Ryan McHugh celebrates his goal in Donegal’s Championship win over Galway. Photograph: Inpho

Football has followed the pattern of hurling in this year’s championship by underlining the accuracy of league rankings. It was noticeable in this yea(...)

Colm McFadden looks on as Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty scores his side’s opening goal at Croke Park. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Twenty eight scoreless minutes notwithstanding, the growing theory that Donegal are a team past their peak can be mome(...)

Donegal’s Patrick McBrearty celebrates scoring the opening goal with Colm McFadden during the  All-Ireland  Round 4B qualifier at Croke Park. Photograph:  Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Donegal 3-12 Galway 0-11 Now, what about that 2013 All-Ireland quarter-final when Mayo decimated a jaded Donegal? It should be closer next Saturday as(...)

Colm McFadden, seen here in action against Derry in the Ulster semi-final, is playing his best football since Donegal’s All-Ireland win. Photograph: Andrew Paton/Presseye/Inpho

In the space of a few years these counties have passed milestones in Ulster football. Monaghan are in a third successive final for the first time in (...)

Martin O’Reilly scores  Donegal’s goal in the Ulster SFC semi-final against Derry at  St Tiernach’s Park in Clones. Photograph:  Andrew Paton/Inpho/Presseye

Donegal 1-9 Derry 0-10 Clones on a Saturday night. If it ain’t quite the pits, it sure ain’t The Ritz. As Ulster semi-finals go, this fell some(...)

Donegal’s Karl Lacey with Aaron Findon and Aidan Forker of Armagh: their clash at the Athletics Grounds promises to be a hard-fought encounter. Photograph: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Championship draws take place in a blur of optimism and expectation but many a long-term surprise sharpens into something a bit more predictable as(...)

Cork’s  Mark Collins: pierced the Dublin attack to score a goal in the league final at Croke Park. Photo: Tommy Grealy/Inpho

Dublin’s defence has certainly improved this year, but chinks remain in their armour particularly in terms of being caught out on the counter attac(...)

Tempers flair between Donegal’s Neil Gallagher and Seán Cavanagh of Tyrone. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

The hatred is alive and the hatred is well. One again in this incendiary rivalry, Donegal and Tyrone tumbled into one another as if life itself depend(...)

Donegal’s Michael Murphy and Tyrone’s Ronan McNabb exchange words during the Ulster senior championship match at Ballybofey, Donegal. Photograph: Inpho

There were passages during this endlessly fascinating war of minds and bodies when it seemed possible Mickey Harte was about to concoct another of tho(...)

Cork’s Brian Hurley scores a goal past Donegal Michael Boyle. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

Cork 4-11 Donegal 0-19If the worth of this league semi-final was always likely to be tricky enough to locate, the lack of grievous consequences whatev(...)