The Dubs had Diarmuid Connolly sent off in their win over Donegal

The Dubs had Diarmuid Connolly sent off in their win over Donegal

By John Fogarty

Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-10

A Ryan McHugh goal followed by Diarmuid Connolly’s sending off wasn’t enough to derail an otherwise composed All-Ireland quarter-final performance by Dublin.

Dublin will face Kerry in a repeat of last year’s All-Ireland final in an August 28 semi-final having had too much quality and tactical intelligence for Donegal.

They were cruising at six points up before McHugh palmed to the net in the 42nd minute after Leo McLoone and Éamon McGee linked up to put him in.

Although Dublin responded quickly with a Dean Rock free, they lost vice-captain Connolly to a second yellow card for a head high foul on Anthony Thompson after he and Ryan McHugh were earlier booked for an off-the-ball incident.

Donegal, though, were never going to make the numerical advantage playing so retreated and Dublin tagged on scores from the impressive Kevin McManamon and Jonny Cooper.

Frees from Paddy McBrearty and Michael Murphy cancelled those out but then Paul Mannion gave Dublin the four-point breathing space.

Dublin finished the game with 13 men as Eoghan O’Gara also saw red for an off-the-ball clash with Neil McGee, which saw the Donegal defender booked.

But there was too little time or compunction in the Donegal effort and Mannion capped it the victory off with an additional time goal.

Annihilated in midfield, Donegal totted up nine first half wides but so many of their shots were circumspect.

Dublin, on the other hand, could only rue the two goal chances they had that went astray, both of them falling to Connolly.

The Dubs had Diarmuid Connolly sent off in their win over Donegal

His first strike after 13 seconds was blocked by Mark Anthony McGinley while his 16th minute effort went narrowly wide of the far post.

Dublin were quite stunning on both kick-outs, forcing Donegal to go long where they could contest while Stephen Cluxton was finding his range over and over from his restarts in doing so initiating a host of attacks.

Matters were tight for the opening quarter and the scoreboard read level pegging until the 21st minute when Dublin rattled off the first of three points without reply.

The Dubs had Diarmuid Connolly sent off in their win over Donegal

A Murphy free broke the sequence but another Dublin trio followed from Connolly, Paddy Andrews shooting close to the corner flag and a Rock free.

Anthony Thompson sent over Donegal’s first point from play in the 35th minute but then Connolly returned the favour with a sublime shot off his left, leaving Dublin with a much deserved 0-9 to 0-4 half-time advantage.

A half-time tunnel incident between Murphy and Cooper was not picked up by referee Ciaran Branagan.

Scorers for Dublin: D. Rock (0-5, 4 frees, 1 45); P. Mannion (1-1); K. McManamon (0-3); D. Connolly (0-2); P. McMahon, C. Kilkenny, P. Andrews, J. Cooper (0-1).

Scorers for Donegal: M. Murphy (0-6, 5 frees, 1 45); R. McHugh (1-0); P. McBrearty (0-3, 2 frees); A. Thompson (0-1).

DUBLIN: S. Cluxton (c); P. McMahon, D. Byrne; C. O’Sullivan; J. Cooper, C. Kilkenny, J. Small; B. Fenton, M.D. Macauley; P. Flynn, K. McManamon, D. Connolly; B. Brogan, P. Andrews, D. Rock.

Subs for Dublin: D. Daly for B. Brogan (48); D. Bastick for M.D. Macauley (53); P. Mannion for P. Andrews (57); M. Fitzsimons for J. Cooper (blood, 68-70+5); E. O’Gara for K. McManamon (68); E. Lowndes for D. Rock (70+4); M. Fitzsimons for B. Fenton (black, 70+7).

Sent off: D. Connolly (second yellow, 47); E. O’Gara (straight, 70+3).

DONEGAL: M.A. McGinley; É. McGee, N. McGee; M. O’Reilly, P. McGrath, A. Thompson; F. McGlynn; R. Kavanagh, Ó Mac Niallais; K. Lacey, E. McHugh, R. McHugh; P. McBrearty, M. Murphy (c).

Subs for Donegal: C. Gillespie for O. Mac Niallais (h-t); L. McLoone for R. Kavanagh (42); C. Toye for A. Thompson (inj 48); M. McHugh for É McGee (56); C. Thompson for M. McElhinney (61); C. McFadden for K. Lacey (70+1).

Referee: C. Branagan (Down).

More in this Section

UEFA: Football family must 'wage war on the racists'UEFA: Football family must 'wage war on the racists'

Ireland one win away from sealing spot at Euro 2020 as Connolly set for first startIreland one win away from sealing spot at Euro 2020 as Connolly set for first start

Former Limerick manager joins Mike Quirke's Laois backroom teamFormer Limerick manager joins Mike Quirke's Laois backroom team

Mings stands tall as England debut is marred by racist abuseMings stands tall as England debut is marred by racist abuse


To instantly power up your look, veer towards the hard shoulder.Bold shoulder: How to instantly power up your look

Plums are a wonderful autumn fruit, useful for all sorts of recipes both sweet and savoury. In Ireland we are blessed with wonderfully sweet plums.Currabinny Cooks: Juicy plums work for both sweet and savoury dishes

The rise of home skincare devices doesn't mean that salons and clinics no longer serve a purpose.The Skin Nerd: Don’t try this at home — new treatments in the salon

Millions of gamers watched Fortnite reach breaking point on Sunday night, with ten seasons of mysterious storyline culminating in meteors hitting the island and everything disappearing.GameTech: End of beginning for Fortnite as Chapter 2 finally goes live

More From The Irish Examiner