Published: 12:45 | 31/5/21

Bonner pleased as Donegal fight back for draw

Donegal manager Declan Bonner praised his team after watching them overturn a significant deficit for the second week running to earn a draw and a place in the Allianz Football Leagues Div 1 semi-finals.

His charges were four points down to Armagh at half-time at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday afternoon, but produced a fine second-half performance to secure a draw and condemn the hosts to a relegation play-off.

Man-of-the-match Paddy McBrearty scored eight points in a high quality game in front of 500 fans, the first time in over a year that spectators had been admitted to an inter-county game. 

Donegal will now play Dublin in the semi-final.

"Armagh are a very strong, physical side, asked a lot of questions of us in the first half," Bonner told eir sport afterwards. 

"They went in at half time four points up and probably deserved to be four points up.

"I thought the second half was a really good performance, winning 1-10 to 1-6 and the lads coming off the bench definitely gave us energy and scores which were vital. It was another tough battle.

"We were without a lot of experienced players, we didn't have Michael (Murphy) or Neil (McGee) and Paddy McGrath has been missing. 

"There's a lot of young lads coming in taking on that responsibility. 

"We have a semi-final coming up in two weeks' time but the focus has to be on the Ulster championship in four weeks and hopefully get the injured lads back on the pitch. There's a lot of competition for places."

Watch the full interview here:

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