Carla Rowe struck 2-3 as Dublin booked their place within the TG4 All-Eire SFC semi last after Mick Bohan’s expenses noticed off a spirited Donegal problem at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada.
ublin have been on the again foot when Donegal received off to a dream begin, however the reigning champions by no means panicked and when Rowe hit the primary of two objectives, Dublin dominated affairs.
Donegal have been handed the proper opening when Geraldine McLaughlin hit 1-2 inside the primary three minutes.
After changing a first-minute free, Donegal turned over the Dublin kick-out earlier than an unmarked Geraldine McLaughlin slipped the ball previous Dublin goalkeeper Ciara Trant. McLaughlin added to her tally with a second free a minute later.
Regardless of these very best couple of minutes Donegal couldn’t constructed on their lead. Whereas Dublin needed to wait till the sixth minute earlier than Hannah Tyrrell received the reigning champions’ first rating, thereafter Mick Bohan’s settled into the competition.
Rowe transformed a free to deliver the hole again to a few after ten minutes, whereas Sinéad Aherne additionally grabbed some extent to scale back the deficit to 2.
Dublin got a lifeline simply earlier than the water break when Rowe discovered the web. Lyndsey Davey handed to Rowe, she turned two defenders and clipped the ball previous Aoife McColgan, which gave Dublin the lead for the primary time.
A brace of factors from Tyrrell and Davey pushed the Leinster aspect three forward, whereas substitute Siobhan Killeen pushed Dublin 4 in entrance with 5 minutes left within the half.
With no rating since their early salvo Donegal seemed to be in hassle, however Katy Herron discovered the web on the finish of a affected person staff transfer to shut Dublin’s result in 1-6 to 2-2 at half time.
Nevertheless, Dublin hit the bottom operating within the second half. Rowe transformed a free whereas Killeen adopted it up with some extent from play a minute later.
And though McLaughlin added her third freed from the competition to deliver the hole again to a few, Rowe grabbed her second aim to extend Dublin’s benefit after fast free from Killeen created the possibility.
Dublin continued to construct on that benefit and Tyrrell added two fast scores, which opened up a seven-point hole.
Geraldine McLaughlin’s free taking stored Donegal in contact within the closing phases, however factors from Davey and Rowe ensured Dublin progressed to a semi last assembly with Mayo.
Scorers – Dublin: C Rowe 2-3 (3f), H Tyrrell 0-4 (2f), L Davey 0-2, S Killeen 0-2, S Aherne 0-1. Donegal: G McLaughlin 1-7 (7f), Okay Herron 1-0.
Dublin: C Trant; M Byrne, N Collins, O Carey; O Nolan, S McGrath, L Caffrey; J Dunne, L Magee; L Davey, N McEvoy, C Rowe; S Aherne (C), H Tyrrell, C O’Connor. Subs: S Killeen for O’Connor (24), A Kane for Carey (38), N Hetherton for McEvoy (45), Okay Sullivan for Aherne (45).
Donegal: A McColgan; C Boyle, E McGinley, AM Logue; T Jenkins, Nicole McLaughlin, A Boyle Carr; Okay Herron, S Twohig; B McLaughlin, Niamh McLaughlin (C), N Boyle; N Hegarty, Okay Guthrie, G McLaughlin. Subs: Okay Kearney for B McLaughlin (41), R Rodgers for Boyle (45), S White for Logue (45).
Referee: Shane Curley (Galway).