Donegal’s hurlers have taken a massive step up – and forward – after winning promotion to Division 2B today.
They beat Fingal 2-16 to 0-08 in the Division 2B/3A relegation/promotion final despite playing the entire second half with 14 men at Breffni Park.
Paddy Hannigan struck two glory goals, one in either half, to help Donegal to a convincing victory which none of the pundits predicted.
Jamesie Donnelly was given a straight red card following an incident with Ross McGarry as the teams went in at half-time.
Donegal fans reacted with anger to the referee’s decision which seemed harsh – with no action taken against the Dubliner.
But Hannigan’s goals – and nine points from Kevin Campbell – put the Donegal men out of sight of Fingal who couldn’t make the extra man count against a side destined for victory with superb performance all over the park particularly from Danny Cullen, Joe Boyle, Lee Henderson and Ciaran Matthewson.
Ray Durack and his team deserve huge credit for taking Donegal hurling – played in this county for centuries – another step up the national ladder.
The Ulster Championship is next, and another go at the Nicky Rackard Cup.