Donegal had to come from behind to beat Armagh in Ballybofey and secure their Division One status for another season. The defeat consigned the Orchard county to the second tier for 2013.
Armagh can count themselves a little unlucky, as they looked to have the game won,and but for Jamie Clarke hitting the post late on they could have secured a draw. Indeed the visitors made the stronger opening to the game and led by 0-7 to 0-5 at the interval. The Donegal defence was very strong on the day and managed to hold the visitors attack to just a single point from play.
The Orchard County had to depend on getting their scores from placed balls, and with Michael Stevenson in top form they held their own for much of the contest. However, to their credit, Donegal appeared to want the win just that little bit more and they staged a fine second half comeback. Colm McFadden, Adrian Hanlon and Rory Kavanagh led the way after the break as Jim McGuinness saw his men step up a gear.
It was a difficult league campaign for both these sides, but Donegal just did enough to eke out the points and retain their top flight status for another season.
Donegal – P Durcan, F McGlynn (0-01), E McGee, Declan Walsh, A Thompson, K Lacey, L McLoone (0-01), D McLaughlin, N Gallagher, M McHugh (0-01), R Bradley, R Kavanagh (0-02), D Walsh, C McFadden (0-05, 0-02f), M McElhinney (0-01).
Subs used: D Molloy (0-01) for McLaughlin (28 mins), P McBrearty for McElhinney (31), M O’Reilly for McGee (59), S Griffin for McBrearty (68), A Hanlon (0-1) for McLoone (70).
Armagh – P McEvoy, A Mallon, B Donaghy (0-01), D McKenna, P Duffy, C McKeever (0-01), F Moriarty, A Kernan, C Vernon, B Mallon (0-01), J Clarke, A Duffy, M Stevenson (0-07, 0-07f), C Rafferty, K Dyas
Subs used: T Kernan for P Duffy (half-time), M O’Rourke for Mallon (45 mins), J Lavery for Moriarty (59), J Kingham for T Kernan (69).
Referee: Cormac Reilly (Meath)