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Derry 3-17 Donegal 5-07

By Steven Doherty

Published 22/06/2015

Good goal: Kevin Hinphey
Good goal: Kevin Hinphey

Derry progressed to the Ulster Championship semi-final after defeating Donegal by four points at Celtic Park yesterday.

Tom McLean's team looked to be cruising to a comfortable win leading 1-11 to 1-4 as the interval approached. Midfielder Kevin Hinphey led the way for the home side scoring Derry's goal and a further two points. However, a second goal from Donegal's Kevin Campbell cut the half-time deficit to just four points.

An Alan Grant goal 17 seconds after the restart looked to have given Derry the jolt they needed but, just like the first half, they struggled to get out of second gear.

Impact sub Brendy Douban's fine solo goal stretched Derry's lead to seven points and looked to have won the game on the hour mark. However, two goals in the latter phases from Donegal's best player Enda McDermott took the gloss off the score for the home side, while stoll not quite threatening an upset.

Late points from Grant, Foley and McGuckin steadied the nerves of Derry, who now face Down in the semi-final on Sunday at Owenbeg.

Derry: Daryl McDermott, Michael Warnock, Conor Quinn, Sean McCullagh (captain), Anton Rafferty, Liam Hinphey, Ruairi McCloskey, Kevin Hinphey, Brendan Quigley, Sean McGuigan, Ruairi Convery, Patrick Henry, Jonathan O'Dwyer, Alan Grant, Aaron Kelly.

Subs: Tiernan McCloskey for B Quigley (53), Deaglan Foley for P Henry (55), Brendan Douban for A Kelly (56), Eugene McGuckin for R McCloskey (63), Michael Conway for K Hinphey (67).

Donegal: Paul Burns, Martin McGrath, Brendan Tourish, Jack O'Loughlin, Pauric Doherty, Joe Boyle, Niall Cleary, Danny Cullen (captain), Sean Curran, Stephen Gillespie, Sean McVeigh, Enda McDermott, Kevin Campbell, Ronan McDermott, Bernard Lafferty.

Subs: Donal McLoughlin for N Cleary (7).

Referee: James Clarke (Cavan).

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