DONEGAL remain on four points in the Allianz National Football League after going down by two points to Cork in Pairc Ui Rinn.
Donegal led by 0-5 to 0-3 at the break with Michael Murphy in form in the opening half, but they struggled in the second periods as Cork came back into the contest.
However, there was controversy at at the end as Michael Murphy was hauled to the ground, rugby style, by Eoin Cadigan as he was about to hit the equalising goal.
Cadogan escaped with a yellow card and as the foul was just a foot outside the ‘square’ only a free was awarded, which was pointed by Colm McFadden.
Overall, Donegal did not do enough in the second half although Ross Wherity was almost in for a goal on two occasions, the second being well saved at the expense of a ‘45’.
The first half was a cagey affair with Donegal leading throughout and Cork lost their best player, Colm O’Neill, with a nasty looking knee injury in the second quarter.
Michael Murphy, Colm McFadden, Patrick McBrearty and Dermot Molloy were among the Donegal first half scorers.
However, in the second half, the Cork defence got to grips with Murphy and accordingly Donegal struggled to make scoring chances.
They went five behind approaching the last eight minutes but rallied well with Murphy and McFadden getting late points, but it was not enough.
Donegal: Paul Durcan; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Eamon McGee; Declan Walsh, Frank McGlynn, Leo McLoone; Michael Murphy, Rory Kavanagh; Ryan Bradley, Dermot Molloy, Ross Wherity; Patrick McBrearty, Neil Gallagher, Colm McFadden. Subs., Martin McElhinney for Molloy; Ryan McHugh for Wherity.
See Monday’s Donegal Democrat, Donegal People’s Press for full report