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Donegal down Cork to reach SFC final

Donegal qualified for their first All-Ireland SFC final in 20 years with a 0-16 to 1-11 victory over Cork in an absorbing encounter at Croke Park.

In front of a crowd of 55,169, an absorbing first half saw the sides level on seven occasions.

Michael Murphy and Colm McFadden, with frees, had traded points with Paul Kerrigan and Paddy Kelly, and two superb Colm O'Neill scores had the Rebels in front in the 26th minute.

Ciaran Sheehan's delightful score prompted another response with substitute David Walsh splitting the posts with his first kick, and it was Mark McHugh who broke up a Cork attack before sprinting 100 yards to get on the end of the move and shoot Donegal 0-8 to 0-7 ahead at the break.

Donegal's workrate, movement and support play were exceptional as they moved four points clear with scores from overlapping defenders Frank McGlynn, Anthony Thompson and Karl Lacey.

Aidan Walsh and Sheehan - with his third - kept Cork in touch, but Donegal led by four going into the final quarter.

Murphy struck a massive free from 50 metres to stretch the advantage to five, and McFadden drilled a '45 between the posts.

Spilled possession allowed Cork to counter for O'Neill to slide home a goal, but the men from the north-west were not to be denied.

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