Donegal emerged as Ulster Under-21 champions, after a deserved victory over Cavan at Brewster Park, Enniskillen last night.
A healthy crowd turned out for this midweek fixture, which was full of energy and enthusiasm. Along with those characteristics, Donegal brought physicality, cuteness, and Michael Murphy.
The senior star finished the night with 1-5 to his credit; a foul on him for a point he converted, two points from play, and a goal just before the half-time whistle demonstrated his class.
Cavan were the better side for the first 15 minutes of the second half, and outscored Donegal three points to one, with Barry Reilly and Brendan Fitzpatrick hitting points from play. But just as it appeared Cavan might complete their comeback, Donegal landed a goal and a point from Dermot Molloy. The point came from play, and when Cavan failed to deal with a long ball into the square, Molloy made the best of the confusion to stab home.
Cavan battled hard right up to the final whistle, but Donegal were never going to lose so much ground.
Donegal: P Boyle, E Doherty, C Boyle, McGrath, Walsh, McKinley, Classon, Mulhern, Curran, McHugh, McLoone, Molloy, Caroll, Murphy, McLaughlin Subs: McFadden (for Caroll 43), McNeillis (for McLaughlin 48), S O'Kennedy (for McKinley 48), Murphy (for Curran 58).
Cavan: M Smith, Carroll, Dunne, Tighe, Graham, McEnroe, Reilly, McKiernan, Gibney, N Smith, McDermott, B Reilly, Fitzpatrick, McKiernan, McClarey Subs: Minagh (for Reilly 40), Maloney Derham (for McClarey 40), Murray (for Carroll 46).