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Donegal survive Down scare

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Declan Rooney, Down, in action against Paddy McGrath, Donegal. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney, Down, in action against Paddy McGrath, Donegal. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

Declan Rooney, Down, in action against Paddy McGrath, Donegal. Picture: Brian Lawless/SPORTSFILE

DONEGAL survived a real scare yesterday but continue to stick to the same blueprint that brought them success in the last two seasons.

They just about had enough experience to get over the line against a Down team who were set up to defend their goal and in fairness to them, they managed to keep the All-Ireland champions to just twelve scores.

They say that imitation is the greatest form of flattery but for Down, they didn't manage to bring any real attacking options to the game and were heavily reliant on Donal O'Hare's converted frees to keep them in touch, especially in the opening half.

To beat Donegal teams are probably going to have to score a goal or two, which is easier said than done. But most teams are almost afraid to kick the ball in early and that certainly limits their chances of getting the three pointers.

In the end, the likes of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden were able to chip in with the important scores in the second period and now move on to a date with either Monaghan or Cavan in what is becoming another history-making season for the county.


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