Donegal successfully clinched their first Ulster Championship in nineteen years this afternoon, beating Derry 1-11 to 0-08 points in Clones.
The sides were level at the break having scored 0-5 apiece, with Derry clawing back a three-point deficit through a couple of good points. It was certainly all to play for in the next 35 minutes of football.
However, hope of a comeback was short lived for Derry supporters as Donegal captain Michael Murphy scored the only goal of the game at the start of the second half, converting a somewhat controversial penalty, having been fouled by Derry goalkeeper Danny Devlin.
Derry, clearly missing a spark in the absence of the injured Bradley brothers, just couldn’t muster up the firepower needed to rescue the game.
Derry are now faced with a tough qualifier against an in-form Kildare side in six days time.
On the last occasion the men from the north-west won the Anglo-Celt Cup, they went on to secure the county’s one and only All-Ireland triumph in September of 1992. A good omen for Donegal as they march on into the All-Ireland quarter finals.