Donegal minors got their Ulster championship campaign off to a flying start today with a 4-15 to 0-5 victory over Fermanagh. Donegal were dominant throughout but coming up to the 20th minute it was still just 0-3 to 0-1. A Daithi Gildea goal in the 22nd minute put daylight between the sides and by the break it was 1-6 to 0-2. Goals by Lorcan McGee and Daithi Gallagher in the first three minutes of the second period definitively finished the game as a contest.


Top scorer for the home side was Daithí Gildea with 2-6 (3f) with Lorcan McGee and Kevin Lynch netting the other two goals. Mark McDevitt got three points, Finbar Roarty two and there was one each for Sean McLaughlin, KJ Molloy, Sean Martin and Cian McMenamin.


Next up for Donegal is in Derry in the second round of the qualifiers. Like Donegal, Derry had a very convincing win today, away to Armagh. Full results to date are:


Preliminary Round

Fermanagh 2-9 Down 1-9



Monaghan 0-11Antrim 2-11

Tyrone 3-17 Cavan 1-15

Armagh 2-6 Derry 5-10

Donegal 4-15 Fermanagh 0-15


The draw for the qualifiers was done earlier this evening, as follows:


Qualifiers R1 

Fri 29ú Aibreán (8.00pm)

Ard Mhacha V Muineachán at Athletic Grounds (loser eliminated)


Round 2 

Sat 7ú Bealtaine 

Doire V Dún na nGall at Derry Venue

Aontroim V Tír Eoghain at Antrim Venue


Qualifiers Round 2 

7ú Bealtaine 

An Dún V Ard Mhacha / Muineachán at Down venue (loser eliminated)

Fear Manach V An Cabhán at Fermanagh venue (loser eliminated)


Qualifiers Round 3 

14ú Bealtaine 

(Two Round 2 losers V two Qualifiers Round 2 winners)

(1) Team A V Team B (loser eliminated)

(2) Team C V Team D (loser eliminated)


Semi Finals 

21ú Bealtaine 

(Two Round 2 winners V two Qualifiers Round 3 winners)

(1) Team A V Team B (loser eliminated)

(2) Team C V Team D (loser eliminated)



28/29ú Bealtaine