Donegal through to All-Ireland final

Cork 1-11 Donegal 0-16
Published Sunday, 26 August 2012
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Donegal have defeated Cork by two points to secure a place in an All-Ireland final for the first time in 20 years.

Donegal through to All-Ireland final
Donegal's Mark McHugh celebrates the final whistle (© Presseye)

The Ulster champions defeated the 2010 All-Ireland winners during Sunday's senior semi-final at Croke Park.

There was little between the sides in an evenly contested first half.

The teams were level on no fewer than six occasions in the opening 35 minutes.

There was never more than a point in the lead as both sides sent over some excellent scores.

The lead changed hands on several occasions, with Cork edging ahead in the 28th minute courtesy of Ciaran Sheehan.

But it was Donegal who scored the last two points of the first half, David Walsh and Mark Hugh on target to help their team into an 8-7 lead.

Into the second half Donegal were quicker out of the blocks as Colm McFadden landed an exquisite point to increase the gap.

Frank McGlynn and Karl Lacey tagged on two more as Jim McGuinness' side led by four.

And when Michael Murphy sent over a magnificent point from a free Donegal had stretched their advantage to five points in the 54th minute.

And they maintained that lead until deep into stoppage time when Colm O'Neill scored a goal to leave Cork with a glimmer of hope but Donegal held on to a 0-16 to 1-11 win.

Donegal will now face either Dublin or Mayo in the All-Ireland Senior final on 23 September.

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7 Comments
Thomas in Belfast wrote (788 days ago):
UTV (Ulster television) Donegal is in Ulster (The real 9 county Ulster, not the 6 county fairytale), therefore not foreign. GAA is a 32 county organisation, "All Ireland" therefore not in the Republic or Northern region exclusively. Arguments against it are just petty. The people involved are going out of their way to be bigoted and cause unwanted trouble.
Mark in Belfast wrote (788 days ago):
They should change the title to the all 26 counties of Ireland final...
Ady in Cookstown wrote (788 days ago):
@ Sam.. The only the "sport" that " Norn Iron" can truly call its own seems to be bigotry. Definately gold medal standard !
Stephen in Belfast wrote (789 days ago):
Sam, Technically ALL of the sports reported on should then fall under "Foreign Sports" - Looking at the main headings at the top of the UTV Sports Page; Football is English, as is Rugby, Ice Hockey is Canadian, Golf is Scottish, and the Rallying Motorsports is believed to have originated in France (God bless you, Wikipedia!). Ironically, GAA is probably the closest thing you will ever get to "Local" sports.
Matthew in Newry Ireland wrote (789 days ago):
I love it when the underdog wins, I really hope Donegal win it, they deserve it, coming from a Down supporter. I also agree with Ryan, obviously Sam has never experienced the fervent atmosphere of a GAA (Irish football) match. Everyone welcome, wherever you live!
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