Donegal and Galway will have to do it all over again in their Bank of Ireland All-Ireland Senior Football Championship quarter-final after finishing all-square on a scoreline of 1-11 to 0-14.
Galway got the first score of the game through a Padraig Joyce free but Donegal began to play some dazzling football scoring points through Brendan Devenney, Adrian Sweeney, Brian Roper, Michael Hegarty, Kevin Cassidy and Devenney again while Galway, looking rusty after four weeks without competitive football, only got one score in the middle of Donegal's scoring spree, through Michael Meehan.
However, Galway soon began to get a handle on the game and Paul Clancy and Derek Savage put the ball over the bar before some incisive hand and foot passing found Meehan in space and he slotted it home to level the match at 1-04 to 0-07.
At this stage, it was Donegal who were looking rattled. Having kicked seven points without one wide in the first 20 minutes they now missed six wides without a point and, on thirty minutes, Joyce gave Galway a lead they would take to the break with a well-pointed free-kick.
Paul McGonigle levelled the match as soon as the game restarted but Galway were still in control on the field, with Padraig Joyce, Meehan and Clancy all pointed before Sweeney could answer for Donegal. Kevin Walsh and Padraig Joyce scored for Galway, extending their lead to a goal.
Donegal began a fightback beginning with two points from Devenney followed by a point each from Sweeney and McGonigle to restore parity. The Tribesmen, who had once looked rampant, were now shaken and Donegal took the lead through John Harron. Joe Bergin, whose wayward kicking was a feature of the afternoon, got through for Galway and was in on goal but his fisted effort earned neither a point nor a goal as it rebounded off the cross bar.
It looked as if it would be Donegal's day until a monster point from Kevin Walsh levelled it and ensured there would be another meeting between these two sides. The replay will take place on Sunday next at McHale Park in Castlebar, with a 5:30pm throw-in.
Filed by Barry J Whyte