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Good evening, welcome to the Championship. Welcome to full

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coverage of Donegal against Antrim. When it's all over, we will pour

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over it all in the company of Oisin, All-Ireland win back in the day,

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with Armagh. This park has become a fortress, they haven't lost in the

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Championship since 2010. For that reason, they go into today's game as

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overwhelming favourites. Your match commentary team, Martin Clarke

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alongside Thomas Niblock. COMMENTATOR: Let's look first at

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Donegal. They have an experienced defence. But one change, Mulligan

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will make his debut. He comes in at forward and replaces Patrick Purdy.

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As for Antrim, Chris Kerr, the captain, is in goal. A midfield

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partnership of Sean McMahon Steven Beattie. Up front, the danger man,

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McCann, the only survivor from the 2009 Donegal victory.

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The referee today, Paddy Newman, he is from Roscommon. His third year as

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a Championship referee. Today is his first ever Championship game in

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Ulster. Big crowd in Macau Park. The winner will play Derry or Tyrone in

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the semifinal. All ages in the crowd. Most expecting a Donegal win.

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Championship 2017 is about to begin for Antrim and Donegal. The referee

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throws in the ball, we are away. Straightaway, the ball into the

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hands of Donegal's Ryan McHugh. Under no great panic, he pushes it

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backwards. As Donegal on the attack, early doors here in Ballybofey. Ryan

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McHugh is the man outside of him. He decides to go himself. He passes the

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ball to Michael Carroll. Frank McGinn. Straightaway, Donegal just

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inside the 45. Can he get the angle? The tackling. Forced Jimmy Brennan

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out wide. Chance for a point to Donegal. Scoring the opening, the

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shot comes in from the left foot, and it was wide. A clever move by

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Donegal. It is a shot keirin Thomson has been nailing off that left foot.

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He has had a superbly campaign, he will be disappointed. We will see a

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lot that patient type of play from Donegal today as Antrim have numbers

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back. Antrim, way with it. They have drawn their first free. Fitzpatrick

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the man going down. Number 11. He has certainly had a busy week.

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Suspended for 48 weeks. That is what everyone bought on Wednesday. But by

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the end of the week that was crushed, and he is eligible to play.

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-- it was quashed. A free for Antrim on the 45, taken by that one --

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their corner forward, McGourty. And Antrim have the lead. Beautiful kick

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by CJ McGourty. We have watched him do that for a number of seasons now.

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He had a fantastic league campaign. A significant breeze. Favourite of

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Antrim in this half. CJ use that very well. Donegal and kick-out. On

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the attack. A man inside, Jason McGee, he finds Frank McGlynn, ever

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present in that defence of Donegal. Martin Reilly goes again. Eventually

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he finds Ryan McHugh. Three different Antrim players. Play

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continues. Play out on that far side, it's the

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cornerback. Won by Gallagher, chance for an early goal for Donegal for

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the briefest of seconds. Michael Murphy picks it up. Chance of a goal

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for Donegal! And a last-ditch tackle just about does enough. Well, a

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scramble in the Antrim defence. Tried to turn defence into attack.

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The ball down the left-hand side in the hands of Mark Sweeney, a former

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think Bridget is club man, now playing his club football in Dublin.

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-- Saint Bridget's club man. Wonderful kick, Antrim increased

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their lead. Superb score, lovely little pass from Mark Sweeney, what

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a great counterattack, bodies on the line from Antrim, you can see them

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falling over and bring themselves in front of the ball to prevent bad

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goal from Donegal, which they did. The goal was an -- that goal. Look

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at the desperation in the defending. A beautiful point by McCann after a

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lovely pass inside. Great confidence builder for Antrim. In the meantime,

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Donegal won the kick-out. Adams has plenty to ponder. Two points to no

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score, four minutes gone. That is McCann's kick, just using the

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breeze, got a job on his marker, don't have to over kick the ball,

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just floated up into the wind and the breeze has done the rest from

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both McGourty's point and from McCann. McCann is the only link from

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the 2009 surprise win between Antrim and Donegal here at Ballybofey. That

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man was a teenager at that time. Playing one of his first years for

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Donegal seniors. Five points that day, it wasn't enough. A chance of

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scoring this afternoon. Michael Murphy, as you would expect.

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Fantastic take. Murphy likes drawing them in from that side. Some people

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would say, you know, that favours a free kick. I personally like hitting

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them the opposite side. I have seen them strike the ball beautifully,

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especially here in Ballybofey. No surprise he is the first scorer for

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Donegal. Matthew Fitzpatrick was under pressure when he won the ball

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initially, took the return pass and kicked it away. Donegal have

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possession inside their own half. They build from the back. Kieron

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Ward taking no chances. Passes it to Jason McGee. The ball in the hands

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of Martin Reilly. Here comes to an ward again. Goes past his player.

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Pops it outside. Donegal asking questions of this

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Antrim defence, but so far the trim defence are answering every one of

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them. Sean McVeigh, the Antrim midfielder. This passes it inside.

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McCann still going, chances of a score on the left foot. McCann

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knocked it over the bar. Fantastic counterattack yet again from Antrim.

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One thing we did know, if Antrim were going to be competitive and

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potentially think about winning this game, they have to be clinical.

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Three attacks for three scores, a great conversion rate. Even turning

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it an attack into a shot, never mind three points, will be most pleasing

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for Antrim so far. Donegal on the attack, the ball in the familiar

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hands of Brian Moote you. Can he bring in the goods today? McHugh

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goes for it. -- Ryan McHugh. Donegal ball. Michael Murphy, number 14 on

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his back. Expecting to see him operating war around the middle. --

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more around the middle. Keirin Thomson has plenty of confidence to

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go around his man. There was a foul at the very end. It looked as if you

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McFadden was fouled. The referee says there is going to be a free in

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to Donegal. Some of the supporters. Perhaps not the start they wanted.

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3-1. We will have a look at that again. It did appear he tripped over

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himself. Just one of those ones where he is moving forward. Hugh

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McFadden, a fortunate free kick for Donegal. No doubt Murphy will stick

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it over the bar. He was going to put it on the ground but he will just

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take it out of his hands now. Taking it across the bounce. A chance to

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narrow the gap, Michael Murphy. Captain of a Donegal team that has

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won three Ulster championships, he would like to get to another final.

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Loc cit over the bar. Just one point between them. Donegal will crowded

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out. Antrim's defending has been disciplined and they have been able

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to hit Donegal on the counter. Antrim have really started this game

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well. Superb catch in the middle of the field. That time it was Stephen

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Beattie. The ball pumped into the area where McCann is very dangerous.

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Runs into it, confidence to take his dummy. On the right foot, he scored

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a wonderful point with his left foot a moment ago and almost got another

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one with his right. He has kicked one with his right and one with his

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left, that was a fantastic piece of play. McCann looks free, he has been

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carrying injuries for a few seasons and you can tell he is really on

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fire today. He is gearing, his speed and creativity can be dangerous dog

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bite Michael Murphy knocks it into the corner for Jamie Brennan. -- he

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can be dangerous. Shot from distance from our way out. You McFadden, too

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much Perl on it and it goes wide. Martin, from an Antrim perspective,

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those managers, Adams and Fitzsimmons, everybody expects

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Donegal to win today. To see his team starting well, leading and

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playing with confidence, it must be a massive boost? It is, and Antrim

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over the years have never feared anyone. They come here expecting to

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put in a performance where they are competitive in every game, but they

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ended up getting relegated. Adams and the Antrim players will not fear

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Donegal in any way. You can tell at the start of this game that is the

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case. Hugh McFadden was fouled he hit that shot but the referee brings

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it back for the initial infringement, it is going to be

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another free for Donegal on the 13 metre line. This should be 3-3.

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A big crowd in Ballybofey. Most Rob Lee expecting Donegal to win. A

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wonderful start from Antrim. -- most probably expecting Donegal to win.

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The reverential hush in Ballybofey. Left footed free straight over the

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bar, three points each, ten minutes gone. Yes, it is interesting that

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the three Donegal freezer have all been very close to goal. Some of the

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match, even that one it wasn't a particularly obvious free kick.

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Donegal have been very happy to have those three scores on the board

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because there attacks haven't been as creative as we know they can be.

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Chris Kerr's goalkick way in the middle of the field high, the

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breaking ball is won by Donegal inside of the 45-metre line. Help is

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found in the form of Ryan McHugh, left footed, tries to go for it and

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bounces just in front of Chris Kerr, who used every inch of his six foot

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four frame to get his fingertips on that. Always dangerous to let the

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ball bounced in front of you, but he did well, manage the situation.

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Antrim build again from the back. BT finds Matthew Fitzpatrick, who

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gives it inside, continues the run, doesn't get it back. -- Stephen

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Beattie. Bradley tries to switch the play. Antrim lose possession. But

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they have won a free just outside of the 45. And another opportunity to

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go in front. CJ was out well in front. He took the ball well at the

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second attempt. He will have every confidence in himself to say all

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this over. He had the first kicks, the first score of the game for

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Antrim from an almost identical position where he used the win to

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his advantage -- the wind. Although it is outside the 45 metres, you

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would expect CJ to put this one point already in this game, going

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for number two. Curls in, that's fabulous. That was sensational. We

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were right behind that, Thomas, just beautiful, the way he judged where

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to stop the ball outside of the left-hand post. It drifted in right

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between the goals, just a phenomenal point, you can't underestimate what

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a great strike that is and how clinical Antrim have been. And proof

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if ever it was needed to suggest the ultimate influence of having a good

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free taker to take the manage in those situations. Absolutely right.

