Donegal started the second period impressively as defenders Huvane and McMahon sauntered up the field for points. Donegal went further ahead as C.J. Molloy set up Kevin Purce for a goal. Indeed Donegal should have had another goal but keeper Kelly smothered McDonald’s shot well. However for the remaining quarter, Down stepped up production; they outscored their opponents nine points to three. Moran, Munnelly, and Downey all hit the target as did defenders Rice and Coryn for the Downmen. Donegal did make a serious effort to land another late goal but Robbie Moran was back to parry the ball to safety. Barry Annette had two late points to conclude a very sporting and competitive game.
Down: Mark Kelly, Gary Coryn (0-1), Ciaran Rice (0-1), Sean Kelly, Mark Connelly, Cormac Doyle, Paul Higgins (1-0), Sean Munnelly (0-2), Mark Dobbin, Robbie Moran (0-5), Brian Annette, Packie Downey (1-3), Barry Annette (0-2)
Subs: Eugene O’Hagan, Michael Sheridan, Diarmuid Hayes, Brian Murray
Donegal: Eunan Doherty, Tony McMahon, Aidan Downes, Niall McMahon (0-1), Tom Hardwick, James Huvane (0-1), Gary Dowd (0-1), Brian O’Connor, Justin Friel, C.J. Molloy, Bobby McDonald, Conor Brosnahan (1-0), John McNicholas (1-4)
Sub: Kevin Purce (1-0)
Referee: Sean Jones
Man of the Match: Robbie Moran
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