GAA FT: Donegal 1-14 v St Mary's 2-10

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Conor Gibbons' free in the closing minutes is enough to give Donegal the victory. CONFIRMED!

It may be a draw if the scoreboard is correct but we're pretty confident it's a Donegal win.

Final whistle goes, the McKenna Cup closes with a one-point win.

Into injury time now...

And he's got it! We make it that Donegal are in front...we sure hope so anyway!

Chance for Conor Gibbons with a free in the closing minutes.

Scoreboard confusion...but we think it's level.

But Ross Wherity pulls it level. He's played well tonight at full forward.

Only about five minutes or so left.

St Mary's in the lead. Donegal have lost their earlier momentum.

St Mary's bring it level...nip and tuck at Mac Cumhaill Park.

John O'Malley misses another kickable free.

Ronan Sexton with a free for St Mary's.

St. Mary's man down near the Donegal goals. They want a penalty but a free out has been given.

Plenty of goalmouth action around the Peter Boyle's goals but they're keeping it out!

John O'Malley makes up for his previous miss to put Donegal two up.

Peter Boyle's been busy between the sticks tonight, he's just pulled off a good save. The rebound hit the crossbar but they've turned it around and got a score at the other end.

Four straight points for Donegal. A really good period for the home side.

Donegal are back in the lead. Conor Gibbons with the point.

Free opportunity for Donegal...but a wide from O'Malley. A rare blip from the Glenties man tonight.

Dangerman Odhran Mac Niallias has been replaced by Willie Gillespie.

Luke Keaney gets his second score to bring it level.

A real belter of a score from the Cloughaneely man that might spur his team mates on.

Substitute Shaun McGarvey brings the gap back to one.

Hitting a bit of a lull...but still plenty of good young talent on show for both teams.

Kevin McFadden with an attempt at a score, but it trails wide.

Well they've responded well...John O'Malley hits his third of the night from a free. All to play for!

How will this young side cope with falling behind?

St Mary's starting the second half well, they now lead by three. Pressure's on Donegal.

Brendan Herron continues his one man mission, driving an effort just over the bar.

James Carroll has gone off for Donegal after a quiet first half. Shaun McGarvey on.

Two points in the difference now.

Here we go. Can Donegal end the McKenna Cup campaign with a win?

Waiting for second half to begin now.

Chilly in Ballybofey. Around 200 have braved the elements and ignored other sporting action on the box to attend tonight's match. Hardy souls.

In tonight's other McKenna Cup games, Tyrone lead UUJ, Derry lead Antrim, Down are in control against Armagh, and Monaghan have started the brighter against Fermanagh.

Enjoyable first half, plenty of good action but definitely lacking the bite of a senior competitive match. Odhran Mac Niallias the undoubted star so far with 1-3.

The referee blows for half time and Donegal trail by a point.

Brendan Herron doing a lot of damage here tonight.

And Herron knocks the college side in front.

Commentator's curse! Sexton with a goal for St Mary's. It's all square in Ballybofey!

And it's followed by another point from Packie Mailey. Donegal finishing the half strongly here.

He scores after some good build-up play.

Luke Keaney gets his name on the score sheet.

Almost a goal for Donegal! Ciaran Cannon of Letterkenny Gaels with a great chance but his effort is saved.

Of course Fermanagh and Monaghan have both comprehensively beaten the two sides in action here tonight already in the competition.

But Herron hits back! This game is shaping up to be much tighter than previous McKenna Cup games.

Mac Niallias and O'Malley in the other corner have accounted for all of Donegal's scores so far.

But Mac Niallias stems the flow with a nice point. Jim McGuinness may be taking note!

Down to one point as Mary's notch another score through Ronan Sexton.

Very well taken penalty past Boyle in goals. Only a two point lead now.

And Brendan Herron scores it!

But it's a penalty for St Mary's after a foul from Peter Boyle!

O'Malley notches another free. Donegal in control so far.

Brendan Herron with both points for St Mary's. About halfway through the first half here.

St Mary's hanging in there. Deficit reduced to four.

Donegal taking the game to the college side.

Mac Niallias has started brilliantly! Another point followed by a goal from him. Very promising signs! 1-3 to 0-1 Donegal lead.

St Mary's pull one back to settle themselves into the game.

The two corner-forwards O'Malley from Glenties and Mac Niallias from Gweedore have started brightly. Causing problems.

Odhran Mac Niallias adds a second to give Donegal the early advantage.

Johnny O'Malley on his Donegal debut scores a free.

Game underway and Donegal have started very brightly.

Donegal's line-up tonight is extremely experimental. Clearly shows that Jim's priorities are not with this competition.

Neither team capable of qualifying through the group at this stage. But a number of young players will be hoping to catch the eye of Jim McGuinness.

Almost ready to get underway here in Ballybofey  for what will be the last match in Donegal's McKenna Cup campaign.


Donegal: Peter Boyle, Pauric Carr, Caolan Ward, Adi O'Gara, Eoin McHugh, Kevin McFadden, Cory Gallagher, Luke Keaney, Ciaran Cannon, Packie Mailey, James Carroll, Michael Cannon, Odhran Mac Niallias, Ross Wherity, John O'Malley. Subs: Conor Gibbons for Michael Cannon, Shaun McGarvey for James Carroll, Willie Gillespie for Odhran Mac Niallias

St Mary's: D McAnenly; S Mullan, A Maguire, M Murray; R Loughran, C O'Hara, B Doyle; R O'Callaghan, B Hasson; R Sexton, B Herron, N Sludden; D McKinless, J Johnston, J Duffy.

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