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Donegal on the attack. He is made e-commerce thought about moving its

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store -- forward but it's that goes back. Michael Murphy tackled from

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behind by Shaun McRae. The referee with no hesitation gives a free in

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to Donegal from about 24 metres out -- Sean Abbott raised a point I

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would like to see Michael Murphy do a lot more of that, on the charge,

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demanding the ball. The angle of his run was fantastic, he was fed the

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ball and charged for goal, there is only one way to stop him and that is

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to bring him down. I just think that while he is doing so much heavy work

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round the middle, if he can do that more and more, Donegal will go into

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this season's Championship. A fantastic start by Murphy, really

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leading from the front. The three is taken by Ciaran Thomson. Just

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settling himself -- for free. Looking at the target, plenty of

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height. Over the bar! Donegal's fourth point today. All four of them

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coming from frees. All four of them from scoring range, freeze for a

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player of Thomson and Murphy's standard. Playing into the breeze

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they would be content with chipping away and having four points on the

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board in the 13th minute. Four points apiece, 30 minutes gone. A

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free in to Donegal yet again. Owen Gallagher drifting forward,

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creeps inside the 45. The ball in the hands of Jason McGee, transfers

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it to Ciaran Thomson, his partner in midfield. The shot is over the bar.

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Donegal take the lead for the first time in their first points from

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play. It is that man, Ciaran Thompson. He scored his free kicks

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with the inside of the brute, this is a difficult skill, the breeze is

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blowing into his face, he drilled underneath the ball, you see how low

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he put his leg to the ground, fantastic contact on the ball and a

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great point. What a fabulous catch by Matthew Fitzpatrick! His shot

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just wasn't as good as the initial cat. He climbed highest in front --

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the initial catch. Down on the ground he tried to toe tap it right

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into the screens on, something you very readily see in Gaelic football.

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-- very rarely. Donegal on the attack, the ball in the hands of

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Michael Carroll, pretends to go one way and goes another. Jason McGee

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looking for options left on side. Non-ahead of him so he decides to go

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backwards. There is the wrong from Frank McGlynn, what can he create?

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Passing it to Michael Murphy, just takes on the player, wins the free.

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The referee looks at it. Shaun McRae, it judged to have committed

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the foul. -- Sean McVeigh. Murphy wanted the

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ball to go forward. We see many teams are happy to part the ball

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sideways, backwards. Murphy drove the ball forward, great to see him

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do that, he is such a great athlete, so dangerous. Sean McVeigh has his

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hands full trying to contain him at the minute. Ciaran Thompson, an

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opportunity to increase his scoreline. From Donegal, three from

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27 metres out. Swings the left but at it. Over the bar it goes, 6-4.

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Donegal making Antrim pay, particularly from frees. Donegal

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committed one foul in this game. As for Antrim? They have committed

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five. That is the difference. I would say, I noticed it is Paddy's

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first game in an Ulster Championship, some of those frees

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you might not get off other referees, but let's commend the free

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taking and the general point taking of these two sides. To have ten

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points on the board in the first 15 minutes, you don't see it very often

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in an Ulster Championship. Midfielder Stephen Beattie, he has

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found a point. A former Antrim hurler had the decision at the

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beginning of the season to go with the hurlers or the foot ball,

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decided to go with the football. He hits a lovely point from the queue

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angle, 6-5, just the minimum between them. High ball into the heart of

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the Antrim defence. The saffron is come away with it, the saffron is or

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green today. -- the saffrons or green today. Keirin Ward, -- Caolan

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Ward, can he find his man? Lockdown, comes off one of the Antrim players.

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The umpire suggests it is a 45. I believe McCann played for that

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committee was outnumbered along the end line. He kicked it at the

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Donegal defence with the hope that he would win a 45, intelligent play.

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It gives an opportunity from a gaudy to keep up this great accuracy

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Antrim have had so far today. -- for CJ McGroarty. It is going to be 45,

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taken by CJ McGroarty. Trying to judge where the wind is

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blowing. Whatever slight advantage it may have, it looks like it is

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going out this first half. Off the tee that. -- off the deck. A foul

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has been committed, pulled back. Play will not continue, a free out

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for Donegal. Fantastic catch by Chris Kerr, you want your big men

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under the crossbar to save, pretty much he saved a point. Fantastic

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leap, fantastic catch, good effort by CJ McGroarty but great work from

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Murphy. Great catch from Murphy. Donegal on the attack. The ball of

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Caolan Ward pulls it out to Jason McGee. Michael Murphy. Two or three

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phases of play before Murphy gets on the ball, tucked the ball on the

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ground. Sean McMahon Egypt to get things back and running. -- Sean

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McVeigh eager to get things back and running. Antrim struggling to get

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the ball out of their own defence. He played from the back, Conor

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Hamill. The full-back, Patrick Gallagher, just about everyone at

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Ballybofey thought that was going to be impact, but the challenge didn't

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happen. Quick turn, on the left foot, the umpires look at one

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another and the ball goes wide. Lovely crossfield pass to McGourty.

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40 was under more pressure than he was. He would usually put them under

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the left foot. Paddy McGrath, fair pressure. First wide for Antrim.

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Donegal on the attack yet again. The ball is with cornerback Gallagher.

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It will be a free out. Here is the full forward, Brendan Bradley.

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Centre halfback, the St John's club man. Passes it outside. The ball

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finds its way to Brendan Bradley again, switches the play again.

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Matthew Fitzpatrick. One a Sigurdsson cup with St Mary's just a

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couple of months ago. High ball played into the square. McGourty

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with the shot! It goes along the face of the goal and wide! What an

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opportunity. Well, the Antrim coaching staff knew

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that was a real opportunity. CJ McGourty gets it. Just misjudged it.

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Great movement by McGourty across the face to get into that space. The

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side of the ground. Again he snatched at it. It was not an easy

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opportunity with the angle closing in and Paddy McGrath right on him,

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but you would expect CJ to hit the target that, he will be really

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disappointed with that. Lovely movement by Antrim, getting in

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behind, you don't often see that. Over the past three minutes, Donegal

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have had three attacks. The referee has blown the whistle three times.

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Two free is going out today, that was the third. Matthew Fitzpatrick.

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Gives it to his cornerback, Peter Healy. Declan Lynch has it. It is in

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the comfortable hands of McCann. Take a bounce. The referee says no,

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it is going to be a free out because he was using his other hand to push

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the player away. One point between the teams. 21 minutes gone. Those

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supporters might just be happy enough. Yes, they will. They've made

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the long journey across here to Ballybofey. They saw their minors

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have a fantastic win after extra time. We can see the Antrim seniors

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have really brought it right up to Donegal. Donegal on the charge yet

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again. Brian McHugh at the end of that one, opportunity presents

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itself, just the wrong side of the post. The ball goes wide. McHugh was

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looking for a man inside, he wanted the goal chance. When it was gone he

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went for a point, he was under extreme pressure when he tried to

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hook that back out over his shoulder. Just wide. Brian McHugh,

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an old-style, former Young Player of the Year, terrific young footballer

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Ryan McHugh. Antrim in possession, the ball with wing halfback Paddy

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McAleer. Tackled well by Murphy, McVeigh goes charging. Here come

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Donegal... Martin Reilly. Nice babe of the shoulder from

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Ciaran Thompson, who has been very impressive in the opening 23

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minutes. Hugh McFadden from a long way out.

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Super score. Fantastic score. McFadden is trying to lift the crowd

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as well. From that distance, the wind has died down a little in the

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last few minutes. Even to take the shot and was fairly ambitious, but

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to execute it was superb skill. Donegal lead by two points, their

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biggest lead so far in this game. 23 minutes gone. Chris Kerr will take

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the kicked out. Looking for someone. Hits it short, finds his man, as is

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the way in modern day Gaelic football.

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Paddy McNair ride, moving forward at speed -- Paddy McBride. Bradley has

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another man inside him. Stephen Beattie going for a second point,

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goes for the shot at the wrong side of the post. Another wide for

:25:19.:25:24.

Antrim, therefore so far. Yes, they started the game so well -- their

:25:25.:25:29.

fourth so far. In terms of converting opportunities, they have

:25:30.:25:32.

just fall away. Donegal have been able to get a bit more pressure on

:25:33.:25:38.

their shots. McCann and McGourty have not been as isolated. The shots

:25:39.:25:41.

have been tougher, Antrim will be looking to get another score. It is

:25:42.:25:47.

an advantage the wind has given them. Caolan -- Ciaran Thompson find

:25:48.:25:54.

his partner. Antrim or on the attack again. McGourty out in front of his

:25:55.:26:01.

man. The ball was too far on top of them. Instead, Donegal go. This is

:26:02.:26:05.

where Donegal are really dangerous, on the counterattack. The pass a

:26:06.:26:11.

little further in front than perhaps McHugh intended. The referee says it

:26:12.:26:15.

was a push and it will be a free in for Donegal. The ball kicked

:26:16.:26:16.

backwards. Hugh McFadden passed the ball

:26:17.:26:27.

inside. A shot comes in. The shot isn't on target, a wafer Donegal. --

:26:28.:26:36.

a wide. Their fourth so far. What will be under management by feeling

:26:37.:26:41.

right now? They will be relatively happy, they have got the faces of

:26:42.:26:44.

