Mighty Murphy on fire for Donegal
Cavan 0-9 Donegal 0-11
Michael Murphy's cameo proved pivotal as Donegal beat hosts Cavan at Kingspan/Breffni Park in their Dr McKenna Cup opener on Saturday.
The Glenswilly giant added to his growing reputation by coming on as a second-half sub and notching the insurance point in the 72nd minute to give the holders the perfect start to their defence.
Smith converted four first-half frees as Cavan led at half-time by the odd point in seven but that was as good as it got for the Breffni men. Three unanswered points from Darragh Gallagher, Murphy and Gareth Concarr either side of the third-quarter juncture left Donegal 0-9 to 0-6 up with 53 minutes gone.
Cavan continued to battle late on but after yet another converted free by Smith, Murphy sealed Donegal's win.