Donegal overcame Derry by five points in an uninspiring Round 3 McKenna Cup fixture at Celtic Park on Wednesday night. The score stood at a paltry 0-4 to 0-2 at halftime, with Peadar Mogan kicking two for the Tir Chonaill county.
After the break things improved marginally, with Michael Langan on target for the visitors, and Ryan Bell supplying the majority of Derry’s scores. A Caolan Ward goal put Donegal 1-9 to 0-4 up, and while Derry pulled themselves closer towards the end, the win for Declan Bonner’s men was never in jeopardy.
Derry: O Lynch; C McCluskey (0-1), P McGrogan; C McWilliams; C Mulholland, C Doherty, R Dougan; E Bradley (0-1 free), C McAtamney; C McFaul, D Tallon, N Toner, E Duffy; B McCarron (0-1 mark), R Bell (0-5, 0-2 frees)
Subs: C Bradley for Toner (29), D Cassidy for McAtamney (47), O Armstrong for McCarron (52), L McGoldrick for Dougan (53), O McWilliams for Duffy (57), P Hagan for McWilliams (60); Yellow cards: C McAtamney (13), C Doherty (33), C McFaul (36)
Donegal: M Lynch; C Ward (1-1), B McCole, P Brennan; J McKelvey, C O’Donnell, C Morrison, D Ó Baoill (0-1); C McGonagle, M Langan (0-3, 0-1 45); E McHugh, E O’Donnell (0-1), M Carroll, P Mogan (0-2, 0-1 free); E McGettigan
Subs: C Thompson for Carroll (46), D Clarke for McGettigan (48), A McClean (0-1) for E O’Donnell (54), C Diver (0-1) for McHugh (58)
Referee: S Laverty (Antrim)