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04/08/2021

WATCH: Derry U20 manager Mickey Donnelly hits out at the unavailability of players

Late points earn Donegal a draw at Celtic Park

GAA – U20 FOOTBALL LEAGUE

Derry 3-5
Donegal 0-14

Late points from Ronan Frain saw Donegal comeback to earn a draw at Celtic Park on Saturday afternoon.

Ciaran Doyle's diagonal ball put Conleth McGuckin on his way to score the game's first goal after nine minutes, to open a 1-2 to 0-2 lead.

Points from Ethan Harkin and Aaron Doherty helped the visitors lead 0-7 to 1-2 at the break.

Ten minutes into the second-half Tiarnán McHugh linked with the influential Conleth McShane before tucking low to the corner of the Donegal net, leaving the score 0-10 to 2-2.

Derry's third goal soon followed.  Kealan Friel took advantage of sloppy Donegal defending to pick up a turnover leading to a Jude McAtamney goal after goalkeeper McGeehan saved his initial shot.

A point from Fergal Mortimer put Derry in control, until Donegal's fightback. Derry goalkeeper Ryan Scullion saved from Aaron Doherty and it looked to have ensured a home win.

Fintan Bradley, who had moved to centre-back, was send to the sin-bin in the closing stages.  it left Derry exposed, inviting Donegal in for the late stoppage time point to level the game.

Derry travel to Mayo on Saturday (2.00 venue TBC) for their next outing before hosting Roscommon in their final group game.

Mickey Donnelly's side will be in championship action at home to Fermanagh on Saturday, February 8.

Derry: Ryan Scullion, Mark Creane, Tiarnan Walsh, James Diamond, Tiarnán Woods, Conal Logan, Niall Doyle, Kealan Friel (0-1), Conleth McShane, Conleth McGuckin (1-0), Fintan Bradley, Ciaran Doyle, Cormac Murphy (0-1), Tiarnán McHugh (1-0), Jude McAtamney (1-2, 2f).

Subs: Oran Downey, Lorcan Spier, Fergal Mortimer (0-1).

Donegal: Ronan McGeehan, Aaron Gillhooley, Conor O'Donnell, Oisin Walsh, Peter McEniff (0-2), Luke Gavigan, Richard O'Rourke, Aaron McGlynn, Ronan Frain (0-4), Caolan McGroddy (0-2), Ethan Harkin (0-2, 1f), Aaron Doherty (0-3, 1f), Conor McHugh, Padraig McGettigan, Johnny McGroddy (0-1).
Subs: Cormac Finn, Mark McAteer, Ronan Frain, Carlos O'Reilly.

Ref: Kieran Eanatta (Tyrone).

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