Donegal and force them to shoot from distance, they've had some great

:26:45.:26:48.

turnovers. Early in the game they were able to isolate their two

:26:49.:26:52.

threats, McCann and McGourty inside. They will be concerned in the last

:26:53.:26:55.

few minutes that they have been taking backwards and not been able

:26:56.:26:58.

to get the crossfield ball, the early ball into the inside forwards,

:26:59.:27:02.

as McGourty is down the line for this one. A great kick-out for Chris

:27:03.:27:14.

Kerr, Brendan Bradley took the mark. The advantage is that nobody is

:27:15.:27:16.

around to dispossess. The disadvantage of taking, gives

:27:17.:27:18.

Donegal an extra few seconds to get everybody back. Perhaps it won't

:27:19.:27:20.

battle. The referee says it was a foul on the early infringement

:27:21.:27:23.

brings the playback. The Antrim are giving as good as they get. That

:27:24.:27:27.

shouldn't really be a surprise. So many people were saying they didn't

:27:28.:27:32.

have a chance today. Perhaps people aren't surprised. I think for regard

:27:33.:27:35.

how will be a bit concerned about, we see again -- Gallagher will be

:27:36.:27:42.

concerned. They during the fire. It seems a little more open. I know it

:27:43.:27:45.

is early days in the Championship and a long time since the league,

:27:46.:27:49.

but Donegal seem potentially a little lacking in the structures

:27:50.:27:52.

around their defensive game that they've had over the last number of

:27:53.:27:58.

years. Oh, brilliant point! Superb free from CJ McGourty, absolutely

:27:59.:28:06.

brilliant. 7-6. The Antrim management console, and probably the

:28:07.:28:10.

answer is, brilliant score from McGourty! When he is confident, he's

:28:11.:28:20.

brilliant stop might yes, he is. You almost knew he was going to but that

:28:21.:28:24.

of despite it being a difficult free. The break of ball goes the way

:28:25.:28:29.

of Donegal. The crowd energised by that. You can hear them just a

:28:30.:28:34.

little bit louder. Hugh McFadden, partially blocked down. The ball

:28:35.:28:37.

eventually find its way to the other side of the field. The school comes

:28:38.:28:41.

in from distance, but it's not a score because it has gone wide. So

:28:42.:28:49.

will the score. Keirin -- Ciaran Thompson is the man who kicked that

:28:50.:28:56.

one. He has made it five. He was on for quite some time. The partial

:28:57.:29:00.

block from the Antrim defender was able to just get the Antrim defence

:29:01.:29:04.

back, set up enough to put pressure on to make that particular shot.

:29:05.:29:08.

Michael Murphy does well to win the break of ball yet again. Sean

:29:09.:29:11.

McVeigh chasing him, goes back another player, Frank McGlynn.

:29:12.:29:19.

Could Donegal, the kings of patience, take their chance, just

:29:20.:29:26.

wait for somebody, a little bit of space for some of the length,

:29:27.:29:29.

run-through, I should say. A little too long without hand telling, it is

:29:30.:29:33.

going to be a free, and taken quickly. Brendan Bradley with 14 on

:29:34.:29:40.

the back of his church playing a deeper role during this game. -- on

:29:41.:29:47.

the back of his shirt. Fitzpatrick evades the tackle. Fitzpatrick still

:29:48.:29:51.

going, switches the play. Can McGourty get there? He does.

:29:52.:29:57.

And already you can see that Gallagher has picked up CJ McGourty.

:29:58.:30:01.

It was initially Paddy McGrath. Peter Middleton, a man outside him,

:30:02.:30:16.

still going, Donegal, scrambling everybody back, 13 players inside

:30:17.:30:23.

their own 45. This is what Donegal are waiting for, the turnover from

:30:24.:30:27.

Antrim, someone to misplace the pass, then you see them slingshot

:30:28.:30:33.

forward. So far and should have kept the ball really well. McCann didn't

:30:34.:30:39.

get his butt on to the Boyle, and it bounced into the hands of the

:30:40.:30:40.

goalkeeper. Ryan McHugh has two Antrim players

:30:41.:30:57.

for company, there are still going, still charging against this defence

:30:58.:31:02.

but gives the ball away. Antrim come away with it, Patrick Gallagher goes

:31:03.:31:07.

for the kick pass. The full-back kicking the ball, something we

:31:08.:31:11.

rarely see, well known by Brendan Bradley, filed in the process of

:31:12.:31:17.

doing so, the free taking quickly. Fitzpatrick, lovely lazy style when

:31:18.:31:22.

he runs, seems to glide by players, did well to recover that situation.

:31:23.:31:27.

That was a heavy challenge on Mark Sweeney.

:31:28.:31:33.

He looks in a lot of pain there. It was a hefty challenge and those ones

:31:34.:31:39.

particularly when players go down with their heads over the ball, you

:31:40.:31:44.

really expose yourself, and it was a robust challenge by McGee. He is

:31:45.:31:50.

aggressive, and certainly the ball was one, but it will make no

:31:51.:31:54.

difference, that is very sore in the head region. The game will be held

:31:55.:32:00.

up and rightly so. Mark Sweeney was sitting up.

:32:01.:32:11.

Ponder for Adams and Fitzsimmons, just a point behind with half an

:32:12.:32:18.

hour gone. -- plenty to ponder. I guess this is the last five minutes

:32:19.:32:22.

were Antrim are thinking, we are doing well, in this game, let

:32:23.:32:29.

Donegal snatch a goal in the end of the first half and it changes the

:32:30.:32:32.

complexion at half-time. Antrim are not trying to hold onto the lead,

:32:33.:32:37.

though. Hyperlink on the Chancellor Antrim goal, Fitzpatrick with the

:32:38.:32:44.

shot, and it is wide. The reaction tells its own story. What an

:32:45.:32:50.

opportunity for Antrim, and the ball goes wide. It was, just miss kicked

:32:51.:32:57.

shot from ham more about failing, and it was an acute angle but what

:32:58.:33:01.

an opportunity, did everything right. Antrim come away with it

:33:02.:33:06.

again, Sweeney with ball in hand, referee says no foul. This is where

:33:07.:33:12.

Donegal are dangerous, on the counterattack, driving forward with

:33:13.:33:17.

plenty of numbers, yellow jerseys everywhere, the bowlers into Murphy,

:33:18.:33:19.

an opportunity for a scholar, there is the kick and there is the go. And

:33:20.:33:26.

you just had the feeling it was coming, those last few minutes

:33:27.:33:29.

before the end of the first half, dangerous minutes. Antrim had the

:33:30.:33:34.

opportunity to find the back of the net, they didn't take it, Donegal

:33:35.:33:36.

did, and now it is 1- 07. What a great run.

:33:37.:33:57.

Fantastic car and got the crowd going. Gallagher introduced as a

:33:58.:34:01.

late replacement to McGourty, raised eyebrows inside this stadium. Antrim

:34:02.:34:12.

on the attack again. The shot again dropped short.

:34:13.:34:16.

Donegal have it. On the attack yet again, 1- 0726 points. The smaller

:34:17.:34:33.

the margin where Gaelic football points can turn. Donegal have it

:34:34.:34:37.

again, it is that man, Jamie Brennan yet again, is he fouled? The referee

:34:38.:34:40.

says no. He has stopped play -- the referee has

:34:41.:34:50.

stopped play because Donegal player is on the ground. Great defending by

:34:51.:34:54.

Conor Hamill on that occasion, lovely clean hand on the ball and

:34:55.:34:58.

then fouled. Brendan would have been -- Brennan would have been confident

:34:59.:35:02.

Hattie got past Hamill but he made the file. Lovely tackling as we see

:35:03.:35:08.

there. Clean as it gets. Great tackle. A forward making that tackle

:35:09.:35:12.

almost makes it even more impressive. It does, and as well as

:35:13.:35:17.

that, if you turn the ball over in your own you can convert a turnover

:35:18.:35:21.

into a score or if you rely on getting turnovers in your defence

:35:22.:35:24.

that is a long way up the field, so that is what managers want and the

:35:25.:35:29.

team love seeing, winning the ball back, particularly if it is a

:35:30.:35:32.

forward, shows everyone is buying into the team ethos of hard work.

:35:33.:35:40.

Declan Lynch. Passes it forward to the court of

:35:41.:35:45.

Patrick Gallaher taking the ball perhaps 30 yards. Here is BT, away

:35:46.:35:54.

on the left-hand side, decides to go backwards. The ball in the pores of

:35:55.:36:00.

Gallagher. Antrim just trying to create that space, that opportunity.

:36:01.:36:06.

Sweeney from a distance, tackled from behind, the referee says no

:36:07.:36:07.

free. Kick out short. Donegal yet again on

:36:08.:36:41.

the attack, Martin Riley seeps into the 45. Goes for the shot. Jamie

:36:42.:36:49.

Brennan is having a real influence in this game. Fantastic score. I

:36:50.:36:56.

love the way he used the hand passed by McGee, get it into the man on

:36:57.:37:00.

form who has just scored a goal. Fantastic finish from that side of

:37:01.:37:04.

the ground as well, a real treat for the fans on that side of the

:37:05.:37:09.

stadium, a band roaring before the umpire reached for his white flag.

:37:10.:37:12.

