Donegal down Armagh youngsters

Donegal 3-16 Armagh 1-6

A youthful Armagh side were put to the sword in Ballybofey, with the more experienced hosts cruising home.

Barry O’Hagan’s side had bright periods, but Donegal were convincing winners by the end of the game.

Donegal got off to the best possible start in Ballybofey when roaming midfield Michael Langan ramped home a goal inside two minutes.

The hosts added to their lead with centre half back Jeaic Mac Ceallabhui along with Aaron Doherty slotting over.

Armagh eventually opened their account through Joe Sheridan, who split the posts after claiming a mark.

A youthful Armagh side were put to the sword in Ballybofey, with the more experienced hosts cruising home.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns

Luke McKeever, a late replacement for Sean McCarthy, added a second for the Orchard County moments later.

Donegal grabbed a second major, this time coming through Kevin McGettigan, after a prolonged period of patient play.

Armagh shot back into contention almost instantly. A long ball in by Patrick Carr was punched to the net by McKeever.

Langan and Patrick McBrearty (free) stretched Donegal’s lead as Callum O’Neill swapped scores with Langan.

The Donegal midfield brought his tally to 1-3 for the half as the home side led at the break, 2-6 to 1-3.

A youthful Armagh side were put to the sword in Ballybofey, with the more experienced hosts cruising home.
Photo Credit: Finbar Burns

Donegal powered ahead in the second period with their substitute bench making a major impact.

Oisin Gallen, top scorer for his side after coming in at half time, punched home a goal after 35 seconds.

Caolan McGonigle traded scores with Brendan O’Hagan (free) while Donegal rattled off six on the bounce.

O’Hagan, Armagh’s only scorer of the second half, slotted over two frees but Donegal hit the final three points of the game.

Armagh: Rhys Stevens, Cathal Agnew, Sam McClarnon, Conor Magennis, Emmet Magee, Luke McKeever 1-1, Joe Sheridan 0-1 (1m), Tadgh Grimley, Patrick Carr, Sean Conlon, Brendan O’Hagan 0-3 (3f), Callum O’Neill 0-1, Cianan Campbell, Daniel Magee, Michael McConville. Subs: Fergal O’Brien for P. Carr, Blaine Hughes for R. Stevens, Tomas Galvin for C. Campbell.

Donegal: Shaun Patton, Finnbarr Roarty, Brendan McCole, Kevin McGettigan 1-0, Ryan McHugh 0-1, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhui 0-1, Ciaran Moore, Jason McGee, Michael Langan 1-4, Oisin Caulfield, Ciaran Thompson, Daire O’Baoill, Aaron Doherty 0-1, Patrick McBrearty 0-2 (2f), Senan Carr. Subs used: Daithi Robers, Stephen McMenamin, Caolan McGonagle, Oisin Gallen 1-5 (1f), John Ross Molloy, Peadar Mogan 0-1, Rory O’Donnell, Shane O’Donnell, Odhran Doherty 0-1, Jamie Brennan, Donal McBride.

Attendance 3,825