Donegal finish strongest to blow Royals out of the water

All-Ireland Football Championship Super 8s Phase One

Donegal 2-19 Meath 1-16

Donegal finished strongest to see off a resurgent Meath side in Ballybofey.

Goals from Patrick McBrearty and Oisin Gallen ensured that Declan Bonner’s men got off to the perfect start.

The Royals remained within touching distance for the majority of the contest as Michael Newman’s penalty goal gave his team hope.

Scores from McBrearty, Michael Murphy and Niall O’Donnell and a well taken goal from Gallen sealed the win.

Scorers for Donegal: Patrick McBrearty 1-6 (2fs), Oisin Gallen 1-1, Michael Murphy 0-3 (1 45), Jamie Brennan 0-3, Ryan McHugh 0-2, Niall O’Donnell 0-1, Michael Langan 0-1, Jason McGee 0-1, Eoin McHugh 0-1.

Scorers for Meath: Michael Newman 1-2 (1-0 pen, 1f), Bryan McMahon 0-3, Cillian O’Sullivan 0-2, Bryan Menton 0-2, James Conlon 0-1, James McEntee 0-1, Shane McEntee 0-1, Darragh Campion 0-1

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