Classy Down do a demolition job on Donegal
Donegal 0-10, Down1-31
In hurling, there is no substitute for class and superior Down had it in abundance against a decimated Donegal side in yesterday's Ulster hurling championship quarter-final at Clones.
Down were operating in a higher division but it took at least 20 minutes for this to become apparent.
Down settled quickly into their stride with an early number of points from midfielder Scott Nicholson as they led by 0-4 to 0-1 after just five minutes.
That signalled a flurry of scores from both sides as Donegal hit back through Ciaran Matthewson, Paddy Hannigan and Paul Sheridan.
The exchanges were fairly even for the opening quarter as Down led by a mere point 0-6 to 0-5.
But the Down men gradually put daylight between the sides through Nicholson.
And when midfielder Ryan Brannigan struck a fine goal, the winners had cantered to a 1-16 to 0-7 lead.
The second half was a complete canter for Down and Nicholson tossed over some superb long range points for the winners.
Down: S Keith; M Conlan, P Flynn, M Hughes; B Nicholson, C Woods (0-2), P Hughes (0-1) S Nicholson (0-7), R Brannigan (1-1) S Dineen (0-3), M Ennis (0-1) C O'Prey (0-2); M Turley (0-5), J McCusker (0-6), J Coyle (0-3). Subs: C Hughes for M Conlan (39), F Conway for R Brannigan (54), M McGee for C O'Prey (57).
Yellow cards: P Hughes (24)
Donegal: P Burns, M McGrath, J Browne, B Tourish; J Donnelly, J Boyle, S Gallen,; P Sheridan (0-1), R McDermott; C Matthewson (0-5,1f), P Hannigan (0-1) S McVeigh (0-1);M McGee (0-1) E Organ, C Kilgannon (0-1). Subs: Chris Kilgannon for M McGee(h-time) S Gillespie for S McVeigh (53), D Lafferty for P Burns (58),
Yellow cards: P Hannigan (37) Ciaran Kilgannon (45),
Referee: C Cunning (Antrim).