Donegal hold slender lead at the break

A small crowd and a slight breeze welcomed Tipperary to Croke Park this afternoon, for their first championship game in 68 years at headquarters.

A small crowd and a slight breeze welcomed Tipperary to Croke Park this afternoon, for their first championship game in 68 years at headquarters.

Donegal have taken an interval lead of 0-8 to 0-7.

It was hardly an accommodating start for the Munster men as Brian McEniff's Donegal raced into a three point lead on four minutes thanks to fluid forward play from early scorers Adrian Sweeney and the returning Brendan Devenney.

Tipperary came back to level on 16 minutes at 0-4 apiece, with scores from Declan Browne, midfielder Fergal O'Callaghan and half back Niall Fitzgerald.

Browne tallied four points in the first half, as did Sweeney, although Donegal will be disappointed with their 10 wides.

A massive point from Eamon Hanrahan closed matters to a single score in first-half injury time.

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