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'The Last Two Weeks Have Been Absolute Mayhem'

'The Last Two Weeks Have Been Absolute Mayhem'

At the third time of asking, Naomh Conaill and Gaoth Dobhair were finally separated in the Donegal SFC final.

Glenties side Naomh Conaill won Wednesday night's game - the final's second replay - by a point, 0-8 to 0-7, in Ballybofey.

The two sides played to a draw on October 20th and again in the first replay at the weekend. With an Ulster quarter-final against Cavan champions Castlerahan scheduled for this Sunday, the second replay had to take place last night.

"The last two weeks have been absolute mayhem," Naomh Conaill captain Ciaran Thompson told BBC Sport.

From the joys of looking forward to the final to the anticlimax with the draw then the replay.

We didn't know where we were, but credit to the management team and the players, we got grounded very quickly and drove at it again - we knew we had it in us and we knew we wouldn't give up.

Naomh Conaill had lost the previous two finals to Gaoth Dobhair last year and Kilcar in 2017. Wednesday night's victory led to some joyous celebrations, ones which are sure to last for days to come.

Last year, Gaoth Dobhair became the first Donegal side to win the Ulster club football title since 1975. This year's three-game county final saga leaves Naomh Conaill in a difficult position heading into the weekend.

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"There's no point in saying we've been looking at any videos of Castlerahan because we've been focusing on Gaoth Dobhair," said Dermot Molloy.

"We're in a very tricky situation going into Ulster, but we're going to land up in Breffni Park on Sunday and, the one thing about Naomh Conaill, we'll be ready for it."

Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

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