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Hanlon seals the deal for Donegal

Donegal 1-13 St Mary’s 0-05

A goal from Adrian Hanlon with eleven minutes left put Donegal on their way to the semi-final in their defence of the Dr McKenna Cup on Saturday night.

In the fog which threatened the completion of the game at one stage, Donegal were on top in the opening half.

St Mary’s could only manage two pointed frees from Kevin Niblock in the opening half but they threatened in the third quarter as they reduced the leeway to just one point with three good points and they held Donegal scoreless for 20 minutes.

But when Colm McFadden pointed and Adrian Hanlon struck for a point and then the only goal of the game on 59 minutes, the home side were able to close out the game with ease. The goal was fashioned by one of Donegal’s better performers David Walsh. Colm McFadden impressed with seven points.

The win ensures that Donegal had another game in the semi-final by virtue that they are the best runners-up. They finished on the same points total as Tyrone but the Red Hand men go through to the other semi-final as winners because of a superior scoring average.

Donegal: L McFadden; C McCarron, N McGee, P McDaid; C Byrne, K Lacey, E Waide; N Gallagher, E Kelly; F McNulty, C Gallagher, D Gallagher (0-4); D Walsh, C McFadden (0-7,4f), R Wherity. Subs: G Concarr (0-1) for C Gallagher; J Keaney for McCarron; M Maguire for Byrne; A Hanlon (1-1) for Wherity; O Doherty for D Gallagher

St. Mary's: T Harney; M Slane, K O'Boyle, M Digney; C Campbell, B Canavan, B Og Maguire; J Kelly, M McKenna; O McIvor, K Mossey (0-1), M Began; P McAleer, K Niblock (0-2,2f), D Carson (0-1). Subs: L McQuaid for McIvor; B Doyle (0-1) for Campbell; S O'Neill for Began; G Johnston for Carson; R Dolan for Digney

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