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Donegal back in All-Ireland final after win over Cork

Donegal 0-16 Cork 1-11: Donegal are back in the All-Ireland final for the first time in 20 years after producing a superb display to see off Cork in Croke Park.

The Ulster men survived the concession of a late Colm O’Neill goal that ensured the game went to the wire but Jim McGuinness’ men were full value for their win as they booked their place in Gaelic football's showpiece for the first time since 1992..

Donegal had opened up a 0-8 to 0-7 lead at the break after a pulsating half of football that had seen the side level on seven separate occasions.

But the Ulster men were simply superb on the restart and not even the introduction of Pearse O’Neill could stem the growing Donegal tide.

Once again, Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden did most of the scoring but Karl Lacey was superb, kicking two points from play in another excellent showing.

Cork were gradually going out of the game but O’Neill gathered a long ball and slid his shot under Paul Durcan to set up a tense final few minutes.

But it wasn’t to be as Donegal saw the game out and set up an All-Ireland final date against either Mayo or Dublin, who meet on Sunday.

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