Date Time Competition Season
24 April 2022 2:00 pm Ulster SFC 2022

Match Report

Ulster SFC: Donegal cruise to win over Armagh

A stellar second-half performance saw Donegal cruise to a victory over Armagh at Ballybofey to progress to an Ulster Championship Semi-Final.

The Tir Chonaill county looked the better throughout the game and despite several misses in the opening half they went in three points ahead at the break.

Armagh came out fighting in the second but their hopes were dashed by a Patrick McBrearty goal and they couldn't find any momentum as Donegal points kept coming to see the home team ease to victory.

Donegal got off to flying start with a point from play from Eoghan Ban Gallagher in the opening minute while Michael Murphy added his first of many frees to send the Tir Chonaill county two points to the good after two minutes.

Armagh began to get a grip on the game and Jarlath Og Burns got their opening point on 5 minutes to settle the visitors at a packed Ballybofey.

Jason McGee got another for the home side and Tiernan Kelly returned a point at the other end of the pitch as a lively game began to take shape.

Some of the fire and fury left over from the counties' league encounter was evident when Donegal's Michael Langan was booked for a late challenge on his man and

Rory Grugan was on hand to slot over a free for the visitors.
Some great attacking play from late change Conor Turbitt then saw the visitors go a point ahead from his score.

Grugan and Michael Murphy were to point further frees to keep their sides ticking over while Langan chipped in with another for the Green and Gold to see the sides level on 20 minutes.

Donegal could have been ahead at that stage but were inaccurate in front of goal, with Jason McGee tallying the sides' fifth wide of the game before the 25th minute.

Another Murphy free on 28 minutes marked three unanswered points for Donegal as their quality began to show.

Grugan got one back for his side but he was the only real bright spark for the Orchard County up front as star-man Rian O'Neill struggled to get involved as he was tracked by Brendan McCole.

As half-time approached O'Neill was booked while points from Paddy McBrearty and Ciaran Thompson saw the home side enter the half-time break three points to the good.

Armagh were intent on getting back into the game in the second-half and piled the pressure on Donegal who found it difficult to escape their half.

Despite their pressure and several attacking subs, the Orchard County failed to find any scores and momentum changed when Donegal fought through the Armagh defence to get the opening point of the half through Shane O'Donnell.

O'Donnell was again involved three minutes later when he fought to keep possession and got the ball to Paddy McBrearty who hit the back of the net for Donegal and put distance between the sides.

Armagh were able to tack on points here and there but any momentum gained from getting consecutive scores was soon halted by a Donegal score at the other end.

A late Michael Murphy point saw the gap go to seven points between the sides and there it would stay as Donegal cruised to an Ulster Semi-Final while Armagh will have to go back to the drawing board. 


1Shaun Patton Goalkeeper
2Caolan Ward Defender
3Brendan McCole Defender
4Stephen McMenamin
5Ryan McHugh Defender
6Eoghán Bán Gallagher Defender 1'
25Peadar Mogan Forward
9Jason McGee 18 Midfielder 6'
10Ciaran Thompson 19 Midfielder
12Michael Langan Forward 20', 55'
20Shane O’Donnell 7 40'
13Patrick McBrearty Forward 31'
8Hugh McFadden 11 Midfielder
14Michael Murphy 2', 16', 28', 30', 53'
15Jamie Brennan Forward
16Michael Lynch Goalkeeper
7Paul Brennan 20 Defender
11Niall O’Donnell 8 Forward
17Ethan O’Donnell
18Caolan McGonagle 9 Midfielder
19Conor O’Donnell 10
21Tony McClenaghan Defender
22Jeaic McKelvey
23Caolan McColgan
24Aaron Doherty
26Daire O Baoill


1Ethan Rafferty Goalkeeper
2James Morgan Defender
3Aidan Forker Defender 38'
4Aaron McKay Defender
5Niall Grimley Midfielder
6Greg McCabe Defender
7Jarlath Óg Burns Defender 5'
8Connaire Mackin 22 Defender
9Ben Crealey Midfielder
10Jemar Hall Forward
11Rory Grugan Forward 9', 19', 30'
12Tiernan Kelly Forward 7'
26Conor Turbitt Forward 12'
14Rian O’Neill Forward 35'
15Jason Duffy 13 Forward
16Blaine Hughes Goalkeeper
13Aidan Nugent 15 Forward
17Conor O’Neill Defender
18Mark Shields Defender
19Ciaran Higgins Defender
20Ross McQuillan Forward
21Stephen Sheridan Midfielder
22Oisin O’Neill 8 Forward 58'
23Stefan Campbell Forward 49'
24Justin Kieran Forward
25Cian McConville Midfielder
  • 70'

    Full-Time at Ballybofey as Donegal ease to victory over an Armagh side that just couldn't get going.

