A rush of second half goals from Donegal undid Tyrone’s earlier good work in today’s Bord Gais ladies league tie at Drumragh, writes Damien Donnelly.
The Red Hands welcomed All-Ireland intermediate champions Donegal to the well presented Clanabogan complex for a key Division One game.
Donegal travelled with two wins from two league ties to date, Tyrone with a loss and a draw to show for their opening efforts.
It turned out to be quite a contest and one in which the Tyrone girls held the upperhand until things took a change for the worse in the last half, the guests subsequently running out 6-5 to 2-12 victors.
Catriona McGahan goaled in the first half as Tyrone faced into the wind, Cathy Donnelly and Gemma Begley leading the points return as the hosts headed for half-time 1-7 to 2-2 in front. One of those Donegal goals from Aoife McDonnell took a deflection en route to the net.
A really good Tyrone move saw Eilis Gormley win a third quarter penalty that Clodagh Poyntz converted.
Injury and a yellow card blow unhinged Tyrone as Donegal took their chances with Irish international Geraldine McLaughlin netting a hat-trick of majors to turn the game in her side’s favour.
Tyrone kepy trying to the end but Yvonne McMonagle fired home to thwart the home team’s ultimate efforts.
Laura McGillion, Neamh Woods, Eimear Teague and Clodagh Poyntz before an injury knock were among several to put up a solid show for Tyrone but that Donegal goal burst held the key despite Tyrone’s commendable return of 2-12.
There is a break this weekend before the league moves on to round four series during the first weekend of March as Tyrone play Laois.
The likes of Sarah Connolly, Lynda Donnelly, Joline Donnelly and Maura Kelly among others are at various stages of injury recovery, so will be hoping to return in the not too distant future;(thanks to Lynda for her help with the notes on the Donegal game).