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Donegal off the mark

Donegal got their first points of the Division One campaign with a gritty 1-7 to 0-6 win against Cork in MacCumhaill Park, Ballybofey.

The return of Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden was the vital ingredient with the former marking his appearance with a blistering goal after just 12 seconds.

The big full-forward, who had groin surgery in January, fielded a Karl Lacey centre before turning and blasting to the net.

Donegal led by 1-2 to 0-4 at half-time.

Murphy scored the point of the game for Donegal on 47 minutes.

“It's been a while coming. We were very deserving winners,” said Donegal assistant manager Rory Gallagher. “In the second-half there was only one team in it and but for poor finishing we would have won more easily.

“Cork were a bit shell shocked by the opening goal and we should have added a few more points but they were still in it at half-time.

“They took their chances much better than us,” he added.

Cork manager Conor Counihan said: “It was very disappointing but in fairness to Donegal they shut us down well.”

Meanwhile Cavan mixed the sublime with the ridiculous but still managed to pick up their first points of the Division Three season with a 0-14 to 0-8 victory over Sligo at Kingspan Breffni Park.

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