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Summary

  1. Donegal defeat Cavan 2-20 to 1-15
  2. Caoimhin O'Reilly nets for Cavan
  3. Donegal hit back with goals from Ryan McHugh and Cian Mulligan
  4. Donegal to play Derry in quarter-finals
  5. Cavan go through to qualifiers

Live Reporting

By Cian Murtagh

All times stated are UK

  1. Goodbye for now

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    That is a wrap from all of us for this evening. Donegal have opened the Ulster championship by making an emphatic declaration of intent ahead of their quarter-final showdown with Derry.

    Cavan must go back to the drawing board - and fast - before entering into the qualifying series.

    You can read our story of the game here.

  2. Too many chances missed

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    Quote Message: I think I'll take a few days to process this one. You can't concede 2-20 and expect to proceed at this level of the championship. I think we missed too many chances out there. Donegal are a very good football team and they've been preparing for this day all year...we have to learn to put together a decent 35 minute performance." from Mattie McGleenan Cavan manager
    Mattie McGleenanCavan manager
  3. McCabe points to gulf in class

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    Quote Message: The game showed the difference between Division One and Division Two. There was no contact, no intensity of physicality from Cavan. They looked lethargic and there was no spark. from Dermot McCabe Former Cavan player and Sportsound analyst
    Dermot McCabeFormer Cavan player and Sportsound analyst
  4. A real team effort

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    Quote Message: It was good to get over the first hurdle but Cavan gave us plenty to think about. I think they got the last three scores of the first half to get back to a four point game but we were able to get back on top so very happy with that." from Declan Bonner Donegal manager
    Declan BonnerDonegal manager
  5. Cavan 'made it easy' for Donegal

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    Quote Message: 2-20 is a massive scoreline and that's a great game for them to have - there were few big hits. Cavan are a nice bunch of lads but they made it easy for Donegal and they need a bit of mettle in their game. from Brendan Devenney Former Donegal forward and Sportsound analyst
    Brendan DevenneyFormer Donegal forward and Sportsound analyst
  6. Full-time

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    All over here in Ballybofey as Donegal march on to the Ulster quarter-finals after an eight-point victory over Cavan.

    Goals from Ryan McHugh and Cian Mulligan as well as six points by Michael Murphy secured a comfortable victory for the home side.

    Donegal will now look forward to a short trip to Derry but Cavan must go back to the drawing board if they are to extend their summer.

  7. Cavan playing to the end

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-15

    Stephen McBrearty had scored Donegal's most recent point after he was teed up by his brother, Patrick.

    Cavan reply with another score for Gearoid McKiernan

  8. Goal!

    Donegal 2-20 Cavan 1-14

    Surely it is game over now.

    Cian Mulligan outlines his enormous potential by picking up a pass and slaloming his way through the Cavan defence to get his side's second goal.

    Gearoid McKiernan responds with another point but it is too little too late for Cavan.

  9. Goal disallowed

    Donegal 1-19 Cavan 1-13

    Cavan finally catch a break.

    Donegal were celebrating after Murphy's shot was saved and Michael Langan netted from the rebound but the referee has ruled it was a square ball.

    Cavan's newly-wed Adrian Cole then tags another point for the visitors.

  10. Cavan kept at a safe distance

    Donegal 1-19 Cavan 1-12

    Cian Mackey points a free for Cavan.

    Donegal respond by introducing Ryan McHugh off the bench and then McBrearty scores his third point from play.

    Declan Bonner's side are in cruise control

  11. Sensible option

    Donegal 1-18 Cavan 1-11

    Just as Cavan appear to looming in their rearview mirror, Donegal punch the accelerator once again.

    Michael Murphy and Jamie Brenan work to tee up Patrick McBrearty, who opts for the point when a goal may have been on.

    Murphy regains possession from the kick out and finds McBrearty once again for another score.

  12. Honeymoon on hold

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-11

    Cavan forward Adrian Cole got married on Friday and he enters the fray in Ballybofey.

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  13. Some hope for Cavan?

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-11

    Dara McVeety's introduction does seem to have had an effect.

    The forward creates a lovely score for Gearoid McKiernan and hope starts to bubble up again among the Breffni supporters.

  14. Thumbs up for Cavan fightback

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-11

    Aidan and Sean Galligan
    Image caption: Aidan and Sean Galligan are enjoying the Ballybofey sun as Cavan aim to peg back Donegal
  15. Four unanswered points

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-10

    John Haughey

    BBC Sport NI

    After that burst of six scores in eight minutes, Donegal have gone back into their shell a little bit.

    But, despite those three Cavan scores in response, the home still are still seven ahead and firmly in control.

    Dara McVeety has just come on for the visitors too - can he make a difference?

  16. Captain Mackey

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-9

    Cavan captain Cian Mackey gets his first score of the day from a free and then Gearoid McKiernan converts another dead ball.

    Mackey and McKiernan are sharing the free-taking duties after Caoimhin O'Reilly was replaced by Martin Reilly.

  17. Cavan need to close down hosts - McMahon

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-7

    Quote Message: Cavan are second to everything - they are just standing off Donegal and they need to get in and not allow them the space. They need to push up and break quick. It they don't they will be out of the championship. from Joe McMahon Radio Ulster Sportsound summariser
    Joe McMahonRadio Ulster Sportsound summariser
  18. Nine point difference

    Donegal 1-16 Cavan 1-7

    "It's been an eight minute blitz" says Radio Ulster Sportsound analyst Dermot McCabe as Cavan finally register their first point of the half - Caoimhin O'Reilly with a free.

    But Michael Murphy has taken control for the hosts - he has six points already today.

  19. Magic Murphy

    Donegal 1-13 Cavan 1-6

    Michael Murphy gives his side the perfect start to the second half.

    The Donegal captain was a little wayward with his frees in the first half but he points two early chances at the start of the second.

    Patrick McBrearty then gets his first of the day and suddenly Donegal have erased all of Cavan's hard work before half time.

  20. Second half underway

    Donegal 1-10 Cavan 1-6

    Both teams back out on the pitch in Ballybofey. A big 35 minutes ahead - can Cavan pick up where they left off at the end of the first half or will Donegal remain in control?

    Donegal's Ryan McHugh and Niall Murray of Cavan