2 July 2015 No Comments by The Northern Standard

 A fimiliar foe awaits Monaghan in the Ulster Senior Football Championship Final after Donegal battled past Derry in Clones last Saturday. by COLM SHALVEY

Donegal failed to hit the heights they reached in the wins over Tyrone and Armagh, but they got the job done and Rory Gallagher will be content that they are through to a fifth consecutive provincial final without any of the hype that followed those earlier games.

Donegal were given a scare by Derry, but the only goal by Martin O’Reilly ten minutes into the second half proved decisive. The teams had gone in level at 0-5 apiece at half-time, but O’Reilly’s goal, when he appeared to over-carry while rounding Derry keeper Thomas Mallon after being put through by influential midfielder Neil Gallagher, gave Donegal some breathing space.

The Ulster champions only managed one more point in almost half an hour, however, which allowed Derry to get back into the game, helped by scores from Caolán O’Boyle, Ciarán McFaul and Benny Herron. The door appeared to be opening for Derry in the final ten minutes, but some poor decision-making and even worse loss of discipline hurt them. Black cards for Brendan Rogers and McFaul, ….


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