Donegal 0-09 UUJ 0-11: Antrim's CJ McGourty fired four late points as University of Ulster, Jordanstown pulled off a shock Dr McKenna Cup win in Letterkenny.
McGourty proved the difference between the sides as Donegal -- in the post 'Kevin Cassidy' era -- missed two second-half goal chances in a game that was close throughout.
In a lacklustre first half, the sides were level on five occasions, with Ciaran Clarke in top form for UUJ, and Dermot Molloy keeping Donegal in touch.
Jordanstown's Kieran Hughes at full-forward proved a real handful for All Star Neil McGee, creating a couple of goal openings, one of which just evaded the inrushing Eoin Waide, who was playing against his own county.
The introduction of 18-year-old Patrick McBrearty was the spark which saw Donegal go two clear early in the second half, but UUJ kept battling, with Diarmuid McNulty impressing before McGourty exploded into the game in the final 15 minutes.
"We had a couple of goal chances and also dropped a few into the 'keeper's hands," said Donegal boss Jim McGuinness.
"We would only have three or four of the 15 who came up to the level of fitness required, so that's where we're heading for now."
Scorers - UUJ: CJ McGourty 0-4 (2f), C Clarke 0-3, C Donnelly 0-2 (1f), N McAdam, D McNulty 0-1 each. Donegal: D Molloy 0-5, R Bradley, P McBrearty (1f) 0-2 each.
UUJ - S McCormick; C McWilliams, A McClean, R Pickering; C McGinley, L McLoone, E Waide; N Donnelly, N McAdam; C Clarke, C Donnelly, C Sheridan; CJ MCGourty, K Hughes, D McNulty. Subs: C Davey for McWilliams (h-t), C Duggan for N Donnelly (37), P Devlin for C Donnelly (55).
Donegal - P Boyle; P Witherow, N McGee, P McGrath; M Boyle, A Thompson, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, C McManus; G McFadden, R Bradley, D Walsh; C Toye, S Griffin, D Molloy. Subs: P McBrearty for McManus, E McGee for Witherow (52), C Classon for McFadden (55), D McLaughlin for Toye (55).
Ref - M McErlane (Derry)