Thursday, March 12, 2009

NFL - Donegal 1-08 Dublin 0-13

On a wild day in Ballyshannon Dublin recorded their 1st win in this year’s football league.  The Dubs won the toss & chose to play with the gale and this decision was rewarded when at half time they left the field leading 0-07 to 0-01.  The conditions made quality football difficult but throughout this half the threat from Bernard Brogan & the dominance of Ciaran Whelan were a delight to Dublin fans. There was one late scare when Denis Bastick blocked superbly to prevent a goalward shot.

The 2ndhalf started with a torrential hail shower causing huge visibility problems for all players but the referee seemed unconcerned.  Dublin started strongest extending their lead but with 20 minutes to go Donegal got the goal which brought them to touching distance & leaving blue fans with fears of defeat.

Conal Keaney pushed the Dubs ahead again but with the wind strengthening the northerners drew level & the Donegal fans were howling for a victory.  Declan Lally who had entered following a harsh yellow card on James Brogan ran at Donegal & released Brennan for another fine score.  When Ross McConnell kicked his 3rd point of the game the Dubs had got out of Ballyshannon with a rare victory.  And for Pat Gilroy tremendous pride in a battling quality performance.

Dublin:  Stephen Cluxton, Alan Hubbard, Denis Bastick, Paddy Andrews, James Brogan (Declan Lally (35)), Ger Brennan (0-01), Barry Cahill, Ciaran Whelan, Ross McConnell (0-03), Diarmuid Connolly (Jason Sherlock (20)), Conal Keaney (0-04), David Henry (0-01) (Alan Brogan (55)), Blaine Kelly (Diarmuid Connolly (55)), Kevin Bonner (0-01) (Bryan Cullen (35)), Bernard Brogan (0-03).

Donegal:  M Boyle, N McGee, E McGee, P McDaid, E Wade, R Sweeney, K Cassidy, C Bonner (0-01), C Toye, B Boyle (0-01) (B Roper (40)), C Dunne (1-00), R Kavanagh, M Murphy (0-03), S Griffin (0-01) (D Gallagher (55) (0-01)), D Walsh (0-01). 

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