DONEGAL 0-15 SLIGO 0-14
TWELVE points from Brendan Lafferty proved to be the difference as Donegal overcame Sligo by a single point in the semi-final of the Andrew O’Neill Cup – the All-Ireland U-21C competition.
The nuts and bolts of it means that Paddy Flood’s side now have a final to look forward to next week against Tyrone, who enjoyed a walkover victory over Louth.
With Lafferty for Donegal in such sharp form, particularly from placed balls, it was Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch who was at the hub of all Sligo’s positive work on the scoreboard. He would score 11 in all.
Donegal were 0-10 to 0-7 ahead at half-time with Lafferty scoring seven of his team’s interval, while Kevin Meehan chipped in with a brace of scores with Conor McNeely having scored the first point of the evening.
Sligo were always within touching distance but although they were only a point down on a couple of occasions, they couldn’t bridge the gap. Late, O’Kelly-Lynch had two frees but failed to find the target with either.
After the match, Charlie Collins caught up with Donegal manager Paddy Flood. Listen below …
Donegal: Dylan Laverty; Ciaran Rammey, Gavin McGrath, Mark Callaghan; Oisin Rooney, Donal McLaughlin, Conor O’Grady; Conor Harkin, Steven Doherty; Shane Curran, Kevin Meehan (0-2), Conor Grant; Bernard Lafferty (0-12, 10f), Conor McNeely (0-1), Cathal Doherty.
Sligo: Fionn Morrisey; Darren McNellis, Bernard Feeney, Gavin Feely; Cathal Jordan, Liam Ryan, Ronan Redmond; Tom Mahon, Gerard O’Kelly-Lynch (0-11, 8, 2 ’65’); Brian Tobin, Matthew Davey (0-2), Patrick Burke; Danny Keown, John Paul O’Kelly-Lynch (0-1).