Donegal 0-17 1-7 Mayo

Donegal's Rory Kavanagh
Donegal's Rory Kavanagh was sent-off in the league game against Mayo

Donegal staged a brilliant second-half comeback to beat Mayo despite having Rory Kavanagh sent-off in Ballyshannon.

Kavanagh was shown a straight red card for lashing back at Kevin McLaughlin.

Mayo had made the stronger start and Enda Varley's 10th-minute goal from Conor Mortimer's pass helped them carve out a 1-05 to 0-06 interval advantage.

Donegal made the most of the breeze in the second half and coasted home by seven points with Colm McFadden ending with 0-7 and Michael Murphy 0-5.

Mayo finished the match with 14 men too as Ger Cafferkey was sent-off for two yellow cards.

The win will give Donegal confidence as they travel to play All-Ireland champions Dublin next weekend.

They are now on four points from five matches, level with Laois and just one ahead of bottom-placed Armagh.

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