We talked about the five minutes before the end of the first half,

:37:13.:37:16.

just a point separating the sides, and those five minutes are up. It is

:37:17.:37:24.

just a completely different team talk at half-time. It is, but you

:37:25.:37:30.

have to say the good teams wait for their moment, since an opportunity,

:37:31.:37:35.

and Donegal have put one on the board. They'd probably now put in a

:37:36.:37:39.

match-winning lead considering how well they play in the second half of

:37:40.:37:42.

games. They have the breeze behind them now. As much as Antrim could

:37:43.:37:51.

have clung on, it was only an inch or two across away from the post,

:37:52.:37:57.

but they are good teams and sense their moments, they pile on the

:37:58.:38:01.

scores and Donegal will be satisfied with the scoreboard and maybe more

:38:02.:38:06.

so than their overall performance. One Antrim player is a cause for

:38:07.:38:09.

concern, on the ground receiving medical treatment at the moment. We

:38:10.:38:16.

will wait to see just what is happening. It looks like it is

:38:17.:38:25.

Fitzpatrick on the ground. I think it is Sean McGreevy, former Antrim

:38:26.:38:28.

goalkeeper, trying to take off his gloves. It is not him, it looks

:38:29.:38:36.

nothing like him! My apologies to both men! This will be a worrying

:38:37.:38:41.

sign for Antrim because Mathew Fitzpatrick has been good when he

:38:42.:38:46.

has got on the ball. The dispossession tackle earlier was

:38:47.:38:49.

because of him. He would be a big loss stop new he is a great player,

:38:50.:38:58.

lovely to watch on the ball. He can pass the ball and take his own score

:38:59.:39:02.

but this looks like a significant injury, whether it is me or lower

:39:03.:39:08.

leg, they have called for the stretcher. Very disappointing for

:39:09.:39:13.

Antrim and Fitzpatrick. It has been a bad week for Mathew Fitzpatrick, a

:39:14.:39:17.

very disappointing one on all fronts, but he got the opportunity

:39:18.:39:24.

to play today. I know he was dying to play in this championship game

:39:25.:39:26.

but his afternoon has been ended early. We are into injury time in

:39:27.:39:34.

the first half. Ryan McHugh just gives him a pat. Very disappointing

:39:35.:39:40.

for Fitzpatrick, Antrim and bad management team because they will

:39:41.:39:43.

know what Rossi will be. And massive loss, you don't want any player to

:39:44.:39:47.

graft but particularly such a significant character. The way he

:39:48.:39:55.

was playing, helped inspire the team, so it will sink their hearts

:39:56.:40:00.

to see him go off in such pain. In -- it unfortunately looks to be a

:40:01.:40:03.

significant injury, whether it is his knee, it is very early but there

:40:04.:40:07.

is concern for them there, sad, you know? Let's have a look at that

:40:08.:40:14.

again, there is Fitzpatrick going in for it, goes down, straightaway,

:40:15.:40:21.

grabs it, difficult to tell. Let's look at it again, and knock to his

:40:22.:40:27.

ankle and his knee. Straightaway he grabs his right ankle. It could be

:40:28.:40:31.

his ankle or his knee or both. We just don't know, it is early days,

:40:32.:40:37.

but, great to hear him getting a round of applause, but it wasn't an

:40:38.:40:41.

incident that was particularly unfair as a challenge, it was just a

:40:42.:40:50.

greasy surface. Well-wishers turned that it -- Matt Fitzpatrick.

:40:51.:40:55.

Replacing Fitzpatrick is number 17, Kevin O'Boyle, the former Antrim

:40:56.:41:01.

captain. No more as a defender of attacker so perhaps a train jerked

:41:02.:41:06.

-- change of strategy from the Antrim management.

:41:07.:41:16.

CJ McGourty is on the 65 metre line, and is he going to have a go from

:41:17.:41:27.

here? I don't think so. I don't think I ever saw a kick scored with

:41:28.:41:32.

the breeze not being overly significant from here. We will see.

:41:33.:41:40.

There is map Fitzpatrick -- Mathew Fitzpatrick. Sad tight site to see

:41:41.:41:48.

Gaelic football. CJ McGourty did hit it short. Antrim on the attack yet

:41:49.:41:53.

again, McBride goes for the shot, it is acute, goes for it, and another

:41:54.:41:58.

wide for Antrim. That is their seventh so far today in comparison

:41:59.:42:03.

to Donegal's five. They have had opportunities. Yes, and that is the

:42:04.:42:08.

thing Rory Gallagher will be most focused on, trying to rectify in the

:42:09.:42:13.

second half, the fact that Antrim have got in behind the defence so

:42:14.:42:18.

often, but so many shots off. The half-time whistle goes. The score is

:42:19.:42:24.

Donegal one goal and eight points, Antrim six points. Supporters of

:42:25.:42:31.

both Donegal and Antrim needing their hats and sunglasses as the sun

:42:32.:42:36.

has come out to play. Beautiful sunshine, Donegal and Antrim

:42:37.:42:40.

supporters making the trip, all of them hoping to be in the next round

:42:41.:42:43.

of the championship and play either Derry or Tyrone for a place in the

:42:44.:42:52.

Ulster cup. Rory Gallagher, undefeated as assistant manager and

:42:53.:42:57.

manager of this Donegal team. He will be hoping that run continues.

:42:58.:43:01.

Play has restarted, the second half under way and Antrim when the

:43:02.:43:07.

breaking ball. Straightaway, Mark Sweeney one back. Rory McCann gives

:43:08.:43:15.

it to Sweeney, knew it would be blocked down. Sean McVeigh, gets it

:43:16.:43:25.

to Sweeney, passes it backwards. Trying to take on McGee, referee

:43:26.:43:35.

says it is free to Donegal. CJ McGourty will take this one.

:43:36.:43:41.

Confirmation of the teams going along the bottom of your screens,

:43:42.:43:47.

and it has been confirmed to the BBC that Matt Fitzpatrick has sustained

:43:48.:43:48.

ligament damage to the ankle. Free taken by McGourty off the

:43:49.:44:02.

ground, curling, doesn't have the distance or direction. Michael

:44:03.:44:05.

Murphy not for the first time today catches it inside the six yard box.

:44:06.:44:10.

Donegal on the counterattack. Breaking at speed. Cheon world. Now

:44:11.:44:17.

it is Ciaran Thompson. Trying to create space to get the

:44:18.:44:33.

shot off and Antrim are defending well, CJ McGourty back in his own 45

:44:34.:44:38.

there, ball goes loose, Donegal win it again, referee says no foul but

:44:39.:44:41.

eventually blows the whistle and the free will be given. 47 metres from

:44:42.:44:47.

goal. Yes, a strange start to the second half. A lot of mistakes, a

:44:48.:44:56.

lot of ball in dispute, and you can see that particular passage of play

:44:57.:45:00.

probably was a free kick in the end, and Murphy who caught that all under

:45:01.:45:04.

his own goalposts from the McGourty 45 metre free kick, charged up the

:45:05.:45:09.

field inspirationally, and is now with the wind at his back. We see

:45:10.:45:14.

him put this one in the ground and it is not beyond him. Michael Murphy

:45:15.:45:20.

just picking the grass from his studs. He has been in this situation

:45:21.:45:23.

so many times before, ball behind the 45, on the ground, goes for the

:45:24.:45:31.

shot, curls, doesn't have a direction. The man is human after

:45:32.:45:40.

all! Off the ground, curling, was never really making it. And it is

:45:41.:45:48.

one .0 8-6 points. Ball out of play, will be taken by Donegal.

:45:49.:46:03.

Paddy McGrath goes past his man, almost as though he wasn't there,

:46:04.:46:09.

Frank McGlynn gets it perhaps fortunately, McGlynn still going,

:46:10.:46:14.

trying to find Riley, Edi was. Now with Thompson. Back with Riley

:46:15.:46:19.

again, here is McGlynn, continued his run, space, could be tempted to

:46:20.:46:25.

go for the score, over the bar it goes, Frank McGlynn. Round of

:46:26.:46:30.

applause from the Donegal support, his championship debut made in 2006

:46:31.:46:36.

and still going strong in 2017. Fantastic by McGlynn, the way he

:46:37.:46:39.

ghosts inside, it's not like the opposition don't know about it, he

:46:40.:46:43.

has done it so long, but the timing and composure on his weaker left

:46:44.:46:47.

foot as well, fantastic scoring an important were Donegal. Murphy

:46:48.:46:52.

driving at this Antrim defence. Loses possession, Antrim come away

:46:53.:46:57.

with it, trying to break at speed. Here is Kevin O'Boyle, and allows it

:46:58.:47:03.

to bounce in front of him, from Antrim captain, just passes it

:47:04.:47:10.

inside. -- former Antrim captain. He is Sweeney. Passes it back.

:47:11.:47:20.

Peter Healy tries to find Bradley, who in turn finds Kevin O'Boyle,

:47:21.:47:27.

will Eoin Doyle go for it? Bounced it twice. -- will Ogogo for it. The

:47:28.:47:34.

right decision but perhaps not the right man. A wasted opportunity,

:47:35.:47:40.

that passwords on, badly gave it to a Boyle and there was another chance

:47:41.:47:45.

for a go if Antrim played faster and properly. They only have themselves

:47:46.:47:50.

to blame for that file, and Donegal can build against a white Paddy

:47:51.:47:55.

