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Derby Delight For Tyrone

Saturday 10.03.2018
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone 2-13 Donegal 1-10

The Allianz division one league table looks better from a Tyrone perspective after they had a six point win over neighbours Donegal at Healy Park on Saturday evening.

 

It was only a second win of the campaign for the Ulster champions but it was a crucial result against their fellow strugglers Donegal and it means that Mickey Harte’s charges have their destination in their own hands going into the final two games against Mayo and Kerry.

 

Tyrone led 1-5 to 0-7 at the end of an action packed first half. Midfielder Odhran MacNiallais opened the scoring for the visitors with Mark Bradley levelling soon after. Mark McHugh then hit a quality score and that was followed by another fabulous effort from MacNiallais for a 0-3 to 0-1 lead by the 7th minute. Niall Sludden then charged through for a fine Tyrone score but a Michael Murphy free was followed by an Eoghan Ban Gallagher effort from play as Donegal got on top.

 

Lee Brennan kept Tyrone in touch from a free with Murphy responding at the other end of the field from a placed ball as well. Brennan and McAliskey cut the deficit to the minimum with a free each before a controversial moment arrived in the 31st minute. Conor Meyler delivered a superb pass to Sludden who was hauled down by keeper Shaun Patton as he went around him. The referee did award a penalty but somehow didn’t brandish a black card to the keeper.

 

Peter Harte stepped up to take the spot kick but a poor connection saw it go the wrong side of the right hand post. Murphy, who kicked three first half wides, landed another free and going into injury time it looked like Donegal would have their noses in front. Tyrone though had other ideas and a move involving Colm Cavanagh, McAliskey and Padraig McNulty resulted in Sludden firing low to the net to put Tyrone in front for the first time in the contest.

 

The hosts got the perfect start to the second half as well as Mark Bradley exchanged passes with Cathal McShane before brilliantly finishing low to the net. McAliskey added two frees as Tyrone took a stranglehold on proceedings. Keeper Niall Morgan then left seven between the sides from a free before Donegal hit back when a flowing move ended with MacNiallais palming the ball to the net from close range. Substitute Stephen McBrearty left a score between them before a great score from Hugh McFadden closed it to two.

 

Tyrone though weren’t to be denied with Brennan, Cathal McShane and Harte all on target for a deserved win despite losing Mattie Donnelly to a black card in injury time.

 

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-1, 1f); F Burns, HP McGeary, C McCarron; C Meyler, P Hampsey, C McShane (0-1); C Cavanagh, P McNulty; M Donnelly, N Sludden (1-1), P Harte (0-1); L Brennan (0-5, 4f), C McAliskey (0-3, 3f), M Bradley (1-1). Subs: M McKernan for McGeary (49), K McGeary for McNulty (57), D Mulgrew for McAliskey (62), D McCurry for Bradley (66), C McCann for McShane (70), R Brennan for Meyler (73)

 

Donegal: S Patton; C Morrison, S McMenamin, EB Gallagher (0-1); T McCleneghan, C Ward, E Doherty (0-1); H McFadden (0-1), O MacNiallais (1-2); L McLoone, R McHugh, M McHugh (0-1); C Thompson, M Murphy (0-3, 3f), J Brennan. Subs: D O Baoill for Thompson (42), M McElhinney for McCleneghan (42), S McBrearty (0-1) for M McHugh (49), F McGlynn for Ward (57), N O’Donnell for Brennan (63), M Langan for MacNiallais (67)

 

Referee: D Coldrick, Meath

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