Donegal manager Declan Bonner said his side targeted an Ulster title from the beginning of the year, having had recent experience of provincial final defeats.  

It was a fourth Ulster title in eight years for Donegal and a ninth ever as they strolled to victory over Fermanagh, two first half goals from Eoghan Ban Gallagher and Ryan McHugh having put clear distance between the sides at the break. 

Speaking to RTÉ Sport just prior to the trophy presentation, a delighted Bonner said his squad had set an Ulster title as a key target at the beginning of the year and were intent on celebrating their triumph. 

"Over six and seven months ago, we laid out this as the target. We wanted to win Ulster. Some of these boys had lost Ulster finals.

"With the younger lads coming through, we knew if we could blend everything together, we'd get there. And the boys really put in a huge shift. 

"We got the start and that early goal was really important to us. We're absolutely delighted and we're going to celebrate this tonight."

Bonner is only the third ever manager to lead Donegal to a provincial triumph with Brian McEniff and Jim McGuinness together accounting for the other eight titles. 

The 1992 All-Ireland winning corner forward is in his second stint as Donegal manager, having previously taken the side in the late 1990s. 

In 1998, he was the manager when Donegal lost an Ulster title to a late Joe Brolly goal in an extremely low-scoring game. Twenty years on, both the weather and the atmosphere among the Donegal camp could hardly have been more different as they regained the Anglo-Celt Cup.  

"Fermanagh have a lot of good players, they work extremely hard and they play to a system. But I'm just absolutely delighted for the lads. Michael Murphy, Paddy McBrearty, Frank McGlynn, Paddy McGrath lost two of the last three finals plus the younger lads coming in, I'm just delighted for everyone.    

"20 years ago, I stood here a beaten manager after a late Joe Brolly goal in an Ulster final. Huge disappointment. It took 20 years to come back.

"But this is not about me. It's great satisfaction to see these younger lads move on and win their Anglo-Celt."