Thousands of football fans are expected in Donegal Town this evening to welcome home the Donegal team who were crowned Ulster Champions today.
The Donegal men outclassed neighbours Fermanagh in sweltering heat at St Tiernach’s Park this afternoon, winning 2-18 to 0-12.
After a slow and somewhat edgy start, Donegal took control, leading by 2-07 to 0-05 by half-time. The goals came courtesy of Eoghan Ban Gallagher and Ryan McHugh on 15 and 25 minutes respectively.
Fermanagh defended heavily and seemed to lack any plan of attack whatsoever. Any scores by the Erneside men were quickly answered several times over, leaving Donegal to cruise to a 12-point victory.
Michael Murphy lifted the Anglo Celt cup for the fourth time in his career. It was also a fourth Ulster title for Leo McLoone, Paddy, McGrath, Frank McGlynn and Patrick McBrearty.
After the match, manager Declan Bonner said in an RTE interview that the Ulster title had been very much in his sights from the start of the year. The aim was to get the mix between experienced and new players right. And his plan certainly worked, much to the delight of the thousands of fans in St Teirnach’s Park and the many, many more watching at home.
Afterwards, Bonner said: “We're absolutely delighted and we're going to celebrate this tonight."
The Ulster Champions are due to arrive at the Diamond, Donegal Town between 9.00 pm and 9.30 pm this evening. And if previous homecomings are anything to go by, the welcome will be immense.
This celebration is the latest in a great week in sport in Donegal. Last Sunday saw the Donegal Ladies crowned Ulster SFC champions while the hurlers won the Nicky Rackard Cup on Saturday.
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