Donegal Senior Hurlers avenged their current heavy house defeat to Wicklow with a hard-earned however deserved victory on this Division 2B League semi-final in Aughrim to arrange a Remaining assembly with Meath.
FULL-TIME: Wicklow 0-16 Donegal 0-17
A formidable first-half efficiency by Mickey McCann’s group noticed them lead by double scores on the break , 0-10 to 0-05 with Liam McKinney in glorious kind from positioned balls with seven frees and a 65.
They stored their noses in entrance all through the laborious fought second-half , their job made harder after the sending off of Ronan McDermott for a second yellow card, a choice that seemed a bit harsh on the Burt man.
His teammates raised their efforts and have been all the time in a position to keep forward, actually with McKinney who completed with 0-10 factors, getting nice help from Brian McIntyre, with 0-03 factors on the scoresheet, and others together with the excellent JacK O Loughlin chipping in they stored the hole a minimum of two and infrequently at three or 4 factors, till the ultimate couple of minutes at which stage the additional man helped Wickow’s trigger.
Even at that because the end line received nearer Donegal nonetheless led by three, 0-17 to 0-14, and it took two very late Wicklow scores to depart only one between them on the finish, 0-17 to 0-16 in Donegal’s favour.
Donegal have responded brilliantly to that nineteen level defeat by the identical opponents in O Donnell Park two weeks in the past , beating neighbours Tyrone by 1-18 to 1-17 final week and now avenging the Wicklow defeat with this gritty efficiency to clinch a remaining spot in opposition to desk toppers Meath subsequent weekend.
The group supervisor has made in clear that retaining Division 2B standing was vital for the group however the primary focus is the Nicky Rackard Cup. He will probably be delighted that, regardless of quite a lot of key gamers lacking , others have stepped as much as the problem and the squad has benefitted in consequence.
They now can look ahead to one other aggressive sport in opposition to Meath earlier than their opening championship assembly with Fermanagh in three weeks’ time.
Donegal Hurlers clinch league remaining spot was final modified: March twenty fifth, 2023 by