Donegal under-21’s fell to a seven point defeat to Dublin, in the All-Ireland semi-final, in Breffni Park, today.
A strong performance from the Leinster champions proved a challenge too far for Declan Bonner’s men as their season draws to an end.
Donegal started the slower in a scrappy first half that saw several yellow cards branded and Dublin lose their star man Con O’Callaghan to a black card.
It took 24 minutes for Michael Langan to register Donegal’s first score as they trailed by four points.
Dublin had an answer for every Donegal attack and led 0-5 – 0-2 at the break.
A much brighter start from Declan Bonner’s side from the blocks brought the game back to just one point; but this was short-lived.
Dublin began to turn the screw once again, scoring four unanswered points before Sean McMahon fired home a goal to give the Leinster champions a comfortable lead.
Donegal pushed hard to pull the game back, but Dublin held their eight point lead well and were too strong in the end for Bonner’s men.
Donegal: 0-09 (9)
Dublin: 1-13 (16)