Donegal don’t have enough firepower up front to beat reigning All-Ireland champions Dublin, according to ex-Armagh boss Paul Grimley.
The 2012 and 2013 champions face off in the semi-finals at the end of the month with a place in the final against either Kerry or Mayo, who meet this Sunday, up for grabs.
Dublin’s lowest winning margin so far in the championship is 11 points, against Laois, while Jim Gavin’s side have also recorded 16-point wins over Wexford and Meath, and had 17 points to spare over Monaghan in their quarter-final.
Donegal beat Antrim by 13 points, accounted for both Derry and Monaghan by three, and saw off Armagh by a single point in their quarter-final win.
However, Grimley, who stepped down from his post after the Donegal loss, reckons that Jim McGuinness’ men will pose more problems for the Dubs than any opposition they have encountered so far.
You’d have to have a lot of patience to be playing in it but you’d have to have a hell of a lot of patience to watch it too" - Paul Grimley
Grimley told RTÉ Sport: “I don’t see them beating Dublin but I do see Dublin having trouble with them, problems against them.”
“Dublin will not get the same freedom and movement that they’ve been getting in their championship so far.
“They are an extremely attack-minded side, very fluent with their movement. The way Donegal are set up, they will restrict that.
“But I don’t think Donegal have enough at the other end to beat Dublin.
“I don’t think they’ve enough in the counter-attack side of it. You’d have to have a lot of patience to be playing in it but you’d have to have a hell of a lot of patience to watch it too.
“You have to have patience [against Donegal], you have keep the ball until the right openings appear.
“Dublin don’t play like that. Dublin like to go at the game.”