Donegal lost their way against Dublin on Saturday night to go down to their third defeat in-a-row in the league
The big moment in the game came on 50 minutes when Donegal lost Michael Murphy to a second yellow.
Dublin also lost a man as John McCarthy also saw yellow for the second time but the loss of Murphy was much more significant.
Dublin had a one point lead at the time, 0-7 to 0-6, but they then pulled away and the icing on the cake was a Philly McMahon goal on 66 minutes.
Donegal went back to the blanket defence with just Leo McLoone up front for most of the opening half.
It did achieve an objective of keeping the score close at the break as Dublin went in a point ahead, 0-5 to 0-4. Indeed, Donegal almost had a goal on two minutes but Eoin McHugh’s effort was scooped off the line by Dublin ‘keeper Michael Savage.
Kevin McManamon hit two great points for Dublin while a rare Eamon McGee point was one of the highlights for Donegal.
Dublin: M Savage; P McMahon (1-0), J Cooper, David Byrne; J McCarthy, E Lowndes, J Small; B Fenton (0-1), D Bastick; P Flynn, P Andrews (0-1), C Kilkenny (0-1); C Costello (0-3,2f), K McManamon (0-3), B Brogan. Subs., D Rock (0-1) for Brogan 40; E O Conghaile for Bastick 44; S B Carthy for Lowndes; M Fitzsimons for Small, both 53; T Brady for Costello 58; D Daly for McManamon 69
Donegal: MA McGinley; P McGrath, K Lacey, E McGee (0-1); R McHugh, A Thompson, K Gillespie; R Kavanagh (0-1), H McFadden; M O’Reilly, L McLoone, O MacNiallais (0-1); P McBrearty (0-3,1f), M Murphy (0-1), E McHugh. Subs., M McHugh for McGrath 40; M McElhinney for McLoone 44; E Ban Gallagher for Thompson; C Toye for H McFadden both 58; C McFadden for Lacey 65; M Carroll for Kavanagh 73.
Referee: C Lane (Cork)
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