Date Time Competition Season
9 July 2022 2:00 pm All Ireland Senior Championship 2022

Match Report

SFC: Donegal deliver semi-final place thanks to win over Dublin

Karen Guthrie scored two of Donegal’s three second half goals as they dumped Dublin out of the TG4 All-Ireland Senior Championship at Páirc Seán Mac Diarmada in Carrick-on-Shannon.


After a solid first half where Donegal had laid out their plans, to go in 0-4 to 0-1 in front, in the second they played the breaks to perfection, with Yvonne Bonner scoring the first goal before Guthrie added two more. Carla Rowe managed to bundle home one for Dublin in the last minute, although it was never going to change the outcome of this quarter-final.

Donegal scored the opening two points through Geraldine McLaughlin, the first of her five frees, and Amy Boyle Carr, and although Dublin got on the scoreboard ten minutes in, that was to be the last score for a quarter of an hour.

The more the half went on, the more things began to click for Donegal, with a 15-minute scoreless spell concluded with a McLaughlin free and then another on 28 minutes. Donegal had edged into a 0-4 to 0-1 lead by the break.

Dublin didn’t manage a point from play in the first period yet it took less than 20 seconds for Lyndsey Davey to do it after half-time, with the words of manager Mick Bohan still ringing in her ears.

McLaughlin, though, added two more frees, either side of another Tyrell point and it was 0-6 to 0-3 for Donegal on 40 minutes. Their spirits were further lifted with the introduction of former captain Guthrie, who was named to start but had been carrying a problematic ankle injury of late.

Three minutes later, Bonner slammed past Ciara Trant for a 1-6 to 0-3 lead, with Boyle Carr bursting into space down the right and having the presence of mind to look up and lay the ball inside.

Donegal stuck by their game plan though, with a long Niamh Hegarty ball finding Bonner, who laid off for Guthrie to add a second goal on 49 minutes and the dream was becoming reality.

Dublin were reeling and fluffing their lines and five minutes later a boomer from Guthrie which was dropping short, fell into the net with Tanya Kennedy’s presence perhaps distracting Trant in goal. Donegal, needing to pinch themselves, were ten points up, 3-7 to 0-6.

Dublin kept pushing and scrambled a 59th minute goal from Rowe after Caoimhe O’Connor’s first shot was blocked. For Donegal, it was one of their most famous days.


1Ciara Trant Goalkeeper
2Jess Tobin Defender
3Leah Caffrey Defender
4Niamh Collins Defender
5Aoife Kane Defender
6Martha Byrne Defender
7Sinead Goldrick Defender
8Jennifer Dunne Midfielder 47'
9Kate McDaid Midfielder
10Nicole Owens Forward
11Carla Rowe Forward 65'
45', 54', 60'
12Kate Sullivan Forward
13Hannah Tyrrell Forward 9', 31', 34'
14Caoimhe O’Connor Forward
15Sinead Aherne Forward
16Emer Ní Eafa
17Orlagh Nolan Defender
18Jodi Egan Forward
19Tammy Quinn Corbally
20Lauren Magee
21Hannah Leahy Defender
22Ellen Gribben
23Niamh Hetherton Forward
24Lyndsay Davey
25Siobhan Killeen Forward
26Sinéad Wylde
27Siobhan Woods
28Grainne O’Driscoll
29Natalia Hyland
30Rachel Hartnett


1Roisin McCafferty Goalkeeper
2Niamh Carr Defender
3Evelyn McGinley Defender
4Tanya Kennedy Defender
5Shelly Twohig Defender
6Nicole McLaughlin Defender
7Amy Boyle Carr Defender 6'
8Katy Herron Midfielder
9Niamh McLaughlin Midfielder
10Yvonne Bonner Forward 43'
11Niamh Hegarty Forward
12Susanne White Forward
13Deirdre Foley Forward
14Karen Guthrie 20 Forward 49', 55'
15Geraldine McLaughlin Forward 1', 25', 27', 33', 38'
16Aoife McColgan Goalkeeper
17Shauna McFadden Defender
18Jodie McFadden
19Blathnaid McLaughlin Forward
20Tara Hegarty 14 Defender
22Niamh Boyle Defender
23Roisin Rodgers Defender
24Codie Walsh
25Emma McCrory
26Shauna Higgins
27Saskia Boyle
29Danielle McGinley
30Laoise Ryan

Past Meetings

1-10 2-8
NFL Division 1
St Tiernach’s Park


Avantcard Pairc Sean McDiarmada
Avantcard Pairc Sean McDiarmada, Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim, Ireland

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