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Ulster Senior Football Championship semi-final - Donegal ratings

Neil Loughran

Shaun Patton: Got his kick-outs going well from start, starting the move that led to Donegal's first half goal when a booming kick found Michael Murphy. Brilliant all afternoon. 8

Paddy McGrath: Typically stuck to Enda Lynn like glue and largely limited his influence. Lucky not to pick up a yellow early on after coming through the back of his man a couple of times. 7.5

Neil McGee: Shane McGuigan won the first three balls off McGee before the Gweedore man went off injured after 12 minutes. 6

Eoghan Gallagher: Pushed forward to support the attack as Donegal dominated the early exchanges but found Emmett Bradley hard to handle as the Glen man was Derry's most dangerous player throughout. 6.5

Caolan Ward: Found himself linking attack well at times, a strong presence in the Donegal side. 7

Leo McLoone: Rolled back the years with three well-taken points, showing what a threat he can be when opposition teams sit back. Picked up a yellow card for a late knee into the ribs of Brendan Rogers that forced the Slaughtneil man from the game. 7.5

Ryan McHugh: Always available and got himself on a lot more ball than against Cavan, popping up with a couple of nice points. 7.5

Hugh McFadden: Another strong showing as Donegal dominated centrefield. Also bagged a goal when found by Jamie Brennan, slotting underneath McKinless. 7.5

Paul Brennan: Got through plenty of work as usual as Donegal assumed control in the early stages. Tired in the heat and subbed not long after the break. 7

Frank McGlynn: Dropped deep and swept up possession at times, although Derry did create quite a few scoring opportunities coming through the middle. 7

Michael Murphy: Influential early on but not involved as much once faced with Chrissy McKaigue after the first quarter of an hour. 7.5

Michael Langan: Didn't hit the heights of the Cavan game a couple of weeks ago, firing a couple of efforts wide as the game passed him by. 6

Ciaran Thompson: Was being watched by Sean Leo MccGoldrick before switching to Emmet Bradley for a time. Involved in some neat build-up play as Donegal used the width of the field to good effect. 6.5

Jamie Brennan: Scored a lovely point in the first half and linked play well but kept pretty quiet overall by Paul McNeill. 6.5

Paddy McBrearty: See Star Man

Substitutes:

Stephen McMenamin: Picked up Shane McGuigan after coming on and although he lost him a couple of times after the break, the Slaughtneil men wasn't able to take advantage thanks to some wayward finishing. 6.5

Odhran Mac Niallais: Delivered two outrageous long, left-footed balls into the forwards within 10 minutes of coming off the bench, and won some decent ball around midfield. Must be in contention for a start against Down. 7

Cian Mulligan: As against Cavan, played the role of super-sub yesterday, using his electric pace to find space in the square and rifle home a 64th minute goal. 7.5

Ciaran McGinley: Found himself up against Derry sub Carlus McWilliams, with neither contributing much. 6.5

Daire O Baoill: Played the pass for Mulligan before he landed Donegal's second goal. 6.5

Mark McHugh: Not on long enough to be rated.

STAR MAN

Paddy McBrearty (Donegal)

Off colour against Cavan, the Kilcar sharpshooter looked back to himself yesterday as he banged over eight points, including five from play. Any time the ball went into McBrearty he inflicted damage, finding space in an instant and leaving Rogers in his wake at times. 8.5

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