In a game that looked like it would be a classic one sided rout, Mayo gave Donegal some food for thought with a spirited performance and some fine shooting in the first half, and even though the westerners played the second half at a on man disadvantage, the outcome was never a sure thing until the final few minutes.
|Mayo's Rob Murphy tries to get past Donal McNulty.|
The second half saw Mayo continue to hang in there, though it was a much lower scoring affair than the first. Aiden Campbell leveled the scores, but Kevin Curran and Brian Lafferty restored Donegal’s lead. Darragh McLoughlin and Rafferty traded scores, but it was a case of defences on top for much of the second period. Donegal eventually put a more comfortable distance between the teams. Lafferty and Sean Burke pointed in the final minutes and Donegal remain on track for the semis in three weeks time.
Donegal: B. Fitzpatrick, T. Maguire, N. Collins, D. Graham, N. Gurhey, K. Lillis, M. McGinty, D. McNulty, B. Lafferty, C. Rafferty, K. Curran, D. Meehan, P. Kelly. Mayo: A. Coyne, F. Coyne, K. McLoughlin, P. Walsh, R. Murphy, P. Heneghan, M. Feeley, S. Kenny, A. Campbell, D. McLoughlin, K. Staunton, A. Benson, G. McTaggert.
By Rory O'Donnell