Donegal breeze past Armagh into Ulster Football Final

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Donegal had little problem beating Armagh in Kingspan Breffni Park this afternoon as they dominated from the throw-in leaving the game effectively over at-half time.

The tone was set right from the off in this one as Michael Langan won the throw in and ran threw the Armagh defence to open the scoring. Eoin Bán Gallagher followed this up with a good score before 2 Rian O’ Neill frees levelled the scoring. It was one-way traffic from here though as Donegal kicked the next 8 points to leave it at 10 points to 2. Backed by a strong breeze, Jamie Brennan, Peadar Mogan, Caelan McGonnagall (2), Hugh McFadden Ryan McHugh, Niall O Donnell (2) provided the scores. Rian O’ Neill kicked a much needed free from Armagh, but it did little to slow down Donegal who dominated on Armagh’s kickouts. Peadar Mogan scored an excellent individual goal off his left foot before Langan and McHugh pointed for Donegal to leave the score at 1-12 to 0-3 at half.

Armagh started the second half with a converted free and 45 from O’Neill. But Ciaran Thompson replied with two frees of his own. From here Donegal kept Armagh at arms-length and it took until 12 minutes into the 2nd half before Jamie Clarke kicked Armagh’s first score from play. The score was 1-16 to 0-6 at the second water break. The game petered out from here as Donegal kept the scoreboard ticking over. Peadar Mogan was outstanding for Donegal, scoring 1-2 from wing-back. Declan Bonner’s men eventually ran out as 12-point winners.

Few would have seen such a one-sided match playing out beforehand and Keiran McGeeney’s poor record in the Ulster Championship has been Armagh’s downfall once again. Donegal will play Down or Cavan in the Ulster Final on November 22nd.

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