Date Time Competition Season
19 March 2022 1:00 pm NFL Division 1 2022

Match Report

D1 Semi – Donegal book first final since 2017

Late goals from Emma McCrory and Yvonne Bonner booked Donegal their place in a first Lidl National Football League Division 1 final since 2017 after victory over Dublin.


Donegal led by 0-7 to 1-2 at half-time but Dublin hit back and were four in front with 57 minutes on the clock at St Tiernach’s Park in Clones.

However, substitute McCrory was first to the loose ball when it ricocheted off the bar for Donegal’s first goal, before Bonner fired to an empty net a minute later securing a last gasp win for Maxi Curran’s side.

Dublin attacked early and spurned two chances before Lyndsey Davey got her side’s only point of that quarter on six minutes. Thereafter, Donegal dominated and Geraldine McLaughlin levelled the game from a free.

Two Karen Guthrie frees in as many minutes pushed her side into a two-point lead. Donegal continued to dominate possession and McLaughlin converted another score on 14 minutes after Guthrie was fouled.

As Dublin turned defensive, Kate Sullivan excelled but it was Donegal that went into the water break the happier as Guthrie added her first point from play to ensure Donegal led by four at the break.

Dublin went on the attack immediately when play resumed and were unlucky not to score when a terrific run from Jennifer Dunne right at the heart of the Donegal defence resulted in a free for Sullivan. Then there was a mix-up in the defence, Hannah Tyrrell intercepted and the TG4 All Star made no mistake with the finish for Dublin’s goal.

Sullivan scored too but Donegal persevered and a point from play for Bonner, along with a third Geraldine McLaughlin free sent Donegal in with a 0-7 to 1-2 lead at the break.

Sullivan converted a free within two minutes of the restart to reduce the deficit. They didn’t have to wait long for the equaliser as Davey converted her second point on 37 minutes to level up the scores.

Nicole Owens kicked Dublin in front on 37 minutes only for Bonner to level it again, but Dunne grabbed her first score to send Dublin into the second half water break one point ahead.

Orlagh Nolan added a point, as did Sinéad Aherne on her seasonal reappearance. A free from Tyrrell and a terrific score from Owens handed Dublin a four-point lead late on.

However, Donegal weren’t finished yet and goals from McCrory and Bonner meant they advanced.


1Ciara Trant Goalkeeper
2Jess Tobin Defender
3Niamh Collins Defender
4Leah Caffrey Defender
5Aoife Kane Defender
6Martha Byrne Defender
7Orlagh Nolan Defender 49'
8Jennifer Dunne Midfielder 47'
9Kate McDaid Midfielder
10Caoimhe O’Connor 23 Forward
11Nicole Owens Forward 43'
12Siobhan Woods Forward
13Hannah Tyrrell Forward 22'
14Niamh Hetherton 21 Forward
15Kate Sullivan Forward 25', 32'
16Abby Shiels Goalkeeper
17Rachel Brennan
18Sarah Fagan
19Rachel Hartnett
20Tammy Quinn Corbally
21Siobhan Killeen 14 Forward
22Oonagh Whyte Forward
23Lyndsay Davey 10 4', 37'
24Sinéad Wylde
25Grainne O’Driscoll
26Carla Rowe 59'
27Sinead Aherne 56'
28Michelle Davoren
29Julie Vaughan
30Kate Fitzgibbon



St Tiernach’s Park
St. Tiernach’s Park, L28003, Clones Rural ED, Ballybay-Clones Municipal District, County Monaghan, H23 FK29, Ireland

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