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Dublin v Donegal v Dublin All Ireland Semi-Final Full-Time Score Analysis
Dublin 0.08 Donegal 0.06
The opening score of this titanic battle came from Donegal when Dublin’s No 5 gave away a free kick. No 5 picked up the first yellow card for his high tackle. The score came at 8 minutes and 30 seconds into the game. Two earlier chances taken by Michael Murphy for Donegal failed to be the potential ice bergs that could have sunk the Dubs. The 80, 000 crowd providing a festive mood to the proceedings. 16 minutes into the game the score was Dublin 0.01 to Donegal 0.01. Donegal’s second point and only the third point of the game for both sides at that point came in the 24th minute. The Dubs second point came in the 25th minute. Another point for Donegal in the 28th minute. Another point for Donegal in the 30th minute. Karl Lacey sustaining a bad tackle.
Half Time Score after 3 minutes extra-time Donegal 0.04 to Dublin 0.02
One minute into the second half and Donegal claim their 5th point.
Full-time Score Dublin 0.08 Donegal 0.06.
Dublin 9 wides at 38 minutes. Dublin get 3rd point at 41 minutes. Donegal get 6th point in 43rd minute. Donegal taking 64% ball possession well into the second half. 7 wides for Donegal at 51 minutes. Dublin take 4th point in 52nd minute. 5th point for Dublin at 53rd minute. Dublin goal disallowed at 54th minute, square ball. Dublin’s No14 sent off red card, 58th minute. 59th minute 0.06 to 0.06. Dublin go ahead by 1 point at 63 minutes. Dublin 0.08 Donegal 0.06 at 68 minutes.
Pre-match Dublin v Donegal v Dublin
Tommy Carr (Dublin 1992) and Antony Molloy (Donegal 1992) both predicting different outcomes for todays All Ireland semi-final, Carr thinks Dublin will be the winners by 5/6/ points with Molloy suggesting that anything can happen and in the end it could come down to luck. Close match expected as Donegal hunger for the Sam Maguire and Dublin try to reclaim Hill 16.
Dublin v Galway Minor
The minor match was a battle royal and at half-time Dublin 1.05 to Galway 0.04, Galway with Fire and Determination in their belly came back in the second half and flew like butterflies and stung like bees. At 46 minutes the score line changed to Galway 1.08 to Dublin 1.06. At 58 minutes it remained Galway 1.08 Dublin 1.08. At the 64th minute Dublin was back with a lead of 1.11 to Galway 1.09. Dublin spoiling for the Big double.
GAA : Dublin manager Pat Gilroy has named an unchanged side ahead of the All-Ireland semi-final clash with Donegal on Sunday.
Gilroy saw enough in the seven-point win over Mickey Harte's Tyrone team in the quarter-final to keep faith with the starting XV for the visit of the Ulster champions.
It will mean another chance to shine for the midfield combination of Denis Bastick and Michael Darragh Macauley, while Barry Cahill will continue at centre forward, with Dairmuid Connolly at full forward flanked by the Brogan brothers.
Donegal manager Jim McGuinness has restored full forward Michael Murphy to his starting line-up after he came off the bench to score 0-3 against Kildare in the quarter-final.
Murphy was replaced by David Walsh minutes before the Lilywhites clash, apparently because of a hamstring injury, but impressed off the bench and his return will be a welcome boost.
Paddy McGrath (hamstring) and Michael Hegarty (knee) have also been included. Neither finished the Kildare game but Ardara clubman McGrath has been named at corner back and Hegarty is set to start at centre forward.
Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh will face Bastick and Macauley in midfield.
Dublin (SF v Donegal): S Cluxton; C O’Sullivan, R O’Carroll, M Fitzsimons; J McCarthy, G Brennan, K Nolan; D Bastick, MD Macauley; P Flynn, B Cahill, B Cullen; A Brogan, D Connolly, B Brogan.
Donegal (SF v Dublin): P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, F McGlynn; A Thompson, K Lacey, K Cassidy; R Kavanagh, N Gallagher; M McHugh, M Hegarty, R Bradley; P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.