Donegal manager Rory Gallagher may have beaten his native county but it was Fermanagh who left Ballyshannon with a spring in their step yesterday.
A stirring second half performance trimmed Fermanagh’s arrears from eight points down to the minimum, which was enough for Pete McGrath’s side to top Section B of the Dr McKenna Cup on scoring average, and set up a semi-final with Cavan on Wednesday. Donegal looked comfortable at the interval, 0-10 to 0-3 in front, and extended that lead when Frank McGlynn opened the second half scoring. Marty O’Brien finished off a fine move by shooting the opening goal past Paul Durcan on 43 minutes to give the visitors hope. Then, on 56 minutes, Sean Quigley was the goalscorer after Paul McCusker and Declan McCusker were involved in the build-up.
Fermanagh keeper Thomas Treacy was man of the match following four excellent saves.
Scorers for Donegal: M O’Reilly 0-3, 3f; E McHugh, D McLaughlin 0-2; C McGinley, N Gallagher, R Malley, F McGlynn, D Molloy 0-1
Scorers for Fermanagh: Sean Quigley 1-2. 1f; M O’Brien 1-0, R Jones, D Kille, D Kelly 0-1.
DONEGAL: P Durcan; P McGrath, E McGee, Declan Walsh; E McHugh, F McGlynn, C McGinley; M McElhinney, N Gallagher; M McHugh, C Toye, R Malley; D McLaughlin, H McFadden, M O’Reilly.
Subs: D Molloy for N Gallagher (43), M Murphy for H McFadden (40 black card), G McFadden for McLaughlin (58), Eamonn Doherty for Toye (61), C Gallagher for McGlynn (65), C McCaughey for McElhinney (68).
FERMANAGH: T Treacy; C Quigley, J Allen, T Daly; D McCusker, J McMahon, M O’Brien; R O’Callaghan, C Jones; B Mulrone, D McQuade, S McManus; R Jones, Sean Quigley, D Kille.
Subs: R Corrigan, E Donnelly and P McCusker for Kille, O’Callaghan and McManus (half-time), M Jones for Daly (46), D Kelly for C Jones (50), E McManus for McQuade (52).
Referee: Niall McKenna Monaghan