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Summary

  1. Brennan, McGrath & McBrearty hit Donegal goals
  2. Conor Small nets a late Antrim goal
  3. Donegal led 1-8 to 0-6 at half-time
  4. Donegal will face Derry or Tyrone on 18 June
  5. Minor result: Donegal 2-14 0-21 Antrim (aet)

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By John Haughey and Dan Duffy

All times stated are UK

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That's all folks

Well it all went pretty much to the script in the end. Donegal romping to a 16-point victory although the young Saffrons will look back on those missed goal chances from CJ McGourty and particularly the unlucky Matthew Fitzpatrick before half-time.

Here's the match report if want to pore over the specifics again.

And don't forget full deferred coverage of today's match which is starting this very minute on BBC TWO Northern Ireland.

We'll be back on text commentary duty next Sunday as Ulster holders Tyrone face their old enemy Derry at Celtic Park.

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Adams 'disappointed' by Antrim's second-half collapse

Antrim manager Gearoid Adams has 'no complaints' with defeat against Donegal.

I'm very disappointed with the second-half performance. It was basically men against boys. Donegal turned on the style and put us to the sword. In the first half we gave a very good performance. We're having a lack of luck. We lost Matthew Fitzpatrick who was playing very well. We had a couple of goals chances we didn't take and points chances too. They took their scores, we didn't.

Gearoid AdamsAntrim joint-manager

Gallagher says Donegal 'average in poor game'

Rory Gallagher says Donegal will need to improve for Ulster semi-final

We're very pleased to be in the next round but it was a poor game which never really caught fire. It was a wee bit stop-start in the second half but we were well in control. It was a very average performance from ourselves for long periods. The next day against Tyrone or Derry will give us a better indication of where we are at.

Rory GallagherDonegal football manager

Donegal 'didn't know much about Antrim'

Donegal appeared unprepared for Antrim's positive tactics early on and Neil McGee admits the home side were caught out somewhat.

"We didn't really know much about Antrim. They haven't been on TV much and while we know four or five of their players, we didn't have much information on the team as a whole."

Antrim's defeat could prove 'damaging'

Enda McGinley

Three-times All-Ireland winner

What could have been a very creditable performance for Antrim has turned into what is probably going to be a very damaging defeat.

Full-time: Donegal 3-19 1-9 Antrim

Small's goal was the last kick of the game. All over here. After Antrim's commendable first-half display, Donegal have handed out a hammering in the end. Not sure whether Donegal will learn all that much from this game though.

Antrim goal: Donegal 3-19 1-9 Antrim

Saffron sub Conor Small strokes in an Antrim goal deep into injury-time.

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Goal: Donegal 3-18 0-9 Antrim

McBrearty fires in Donegal's third goal in the closing moments to pile on the agony for Antrim. Another sub Michael Langan has also hit two Donegal points with McGourty and McCann hitting token late responses at the other end.

Brennan goal was key moment

Jamie Brennan tries to evade Conor Hamill at Ballybofey
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Brennan (right) fired in Donegal's first goal moments after Fitzpatrick's bad miss at the other end

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Donegal 2-16 0-7 Antrim

McBrearty and Lacey tag on further Donegal points. Donegal showing no mercy to the Saffrons now. Five minutes of normal time left.

Donegal goal: Donegal 2-14 0-7 Antrim

Corner-back Paddy McGrath is able to walk the ball into the Antrim net. Donegal in complete control. Not really fair on Antrim but that hiding that Sean Kelly was talking about a minute on is now very much on with over 10 minutes left.

Donegal 1-14 0-7 Antrim

Patrick McBrearty is now on for Donegal and he slots a free to increase the lead to 10.

Antrim could be 'in for hiding'

Sean Kelly

Ex-Antrim footballer

It's hard to see any route back for Antrim now. If they decide to press up, they could be in for a hiding. Hopefully, they will keep fighting in these last 15 minutes.

Donegal 1-13 0-7 Antrim

Murphy strokes over the point of the game from 50 metres and for good measure then knocks over a free from his hand. With 52 minutes gone, this game is surely done and dusted. Donegal starting to throw on a few subs with Karl Lacey among those introduced.

Donegal 1-11 0-7 Antrim

But Donegal now have a double-scores lead as Murphy points a free. Surely only a goal is going to get Antrim back into the game. Doesn't look like coming though.

Donegal 1-10 0-7 Antrim

CJ McGourty replies for Antrim from a free. But they need a few more with 48 minutes played.