  • 70'

    Michael Murphy point from play - 7 seperates the side

  • 66'

    Langan point brings the gap back to 6

  • 65'

    Grugan returns a point for the Orchard County

  • 63'

    McBrearty point brings the gap to 6

  • 62'

    First wide of the half for Donegal

  • 62'

    Murphy free goes wide

  • 56'

    Oisin O'Neill fists the ball over the Donegal bar

  • 55'

    Michael Langan's second point brings a halt to the Armagh momentum!

  • 55'

    Ruairi Grugan gets a fourth free for Armagh to bring the deficit to 5 points

  • 54'

    Ben Crealy gets another for Armagh!

  • 53'

    Murphy gets another for Donegal!

  • 49'

    Stefan Campbell scores Armagh's first of the half!

  • 43'

    Shane O'Donnell gets the ball to Patrick McBrearty who scores a goal to put a big gap between the sides now!

  • 40'

    Armagh really need a score to stay in touch but get a third wide of the second-half

  • 40'

    Shane O'Donnell splits the posts to go 4 ahead!

  • 40'

    Armagh resurgent but no scores yet

  • 38'

    Aidan Forker is booked for a hard challenge on Michael Lanagan

  • 37'

    Patton makes a great save after Riann O'Neill's free drops short and Armagh have a shot at goal!

  • 37'

    Armagh looking good now, have had a couple of chances but failed to score yet

  • 35'

    Quick start to the second half as Armagh win the throw-in and Riann O'Neill wins it in the square. Goes down and looks for a penalty but a free out is awarded to Donegal

  • 37'

    Half-Time. Donegal 0-9 Armagh 0-6. Donegal looking the better side toward the latter stages of the half as Armagh couldn't return scores.

  • 35'

    Ciaran Thompson puts Donegal 3 ahead!

  • 34'

    Rian O'Neill booked for Armagh

  • 34'

    Donegal looking the better as the first-half comes to a close!

  • 31'

    Paddy McBrearty gets his first with a free from the left!

  • 30'

    Ruairi Grugan keeps Armagh in touch with another point from a free

  • 28'

    3 points unanswered for Donegal now!

  • 28'

    Another free for Michael Murphy!

  • 25'

    First from play for Michael Murphy to put the Tir Chonaill County ahead by a point

  • 24'

    Jason McGee brings Donegal's tally to 5 wides after a good counter attack

  • 20'

    Exchange of points as Ruairi Grugan gets a second for Armagh while Michael Langan gets his first for Donegal

  • 15'

    Murphy levels for Donegal at 4 points each!

  • 15'

    Murphy steps up to take a free for Donegal

  • 10'

    Conor Turbitt puts Armagh ahead!

  • 9'

    Armagh go level after Ruairi Grugan slots over a free

  • 8'

    Micheal Langan booked for Donegal for a late challenge

  • 7'

    Tiernan Kelly gets one back for the visitors!

  • 6'

    Another for Donegal

  • 5'

    Jarlath Og Burns gets Armagh's first point

  • 3'

    Donegal dominating in the early stages - Ban Gallagher with a point from play in the first minute and Michael Murphy adding a free in the second minute!

  • Throw-In approaching!

  • A brawl between the sides followed that game and several players received bans, although three of four Armagh players successfully appealed. Two Donegal players decided not to appeal their bans and won't feature today..

  • The counties last met in the final round of this years Division One league fixtures, where a late Paddy McBrearty point saw Donegal edge proceedings and deny Armagh a place in the league final.

  • Hello and welcome along to Final Whistle's coverage of Donegal v Armagh Ulster Championship Quarter Final at Ballybofey. My name is Jack Joy and I'll be taking you through today's game. Throw-In at 2pm!

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Jack Joy is a journalism student at Dublin City University