McGrath, more championship starts than any other player, currently

:47:56.:47:59.

playing Gaelic football. So consistent, he offers so much

:48:00.:48:05.

defensively. When he gets on the ball he is neat and tidy and uses it

:48:06.:48:09.

well and that -- that stat doesn't surprise me, a key member of that

:48:10.:48:19.

team. Donegal just relaxing into this attack, it almost seems. So

:48:20.:48:25.

comfortable in possession. They eventually win the free, and this

:48:26.:48:29.

will be a substitution coming on, Jack Dowling from the Saint Bridges

:48:30.:48:32.

club in Belfast, his father played for Armagh back in the day, and Jack

:48:33.:48:41.

very much with Antrim, six foot four frame, I would imagine he would go

:48:42.:48:44.

straight into the middle of the field. He will, I played alongside

:48:45.:48:48.

him at Queens University for a couple of years, he will be throwing

:48:49.:48:52.

himself around, a big man as you can see, plays without aggression, but

:48:53.:48:57.

plenty of skill as well, unfortunate not to start but has almost a full

:48:58.:49:02.

half to impose himself. William McCann then man taken off, so it

:49:03.:49:08.

will be a free for Donegal -- Ruairi McCann. In similar position to the

:49:09.:49:17.

one he missed a few minutes ago. Retford, plenty of distance to spare

:49:18.:49:23.

and straight between the posts. Fantastic kick, and that ability to

:49:24.:49:30.

self correct from the previous one, almost an identical position,

:49:31.:49:32.

studied further towards the right-hand post and a great kick.

:49:33.:49:39.

Instead of dropping his head, he learned from his mistakes. Great

:49:40.:49:51.

kick. Antrim on the attack. McVeigh passes the ball to Declan Lynch. Now

:49:52.:49:57.

Stephen Beatty. Passes backwards team that they again and here is

:49:58.:50:06.

Jack Dowling, and there is Matt Fitzpatrick, and unfortunately

:50:07.:50:10.

Fitzpatrick is using a crutch. Thankfully it seems to be walking to

:50:11.:50:15.

an extent. We wish him well in his recovery. Good to see him come back

:50:16.:50:18.

out and support the team, get round to the bench. I have had an ankle

:50:19.:50:24.

ligament injury myself, needed surgery, and it is nasty and will

:50:25.:50:29.

probably be a season over, but thankfully it hasn't been more

:50:30.:50:32.

severe than that for Fitzpatrick. Murphy goes charging in but it goes

:50:33.:50:36.

to ground and with three yellow jerseys surrounding him, eventually

:50:37.:50:43.

the ball on the ground. Free out, Ryan McHugh takes it. Ward finds

:50:44.:50:58.

McGlynn. Here is the cornerback, Gallagher. Again, passes it

:50:59.:51:03.

backwards. Donegal very much in control. On the attack yet again,

:51:04.:51:08.

the shot from distance, blocked down. Antrim come away with it.

:51:09.:51:14.

Patrick Gallagher now has his hands on the ball. Passes it back. They

:51:15.:51:22.

tried to break out this left-hand side. Donegal with the high press,

:51:23.:51:31.

trying to prevent Antrim coming out of defence, that is brilliant play.

:51:32.:51:38.

Paddy McAleer still going, passes it inside to Conor Hamill, you could do

:51:39.:51:45.

with support, finds it. Badly. The referee blows his whistle, stops the

:51:46.:51:51.

play. He has to stop play because Donegal player is down. It is

:51:52.:51:55.

Brennan, he looks as if he has done something to his right shoulder

:51:56.:51:59.

during the tackle, he is in a great amount of pain. Right in front of us

:52:00.:52:03.

here, as soon as he went to ground he was rolling in agony, and it

:52:04.:52:07.

looks like a serious shoulder injury to the man who has scored the only

:52:08.:52:11.

goal and has had a great game so far. That looks so. -- it looks

:52:12.:52:22.

painful. He has made a brilliant impact since coming into this

:52:23.:52:29.

Donegal senior team. Concerned supporters, but all will be happy to

:52:30.:52:33.

see Brennan back on his feet. Will he be able to continue? The pat on

:52:34.:52:38.

the back suggests he will. We can see it just as he was tackling, he

:52:39.:52:43.

lands on the right shoulder, you can get a stinger sometimes where you

:52:44.:52:47.

just get that pain and it eases once you get up and get moving, and

:52:48.:52:50.

that's what they are going to try with him. Certainly looks painful. A

:52:51.:52:56.

change in the Donegal team, Eoin McHugh coming on, cousin of Brian,

:52:57.:53:12.

cousin of Mark, nephew of Martin. The man taken off is Mulligan, the

:53:13.:53:21.

late replacement for Patrick McBrearty. So a debut for him.

:53:22.:53:26.

Antrim in possession, Sweeney gives it to the long-running Jack Dowling

:53:27.:53:33.

who is chopped down as he attacked the ball, and a free for Antrim.

:53:34.:53:41.

They haven't scored in the second half. They could really do with a

:53:42.:53:44.

point here because the longer that goes on, it could turn into an awful

:53:45.:53:50.

disaster for Antrim. Absolutely. CJ will hope to put this over the bar.

:53:51.:53:56.

Good courage by Dowling, he put his head low over the ball, and got a

:53:57.:54:00.

leg to the head for his troubles, and a free kick in. Antrim

:54:01.:54:04.

definitely need this, the game needs Antrim to get on the scoreboard

:54:05.:54:09.

here. Seven points between the teams. CJ McGourty either the

:54:10.:54:17.

target. -- I was at the target. Kicks it over the crossbar, deficit

:54:18.:54:23.

reduced to six. Antrim's first score in 20 minutes. As we said they

:54:24.:54:26.

definitely need it. Nicely floated in as well by McGourty offer left

:54:27.:54:33.

footer, bloated in really nice, and Antrim will hope to build on this

:54:34.:54:37.

but you get the sense that Donegal are waiting to pounce and kill this

:54:38.:54:41.

came off. Brilliant catch from Jason McGee. Takes the mark, hits it

:54:42.:54:49.

quickly, Hugh McFadden, had an impact on the first half, tries to

:54:50.:54:54.

play it inside but the referee says it was a foul, just a little earlier

:54:55.:54:59.

before he hit the ball inside. A free in for Donegal. He pulled it

:55:00.:55:04.

back for the advantage there, within the five seconds, the advantage

:55:05.:55:07.

didn't accrue. Again you would expect Donegal to take this one. It

:55:08.:55:13.

was probably a free kick there as they were charging in. Good

:55:14.:55:24.

refereeing. Chris Kerr between the sticks, Antrim captain this year.

:55:25.:55:33.

Michael Murphy, Donegal captain since he was 22. In spite of all he

:55:34.:55:39.

has achieved he is still just 27 years old. Remarkable maturity, and

:55:40.:55:43.

an impressive young man. Rounds of applause suggest the free was

:55:44.:55:55.

successful. It was. 1.1 1-7 points. Rory Gallagher, almost looks as

:55:56.:55:58.

though he is playing every pass, taking every hit on the sideline.

:55:59.:56:03.

Jack Dowling goes up for it, gets its hands on, the referee says it

:56:04.:56:10.

will be a free end for Antrim. Sean McVeigh will take it, hits it back.

:56:11.:56:18.

Takes the return pass. McVeigh still going, passes it inside, finds the

:56:19.:56:23.

centre halfback. Declan Lynch, now Paddy McBride, nice ball inside to

:56:24.:56:27.

the path of Bradley who goes for the shot and again it drops short.

:56:28.:56:33.

Donegal now have time to build from the back. McGee, looks for the

:56:34.:56:49.

return pass, doesn't get it. McHugh gives it to his midfielder, that was

:56:50.:56:54.

Jason McGee, now Donegal have the ball inside the 13, playing it out,

:56:55.:57:02.

however. Michael Murphy. Trying to get into a bit of action, Murphy

:57:03.:57:06.

knocks McVeigh out of his way, goes for the score. Well, that is what it

:57:07.:57:16.

is. Pushes McVeigh out of his way, lies back, just throws the boot at

:57:17.:57:22.

it, his fifth point today. He goes from strength to strength.

:57:23.:57:26.

Fantastic, and he has done so much today, taking the game on, and

:57:27.:57:31.

proactive, McVeigh went with him at that time he made the move. He just

:57:32.:57:39.

shrugged McVeigh, who was a big man, and hit that shot and you knew when

:57:40.:57:43.

he got that he would nail the squirrel from so far out, and he is

:57:44.:57:48.

really stepping up today, Michael Murphy, what a point. Great score

:57:49.:57:53.

from the Donegal captain leading by example, Bailey is, in the middle of

:57:54.:57:55.

things yet again, going for the catch, doesn't get it, breaking

:57:56.:58:01.

ball, referee says a foul, free into Donegal. Karl Lacey has come on as

:58:02.:58:05.

substitute replacing Michael Carroll. There is Karl Lacey, the

:58:06.:58:13.

year, first played for Donegal in 2006, not a bad man to bring him on.

:58:14.:58:18.

Fantastic stunt to have them. The retirements Donegal have had have

:58:19.:58:23.

been documented. Some that the boy perhaps have their best football

:58:24.:58:26.

behind the moment is a chance for the new guys to come in, Callaghan

:58:27.:58:30.

