Donegal's path to All-Ireland semi-final

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ULSTER QUARTER-FINAL

Sunday 29th May - Corrigan Park, Belfast

Donegal 2-11 . . . . . . . . . Antrim 2-7

In a frenetic second half, Donegal suffered the loss of Eoghan McGettigan (to a red card) and Jason McGee and Seaghan Ferry to black cards, but still came through thanks to a wonderful display from man of the match, Niall O’Donnell, who finished the game with a personal tally of 2-5, all from play.

O'Donnell struck for two goals within two minutes with ten minutes to go tu turn the game in Donegal's favour.

Donegal: Gavin Mulreany; Seaghan Ferry (0-1), Aaron McCrea, Mark Curran; Odhran Shiels, JD Boyle, Aidan McLaughlin (0-1); Jason McGee (0-1,f), Kieran Gallagher (0-1); Nathan Boyle, Niall O’Donnell (2-5), Enda McCormick; Odhran Ferry McFadden, Eoghan McGettigan, Peadar Mogan (0-2,1f). Subs., Shane McGrath for J McGee black 35; Brian O’Donnell for McCormick 48; Ryan Connors for Ferry McFadden black 53.

ULSTER SEMI-FINAL

Saturday 25th June - Kingspan Breffni Park

Donegal 3-15 . . . . . . . Monaghan 2-12

In a very entertaining Ulster Minor Championship semi-final, the Tirconaill boys saw off off a gritty Monaghan side, who reduced an eight point margin to two in the second half.

Donegal led by 2-7 to 0-5 at the break after their midfield pairing of Jason McGee and especially Kieran Gallagher dominated the opening half. But Monaghan thundered back into the game in the second half and on three occasions the margin was down to two points before Donegal pulled away, hitting the final four points of the game.

Donegal: Gavin Mulreany; Seaghan Ferry, Aaron McCrea, Mark Curran; Odhran Shiels (0-1), JD Boyle (0-1), Aidan McLaughlin (0-2); Jason McGee (1-2), Kieran Gallagher (0-1); Nathan Boyle, Niall O'Donnell (0-4,3f), Odhran McFadden-Ferry (1-0); Peadar Mogan, Eoghan McGettigan (1-2,1f), Shane McGrath (0-1). Subs., Brian O'Donnell for Mogan, bcard 40; Gary Molloy (0-1) for JD Boyle 53; Stephen Carr fror McFadden-Ferry 61; Ryan Connors for K Gallagher 62.

ULSTER FINAL

Sunday, 17th July - St. Tiernach's Park, Clones

Donegal 2-10 . . . . . . . . . Derry 1-11

It took the leadership of Niall O'Donnell to get Donegal victory in a game that they didn't play anywhere near their best.

In the end it took two great goals - one in either half - that made the difference, while Derry kept chipping away and a late Derry goal made for a nervy finish for the Tir Chonaill lads.

Donegal: Gavin Mulreany; Seaghan Ferry, Aaron McCrea, Mark Curran; Odhran Shiels, JD Boyle (1-0), Aidan McLaughlin; Jason McGee (0-1), Kieran Gallagher (0-1); Nathan Boyle (1-0), Niall O'Donnell (0-4,2f), Odhran McFadden/Ferry (0-1); Peadar Mogan (0-1), Eoghan McGettigan (0-2), Enda McCormick. Subs., Shane McGrath for McCormick 47; Brian O'Donnell for S Ferry 55; Stephen Carr for N Boyle 58; Aaron Deeney for JD Boyle 74.

ALL-IRELAND QUARTER-FINAL

Saturday, 6th August - Croke Park

Donegal 2-13 . . . . . . . . Cork 0-13

Donegal produced a wonderful second half display to get the better of Cork in the All Ireland Minor quarter-final at Croke Park

Trailing by four points at half time, Donegal were a completely different outfit after the break and hit 1-10 to Cork’s three points to ease to victory.

Donegal: Gavin Mulreany; Seaghan Ferry, Aaron McCrea, Mark Curran; Odhrán Shiels, JD Boyle, Aidan McLaughlin (0-2); Jason McGee (1-0), Kieran Gallagher; Nathan Boyle, Niall O’Donnell (0-5, 4f), Enda McCormick (0-2); Peadar Mogan (0-3 all frees), Eoghan McGettigan (0-1), Odhrán McFadden-Ferry. Subs: Aaron Deeney for McCrea (30 +6), Shane McGrath (1-0) for Shiels (half time), Brian O’Donnell for JD Boyle (53), Gary Molloy for McFadden-Ferry (63).