Donegal 1-10 0-6 Antrim

Michael Murphy slots another Donegal point from a 40-metre free. Looking ominous for Antrim now.

Donegal 1-9 0-6 Antrim

Donegal defender Frank McGlynn is given far too much space as he strokes over a point from 35 metres. The home side six up. Antrim need a quick response.

Fitzpatrick has suspected ankle ligament damage

The word from our TV sideline reporter Thomas Kane at Ballybofey is that Matthew Fitzpatrick has suffered suspected ankle ligament damage. That's a great pity.

Back underway at Ballybofey

The action resumes at MacCumhaill Park. Can Antrim stay in this game?

Antrim need to stay composed

Sean Kelly

Ex-Antrim footballer

Antrim have got to maintain their composure and stick together as a team and keep using the game plan which worked well for them in the first half. If they can do that, get a goal on the board, this game could be far from over.

Antrim have done their homework - Devenney

Brendan Devenney

Former Donegal forward

If I was in the Antrim dressing-room, I would be absolutely gutted to be five down at half-time. They have really done their homework and their plan has troubled Donegal, who just seemed to think they could come out and play without much of a plan and blow Antrim away.

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Adrian:Some finish that from Jamie Brennan for the Donegal goal and a super point just after.

Ryan Ferry: Good goal from Jamie Brennan, but it hasn't been too impressive.

Half-time: Donegal 1-8 0-6 Antrim

Donegal lead by five at half-time. The scoreline is not reflective of the play after Antrim missed a couple of glorious goal chances.

Fitzpatrick stretchered off - O'Boyle on

Fitzpatrick's eventful week continues as he is carried off with an apparent leg injury. That's a real shame, as his goal chance apart, he has done very well in the first half. Kevin O'Boyle has come on.

Donegal 1-8 0-6 Antrim

Goalscorer Brennan kicks another fine point for Donegal. Suddenly the home side are five ahead. The Antrim bench were up on their feet as Fitzpatrick seemed certain to hit the net. But heads were very quickly in hands as the centre half-forward pulled his shot wide.

Donegal goal: Donegal 1-7 0-6 Antrim

After the much-mentioned Matt Fitzpatrick misses an absolute sitter Antrim goal chance, the Saffrons are punished at the other end as Jamie Brennan fires into the net. That 45 seconds could prove the key period of the match.

Jamie Brennan celebrates after scoring his team's opening goal.
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Jamie Brennan celebrates after scoring Donegal's opening goal.

Donegal 0-7 0-6 Antrim

McGourty regroups brilliantly from missing the goal chance as he strokes over a lovely free from about 38 metres.

Donegal 0-7 0-5 Antrim

After his couple of early wides, Hugh McFadden finds his range with a towering point. Donegal two up but it's not a fair reflection of the play thus far. Antrim's tactics working well. McGourty and McCann getting plenty of opportunities to run at the Donegal defence.

Donegal misfiring says McGinley

Enda McGinley

Three-times All-Ireland winner

Donegal are not playing to their potential so far.

Donegal escape

McGourty hits goal chance wide

CJ McGourty has the first real goal chance of the game but he pulls the opportunity wide of Mark Anthony McGinley's goal.

Donegal 0-6 0-5 Antrim

Thompson on form for Donegal

Ciaran Thompson kicks his fourth point of the opening 15 minutes to increase Donegal's lead before Stephen Beatty replies. Midfielder Beatty has been excellent so far for Antrim.

Ciaran Thompson
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Ciaran Thompson has kicked four of Donegal's early points

Donegal 0-5 0-4 Antrim

After CJ McGourty restores Antrim's lead from a free, Ciaran Thompson responds in kind before he then kicks Donegal ahead from play after a poor kickout.

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Donegal 0-3 0-3 Antrim

Murphy cuts Antrim's lead to the minimum and Ciaran Thompson then levels from another free. Antrim's only negative so far is that they are conceding soft frees.

Donegal 0-1 0-3 Antrim

Michael Murphy points a response for Donegal from a 40-metre free but Tomas McCann immediately floats another Saffron point from play. The Antrim attack getting plenty of space early on. Ten minutes gone.

Antrim now two up

Donegal 0-0 0-2 Antrim

Donegal have a goal chance after late call-up Cian Mulligan's run but over-prevarication sees the opportunity wasted and Antrim stride upfield to score a second point with Tomas McCann firing over from play.