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Donegal power past weary Cavan to retain Ulster title

Ulster Senior Football Championship Final 2019

Donegal 1-24 Cavan 2-16

From Odhrán Crumley in Clones

Donegal have retained the Ulster title after overcoming Cavan with relative ease in Clones.

In reality, the five point deficit flattered the Breffni men as Stephen Murray’s late goal added gloss to the scoreboard at the finish.

Jamie Brennan continued to shine for the Tir Chonaill men kicking 1-4 on his way to claiming the man of the match accolade.

Declan Bonner’s men lead by eight at the interval and continued to dominate after the break despite Cian Mackey having a say on dragging his team to a more respectable scoreline.

Conor Madden netted to put five between them but, further scores from Patrick McBrearty and Michael Murphy sealed a win for their team.

Donegal will now join Munster Champions, Kerry in the Super 8s.

Donegal: Shaun Patton; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Stephen McMenamin; Ryan McHugh (0-01), Odhrán McFadden Ferry, Eoghan Bán Gallagher (0-01); Hugh McFadden (0-01), Jason McGee (0-02); Ciaran Thompson (0-2), Niall O’Donnell (0-01), Jamie Brennan (1-04); Patrick McBrearty (0-05, 1f), Michael Murphy (0-04, 2f), Michael Langan (0-01).

Subs: Daire Ó Baoill (0-01) for O’Donnell 42 mins; Frank McGlynn for McGee 53 mins; Paul Brennan for McFadden Ferry 61 mins; Oisín Gallen (0-01) for Thompson 62 mins; Leo McLoone for 70 mins; Caolan Ward for McMenamin 74 mins.

Cavan: Raymond Galligan; Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh (0-01); Martin Reilly, Killian Clarke, Conor Rehill; Conor Brady (0-01), Gearoid McKiernan (0-06, 2f); Oisin Kiernan, Dara McVeety (0-03), Niall Murray; Cillian Brady, Oisin Pierson (0-01), Gerard Smith.

Subs: Stephen Murray (1-00) for Niall Murray 28 mins; Cian Mackey (0-01, 1f) for Oisin Kiernan HT; Conor Madden (1-01) for Smith HT; Thomas Galligan for Brady 50 mins; Caoimhin Reilly (0-01) for Pierson 53 mins; Jack Brady (0-01) for Rehill 18 mins.

Referee: Conor Lane (Cork)

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