Conor Glass inspires Derry to an Ulster minor final place
Midfielder contributes seven points in the narrow defeat of Donegal
Donegal had the chance to steal the game in the final seconds when they were awarded a penalty but Conor Doherty blazed his effort over the bar.
Donegal started well and hit the first two points but by half-time Glass had led his side to an 0-5 to 0-3 lead, which they would not relinquish.
Glass hit the first two points of the second half and by the 41st margin the lead was extended to 0-9 to 0-4.
Donegal did make a spirited comeback in the final quarter, but it fell short. They had defeated Derry twice in the Ulster Minor League, but the midfield dominance of Glass and Patrick Kearney made the difference this timer.
DERRY: C Mullan-Young; N Keenan, C McGrogan, C Maunsell; O Duffin, M McEvoy, E Concannon; P Kearney (0-1), J Doherty; P Coney, S Downey, C Glass (0-7, two 45s, two frees); T Flanagan, B Grant, S McGuigan (0-3,one free). Subs: F Higgins for Grant (37 mins), N McAtamney for Duffin (53 mins), B Cassidy for Kearney (53 mins).
DONEGAL: D Rodgers; P McNern, S McMenamin, G McFadden; D Ó Baoill, S Ferry, B McCole; M Carroll; J McGee; E O’Donnell (0-3,three frees), N O’Donnell, N Ó Baoill; C Doherty (0-4, two frees ,pen), M Langan, R Carr (0-3,one, one 45). Subs: M Coyle for N O’Donnell (h-t), K Barrett for McCole (35 mins), E McGettigan for N O’Baoill (53 mins), P Doherty for Langan (55 mins).
Referee: S Laverty (Antrim)