CLG Dhún na nGall are through to the Roinn 2 Allianz League final idir An Mhí next Saturday evening at 5.00 i bPáirc an Chrócaigh. The match will be preceded by the Roinn 4 final between our neighbours An Doire agus Liatroim. CLG Dhún na nGall are also promoted back to Roinn 1 for 2020 where they will be joined by Meath, Kerry, Mayo, Tyrone, Galway, Dublin and Monaghan.
The home team scored 1-20 to Kildare’s 0-10 in a superb team performance. With excellent performances all over the Park it was difficult to pick a man of the match but the honour went to Oisin Gallen, still only 18 and on his first campaign with Donegal but showing the composure of a veteran to slot over four fine points from play. It was also a special day to remember for Neil McGee -who came on in the second half to equal Colm McFadden’s 173 senior, and competitive, appearances for Donegal – and for Paddy McGrath who was presented with a trophy to commemorate his 100th competitive game in Cork last weekend.
Winning the Roinn 2 final next Saturday will be a massive cherry on the cake for Declan and his squad but the primary objective of a return to top flight football has been achieved. Looking back, despite a couple of slip-ups, it has been a very satisfying campaign negotiated without the full complement of senior players, new players blooded and other young players who joined in the last couple of years advancing and consolidating their credentials in the squad.