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Donegal issue statement of intent as they hit 3 goals en route to 13-point Ulster U21 win over Cavan

Cian Mulligan, Michael Carroll and Caolan McGonagle all hit the net.

Donegal 3-17
Cavan 0-13

DONEGAL ISSUED A statement of intent tonight in the EirGrid Ulster U21 football championship as they stormed to a 13-point victory over Cavan in tonight’s semi-final at Brewster Park in Enniskillen.

Donegal's Lorcan Connor with Matthew McKenna of Cavan Donegal's Lorcan Connor with Cavan's Matthew McKenna Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

After the match was originally postponed last week due to bad weather conditions, Donegal made no mistake to book a place in next Monday’s provincial final and they will be eyeing up a place in Saturday week’s All-Ireland semi-final against Dublin.

Second-half goals from Cian Mulligan, Michael Carroll and Caolan McGonagle sealed victory for Declan Bonner’s side, who had been in front 0-13 to 0-6 at the interval.

Donegal's Cian Mulligan with Shan O’Connor of Cavan Donegal's Cian Mulligan with Shane O'Connor Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

Donegal’s shooting was excellent with freetakers Lorcan Connor and Michael Langan hitting 0-6 and 0-3 respectively, while there was a tally of 0-4 for Stephen McBrearty, the brother of senior forward Patrick.

Donegal were dominant in the early exchanges as they went in front 0-9 to 0-3 at the close of the first quarter. They stretched that lead to 0-13 to 0-4 by the 26th minute when Lorcan Connor raised a white flag but Cavan finished the half with scores from Bryan Magee and their top scorer Caoimhin Reilly.

Donegal's Stephen McBrearty with Cormac Daly of Cavan Donegal's Stephen McBrearty gets clear of the Cavan defence. Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

But Mulligan struck for Donegal’s first goal straight after half-time and then a 44th minute goal from Carroll killed off the Cavan challenge.

McGonigle notched the third goal in the 58th minute to round off an excellent night’s work from Donegal.

Donegal's Jamie Brennan with Eoin Sommerville of Cavan Donegal's Jamie Brennan gets free from the Cavan rearguard. Source: Presseye/John McVitty/INPHO

Donegal

Danny Rodgers

Conor Morrison
Stephen McMenamin
Brendan McCole

Cian Mulligan
Dáire O Baoill
Eoghan Ban Gallagher

Jason McGee
Tony McClenaghan

Christy McLaughlin
StephenMcBrearty
Michael Carroll

Lorcan Connor
Michael Langan
Jamie Brennan

Cavan

Liam Brady

Micheal Smart
Donal Monahan
Luke Fortune

Sean O’Connor
Eoin Sommerville
Patrick O’Reilly

Thomas Galligan
Cormac Daly

Pierce Smith
Conor Bradley
Matthew McKenna

Caoimhin Reilly
Bryan Magee
Ryan Connolly

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