Donegal were again slow to use their bench and not for the first time, the re-introduction of a player that was substituted was a talking point among Donegal supporters.

It was not easy for talented players to make an impression and this final will not live long in the memory of the neutral.