Donegal will meet Cavan in the quarter-finals of the Ulster Senior Championship after they overcame Antrim 1-10 to 0-7 at Mac Cumhaill Park in Ballybofey on Sunday. Always leading, Donegal lived up to their status as favourites going into the game, but they will know that a huge improvement is needed if they are to progress further in the provincial Championship. The first half which will not be remembered as a classic ended with the home county leading 0-6 to 0-3. That gap was increased to five in the second half with Colm Mc Fadden, Mark McHugh and Michael Murphy all pointing. As the game entering its closing stages, Antrim were reduced to 14 men when Mark Dougan was sent off for an elbow on Karl Lacey. In injury time, Mark McHugh put a gloss on the scoreline as he raced through for a goal after a Kevin Rafferty pass. The victory was Donegal’s first Ulster Senior Championship win since 2007.
Manager Jim Mc Guinness said after the game that he was disappointed with certain aspects of the play and there’s a lot to work on ahead of the Cavan game on the 12th June.
Goal scorer Mark Mc Hugh said it was a tough game to play and was happy to get his first goal at senior level.
Donegal selector Rory Gallagher agreed that it was a comfortable win in the end but not an overly impressive performance.