June 22, 2024

By Charlie Collins

Cavan 0-12 v 0-13 Donegal

Donegal’s first away sport within the Nationwide League took them to Kingspan Breffni Park to tackle Cavan, who like themselves had began their marketing campaign final week with a powerful away victory over Kildare.

Jim McGuinness rung the modifications as Shaun Patton returned from suspension, Oisín Gallen from damage, Eoghan Ban Gallagher began following his return off the bench final week and Stephen McMenamin and Milford’s Rory O Donnell have been each included within the beginning line-up.

The floodlights have been on for the throw-in and a robust breeze blew largely throughout the pitch however fortunately the rain had cleared. The opposite three video games in Division Two had been accomplished earlier than this one started with wins for Armagh, Fermanagh and Louth which meant that the winners of this one would be a part of Armagh on the prime of the desk on 4 factors going into subsequent week’s free weekend.

The groups shared six factors within the opening ten minutes, Patrick McBrearty with two and Oisín Gallen for Donegal, Padraig Faulkner, Paddy Lynch and James Smith for Cavan, 0-03 apiece. Donegal’s Caolan McGonagle was black carded, reported by linesman Barry Cassidy from Derry for an incident involving Cavan’s Dara McVeety however responded nicely with an excellent level from Oisín Gallen they usually led by one.

After a scoreless interval, Ciaran Thompson from play and Oisín Gallen from an extended vary free added factors and the lead was three. Paddy Lynch transformed a free however Gallen responded once more with one other tremendous level they usually led by three once more, 0-07 to 0-04

Donegal misplaced Eoghan Ban Gallagher with an damage, Mark Curran got here in and Paddy McBrearty added his third level as Donegal led 0-08 to 0-04 at half-time.

After Jamie Brennan had missed a very good probability, Cavan kicked two factors from Dara McVeety and Paddy Lynch after which CIaran Brady fisted a 3rd to depart only one in it, 0-07 to 0-08.

Again got here Donegal with two glorious factors from play by Oisín Gallen and Jeaic McKelvey adopted by a Patrick McBreaty free put Donegal 4 forward once more, 0-11 to 0-07. Sub Caoimhin O Reilly kicked two fast factors, Jamie Brennan replied however factors from Paddy Lynch and James Smith in fast succession left only one between them, 0-12 to 0-11 and arrange a grandstand end.

Oisín Gallen kicked an excellent free to make it a two level sport once more, Paddy Lynch replied within the fifth minute of damage time however the remaining whistle ended a cracker of a sport and a necessary victory for Donegal.

Cavan: Gary O Rourke, Oisin Kiernan, Killian Brady, Jason McLaughlin, James Smith (0-01), Niall Carolan, Padraig Faulkner (0-01), Killian Clarke, Ryan Donohoe, Ciaran Brady, Dara McVeety (0-01), Gerard Smith, Paddy Lynch (0-05), Ryan O Neill, Tiernan Madden. Subs: James Galligan for Donohue (h/t), Ryan Brady and Caoimhin O Reilly (0-02), for O Neill and Madden (52mins), Cormac O Reilly (0-01), for Galligan (65 minutes), Cian Madden for Kiernan (70mins).

Donegal: Shaun Patton, Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Brendan McCole, Domhnall McGiolla Bhride, Ryan McHugh, Caolan McGonagle, Stephen McMenamin, Ciaran Thompson (0-01), Daire O Baoill, Rory O Donnell, Odhran Doherty, Shane O Donnell, Patrick McBrearty (0-04), Oisin Gallen (0-06), Jamie Brennan (0-01). Subs: Mark Curran for Gallagher (34mins), Oisín Caulfield and Micheal Langan for Shane O Donnell and Rory O Donnell (h/t), Jeaic McKelvey (0-01) for Mc Giolla Bhride (41mins), Luke McGlynn for Brennan (70mins).

Referee: Sean Lonergan (Tipperary).

Donegal maintain on for victory in opposition to Cavan in Nationwide League was final modified: February 4th, 2024 by Workers Author