Donegal’s minor footballers progressed to the All-Ireland semi-finals with a two point win over Roscommon in their quarter-final clash at Markievicz Park in Sligo this afternoon
Playing against breeze, Donegal came from behind to lead by a single point at half-time, an advantage which should have been more as they hit eight wides in the opening period.
However, they were more accurate after the break and pulled away in the second period but were made to sweat it out in the last ten minutes as Roscommon came with a late surge.
Gweedore’s Cian Mulligan put the Tir Chonaill side ahead in the opening minutes before Roscommon, playing with the breeze, hit back with two unanswered scores to lead 0-02 to 0-01 after eight minutes.
Bundoran’s Jamie Brennan fired just wide of the post before Roscommon increased their lead to two points with a converted free.
A Carroll score and a Campbell point from a free levelled scores before Mulligan put Donegal in front again on the scoreline of 0-04 to 0-03.
However, Roscommon hit back with another equaliser before John Campbell had the last score of the half, putting the ball over the bar in the 29th minute to give Donegal a slender one point lead at half-time.
Cian Mullan made it a perfect start to the second half for Donegal, putting over the bar within 35 seconds of the restart.
A successful John Campbell free from 45 yards out put three between the sides eight minutes into the second period and they went on to score three unanswered points to double their advantage on a scoreline of 0-10 to 0-04.
A Roscommon goal and point in the 50th and 55th minutes respectively made it a nervy last five minutes during which Roscommon hit a post, but Donegal held out to book their place in the last four.