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Donegal 0-08 St Mary's 2-06

By Chris McNulty

Published 11/01/2016

Man with plan: Paddy Tally plotted Donegal’s downfall
Man with plan: Paddy Tally plotted Donegal’s downfall

St Mary's College stunned Donegal as Ryan Johnston's late goal helped fire Paddy Tally's students to a deserved win. Donegal were left to rue a glut of missed chances at the start of the second half and the sending off of Paddy McGrath, for a second yellow card in the 52nd minute, didn't help their cause a great deal either.

St Mary's rattled in an early goal when Jack Grogan wrong-footed full-back Eamonn Doherty in the 7th minute before firing to the Tir Chonaill net.

But it was the way they finished the afternoon that caught the eye for Tally's Sigerson hopefuls. Four minutes from time, a blistering break caught Donegal out and Johnston showed the rearguard a clean pair of heels before riffling powerfully past Danny Rodgers.

Patrick McBride and Conall McCann hit late points to put a gloss on the scoreline and confirm the win.

"I was just happy to get on and even happier to be able to make a difference to the match," Johnstone said. "I happened to be in the right place at the right time."

Donegal: D Rogders; S McMenamin, E Doherty, P McGrath; J O'Brien, C Ward, E Gallagher; M Carroll (0-1), H McFadden; M O'Reilly, F McGlynn, C Thompson; E McHugh (0-1), O Mac Niallais (0-6, 3f), L McLoone. Subs: M Murphy for McFadden (half-time), N McGee for Doherty (half-time), S McBrearty for O'Brien (half-time), C Morrison for Carroll (67).

St Mary's College: R Burns; A McKay, P McAleer, C McCooey; K McKernan, N McParland, H Loughran; P Carragher, D McBride; C Meyler, C McCann (0-1), A McGarrity (0-1); C Mac Iomhár, J Grogan (1-1), A Nugent. Subs: P McBride (0-1) for Meyler (22), M Fitzpatrick for Nugent (43), R Johnstone (1-2) for Mac Iomhár (44), D Kavanagh for Grogan (49), C Byrne for McGarrity (52), C Corrigan for McCooey (black card, 66).

Referee: D Mullan (Derry).


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