Down 0-7 Donegal 3-15
Donegal have hammered Down in their National Football League Division 1 opener with a 17-point win in Newry tonight.
While Michael Murphy’s dead ball striking provided Donegal with eight points, young Kilcar duo Ryan McHugh and Patrick McBrearty fired in the second-half goals, two of which were set up by newcomer Ciaran Thompson.
His impressive debut, allied to a good cameo later by Stephen McBrearty, pleased Donegal's manager, Rory Gallagher, who is well aware he needs to inject fresh legs into his set-up.
At the other end of the age spectrum, Neil Gallagher came on while Rory Kavanagh also got 10 minutes in his first appearance since the 2014 All-Ireland final.
Donegal had the game won by half time, leading 0-9 to 0-3 at the interval thanks to six placed balls from Murphy, his sideline point from the 13m line a particular highlight.
Down only managed two points from play in a dismal day for them .
Donal O’Hare’s poorly struck penalty in the 19th minute, at a stage when they trailed 0-4 to 0-2, was easily pushed out by new Donegal ‘keeper Peter Boyle and Down’s challenge withered.