Ulster Minor Football semi-final: Donegal 2-19 1-10 Antrim

Jamie Brennan notched Donegal's second goal at Clones
Jamie Brennan [centre] hit 1-4 for Donegal at Clones

Donegal are through to their first Ulster MFC final since 2006 after a 2-19 to 1-10 win over Antrim at Clones.

An unanswered 2-5 either side of half-time was key to Donegal's victory.

Substitute Ethan O'Donnell grabbed the opening goal in first-half stoppage time and Jamie Brennan added a second after 35 minutes to kill the game.

Lorcan Connor top-scored with 0-9 for Donegal, including five points from play, while Brendan Corr scored a consolation goal for Antrim late on.

Connor was the star turn of the first half, scoring 0-5 including three points from play.

He got two of Donegal's early points as they opened up a 0-3 to 0-0 lead before Odhran Eastwood got Antrim's opening score in the 10th minute.

Antrim captain Ruairi Scott knocked over a couple of long-range frees in the opening half as the Saffrons gradually got themselves on level terms.

Padraig Mackle brought Antrim level for the first time at 0-5 apiece after 21 minutes and Scott's third free put his team ahead at 0-6 to 0-5.

Donegal responded brilliantly to going behind for the first time and scored 1-2 in the last three minutes of the half.

Connor's sharp turn and point, followed by a free by the same player, nudged Donegal back in front before sub Ethan O'Donnell's low finish to the net in first-half stoppage time.

Donegal took the game away from Antrim completely with a quick-fire scoring burst of 1-3 in the opening five minutes after the break, Brennan's goal coming after a superb run and pass from Caolan McGonigle.

Seamus McGarry's free ended a 15 minute scoring drought for the Saffrons, during which time they had shipped 2-5.

The game was over as a contest when Donegal led by 2-12 to 0-7 but Corr twisted and turned to score a goal for Antrim in the 52nd minute.

Donegal: D Rodgers; D Monagle, C Gillespie, C Kelly; C Mulligan (0-1), T McClenaghan, A McClean; N Harley, C McGonigle (0-1); E Gallagher, L Connor (0-9, 4f), M Carroll (0-1); J Brennan (1-4), J Campbell, S McBrearty (0-2). Subs: E O'Donnell (1-1, 1f) for Campbell (26), N Friel for McClenaghan (40), C O'Boyle for Gallagher (48), C Bonner for Mulligan (52), C Doherty for Harley (56), J McDyre for Kelly (58)

Antrim: R O'Neill; R Delargy, T McGowran, P Mackle (0-1); P Healy, P McParland, C Mallon (0-3); R Scott (0-3, 3f), R McNulty; J McAuley, C Small, L Laverty; S McGarry (0-1, f), B Corr (1-0), O Eastwood (0-1). Subs: B Rice for Eastwood (42), E Walsh for Laverty (42), R Hannigan for McNulty (49), C Flynn (0-1) for McAuley (59), P McGreevy for Healy (59)

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