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Conditions are not as wet up in Clones…

Derry have made a late change – Eoin Bradley misses out through injury

The sides have swapped wides in the opening three minutes. A little messy at the moment.

Colm McFadden is fouled and picks himself up to open his county’s account. 0-1 0-0

Derry’s Charlie Kielt gets the men in red and white on the board. He shoots from distance – one way of getting around Donegal’s blanket defence.

A lightning attack sees Anthony Thompson restore Donegal’s lead. They might defend in numbers, but they also do the same for their business at the other end.

A wide from Michael Hegarty at one end as Donegal force Derry to take take shots from distance at the other.

Superb movement from Michael Murphy sees him get on the score board and extend his side’s advantage 0-3 0-1

James Kielt scores his side’s second point of the game. Derry will have to find different ways by their opponents and frees could well be one of them.

A well-taken point from Ryan Bradley puts Donegal two points ahead. 0-4 0-2

And in worrying signs for Derry, Anthony Thompson charges forward and claims his second point of the game. 0-5 0-2

Derry’s Michael Bateson is the first man into referee Maurice Deegan’s notebook for a late challenge.

Half back Charlie Kielt shows his scoring qualities once again with an incredible score from a different angle. Better play from Derry. 0-5 0-3

Staying true to past form, Derry have replaced Bateson with Martin Donaghty after the defender was booked a couple of minutes ago…

A fine point from Conleth Gilligan leaves the minimum between the sides. Derry are getting to grips with Donegal’s set up without doubt. 0-5 0-4

On the field only couple of minutes, Donaghty fires a point between the posts to leave the sides on five points a piece.

The turnaround in Derry’s fortunes is shown by the fact that Donegal haven’t scored in 12 minutes now…

A tricky cross from Donaghty is punched clear by Donegal keeper Paul Durkin – the first real goal chance of the game.

There will be three minutes of additional time.

Enda Muldoon sends a long-range free kick to the left and wide of the posts – Derry’s eighth wide of the first half as manager John Brennan shakes his head in disappointment. 0-5 0-5

The blustery wind sends a Michael Murphy free-kick wide as the referee blows for the interval. HALF TIME: Derry 0-5 Donegal 0-5.

Derry had more of the possession in the first half and will fancy their chances now that their rivals are without both of their first-choice midfielders – Rory Kavanagh and Kevin Rafferty. However, Jim McGuinness will be happy with the way his players started the game and should be looking for more of the game play after the break.

Play is back underway.

Danny Devlin concedes a penalty two minutes after the re-start and Michael Murphy duly dispatches the kick he won himself to the back of the net. 1-5 0-5

Tempers flare as Patrick McBrearty finds himself landed on the ground in the aftermath of the goal. Penalty taker Murphy and Dermot McBride are booked for their reactions.

Murphy collects and passes a high ball out to McFadden, who collects his second point of the game. It’s quickly followed by another score from Michael Hegarty – Murphy is involved in the build up play once again – and Donegal are suddenly five points ahead. 1-7 0-5

Two scores in quick succession from James Kielt and the introduction of Kevin McCloy – to try and combat the influence of Michael Murphy – have given Derry a badly-needed boost. 1-7 0-7

McFadden’s third point of the game puts four between the teams once again and heralds the introduction of Dermot Molloy to the game in place of McBrearty.

A couple of deadlocked minutes, with both teams failing to make a break through, is ended when Michael Murphy adds another point to his personal tally. 1-9 0-7

Derry’s forwards have only one point from play – James Kielt has been in the main man in form today – so there’s no glossing over the fact that they are missing their two Bradleys badly.

A high ball sees substitute Emmett McGuckin flatted in the square but the referee is not interested in Derry’s appeals.

Donegal seemed content to hang on to possession until Michael Hegarty got his hands on the ball. The forward turned inside and quickly added to his team’s score with another fine point. 1-10 0-7

Donegal forward Michael Murphy is named Man of the Match – and well deserved. Derry, incredibly, have only scored two points on the second half and both were from James Kielt.

Kielt, on cue, pops up to score his third of the half but Donegal are still five points ahead with three minutes of additional time announced. 1-10 0-8

McFadden replies with a fine score of his own, much to Donegal supporters’ delight. 1-11 0-8

FULL TIME: Donegal 1-11 Derry 0-8. Jim McGuinness’ team claim their first Ulster title in 19 years. Their last triumph at provincial level was back in 1992.

There’s no doubt that the early goal for Donegal in the second half changed the tide of the game firmly in their favour. However, Derry’s lack of fire power on the day was another telling factor. The latter are back in action as soon as next weekend when they will take on Kildare in the qualifiers.

Hope you enjoyed our coverage of both games this afternoon. The live action continues at The Open!


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