Donegal thump Fermanagh as Cavan hand Cork third defeat

February 17, 2024

Patrick McBrearty of Donegal and Lee Cullen of Fermanagh ©INPHO/Andrew Paton

Donegal made it three wins on the bounce in Division 2 of the Allianz Football League after seeing off neighbours Fermanagh by 2-16 to 0-8 in Letterkenny.

Dáire Ó Baoill was the star of the show for the Tir Chonaill men as his 2-3 from play ensured their perfect start to this year’s league campaign.

Conor McGee and Oisin Gallen had struck late first-half points that saw Jim McGuinness’s men lead by 0-6 to 0-5 at the half and, while Fermanagh got level through Brandon Horan early in the restart, Ó Baoill’s goals in the 42nd and 50th minutes rocked them.

From there, points via Peadar Mogan, Aaron Doherty, Jeaic Mac Ceallabhuí and Paddy McBrearty would surge the hosts into an unassailable lead as they went on to collect two more points in their chase for promotion.

Paddy Lynch struck 0-9 for Cavan against Cork

In Pairc Ui Chaoimh, Oisin Brady and Paddy Lynch struck the decisive late points as Cavan defeated Cork by 0-17 to 0-16.

Looking for their first win of the campaign, the Rebels had taken in a 0-11 to 0-8 lead at the interval thanks to late scores in the half from Chris Og Jones, Colm O’Callaghan and Brian Hurley.

The visitors had the game level within eight minutes of the restart and soon after Cork would see wing back Luke Fahy dismissed on a second caution.

The points of Paddy Lynch, who finished with 0-9, saw the Breffni County pushing for the win and despite a pair of Steven Sherlock points levelling it for the Leesiders, Raymond Galligan’s men had enough left in the tank to take home the points after Brady and Lynch each sailed over deep in injury-time.

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