Brennan. The opportunities are there now for them to get minutes and

:58:31.:58:33.

feature but key for people like Murphy and Lacey to come back into

:58:34.:58:37.

the fold, even in the fold, Ruan Pienaar in changing, after --

:58:38.:58:40.

training after a win loss to keep things on track. This game is fast

:58:41.:58:45.

deteriorating into the Michael Murphy show. Round of applause for

:58:46.:58:50.

him, and there he is, conducting the orchestra in the forward line, 1.1

:58:51.:58:54.

3-7 points, six points from Murphy today. He has taken them on. From

:58:55.:59:02.

the midfield role, often I have watched him play and I have wanted

:59:03.:59:07.

him to give the ball, get it back, driver defenders because I know he

:59:08.:59:09.

strikes the into them, and watching him do it today is fantastic. He

:59:10.:59:15.

looks anomalous form as the season rolls on. You are losing a game by

:59:16.:59:20.

six points and end up making some substitutions, there is one from

:59:21.:59:23.

Antrim's point of view, bringing on Conor Small.

:59:24.:59:32.

Here comes Brendan Bradley, being taken off.

:59:33.:59:39.

Brendan Bradley is, and there is Patrick McBrearty. Again, not a bad

:59:40.:59:50.

man to bring on. Yes, I still rate McBrearty as one of the top three

:59:51.:59:55.

four inside forwards in the game, the latex possession so plainly and

:59:56.:59:59.

turned sharply, and that left foot is so damaging. I expect him to

:00:00.:00:03.

start games at Donegal and progress further in the Ulster Championship.

:00:04.:00:08.

Jamie Brennan makes way, breaking ball was won by Antrim to McCann.

:00:09.:00:09.

It's it short. Behind from Michael Murphy. Murphy

:00:10.:00:20.

looking to do the dirty work. I have been hit by Jack Dowling before,

:00:21.:00:26.

Murphy has felt the effect of that, he is one solid man, loves the gym,

:00:27.:00:31.

Jack Dowling. It wasn't his fault that Murphy came in trying to

:00:32.:00:35.

dispossess him. He has come out potentially with sore ribs, Michael

:00:36.:00:41.

Murphy. Amazing that Michael Murphy is 27 years of age, captain of a

:00:42.:00:46.

county team at 22 committee said the 2011 game against Kildare when they

:00:47.:00:50.

won that quarterfinal was the best ever memory in a Donegal shirt,

:00:51.:00:54.

despite winning championships after that despite winning an All-Ireland.

:00:55.:00:59.

No matter how big he has put in the big stage, he is still doing dirty

:01:00.:01:04.

work. He is. He charges into the ball, looking to get a hand in to

:01:05.:01:08.

get it back. He might have hurt his hand. Yes, I think you are right.

:01:09.:01:13.

Hand or potentially ribs, lower ribs. We just don't know. Hopefully

:01:14.:01:18.

he will be OK to continue. He is one of the great players. Certainly of

:01:19.:01:23.

his own generation, the way he has led teams. I played against him at

:01:24.:01:28.

school football. Even then, you could tell he had leadership

:01:29.:01:32.

qualities. What a career. After those medals, you would be very,

:01:33.:01:39.

very happy. He is hungry for more. He won't want to come off. He said

:01:40.:01:44.

Brendan and of any was his childhood hero. One suspects there are many

:01:45.:01:48.

children in the crowd to beg where that man is indeed his hero. Murphy

:01:49.:01:56.

is back on his feet. Doesn't look 100%. I would be surprised if

:01:57.:02:01.

Donegal took the risk of letting Murphy finished the game, which is

:02:02.:02:05.

disappointing for the supporters. But I would imagine they will maybe

:02:06.:02:08.

try to get him off to protect their star player. Kevin O'Boyle takes on

:02:09.:02:17.

his man, does very well indeed. Patrick Gallagher, the full-back,

:02:18.:02:20.

tries to play at inside. Players charging with the ball.

:02:21.:02:26.

Conor Small finds his man. Kevin O'Boyle again. CJ McGourty, very

:02:27.:02:37.

deep. McGourty once the return pass, doesn't get it. Paddy McBride has

:02:38.:02:41.

it, does well to maintain possession, skips past one man and

:02:42.:02:44.

tries to go buy a second. Transfers in football, Jack Dowling has it. It

:02:45.:02:49.

is in the hands of Kevin O'Boyle. CJ McGourty. They are having to work

:02:50.:02:53.

very hard to get into this Donegal half of the field. Declan Lynch.

:02:54.:03:02.

Donegal's 13 players inside their own 45-metre line. Cornerback, Peter

:03:03.:03:11.

Healy, Declan Lynch. Paddy McBride, Jack Dowling.

:03:12.:03:18.

Donegal are making it extremely difficult for this Antrim attack to

:03:19.:03:23.

penetrate that defence. No holes, no gaps. Thomas McCann, trying to

:03:24.:03:29.

create a bit of space for himself, goes into the tackle, stripped of

:03:30.:03:34.

the ball. Donegal, away with it, and you wouldn't be surprised if Donegal

:03:35.:03:38.

can exist with the score, we have seen it so might then do it so often

:03:39.:03:42.

in the past. Attacking at speed was Eoin McHugh. The ball in the hands

:03:43.:03:47.

of Jason McGee, still going, goes for the shot. Off the post. Paul

:03:48.:03:50.

Stirling play and eventually trickles out for a goal kick,

:03:51.:03:55.

classic Donegal -- ball still in plaster, we didn't see that in the

:03:56.:03:59.

first half, Antrim were able to get in behind him. That is what Donegal

:04:00.:04:03.

are all about, a great counterattack. Brendan McCole comes

:04:04.:04:11.

in. Sean McVeigh is taking off. There is Sean. He played from

:04:12.:04:16.

London, the Munden team that beat Fermanagh in the Championship just a

:04:17.:04:22.

few years ago. -- the London team. Another substitution for Donegal.

:04:23.:04:26.

That man coming on, Martin Michael O'Neill. Two years ago during the

:04:27.:04:33.

first game of the he played against Tyrone, scored a goal that they --

:04:34.:04:38.

Martin McElhinney. Ciaran Thompson is a name we haven't heard an awful

:04:39.:04:42.

lot of the past few years. A massive impact today. Yes, he has, the whole

:04:43.:04:48.

seasons so far in Division 1, a fantastic league campaign. Today you

:04:49.:04:52.

can see his quality, what a left footed house. His brother Anthony

:04:53.:04:56.

has been a mainstay of the Donegal team. -- what a quality. Had a ride

:04:57.:05:02.

on the charge, Jack Dowling unable to bundle up the ball. For the

:05:03.:05:08.

briefest of seconds that goal needed Antrim to moving, were not able to

:05:09.:05:14.

do it. Donegal win back the ball, on the attack again. Referee says play

:05:15.:05:20.

on. Ryan McHugh. Still going, tries to pass it inside, given away.

:05:21.:05:25.

Donegal win it back. Patrick McBrearty. Left foot from a long way

:05:26.:05:34.

out. And it is wide. Paddy McBrearty is hoping to play in his seventh

:05:35.:05:42.

gold -- Ulster final this year. He is only 23 years of age. Yellow card

:05:43.:05:48.

for keirin ward. Back to the McBrearty Boyd, 23 years of age and

:05:49.:05:52.

hoping to make a seventh Ulster final -- Caolan Ward. I had to check

:05:53.:05:57.

that, it seemed absurd. It is hard to believe he is only 23 years of

:05:58.:06:01.

age. He has been around for such a long period of time and integral to

:06:02.:06:05.

the success Donegal have had in that period. How many more years will he

:06:06.:06:12.

be via? What a player. Donegal winning the breaking ball, highball,

:06:13.:06:14.

good defending from Antrim. The degree Patrick Gallagher. Whether

:06:15.:06:19.

they are written so much on defence or attacking from defence, Patrick

:06:20.:06:23.

Gallagher has been impressive today. Antrim have had a number of players

:06:24.:06:27.

holding their own, some defenders really came out, they have not been

:06:28.:06:31.

able to convert early on, come bursting opportunities, it really

:06:32.:06:36.

died off after the first 15 minutes, struggling for scores big-time.

:06:37.:06:40.

Paddy McBride tries to bring it in front of Mark Sweeney. Coming just a

:06:41.:06:45.

little bit too much. It goes wide -- hurling.

:06:46.:06:49.

We already have too much yous on the field, we're about to get a third,

:06:50.:06:58.

Mark McHugh. When with All-Ireland. -- window with All-Ireland. --

:06:59.:07:05.

winner. Hoping to get back on the field. Frank McGlynn. Finds

:07:06.:07:13.

McBrearty out in front of his man. Strong attack from McBrearty. You

:07:14.:07:17.

can hear the ball snap off his gloves. Still going, look at the

:07:18.:07:22.

return pass, fast hands. I challenge, the referee says play on

:07:23.:07:26.

coming the shot from distance, as the direction but not strength. The

:07:27.:07:30.

referee brings it back for the initial foul, it is going to be a

:07:31.:07:34.

three in so much trouble free inside the 45. That is -- a free inside the

:07:35.:07:42.

45. He sprinted towards goal, that is a trait that not many forwards

:07:43.:07:48.

have today. Most pass it back. McBrearty is so direct, that is why

:07:49.:07:52.

we rate him so highly. Caolan Ward is making way. Again, high

:07:53.:07:58.

performance from Ward, attacking at every single opportunity. We want to

:07:59.:08:03.

see more of him in the future. It was him who made the intercept as

:08:04.:08:08.

