The Donegal Under-14 Division One decider was played this evening in Donegal Town, and it finished:

Dungloe/Na Rossa 3-12

Aodh Ruadh 1-10

For the first time since 1978 a county U-14 title is heading back to Dungloe/Na Rossa.

And back in 1979 current Donegal county team manager Declan Bonner was on the victorious Rosses Rovers U-14 team that overcame Aodh Ruadh in the final.

In fact, they won three-in-a row, from 1978-1980.

And in a neat symmetry, his son Cilian Bonner was part of this thoroughly deserved victory, again over Aodh Ruadh.

The winners won because they had a better- balanced side and a superior forward line that had the Ballyshannon boys under pressure, especially in the first half.

Full forward Oran Fallon and Oisin McKeley hit a combined total of 3-5 of the winner's total with Fallon lined on a second yellow card from referee Declan Callaghan, who got that call correct, but irked both sets of fans with some truly bizarre decisions.

He was not helped by the fact that he had no linesmen but blew 41 frees over the hour in what was a sporting encounter.

Aodh Ruadh also finished with 14 men as centre forward Robbie Murphy was lined on a second yellow card in the 57th minute.

But this game was really won in the first half though well finished goals from Fallon and McKelvey that pushed the winners to a deserved 2-8 to 0-6 lead.

Aodh Ruadh had a good third quarter with midfielder Aaron Neilan very prominent but they missed a penalty in the 38th minute when wing forward David Weber blazed high and wide.

And McKelvey confidently hit the clinching goal in the 55th minute to seal a memorable night for Dungloe/Na Rossa.

See next week's Donegal Post for more.

The new u-14 Co Champions will be arriving shortly after 10 in Dungloe and will be parading through Dungloe and on out to the clubhouse where refreshments will be served.

Photo: Dungloe Minor Board Facebook.

 

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