Sunday 21 January 2018

Donegal relegated after throwing victory away in injury time

ALL-Ireland champions Donegal have been relegated to Division Two after conceding two injury time points as Dublin snatched a draw from the jaws of defeat in Ballybofey.

Donegal had been in control of the scoreboard throughout until the dying minutes when Jim Gavin's men pounced for a draw.

Both sides traded points in an error-strewn opening period before Colm McFadden pounced for a goal following great work from Ross Wherity.

Donegal were in control but late points from Cian O'Sullivan and Paddy Andrews meant that Dublin only trailed the All-Ireland champions by a goal at half-time, 1-6 to 0-6.

Paul McBrearty added a free but Paul Mannion immediately cancelled it out as Jim McGuinness' side kept Dublin at arms length.

Mannion and Andrews made it a one-point game as Dublin sniffed the possibility of a win.

Ross Wherity had a great goal chance but fired straight at Stephen Cluxton.

McBrearty and Cluxton traded points as Donegal maintained their slender lead, 1-9 to 0-11.

Michael Murphy, who was having a quiet game by his standards, added a free to keep the lead at two.

Paul Durcan made a great save to deny Jason Whelan and maintain Donegal's advantage.

Jack McCaffrey added a point in injury time to make it a one-point game as the nerves began to mount in Ballybofey.

Paul Mannion booted a long range free to level things after 72 minutes and Donegal could not find a winner and go down.

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