Donegal hold off Laois comeback

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Updated: April 24, 2011

Donegal just about held on to win divison two of the national football league after going down to fourteen men.

Donegal 2-11 0-16 Laois FULL TIME

Match Tracker
70+1min Socking wide by P O’Leary for Laois.
70min Three minutes added time.
69min Stunning shot on goal by Donie Kingston, but the keeper tips it over the bar.
68min Naill Donaher kicks a poor wide for Laois, they will need a goal to win now.
66min Colm Begley gets Laois back to three down.
65min Mark McHugh hits another point for Donegal.
64min Another point for Donegal and a point for Donie Kingston leaves three in it.
63min R Kavanagh gives Donegal a three point lead.
61min Michael Murphy kicks over a free, Donegal needed that to stop the Laois comeback.
60min Donie Kingston kicks a great free, only one in it.
57min Colm Begly leaves only two in, its been a different game since Donegal went down to 14men
52min Paul Cahillan gets Laois back to three.
51min Kingston follows up his point with a poor wide.
50min Donie Kingston gets Laois back to only four down.
46min Nice point from Darran Strong for Laois.
44min Ross Munnelly gets Laois back to within six.
43min Nice point for Laois from play
41min Adrian Hanlon is sent of for Donegal, Michael Murphy scores a point.
36min Stunning point from play by Michael Murphy followed by a McFadden goal, disaster start for Laois.
36min Second half underway
Half time
35min Three minutes injury time.
34min N Donoher kicks a point for Laois to leave them three down.
33min MJ Tieney kicks a free over for Laois.
31min Ryan Bradley kciks a nice point to leave Donegal five points up.
31min Carl Lacy kicks another wide for Donegal.
30min Poor wide from Mark McHugh, Its been a very poor match so far.
29min C McFadden extends the Donegal lead to four points.
27min Typically Ross Munnelly kicks the worst wide of the day.
25min Ross Munnelly kicks the score of the day so far for Laois.
23min N Donoher kicks a wide for Loais who really needed a score.
22min Poor wide from Donegal.
20min C McFadden extends the Donegal lead to four points.
19min Michael Murphy kicks a great penalty.
18min Donegal win a very soft penalty.
17min Mark McHugh kicks a very poor wide for Donegal.
14min John O’Loughlin equalises for Laois.
13min Mark McHugh kicks over a point for Donegal when he really should of kicked a goal.
12min Rory Kavanagh kicks another poor wide for Donegal.
11min Michael Murphy hits a wild shot that goes miles wide.
9min MJ Tierney kicks it wide.
8min Laois win a 45′
5min Two great goal chances for Donegal, but they hit the post.
4min Really nice point from play by Naill Donoher for Laois.
3min Michael Murphy kicks over the black spot.
2min Nearly an early goal for Donegal, but it was well saved by the Laois keeper who knocks it behind for a 45.
1min We are underway with Laois winning the back from the throw in, but they loseit and Donegal are attacking.
0min Its a stunning afternoon in Croke Park, there should be a great atmosphere in the stadium today.

Team News
Donegal (SF v Laois): P Durkan; P McGrath, N McGee, K Lacey; A Thompson, F McFlynn, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh, M McElhinney; M Hegarty, M McHugh, D Molloy; R Bradley, M Murphy, C McFadden.

Laois (Allianz FL v Donegal) – E Culleton; D Booth, K Meaney, M Timmons; D Strong, S Julian, P O’Leary; P Clancy, B Quigley; C Begley, J O’Loughlin, N Donoher; R Munnelly, B Sheehan, MJ Tierney.

Preview
The feature game is preceded by the Division Two Final between Donegal and Laois at 2.00. Both of these sides met in the final round of the regular competition two weeks ago,and Laois emerged with the points on that occasion. There was very little between the teams that afternoon and a similar scenario can be expected this weekend. Originally I was siding with Donegal to win this game but recent reports of injuries within the camp have swayed me towards the Leinster side. Niall McGee and Kevin Cassidy look like missing out for Donegal, while star forward,Michael Murphy has picked up a dead leg and is struggling to be fit. While the latter will most likely make it for Sunday, he will need to be at his very best for this game.

Laois have made excellent progress under Justin McNulty this season, and had looked one of the better teams in Division Two right from the outset. They led the way after their first three matches and were hugely impressive against Derry in Celtic Park. They then lost out narrowly to Kildare in Newbridge and suffered a home defeat to Tyrone. However,they got their season back on track by winning their final two games,and that win over Donegal last time was a huge boost ahead of this weekends final. It is a tough ask for McNulty’s side on Sunday but with the doubts surrounding a number of the Donegal players, I have to give the vote to Laois.

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