Super 8’s: Donegal reign supreme over Royals in 2-19 to 1-13 win

Donegal 2-19 Meath 1-13

Donegal put this game to bed in the final 15 minutes with a devastating 1-06 without reply. The game was level on 58 minutes 1-13 apiece but Declan Bonner’s men stepped up the gears with Michael Murphy and Paddy McBrearty outstanding for the hosts.

It was 0-05 to 0-04 after 10 minutes of play. Cillian O’Sullivan and Jamie Brennan traded the opening scores, but McBrearty and Murphy pointed to put the Tir Chonaill men into a 2 point lead. Jason McGee and Bryan Menton replied before Jamie Brennan edged Donegal ahead. O’Sullivan and Newman registered points for the Royals but Ryan McHugh pushed Donegal ahead by two points once more. James Conlon made it 0-6 to 0-05 with a well-taken score after some good work by Donal Keogan. However, Donegal got a crucial score minutes later as Paddy McBrearty got in behind the Meath defence to finish past Andy Colgan. Niall O’Donnell made it double scores with 27 minutes played. However, Meath to their credit registering points through Newman and McMahon. Michael Murphy and Michael Langan but landed white flags in added time to ensure Donegal went in at the short whistle 5 points clear.

James McEntee got Meath off to a good start on the resumption with a nice point, but they could have had a goal through James Conlon but his effort came back off the post. Meath were denied a goal then when Gavin McCoy was deemed to be in the square. McBrearty kicked a brace for Donegal but Meath would have a penalty minutes later. Donal Keogan the man that was fouled by McHugh, before Newman stepped up and slotted the penalty into the left-hand corner. Bryan McMahon and Menton then kicked quickfire points as Meath ran drew level with 46 minutes on the clock. Darragh Campion knocked over a nice score as Meath went ahead, but from here on Donegal upped the gears and took charge. Jamie Brennan restored Donegal’s lead before Oisin Gallen doubled the gap. McBrearty who put in a man of the match performance knocked a free and a point from play in a couple of minutes. Michael Murphy kicked over a 45 and Gallen finished off the game with Donegal’s second goal of the game in injury time. Next up for Donegal is Kerry in Croke Park where the winner will more than likely progress to an All-Ireland semi-final.

Donegal: Shaun Patton; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Paul Brennan; Ryan McHugh (0-2), Odhrán McFadden Ferry, Eoghan Bán Gallagher; Hugh McFadden, Jason McGee (0-1); Ciaran Thompson, Niall O’Donnell (0-1), Jamie Brennan (0-3); Patrick McBrearty (1-6, 3f), Michael Murphy (0-3, 1 ‘45’), Michael Langan (0-1). Subs: Dáire Ó Baoill for P Brennan (43mins), Eoin McHugh (0-1) for Thompson (48), Oisin Gallen (1-1) for O’Donnell (48), Frank McGlynn for J McGee (60), Eamonn Doherty for O McFadden Ferry (68), Caolan Ward for McMenamin (70)

Meath: Andrew Colgan; Seamus Lavin, Conor McGill, Shane Gallagher; Donal Keogan, Padraic Harnan, Gavin McCoy; Bryan Menton (0-2), Shane McEntee (0-1); Ethan Devine, Bryan McMahon (0-2), James McEntee (0-1); Cillian O’Sullivan (0-2), Michael Newman (1-2, 1 pen, 1f), James Conlon (0-1). Subs: Shane Walsh for Conlon (43mins), Darragh Campion (0-1) for Devine (45), Sean Curran for S Gallagher (57, BC), Graham Reilly for McMahon (62), Adam Flanagan for S McEntee (65), Thomas O’Reilly for C O’Sullivan (69)


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