Action from Saturday's tie at O'Donnell Park, Letterkenny. Photo: Geraldine Diver.
Dazzling Donegal scored a magnificent and thoroughly deserved victory over Armagh in one of their greatest ever displays at O’Donnell Park, Letterkenny on Saturday.
Superbly led by team captain Danny Cullen, the winners were never in any real trouble against a lethargic looking Orchard County.
The outstanding Davin Flynn hit the crucial score of this encounter, a rocketed goal, a mere 16 seconds into the second half to put the winners into a 1-10 to 0-6 lead-having led by 0-10 to 0-6 at the interval.
Armagh had no answers to the silken skills of the ex-Tipperary Intermediate star who finished with a tally of 1-5.
Ex-Orchard star Declan Coulter was also a major factor in this memorable win for Donegal who had not beaten Armagh in 16 years.
But in truth, this was one of the most complete displays ever delivered by a Donegal hurling team.
And this victory should give them confidence for some tough tests that lie ahead in this hotly contested competition.