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Donegal suffer narrow loss to Dublin

Dublin 1-15 Donegal 1-14

DONEGAL lost out by a point against Dublin in the NFL in Croke Park tonight.

Declan Bonner’s team made a great start and Ciaran Thompson scored an early free before Hugh McFadden netted a sixth minute goal.

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The Dubs were off colour in the first quarter, and Donegal were able to open up a 1-5 to 0-3 lead.

However, the reigning All-Ireland champions finished the half strongly by scoring three unanswered points, and they trailed by two at the break.

HT: Dublin 0-7 Donegal 1-6

Donegal kicked the first two points after the restart but Dublin then hit three on the trot.

The second half was nip-and-tuck and Dublin got back to within one before Patrick McBrearty saw a goal chance saved.

Colm Basquel then levelled matters in the 60th minute, before Dublin scored a goal in the 66th minute when Shaun Patton dropped Brian Howard’s shot and Paul Mannion finished to the net.

Murphy replied with a free, but David Byrne then cancelled that out.

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Donegal didn’t give up and McFadden and McBrearty kicked points, before Michael Murphy and John Small were both sent off.

Bonner’s men had a chance to level at the death but Daire Ó Baoill over-cooked his pass to Neil McGee and the Dubs held on to win by a point.

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