Donegal have made it two wins from two in Section A of the Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup.

This afternoon at a damp Pairc Esler they defeated Down by 1-17 to 0-10.

Next up for Donegal is a match against Cavan in MacCumhaill Park under the Ballybofey floodlights on Wednesday in a game that will decide who is through to the semi-finals.

The win in Newry came after a fairly lack-lustre encounter before a crowd of over 2,200.

Down were dealt an early blow when one of their key players Shay Murnin was injured during the pre-match warm-up and could not start.

They also had a goal disallowed in the first half but in the end there can be no complaints from the home side as Donegal were much the better team.

Declan Bonner's side led by 0-9 t 0-3 at half time with Jamie Brennan and Michael Langan to the fore.

And the second half saw a similar pattern with Ciaran Thompson the first of the scorers with the result never in any real doubt.

Caolan McGonigle got the Donegal goal to make it 1-15 to 0-7 after 26 minutes of the second half.

Martin McElhinney finished with four points and young Niall O'Donnell got three.

Oisin Gallen of MacCumhaill's came on for his first competitive game and got a late score for Donegal.

Overall it was another good display by Donegal who had a ten point winning margin for the second game in a row.

Donegal are the Dr. McKenna Cup holders.

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