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Bonner full of praise for resilient Donegal minors after win over Dublin

Donegal 1-12 - Dublin 1-11

By Staff Reporter

Donegal manager Declan Bonner hailed history maker Ethan O'Donnell as the Ulster champions secured a first ever All-Ireland minor football final place in dramatic circumstances.

Donegal had never won a minor semi-final before and found themselves two points down with 10 minutes remaining.

But three points without reply, including the 59th minute winner from substitute O'Donnell, secured a final place with Kerry at Croke Park on September 21.

"Ethan has been outstanding for us whenever he's come off the bench, you need that type of quality to turn games," said Bonner.

"I'm absolutely delighted for the lads because there's nothing worse than losing a semi-final.

"We'll be back in three weeks' time and we're coming to win."

Dublin moved 0-5 to 0-1 clear after 22 minutes and Donegal blasted half a dozen wides before finding their range, but when they got going it was spectacular stuff.

John Campbell added 1-2 to a 1-5 haul that Donegal tallied in the last seven minutes of the first-half for a 1-6 to 0-6 half-time lead.

A 47th minute Jack Burke goal put Dubs two clear late on before that strong Donegal finale.

Donegal: D Rodgers; D Monagle, C Gillespie, C Kelly; S McMenamin, T McCleneghan, C Mulligan; (0-2) N Harley, C McGonigle; J Campbell (1-2), S McBrearty (0-4), M Carroll; J Brennan, L Connor (0-3, 2f), N Friel. Subs.: E O'Donnell (0-1) for McGonigle (20-23, blood), C Morrison for Friel (36, black card), O'Donnell for Harley (39), G McBride for Brennan (48), C Doherty for Campbell (54), C Bonner for Kelly (58).

Dublin: E Whelan; E Murchan, J Mullins, D Monahan; A McGowan, S Clayton, G O'Reilly; A Foley, E McHugh (0-1); C Kavanagh (0-1), C Basquel (0-1), J Burke (1-1); A Byrne (0-1), C O'Callaghan (0-4, 2f), C Sallier (0-2). Subs.: B Howard for Kavanagh (49), D McIlgorm for Foley (55), W Egan for Byrne (56), A Fee for McGowan (59).

Referee: D O'Mahoney (Tipperary).

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