Donegal 1-10 Fermanagh 1-13

Seamus Quigley hit 1-07 as Fermanagh booked their place in the Dr. McKenna Cup semi-final with a 1-13 to 1-10 win over Donegal in Ballybofey tonight.

Rory Gallagher's side trailed by three at the interval but a strong second half performance that included a punched goal by Quigley took Fermanagh to a deserved victory.

Fermanagh started the game on the front foot as they went on to land the opening three points of the game.

Declan McCusker registered the first score after linking up with Conall Jones and Aidan Breen and Seamie Quigley followed up with a point from a free.

The Ernemen were enjoying the better of the exchanges at this stage and Quigley banged over another free after Odhran McNiallais had picked up a black card to make it 0-03 to 0-00 by the 12th minute.

However, Donegal were soon to find their feet as they gained the upperhand at midfield and Niall O'Donnell opened their account from a free.

Ciaran McGinley quickly tagged on another point and lively attacker Jamie Brennan then added 1-02 in a four minute spell.

Brennan got on the end of a Tony McClenaghan ball across the goal to palm to the net despite the best efforts of Pat Cadden in the Fermanagh goal, and the Bundoran man slotted over a further two points to put the home side into a 1-04 to 0-03 lead.

The Fermanagh full back line were under the cosh at this stage with Donegal dominant in the middle third and O'Donnell clipped over following a good ball from McGinley before Che Cullen then cleared a Nathan Mullin effort off the line.

As the half drew to a close though Fermanagh started to settle back into it and Danny Teague drilled over a fine score, their first in 17 minutes, to make it 1-05 to 0-04.

And the last say of the half went the way of Gallagher's side as Quigley landed a '45 to leave it 1-05 to 0-05 at the break.

Indeed, Fermanagh continued where they left off at the start of the second half as Quigley arrowed over a free and Declan McCusker clipped over a good score from play to put one in it.

An O'Donnell point from a free got Donegal up and running for the second half but Fermanagh had by this stage taken control of matters and Barry Mulrone and Eoin Donnelly knocked over points to level up proceedings at 1-06 to 0-09.

A Stephen McBrearty free did edge Donegal back ahead but Quigley levelled with a point from play and with 48 minutes gone the Roslea attacker got on the end of a long ball from Paul McCusker to punch to the net as Fermanagh moved three ahead, 1-10 to 1-07.

Another Quigley point increased the advantage to four before McBrearty and Aidan Breen exchanged points.

An O'Donnell point left three in it but Fermanagh remained in the driving seat as Quigley brought his tally to 1-07 with a free.

Donegal worked hard to try and engineer a goal chance at the death but Hugh McFadden blazed over as Fermanagh ran out three point victors.

Fermanagh will play Tyrone in the semi-final and this game should go ahead on Sunday as both teams top their groups with three wins out of three. This, though, remains to be confirmed.