Jack Dowling was an golf Antrim a couple of minutes ago. He tracked

:08:09.:08:12.

back, a clean tackle to save a goal opportunity -- on goal for Antrim.

:08:13.:08:15.

McBrearty going for this one, a free.

:08:16.:08:21.

Takes a couple of bounces, and just steadies himself.

:08:22.:08:32.

McBrearty, curls it with the left, straight over the cost of my

:08:33.:08:41.

crossbar. -- by crossbar. Getting off the mark in the Ulster

:08:42.:08:46.

Championship, a nice free for him, struck it well, lovely left footed

:08:47.:08:49.

free kicks we have been treated to today with CJ McGourty.

:08:50.:08:57.

Intercepted, Jason McGee. Donegal's midfield has been impressive this

:08:58.:09:10.

afternoon. Paddy McGrath takes it. Attacking at speed, needs troops

:09:11.:09:15.

left and right. One of them is McHugh. Ryan McHugh passing it

:09:16.:09:20.

inside. Paddy McGrath! Who started the move, finishes it into the back

:09:21.:09:26.

of the net. And Donegal, whether it is an attack, midfield or defence,

:09:27.:09:32.

they are absolutely sensational. They were, and Michael Murphy with a

:09:33.:09:36.

defence splitting crossfield pass to stop bad. Some great fast hands.

:09:37.:09:44.

McHugh finding it. But Paddy McGrath, he rode the tackle from the

:09:45.:09:48.

keeper well. He just got the foot onto the ball, a lovely smile on his

:09:49.:09:52.

face, she is chuffed with that goal, lovely unselfish play, by degree

:09:53.:09:58.

from McHugh. It cut the move wide open and it freed up so many

:09:59.:10:03.

players. Fantastic goal by Donegal. Thomas McCann goes for the school,

:10:04.:10:07.

the angle acute, even for a right footed attack at -- Thomas McCann

:10:08.:10:11.

goes for the score. Just didn't have the direction. Rory Gallagher, go

:10:12.:10:19.

get the subcommittee shouts. -- go get the Saab, he shouts. Passes it

:10:20.:10:28.

backwards. Lacie has been quiet since being introduced as a

:10:29.:10:32.

second-half substitute, but he has found the time. It is going to be a

:10:33.:10:39.

free in yet again. Karl Lacey always has nice jazzy but is. Yes, he does.

:10:40.:10:46.

-- jazzy boots. He is a nice player to watch and he looks after himself

:10:47.:10:51.

as well. You can see he is a fantastic athlete. It will be

:10:52.:10:54.

interesting to see his impact, how content he will be with potentially

:10:55.:10:57.

having a bit part in this Donegal team. He will want to play as many

:10:58.:11:02.

minutes as he can. How you can adapt to what the Gallagher is asking him

:11:03.:11:05.

to do off the bench could be crucial. Is that the key point in

:11:06.:11:10.

how we see? He said whether I play seven minutes or one minute or no

:11:11.:11:13.

minute at all, I'm still feeling good enough I want to give everybody

:11:14.:11:17.

a goal -- Karl Lacey. The easiest thing for those 32-year-old would be

:11:18.:11:22.

to say, I have been there and done it. The guys who want to be there,

:11:23.:11:28.

the team, the young guys to aspire to. Retallick will be delighted to

:11:29.:11:35.

have him. Great kick from Paddy McBride and eat -- Rory Gallagher

:11:36.:11:40.

will be delighted. Coming on is 23, Michael Langan. Getting to know

:11:41.:11:46.

Paddy McBride. Frank McGlynn has made way.

:11:47.:11:50.

Into the middle of the field. Yet again chasing midi. -- McGee. Paddy

:11:51.:12:02.

McBride in needs help, find it. Karl Lacey, will he be tempted to go for

:12:03.:12:09.

a score? Left foot, goes for it. The game as a contest is over right now.

:12:10.:12:15.

In reality it has been for a while. This is veering an exhibition stuff

:12:16.:12:18.

for Donegal. On the left foot as well. Quick hands, unselfish play,

:12:19.:12:23.

the man and a better position. McGlynn on the left foot and now

:12:24.:12:27.

Karl Lacey, they are bonus was the Donegal. Fantastic scores that they

:12:28.:12:30.

are, we have been treated to some very fine point taking today. A 23

:12:31.:12:39.

point total, it is impressive. From Ari Gallagher's team. -- Ruairi

:12:40.:12:46.

Gallagher. One of the Antrim players has lost his boot. I think that's

:12:47.:12:53.

Conor Small. A little bit of argy-bargy going on between McGee in

:12:54.:12:54.

there. Paddy Nealon, the referee, has

:12:55.:13:08.

little this is used to be made today. Yes, he has. It is a game

:13:09.:13:13.

that has been easy enough to referee. Michael Murphy gets a

:13:14.:13:17.

yellow card. He was putting in a shift offensively for his side right

:13:18.:13:20.

to the end. A bit overzealous with the tackling there. It just shows

:13:21.:13:24.

you how hungry he still is. I'm surprised to see him out there after

:13:25.:13:28.

that heavy head he took, but he wants to be out there, leading the

:13:29.:13:31.

team every minute of the day. Paddy Muir and has had a good job.

:13:32.:13:36.

Potentially a few free kicks he gave in early that could have been let go

:13:37.:13:42.

-- the referee had a good job. But he has been consistent and had a

:13:43.:13:47.

good game. Kevin O'Boyle. Fiennes Jack Dowling, Mark Sweeney. He needs

:13:48.:13:52.

help, he has found it, Tomas McCann. High challenge from McGee.

:13:53.:13:56.

The referee blows the whistle. Tomas McCann will bounce up from that.

:13:57.:14:07.

Yellow card shown. To Neil McGee. The full-back.

:14:08.:14:24.

CJ McGourty strikes the free. Knocks it over the bar. Eight points to

:14:25.:14:36.

Antrim. 216 for Donegal. The Donegal supporters will be saying now, OK,

:14:37.:14:41.

the next thing the Ulster semifinal. It's going to be either Tyrone or

:14:42.:14:45.

Derry. And one might suspect that most people will either think that

:14:46.:14:49.

is going to be two, what a semifinal that could be. I stress, could. Of

:14:50.:14:58.

course, Derry have it within them to beat Tyrone. But you would expect it

:14:59.:15:01.

is going to be a big semifinal no matter what, a big step up from

:15:02.:15:05.

Donegal from here. Rory Gallagher will know that. And removed down

:15:06.:15:11.

into division four. Lovely pass. They will face a lot bigger test

:15:12.:15:15.

than this. It is great way to start, especially in the second half. A

:15:16.:15:20.

nice ball from McHugh, the bounce deceived Hugh McFadden and Antrim,

:15:21.:15:21.

we have it. Nugent. -- Nugent. McBride trying to take on this

:15:22.:15:33.

Donegal defence. Good plate from the wingback, he has found it. CJ

:15:34.:15:38.

McGourty, outside of the brood. Caught by the keeper. -- outside of

:15:39.:15:45.

the boot. Karl Lacey take the challenge, looks for help and finds

:15:46.:15:47.

it. Well, it has been a disappointing

:15:48.:15:54.

day for the Antrim management. They will have to regroup and go the way

:15:55.:15:59.

of the qualifiers. As for the goal, and this man in possession of the

:16:00.:16:03.

ball, Hugh McFadden, they are going into the Ulster semifinals. McFadden

:16:04.:16:07.

has been very impressive. He doesn't go for a score, he passes to Michael

:16:08.:16:11.

Langan. And Michael Langan gets a score.

:16:12.:16:17.

Giggled a lot of Donegal's scores have been coming off this right-hand

:16:18.:16:22.

side, great strength and determination by McFadden. Fantastic

:16:23.:16:30.

kick as well. With that breeze by Lang, he would be happy to get on

:16:31.:16:34.

the scoresheet. Unselfish play in the forward line. Donegal have given

:16:35.:16:38.

the ball to the man with the appropriate possession to take the

:16:39.:16:41.

score, that is why they scored so heavily on the second half. Donegal

:16:42.:16:44.

when the breaking ball, not the first time we have said that this

:16:45.:16:49.

afternoon. -- win the breaking ball. Mark McHugh just switches the play,

:16:50.:16:51.

Donegal on the attack. Jason McGee. Four additional minutes will be

:16:52.:17:03.

added at the end of this match. Donegal, well, they look as if they

:17:04.:17:09.

could play all day. Another point. 218-8 points. The school is just

:17:10.:17:13.

blowing out now. Donegal is putting their dominance on the game -- by

:17:14.:17:19.

score. A nice point with the breeze, Keidan that hands. Had enough on it

:17:20.:17:22.

to make it over the crossbar -- ticking. They will regroup, it will

:17:23.:17:28.

be a long month for them to find out who they get in the qualifiers. It

:17:29.:17:31.

is going to be difficult to see how they're going to be able to put

:17:32.:17:35.

together a run but you have to say they held their road to the first

:17:36.:17:41.

half of this game today. -- their own. Although it chance, a yard wide

:17:42.:17:47.

of the post, they conceded the first golden Brennan, that ended the game

:17:48.:17:54.

as a contest. -- the first goal to Brennan. Paddy McBride on the

:17:55.:17:59.

attack. He has been fouled, the referee says comeback. Paddy McBride

:18:00.:18:03.

is saying, why can you not say play advantage, play on? Shows his

:18:04.:18:07.

frustration. The Roscommon man says no, brings it back for the free. And

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it is game to be a free in for Antrim. CJ McGourty the man who will

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take it. Well, they have had big injuries coming into this game. Both

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Murray brothers, they lost their captain from last year, Kevin

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leglock. We talked about the manner having a smaller pool of players

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than the bigger teams -- Fermanagh. They are such quality players.

