Dublin shade it after hard test
All-Ireland Ladies SFC q-final Dublin 1-13 Donegal 2-7
Dublin will play Mayo in the TG4 All-Ireland ladies SFC semi-finals but only after surviving a tough test from a resolute Donegal in Longford on Saturday.
"We missed a lot, even from frees, but eventually the girls' character came through," said Dublin manager Greg McGonigle.
Dublin trailed 1-4 to 0-5 at half-time after being rocked by Yvonne McGonagle's 21st-minute goal.
But a third quarter goal from top scorer Sinead Aherne (1-6) put Dublin four points clear before Geraldine McLaughlin's 55th-minute goal threw Donegal a lifeline before scores from Rowe and Aherne (free) settled it.
"Just one mistake in defence cost us but overall, it was a great team effort, we've no regrets," said Donegal boss Michael Naughton.
Scorers: Dublin: S Aherne 1-6 (3f), C Rowe 0-3, N McEvoy 0-2, S Woods and L Davey 0-1 each. Donegal: K Guthrie 0-4 (4f), Y McMonagle 1-1 (1f), G McLaughlin 1-0, A Barrett and K Herron 0-1 each.
Dublin - C Trant; O Carey, D Murphy, L Caffrey; S Goldrick, S Finnegan, N Collins; L Magee, S Furlong; N Healy (Capt), N Owens, C Rowe; N McEvoy, S Aherne, L Davey. Subs: S Woods for Owens (33), M Lamb for Furlong (41), C Ruddy for Collins (50), R McDonnell for Magee (55), M Ni Scanaill for McEvoy (58).
Donegal - A McColgan; T Doherty, C Hegarty, K Wilson; T McCafferty, K Herron, D Foley; G Houston, K Guthrie; R Friel, N Hegarty (Capt), K McKinney; E Ward, Y McMonagle, A Barrett. Subs: G McLaughlin for Ward (half-time), Niamh McLaughlin for McKinney (half-time), Nicole McLaughlin for Wilson (54), P McGroary for Friel (55).
Ref - G Chapman (Sligo).