Donegal won their first Ulster football title since 1992 with a 1-11 to 0-8 win over Derry at Clones.
On the last occasion the men from the north-west won the Anglo-Celt Cup, they went on to score the county’s one and only All-Ireland triumph, and they will head into the quarter-finals in buoyant mood after this latest success.
Skipper Michael Murphy scored the game’s only goal from a second-half penalty, and Derry, in the absence of the injured Bradley brothers, just didn’t have the firepower to rescue the game.
Donegal went three points clear with scores from Anthony Thompson and Michael Murphy, but Derry finished strongly, Charlie Keilt scoring twice to tie the game at 0-5 each at the break.
Murphy netted a penalty three minutes into the second half, and along with Colm McFadden and Michael Hegarty, tagged on the points that sent the Anglo-Celt Cup back to the hills of Donegal after a 19 year absence.
Read full coverage in tomorrow’s Derry Journal