Nathan Mullins and Paddy McBrearty help power Donegal past battling Armagh
Dr McKenna Cup semi-final: Donegal 0-20 Armagh 1-10
A power-packed performance from Nathan Mullins in the second-half drove Donegal to a deserved victory over a much more experimental Armagh side in this Dr McKenna Cup semi-final at Celtic Park last night.
The son of Dublin great Brian Mullins, Nathan gave a complete performance in both halves and finished with two points to his credit against a game Orchard side who gave Donegal plenty of headaches in the opening 20 minutes.
But, if the towering midfielder was man of the match he had close competition from scoring machine Paddy McBrearty who finished up with a tally of (0-8).
Donegal: Mark Anthony McGinley, Eoghan Ban Gallagher Stephen McMenamin, Caolan Ward; Eamon Doherty, Paul Brennan Tony McClenaghan; Jason McGee, Nathan Mullins (0-2); Caolan McGonagle, Ciaran Thompson (0-1) Leo McLoone; Darach O Connor (0-31f), Paddy McBrearty (0-83f) Marty O Reilly.
Subs: Niall O Donnell (0-3) for Tony McClenaghan (29), Ciaran McGinley for Stephen McMenamin (h-time), Stephen McBrearty (0-3) for Ciaran Thompson (41), Kevin McBrearty for Jason McGee (56) Dara O Baoill for Marty O Reilly (64) B McCole for P McBrearty (72)
Yellow card Paddy McBrearty (34),
Armagh: Patrick Morrison, James McAlinden, Oisin Lappin, James Cosgrove; Joe McElroy, Ryan Kennedy, Darren McKenna; Aaron Findon, Stephen Sheridan (0-1); Ronan Lappin, Anthony Duffy, Conor White (0-1); Michael Stevenson (0-3,145), Eamon McGeown (1-3) Oisin Mac Iomhair (0-1)
Subs: Ryan Owens for Stephen Sheridan (h-time), Ross McQuillan for James Cosgrove (h-time), Edward English (0-1) for Conor White, Cahair McGeary for Darren McKenna (52). Danny McQuade for Ronan Lappin (56) Simon McCoy for Oisin MacIomhair (
Referee: Niall McKenna (Monaghan)
Yellow card: Jamie Cosgrave (25)