Jim McGuinness’s side played within themselves but the Donegal manager wouldn’t have been overly happy at the interval having conceded two goals — both from Rafferty
Within a minute of Rafferty’s second major, Michael Murphy had given the home support something to cheer with a blistering goal from 25m, which gave Donegal a 1-7 to 2-0 lead at the break.
Rafferty added a third goal but Donegal were, despite their frailties in defence, still strong in attack. Colm McFadden and Rory Kavanagh grabbed goals for the hosts before Queen’s lost three players to black cards — Gerard Collins, Ryan Murray and Jack Dowling — in the second half.
DONEGAL: P Durcan; E McGee, N McGee, E Doherty; F McGlynn, L McLoone (0-1), K Lacey; N Gallagher (0-1), G McFadden; A McFadden, L Thompson, O Mac Niallais; C McFadden (1-4, 0-2f), M Murphy (1-6, 0-5f), D O’Connor (0-1).
Subs: C Toye (0-1) for Thompson 36; R Kavanagh (1-1) for G McFadden 36; David Walsh for Lacey 36; S McLaughlin (0-1) for O’Connor 37; M Smyth (0-1) for Gallagher 67; T McKinley for A McFadden 67.
QUB: M Cunningham; C McNulty, C Cullen, D O’Hanlon; R Mallon (0-1), G Collins, P Burns; A Findon, H Conlon (0-1); C Maginn (0-2), A Brogan, M McElhinney; R Murray, R Grugan, R Rafferty (3-1).
Subs: K Moynagh for McNulty 16; M McCann for Collins 46 (black card); J Dowling for McElhinney 48; T Gallagher for Findon 53; M Monan for Murray 58 (black card); McNulty for Dowling 66 (black card).
Referee: B Rice (Down).