Donegal advanced to the semi-finals of the Ulster GAA Football Championship after an impressive 10-point defeat of Derry at Ballybofey on Saturday evening.
Having scored 1-16 in their preliminary round win over Cavan, Donegal matched that total but ominously upped their performance levels to dismantle a Derry side that lacked imagination and struggled to cope with the Ulster champions’ counter-attacking football.
For all the criticism of Donegal’s defensive style, they scored 2-8 from play and had nine different scorers, further proof if it were needed that manager Jim McGuinness has tweaked his system this year and put more of an emphasis on attacking football.
And yet, the home side were still brilliant in defence, restricting Derry to just three points from play, with all but one of captain Paddy Bradley’s six-point haul coming from placed balls.
Colm Mc Fadden scored 1-2 for Donegal while Leo Mc Loone netted the other goal and the returning Michael Murphy scored three points.
After the game Charlie Collins spoke with Donegal’s Ryan Bradley…