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Dublin: 10 °C Tuesday 23 October, 2018
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Good evening and welcome to tonight’s live coverage of the clash between Dublin and Donegal at Croke Park.

Here’s how the teams will start:

Dublin

1. Stephen Cluxton (Parnell’s)

2. Philly McMahon (Ballymun Kickhams)
3. Michael Fitzsimons (Cuala)
4. Eric Lowndes (St Peregrine’s)

5. Brian Howard (Raheny)
6. James McCarthy (Ballymun Kickhams)
7. Jonny Cooper (Na Fianna)

8. Brian Fenton (Raheny)
9. Michael Darragh Macauley (Ballyboden St Enda’s)

10. Niall Scully (Templeogue Synge Street)
11. Con O’Callaghan (Cuala)
12. Ciarán Kilkenny (Castleknock)

13. Paul Mannion (Kilmacud Crokes)
14. Dean Rock (Ballymun Kickhams)
15. Paddy Andrews (St Brigid’s)

Donegal

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Three late changes to the Dublin team. Cian O’Sullivan replaces Philly McMahon, Eoin Murchan replaces Eric Lowndes and Jack McCaffrey replaces Paddy Andrews.

After Tyrone’s heavy 4-24 to 2-12 win over Roscommon in the Super 8s opener, Donegal will hoping to avoid a similar result against Dublin.

But Declan Bonner’s side should be well-equipped to take on the All-Ireland champions, even without injured star Paddy McBrearty.

2Mins

Dublin 0-1 Donegal 0-0

From the throw-in Michael Darragh Macauley bombs forward and slips a pass to Niall Scully who wins a free. Dean Rock applies the finish.

3Mins

Dublin 0-2 Donegal 0-0

A poor Shaun Patton kick-out is intercepted by Dublin and they win another free for Rock to swing over. Nervy start here by Donegal.

6Mins

Dublin 0-2 Donegal 0-1

A quick counter-attack from Donegal sees Jamie Brennan open their account with a good left-footed effort.

7Mins

Dublin 0-2 Donegal 0-2

Frank McGlynn makes a great run forward and kicks a booming score from the 45.

9Mins

Dublin 0-2 Donegal 0-3

Donegal take the lead after an incredible score from a difficult angle.

10Mins

Dublin 0-3 Donegal 0-3

Ciaran Kilkenny is fouled and Rock nails the free. Dublin have yet to score from open play.

12Mins

Dublin 0-3 Donegal 0-4

Michael Murphy slots over a 45 with a crisp strike.

15Mins

Dublin 0-4 Donegal 0-4

Con O’Callaghan forces a brilliant save from Patton but Kilkenny scoops up the rebound and scores his first point from three attempts.

22Mins

Dublin 0-4 Donegal 0-5

After a few wides for both teams, Cluxton hits a bad kick-out into the hands of Murphy who scores his second. Very bright start by Donegal.

23Mins

Dublin 0-5 Donegal 0-5

Brilliant show and go from Brian Howard before he splits the posts off the left foot. Superb effort there. That’s his fifth point of the championship.

25Mins

Dublin 0-6 Donegal 0-5

Dublin show good patience with 15 Donegal players behind the ball. Cian O’Sullivan is fouled as he receives a pass in the D and Rock’s free sends Dublin one in front.

28Mins

Dublin 1-6 Donegal 0-5

Niall Scully with a brilliant run through the Donegal defence for the opening goal of this game. Immediately at the far end Jamie Brennan latches onto a pass and points.

29Mins

Dublin 1-7 Donegal 0-7

Again Dublin show good patience and Howard slots over his second. Dublin are beginning to turn it on now. Ciaran Thompson curls over a fine point at the far end.

32Mins

Dublin 1-7 Donegal 0-7

Ryan McHugh kicks another wide, Donegal’s sixth. Michael Fitzsimons pulls off a brilliant interception on Jamie Brennan to deny Donegal a goal-scoring opportunity.

33Mins

Dublin 1-8 Donegal 0-7

Rock curls over his fifth free, this one from a tricky angle on the left wing.

34Mins

Dublin 1-8 Donegal 0-8

Murphy lands a fine point from wide on the right.

34Mins

We’ll have two minutes of stoppage-time.

34Mins

Dublin 1-9 Donegal 0-8

James McCarthy lands a ball on the net for his opening score of the day.

34Mins

CHANCE! A Shaun Patton kick-out went badly astray to O’Callaghan but the Cuala ace couldn’t beat Patton from close-range.

35Mins

HT – Dublin 1-9 Donegal 0-8

39Mins

First-half talking points

  • Half-time came at the right time for Shaun Patton, who needs to get his head sorted after a few bad short kick-outs to Dublin forwards.
  • That was a superb first-half from Brian Howard, he kicked two points in what could be a coming-of-age performance by the 20-year-old.
  • Realistically Donegal need to be within striking distance when Dublin start running their bench in the third quarter.
  • It’s such a pity Paddy McBrearty is out, he’d have fancied those couple of goal chances that fell to Donegal in the first period.
42Mins

The attendance in Croke Park today is 53,501.

36Mins

The second-half is back underway…

37Mins

Dublin 2-9 Donegal 0-8

Scully’s second goal arrived after a swift move involving Howard and Jonny Cooper.

40Mins

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-8

Rock clips over a point off his left.

42Mins

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-10

McHugh drives forward and kicks a score to bring Donegal within six.

43Mins

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-11

Jamie Brennan kicks a score after good work from Eoin Ban Gallagher.

46Mins

Dublin 2-10 Donegal 0-12

Michael Langan scores his first of the day to bring Donegal within four.

Macauley is replaced by Cormac Costello on the Dublin team.

47Mins

Dublin 2-11 Donegal 0-12

Costello bombs forward and drives over a point. Dublin needed that.

Kevin McManamon is introduced for Paul Mannion, who hasn’t been near his best today.

51Mins

SAVE! Patton saves well from Brian Fenton after a brilliant through ball by McManamon.

54Mins

Paul Flynn is introduced for Brian Howard.

54Mins

Dublin 2-12 Donegal 0-12

Rock swings over a free to leave six between them.

56Mins

Dublin 2-12 Donegal 0-13

After a Jack McCaffrey goal chance at one end, Donegal break upfield and Leo McLoone is fouled by Scully. Murphy does the rest from the free.

58Mins

Dublin 2-13 Donegal 0-13

Costello fists over his second point of the game.

58Mins

Dublin 2-14 Donegal 0-13

Flynn strokes over a lovely curling effort. That move started with a fine Fenton mark at midfield.

61Mins

Dublin 2-14 Donegal 0-14

Langan scores his second.

Eric Lowndes is in for McCaffrey.

63Mins

Dublin 2-14 Donegal 0-15

Murphy’s fifth free leaves five between the teams.

65Mins

Stephen McBrearty replaces Jamie Brennan on the Donegal side.

66Mins

Dublin 2-14 Donegal 0-16

McBrearty is immediately involved and feeds McLoone who’s fouled by Lowndes. Murphy tags on the free.

74Mins

Dublin 2-15 Donegal 0-16

Flynn scores his second after Dublin played keep ball for a couple of minutes.

74Mins

FT – Dublin 2-15 Donegal 0-16

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