Donegal put on a five star performance as they proved much too strong for a poor Down side in Newry in the opening game of the Allianz National Football League.
Goals from Ryan McHugh (2) and Patrick McBrearty put Donegal clear in the second half, but they were well on their way as they led 0-9 to 0-3 at half-time.
Their only scare was a 20th minute penalty but Peter Boyle made a great stop from Donal O'Hare at a time when there was only two points between the sides.
Scorers - Donegal - Michael Murphy 0-8; Ryan McHugh 2-0; Patrick McBrearty 1-3; Leo McLoone 0-2; Frank McGlynn, Ciaran Thompson 0-1 each.
Down - Donal O'Hare 0-4; Arthur McConville 0-2; Conaill McGovern 0-1.
See Monday's Donegal Democrat/Donegal People's Press for full report.
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