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Published: 19:31 | 26/3/16

AFL round-up: Dublin make it six from six


Dublin beat Donegal 1-10 to 0-07 at Croke Park to make it six wins from six in their National Football League campaign.

Dublin led 0-05 to 0-04 at the break as Donegal tried to play a spoiling came at Croker, with Kevin McManamon (2), Cormac Costello (2 frees) and Ciaran Kilkenny scoring points for Jim Gavin's side, and Michael Murphy, Eamon McGee, Rory Kavanagh, and Patrick McBrearty scoring for the visitors.

McBrearty scored a free and Odhran MacNiallais kicked a point to give Donegal a 0-06 to 0--05 lead, but Dublin substitute Dean Rock levelled and Paddy Andrews gave the All-Ireland champions the lead.

Both teams were then reduced to 14 men in the 52nd minute when Dublin's James McCarthy and Donegal's Murphy were shown second yellow cards.

However, McCarthy could face further disciplinary action after seeming to attempt an eye gouge on the Donegal midfielder Martin McElhinney.

Further points from Brian Fenton and Costello made it Dublin 0-9 to 0-6, but McBrearty narrowed the gap to two points with a fine free.

McManamon then made it 0-10 to 0-07 before turning provider for Philly McMahon to score the only goal of the game with four minutes remaining with a cool finish beyond Donegal goalkeeper Mark Anthony McGinley.

Following this third successive defeat, Donegal now need to beat Monaghan next weekend to make the last four,

In Division 2, Armagh substitute Niall Grimley scored a late goal at Healy Park to secure a 1-10 to 0-13 draw with Tyrone.

Kieran McGeeney’s men now have a chance of retaining their Division 2 with victory over Derry next week. Mickey Harte’s side, who secured promotion back to Division 1 with a win against Meath two weeks ago, remain unbeaten in the league and travel to Fermanagh next weekend.

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