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Donegal stay on track for title after Mayo win


Up close: Donegal’s Michael Murphy holds off Shane Nally

Up close: Donegal’s Michael Murphy holds off Shane Nally

Kelvin Boyes / Press Eye

Up close: Donegal’s Michael Murphy holds off Shane Nally

Donegal have the Allianz Football League title very much in their focus following a 1-14 to 1-12 victory over Mayo that leaves them unbeaten in three outings and bolstered by a surge of new-found confidence as they contemplate the remainder of their campaign.

Yesterday it was the twin attacking spearhead of Michael Murphy and Patrick McBrearty that pocketed the lion's share of the points with the former landing 0-5 and McBrearty pilfering 0-4 as Mayo lost for the third time on the trot.

Donegal finished strongly and even though they have teams like Dublin and Kerry still to confront, Rory Gallagher's charges certainly look to be up for the challenge.

Monaghan, though, are finding life difficult in the top bracket.

They turned in a hugely courageous display in going under to Dublin by the narrowest of margins (1-14 to 0-16) but manager Malachy O'Rourke is aware that the threat of relegation still hovers over his side.

Neighbours Cavan, though, caused something of an upset when they beat Meath by 1-20 to 1-13 to keep alive their hopes of making the jump from Division Two.

Cavan now face Armagh in a crunch game next Saturday night when both teams will be desperate to claim the points to avoid becoming involved in a relegation dog-fight.

St Paul's, Bessbrook will now meet St Patrick's College, Maghera in the St Patrick's Day MacRory Cup final following their fine 1-17 to 2-6 win over St Ronan's, Lurgan in Saturday's second semi-final.

Belfast Telegraph