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Dublin survive Donegal onslaught in All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park

NewsBy Neil Fetherston
David Byrne of Dublin in action against Michael Murphy of Donegal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile
David Byrne of Dublin in action against Michael Murphy of Donegal during the GAA Football All-Ireland Senior Championship Quarter-Final match between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park in Dublin. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-10 Dublin managed to survive a Donegal onslaught in this evening’s All-Ireland quarter-final at Croke Park despite the loss of two of their players in the second-half.

The current Sam Maguire holders have set up an All-Ireland semi-final joust with Kerry by defeating Donegal by 1-15 to 1-10.

Ryan McHugh palmed to the net in the 44th minute to offer Donegal a lifeline after a free-flowing move cut apart the Dublin defence.

Diarmuid Connolly and Paddy Andrews hit spectacular scores to help the Dubs to a 0-9 to 0-4 interval lead.

Dublin supporters started sweating deep in injury-time when substitute Eoghan O’Gara saw red for an off-the-ball incident.

Yet as Donegal poured forward in search of the scores to salvage their season, Dublin stood tall and it was another substitute in Paul Mannion who finished off the game.

In the 76th minute the Kilmacud Crokes man scythed past the Donegal defence and when in the clear, he kept his composure to calmly roll the ball to the net.