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Losing multiple quality players for a relatively small team who are, you

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know, up against the odds as it is, you can't afford to do it. And

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that's why it's hard when the opposition are bringing on quality

:18:54.:18:56.

of the bench and you're just hanging in there. Having sought Fermanagh

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last night and again and tonight, they need everyone fit and firing,

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and unfortunately they haven't had that luxury. When these sides played

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in 2009, Donegal have won three Ulster championships in All-Ireland,

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they have gone one way. Antrim have struggled, but they were impressive

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at times in the first half. A transfer Paddy McBride in! -- Paddy

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McGrath do. They are finishing with class! It is almost too easy. A

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great run inside, the pass was off-loaded, the perfect time. A

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change of gear by McBrearty. The finish was fantastic. Antrim have

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thrown in the towel now. It is just the way he caught inside the near

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post, great finish. One thing on his mind when he got there, it has

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really been too easy for Donegal this past 15 or 20 minutes, they

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have folded up quite weakly. You give opportunities like that to a

:19:52.:19:56.

team of talented players like Donegal, you can expect big scores,

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318, very impressive in a game of Championship football, particularly

:20:02.:20:04.

up here in Ulster. They're not finished yet. Another score! Mark

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McHugh this time. 319-9 points. People perhaps were fearing the

:20:08.:20:24.

worst today. But 19 point is massive... It is, that's what we

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fear. That is why the Championship has its critics, the former of a

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Division 1 team taking on a division 14. But it is what it is. Donegal

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have been exceptional, very professional. Last night in the

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second half they powered away, their fitness and experience and strength

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and depth has shown. It is difficult to Antrim, especially with the

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injury that sustained to Fitzpatrick as well. You know, Donegal have

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moved so well in the second half. They will be looking forward to that

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big semifinal we talked about. But Antrim have lost every game they've

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played away this year. That looks as if it is going to continue. I note

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the positivity, Martin Clarke, during the first half they were

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impressive at times, they did lead. What is the one thing that Antrim

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can take for this game Brazil and they look at the first half and how

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they got in behind Donegal, and organised defensive unit. They were

:21:20.:21:24.

able to get shots away from that, scoring around the 21. McGourty and,

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can cause problems. Unfortunately they don't have the strength and

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numbers to play for 70, 75 minutes of a Championship football. But they

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really took the fight to Donegal early. It did come down to the lack

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of numbers and the quality of Donegal in the end just to run right

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over the top of them. And to be so ruthless. That is what happens in

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Championship football against the best teams, there is no letting up,

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the competition for places is so hot. Antrim on the attack! They get

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a goal! The man that scored it is Conor Small. What a pass by McGourty

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outside of the left foot. Antrim have deserved a goal. That wasn't

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the first time they threatened the Donegal goal. Just seeing this path

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again by McGourty... Beautiful pass. Three or four Donegal defenders who

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took out, tidy finish in the top corner. The Donegal defence probably

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won't even worried about that, the ball had to go by four players.

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Shows the class. But the class belonged to Donegal today,

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particularly that man, Rory Gallagher. They go on to the Ulster

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semifinal. Handshakes all round. Final score from Ballybofey, it has

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finished 319 to one goal and nine. Congratulations, Rory, what was your

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overall take? Very pleased to be in the next round. To be honest, it was

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a poor game, it never really caught fire so it didn't, you know. It will

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stop- start in the second half but we will well in control. In the

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first half you had to be patient because Antrim had a decent start.

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Luckily there was a strong breeze out there. You wake up with a breeze

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and to be fair to CJ he had a couple of late scores, as did Tomas McCann.

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It took us a while to settle down, but it was an average performance

:23:18.:23:21.

for our souls from a long period. Very disappointed in the second-half

:23:22.:23:25.

performance. It was men against boys. Donegal stayed on in the

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second half and put us to the sword. You can have no complaints. I

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thought the first half we gave a very good performance, we are having

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a lack of luck these days. We lost Matthew Fitzpatrick, who was playing

:23:38.:23:41.

really well. We had a couple of good goal chances we didn't take the

:23:42.:23:45.

chances for points. It is a Division 1 team against a division 14. Were

:23:46.:23:50.

the goals are real highlight given the fact there were three fantastic

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team but is and you showed your transition on the strength of their

:23:55.:23:57.

side? Listen, they were good goals, a lot of good players. The reality

:23:58.:24:02.

is, we are operating in Division 1 the last number of years, Antrim

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were down to division four, we have got very good footballers. The goal

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has brightened up the whole day. Job very much done. As for Antrim, a big

:24:12.:24:16.

job of work to do. That is it, Oisin. A competitive enough first

:24:17.:24:21.

half, they had goal chances. They started the game positively. For a

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team that is coming out of division four, give Donegal a really good run

:24:26.:24:29.

for the first 15 minutes. The goal chance is obviously something they

:24:30.:24:34.

have worked on. Two diagonal balls, CJ McGourty, more of a half chance

:24:35.:24:38.

than an actual chance. This one, Matthew Fitzpatrick. You know,

:24:39.:24:41.

that's a real chance. That goes into the bottom end of the net. You have

:24:42.:24:48.

got a completely different game on our hands. Fortunately for Matthew

:24:49.:24:51.

Fitzpatrick, he had a tough week and ended up going off early. The ball

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should have went left, instead it goes right. Fluffed the chance, the

:24:56.:24:59.

ball in the keeper Boz McCance. The unfortunate thing from Antrim point

:25:00.:25:03.

of view at that stage is that Donegal then go to counterattack,

:25:04.:25:07.

right at the top of the field, and stick the ball in the back of the

:25:08.:25:10.

net. That encapsulated the game, the way the game had gone. You know

:25:11.:25:14.

what, I suppose from a Donegal point of view, you could see that the

:25:15.:25:18.

young lads, after this goal, the young lads started to build

:25:19.:25:22.

confidence. Michael Murphy of course involved, as he was in a lot of

:25:23.:25:25.

things. Brennan Scarlett the ball in the back of the net. Two minutes

:25:26.:25:29.

later, Michael kicks the ball over the bar. You could see Donegal,

:25:30.:25:33.

their spirit raised and the confidence levels. From that point

:25:34.:25:36.

on, the game was more or less up for the second half. The goals kept

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coming. Paddy McGrath and McGrady. McGrath had got a fair fairly torrid

:25:44.:25:52.

time for the first 15 minutes. They were on the counterattack, Antrim

:25:53.:25:55.

had no choice but to push out at this stage. The Donegal of old. Yes,

:25:56.:26:01.

and easy finish from McGrath. Ryan McHugh again involved. Clearing it

:26:02.:26:08.

up. At this stage, you know, Donegal were running completely rampant.

:26:09.:26:12.

Karl Lacey come on and had a good cameo, Paddy McGrath and he. --

:26:13.:26:16.

Paddy McGrath do. He showed his quality, going into

:26:17.:26:24.

the semifinal, it is nice to have players like that coming off the

:26:25.:26:28.

bench. To a large extent Rory Gallagher didn't seem that happy

:26:29.:26:33.

after the game. But I think he would be OK, he knows they will improve

:26:34.:26:37.

from this point. Paddy McAleer deep was nearly in the starting line-up,

:26:38.:26:40.

we are not sure whether it was practical or not that he didn't

:26:41.:26:46.

start -- Patrick McBrearty. You know, sometimes something like that

:26:47.:26:50.

just works. McBrearty has been tremendous. He is only 23 years of

:26:51.:26:56.

age. He is still on a steep learning curve, but you have to say that when

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he came onto the pitch today he was very impressive. Whether it was

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injury or a kick up the prostate and, it worked. What worked and

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worked today, that was Michael Murphy. We could have picked out

:27:08.:27:11.

several incidents, but this stood out early in the second-half. Sean

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McVeigh is no small man. He has thrown him off, he then has the

:27:17.:27:19.

composure to kick the ball over the bar. Michael Murphy is around a long

:27:20.:27:27.

time, but these young players still look to somebody like Michael

:27:28.:27:29.

Murphy. He was tremendous today, he is strong and agile. He is able to

:27:30.:27:32.

kick free kicks and points like that, an inspirational figure.

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Banks, Oisin. That is Donegal through to the semifinal, where they

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will play either Derry or Tyrone. There you have it, Derry taking on

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Tyrone next Sunday, the 28th of May, across BBC Sport NI. And a nudge,

:27:47.:27:52.

also the way of the mighty man, Pienaar. BBC Sport NI brings you a

:27:53.:27:59.

unique insight. That is tomorrow evening, 10:40pm on BBC One. And

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that is just about it from Ballybofey, where it has been very

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much Donegal's day. We will do it all again next Sunday. I hope that

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you can join me, Oisin, Paddy, Mark McHugh, the team, that is. But for

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now, from me, it has been Donegal's day, Donegal march on. From everyone

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in ballad -- Ballybofey, goodbye. He's played his last game

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in an Ulster jersey,

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Mark Sidebottom and Oisin Mcconville bring you full coverage from Ballybofey as Donegal host Antrim in the quarter-final of the Ulster Gaelic Football Championship.


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