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So after Tipperary’s sensational Munster football title victory, the attention turns to Ulster as Donegal take on Cavan. Here’s how the teams are named to start:


1. Shaun Patton

2. Eoghan Ban Gallagher
3. Neil McGee
4. Eoin McHugh

5. Ryan McHugh
6. Paul Brennan
7. Peadar Mogan

8. Hugh McFadden
9. Caolan McGonagle

10. Ciarán Thompson
11. Niall O’Donnell
12. Michael Langan

13. Patrick McBrearty
14. Michael Murphy
15. Jamie Brennan


1. Raymond Galligan

2. Jason McLoughlin
3. Padraig Faulkner
4. Luke Fortune

5. Gerard Smith
6. Killian Clarke
7. Ciaran Brady

8. Thomas Galligan
9. Killian Brady

10. Martin Reilly
11. Gearoid McKiernan
12. Oisin Kiernan

13. Oisin Pierson
14. Chris Conroy
15. Conor Madden

Who do you think will lift the Anglo-Celt Cup today?

Poll Results:

Donegal (365)
Cavan (240)

donegal-players-arrive-at-the-athletic-grounds Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

michael-murphy-arrives Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

cavan-players-on-the-pitch-before-the-game Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

stephen-smith-and-oisin-brady Source: Ryan Byrne/INPHO

And we’re underway in Armagh.

Both sides made late changes to their sides. 

Brendan McCole comes in for Ciaran Thompson on the Donegal side.

For Cavan, James Smith and Conor Smith replace Oisin Pierson and Conor Madden. 

Paddy McBrearty has an early point attempt but it drops short. 

Cavan 0-1 Donegal 0-0

2 mins – James Smith opens the scoring for Cavan.

Cavan 0-1 Donegal 0-1

5 mins – Peadar Mogan equalises for Donegal but Cavan respond immediately through Oisin Kiernan. Good start to this game by Cavan. 

Cavan 0-3 Donegal 0-1

6 mins – Gerard Smith with a lovely swivel and follow up point. A reminder that Donegal were 1/14 in the bookies coming into this game. 

Cavan 0-4 Donegal 0-1

7 mins – Ciaran Brady adds another for Cavan. They’re been very fast out of the blocks so far. 

Cavan 0-4 Donegal 0-2

8 mins – Michael Murphy swings over a settler for Donegal. Big leadership their from their main man. Can Donegal build on this score?

Cavan 0-5 Donegal 0-2

9 mins – Rank outsiders Cavan extend their three-point lead with a Conor Madden score. 

Cavan 0-5 Donegal 0-4

13 mins – Paddy McBrearty bursts through the Cavan defence to score twice in the space of two minutes

Cavan 0-5 Donegal 0-4

14 mins – The black card had started to hurt Cavan and it appeared to be a harsh one on Brady for a trip on Ryan McHugh.

Cavan 0-5 Donegal 0-5

15 mins – Niall O’Donnell equalises for Donegal. They’ve scored three on the bounce since the Cavan black card.

Cavan 0-5 Donegal 0-7

16 mins – Ryan McHugh swivels and points, before Caolan McGonagle adds another. Donegal are moving nicely now. 

Cavan 0-6 Donegal 0-7

18 mins – Jason McLoughlin pulls one back for Cavan. 

Cavan 0-6 Donegal 0-8

20 mins – Niall O’Donnell extends the Donegal lead to two. Moments earlier Eoghan Bán Gallagher forced a good save from Raymond Galligan. 

Cavan 0-6 Donegal 0-9

20 mins – Michael Langan makes it a three point game. 

Long stoppage in play now as Thomas Galligan is down with a head injury. Blood flows down the side of his head as he leaves the field.

Cavan 0-7 Donegal 0-9

28 mins – Gearoid McKiernan points a close range free for Cavan.

A few wides for both sides as we enter stoppage-time at the end of the first-half.

We’re back underway for the second period


thomas-galligan-with-ryan-mchugh-and-caolan-mcgonigle Cavan’s Thomas Galligan with Ryan McHugh and Caolan McGonigle of Donegal. Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

thomas-galligan-with-michael-murphy Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

martin-reilly-with-eoin-mchugh Source: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Cavan 0-7 Donegal 0-10

36 mins – Paddy McBrearty’s third score of the match arrives from a free.

Cavan 0-8 Donegal 0-10

39 mins – Thomas Galligan wins a great ball and drives it over the crossbar for an inspirational score.

CHANCE! James Smith breaks misses the bottom corner by inches. Huge opportunity for Cavan to hit the net there.

Cavan 0-9 Donegal 0-10

46 mins – Smith makes up for his earlier miss and reduces the gap to one.

This is Cavan’s sixth game in six weeks. It’s been impressive how players have adapted to performing at this level week-in week-out. And it must be a lot more enjoyable with far less training too.

Cavan 0-9 Donegal 0-11

50 mins – McBrearty extends the lead to two with a free.

Cavan 0-10 Donegal 0-11

52 mins – Conor Madden missed a few in the first-half but he brings Cavan back to within a point. We’re at the second-half water break now. 

CHANCE! Mogan forces a good save from Galligan after a speedy run.

The Madden black card looks like a questionable one on first viewing, but it has reduced Cavan to 14 men for 10 minutes.

McBrearty has been replaced by Ciaran Thompson.

Cavan 0-11 Donegal 0-11

59 mins – Teams are level for the fourth time after a lovely score from Martin Reilly. Donegal haven’t scored since the black card. 

Cavan 0-12 Donegal 0-11

61 mins – Cavan take the lead after Reilly slots over an advanced mark that he took with a marvellous catch.

12 minutes since Donegal’s last score.

SAVE! Jamie Brennan is denied by Raymond Galligan from close range. 

Cavan 0-12 Donegal 0-12

63 mins – McGonigle levels the game with a pressure point. We’re in for a thrilling final 10 minutes now.

Cavan 0-13 Donegal 0-12

64 mins – Oisin Kiernan lands a wonder score from way out near the sideline at the 45. Cavan are on the verge of a seismic shock here.

CHANCE! Shaun Patton makes a good stop on Reilly as Cavan went close to scoring a goal.

Cavan 1-13 Donegal 0-12

73 mins – Donegal are desperately chasing a goal here as they’re four points adrift.

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