Gru­gan seals Ar­magh’s win

The Irish Times - Monday - Sport - - Gaelic Games -

A phys­i­cally stronger and more ex­pe­ri­enced Ar­magh side en­joyed a de­served one-point vic­tory over youth­ful Done­gal in a well con­tested Dr McKenna Cup semi-fi­nal in Omagh yes­ter­day.

Cap­tain Rory Gru­gan was the Or­chard hero as he fired the win­ning point with the out­side of the boot in the 69th minute. Done­gal had a late chance for an equaliser in added time but Ryan McHugh lost pos­ses­sion.

Ar­magh played into a strong breeze in the open­ing half and were well worth their half-time lead of 0-9 to 1-5

Done­gal looked lethar­gic, even though they led by 0-4 to 0-1 and by 1-4 to 0-4 at dif­fer­ent stages in the match.

Their goal came in the 24th minute when Niall O’Don­nell and Caolan McGonigle com­bined to set up Ja­son McGee for a palmed goal to the net.

Ar­magh had some fine points from Gru­gan, Ste­fan Camp­bell and the ex­cel­lent Niall Grim­ley. Done­gal’s Jamie Bren­nan, Michael Lan­gan and Ciarán Thomp­son were on tar­get for the losers.

AR­MAGH: BHughes; CMackin, R Kennedy, JMor­gan; MShields, BDon­aghy, AForker; S Sheri­dan, NGrim­ley (0-4, four frees); JHall (0-2), RGru­gan(0-4, three frees), RMcShane; SCamp­bell (0-2), RO’Neill (0-2) JClarke. Subs: GMcCabe for AForker (16 mins), JGru­gan­for SCamp­bell(34), JBurns­for RO’Neill (53) JMcEl­roy for RMcShane (58), CVer­non for JHall (63). DONE­GAL: MAMcGin­ley;CWard,BMcCole,CMor­ri­son;RMcHugh,TMcCle­naghan,M McEl­hin­ney;HMcFad­den. JMcGee(1-1); PBren­nan,NO’Don­nell, CMcGonigle(0-1);C Thomp­son(0-2,1f)MLan­gan(0-2,1f),JBren­nan(0-4,1f).Subs: EDo­her­ty­forCMor­ri­son (h/t) PMo­gan­forTMcCle­naghan,MO’Reil­ly­forNO’Don­nell,OGal­len­forMMcEl­hin­ney(al­l55mins). Ref­eree: PFaloon (Down).

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