Inspired by creator-in-chief Michael Murphy, the home side never looked in trouble as they extended their unbeaten sequence in Ballybofey that dates back to 2010. Murphy pulled all the strings through the middle with clever direction of the play throughout. Donegal got a firm first half platform and while they dipped before half-time and again entering the last quarter, they finished strong with Patrick McBrearty finally getting free to score four points and substitute Cian Mulligan grabbing a goal. Cavan had started well and led by 0-3 to 0-1 by the seventh minute but with a series of long range scores Donegal edged ahead by 0-4 to 0-3 on 13 minutes. Killian Clarke's run for Caoimhin O'Reilly's goal should have been halted at source but the Shercock man was allowed to gather momentum and slipped a perfect pass to his colleague for a 1-3 to 0-4 lead on 15 minutes. But Donegal stepped it up after that with Murphy, Michael Langan and Ciaran Thompson sending over superb points from … [Read more...] about Donegal far too good for Cavan with Michael Murphy the chief tormentor
By John Haughey at MacCumhaill Park BBC Sport NI 13 May From the section Gaelic Games Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/gaelic-games/44085890 Read more about sharing. Ulster Championship first round: Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15Donegal scorers: M Murphy 0-6, P McBrearty 0-4, R McHugh 1-0, C Mulligan 1-0, M Langan 0-3, C Thompson 0-3, J Brennan 0-2, C Ward 0-1, L McLoone 0-1Cavan scorers: G McKiernan 0-7, C O'Reilly 1-3, C Mackey 0-2, N Murray 0-1, B Magee 0-1, A Cole 0-1Donegal set up an Ulster SFC quarter-final against Derry as they proved far too strong for Cavan in a low-intensity preliminary-round opener at Ballybofey.Caoimhin O'Reilly's goal put Cavan 1-3 to 0-4 up but Ryan McHugh flicked in a Donegal three-pointer as they led 1-10 to 1-6 at half-time.Six unanswered Donegal points after the … [Read more...] about Ulster SFC preliminary round: Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15
Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary roundDonegal v Cavan ***** WELCOME to this year’s cabaret. Everything you’ve seen, heard and read suggests that it will be different. A feast of attacking expressionism rather than defensive repression. But will it really? Donegal and Cavan are the ones standing before a blank canvas with the artistic licence to do as they please. But like a Scrabble board, if the two sides decide to shut it down from the start then it could be a very slow and tactical summer on the whole. Take the 2014 season as recent evidence that the sprightly trends of League do not necessarily becomes the trends of Championship. That was a wonderfully open spring but the summer lungs never aired their capacity, producing a constricted version of what had gone before and ending with a drab All-Ireland final between Donegal and Kerry. Ulster football took a battering last winter when Tyrone and Monaghan, its two best, collapsed so limply at the feet of the … [Read more...] about GAA: Donegal v Cavan: a new feast of attacking expressionism or the old defensive repression?
BEFORE you leave you make sure the kitbag’s in the boot, because you know you’ll be needing it before you’re back home again. The gym might get a visit before work, but after work it’s straight to training, maybe picking up a few along the way, maybe it’s one of the other fellas’ turns to lift you. You run, you do the drills, you go home, you recover, you do it all again. The team gets called out and you’ll have a number higher than 15 on your back. Again. What keeps you going? It’s a fair question, one Eamonn Doherty wonders about, one he’s asked himself. The Letterkenny man was first called into the Donegal panel in 2011 by then-manager Jim McGuinness, a year after playing a key role in the U21 team McGuinness had led to the All-Ireland final. His stay was brief and he wasn’t part of the Sam Maguire-winning squad the following year. That was the panel he came into for the 2013 season. “I’m going in the year after … [Read more...] about Donegal’s Eamonn Doherty glad he stuck it out with Tir Chonnail
11 May From the section Gaelic Games Share this with Digg Facebook Google LinkedIn Reddit StumbleUpon Twitter Copy this link http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/gaelic-games/44085890 Read more about sharing. Ulster Senior Football Championship preliminary round: Donegal v CavanDate: Sunday 13 May Venue: MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey Throw-in: 16:00 BSTCoverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio Ulster MW and the BBC Sport website. Deferred coverage of entire game on BBC Two NI 19:00Cavan have named four championship debutants for Sunday's Ulster SFC opener against Donegal at Ballybofey.With injury doubts Dara McVeety and Seanie Johnston not starting, Bryan Magee, Oisin Kiernan, Conor Bradley and Enda Flanagan are selected in attack.Skipper McVeety tore a hamstring in the Division Two final on 1 April.Donegal appear close to full strength with key forwards Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy both … [Read more...] about Ulster SFC: Cavan name four debutants for Donegal preliminary-round tie