Smyth Goal Sparks Fingal Revival in Rachard Semi Final 2014-05-27 12:50:00

Smyth Goal Sparks Fingal Revival in Rachard Semi Final V Donegal - Tue, 27 May 2014

Nickey Rachard Cup Semi Final


Fingal defeated  holders Donegal in Letterkenny on Saturday in the Nicky Rackard Cup Semi Final.

Donegal were coasting, but let an eight-point lead slip as two late Peter Daly frees steered Fingal to victory.

The home side lost Danny Cullen to an ankle injury in the 59th minute and his absence was noticeable when the going got tough.

Donegal took command early on and led 1-8 to 1-0 after just 21 minutes.

Fingal hit back when St Brigids Dave Smyth drilled home from close range and Donegal were soon reeled in with points from Daly, Kelly and Foley.

Fingal now face Tyrone in the final in Croke Park on June 6th. Well done to Dave and the lads!

Fingal: P Daly 0-7 (6f, 1 X 65), D Kelly 1-2, D Smyth 1-0, A Richardson, C Foley 0-1 each. Donegal: E McDermott 1-0, K Campbell (3fs), D Cullen (2f), C Matthewson (2f, 1 X 65) 0-3 each, S McVeigh 0-2, R McDermott 0-1.

FINGAL: H Murray-Hession; P Coyne, I Kennedy, A Morris; N Ring, D Vaughan, P Sheridan; D Hattie, R McGarry; D Kelly, A Richardson, C O Flynn; C Foley, D Smyth, P Daly. Subs: B Kelly for Sheridan (10), D Butterly for Foley (46).

DONEGAL: P Burns; B Tourish, J McGhee, S Gallen; J Donnelly, J Boyle, C McDermott; P Sheridan, D Cullen; R McDermott, E McDermott, S McVeigh; K Campbell, P Hannigan, C Matthewson. Subs: J Browne for Cullen (59), E Organ for Campbell (63).

REF: J Clarke (Cavan).

St Brigids GAA Club,
Russell Park, Navan Road, Dublin 15