Derry manager Rory Gallagher has said his players played their hearts out to win their first Anglo Celt Cup in 24 years.
The Oak Leaf county have won Ulster the hard way dispatching of All-Ireland champions Tyrone, Monaghan and now Donegal to win the Ulster title.
Gallagher, once part of Jim McGuinness’ Donegal management team, praised his side for never giving up despite going behind to Donegal.
“I’m just delighted. It was an amazingly tense game and an amazingly exciting game with lots of quality.
“It was just an unbelievable achievement for our boys to show that strength of character.”
He had a special word of mention for captain Chrissy McKaigue.
“He’s not just a captain, but an extended part of the management team and someone that I am very privileged to have the opportunity to get to know,” said Gallagher.
“There’s nothing easy in life and nothing easy in sport and I’m delighted with it.”