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Impressive Tyrone Through To Semi Final

Sunday 05.08.2018
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


 

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 2-17

Tyrone turned on the style in the closing stages against Donegal to record their first championship victory at MacCumhaill Park in Ballybofey since 1973 to set up an All Ireland semi final clash with Monaghan.

 

As expected it was a tense, hard fought encounter throughout with the Red Hands worthy winners on the day. After a good start to the game the visitors fell behind to a late first half goal from Donegal Captain Michael Murphy to leave the hosts leading 1-6 to 0-6 at the short whistle. In the second half it was point for point as every time Tyrone scored Donegal responded. In the 62nd minute Harry Loughran palmed in a Tyrone goal as they got their noses in front and in the last attack Declan McClure put the icing on the cake with their second major on a day when the winners’ bench contributed a handsome 2-5.

 

Tiarnan McCann opened the scoring with a fine effort after twenty seconds only for Murphy to level from a free. Mark Bradley, Connor McAliskey and team Captain Mattie Donnelly all registered for a 0-4 to 0-2 lead and Tyrone should have been further in front but they missed a few frees as well as dropping a few efforts short into the arms of Donegal keeper Shaun Patton. Ryan McHugh and Ciaran Thompson helped level matters, the latter’s score coming after he had bounced the ball twice. Colm Cavanagh hit a great score from distance but two Jamie Brennan points had Donegal in front before the home side profited from a short Tyrone kickout for Murphy to blast to the roof of the net. A McAliskey free brought the first half scoring to a close but Tyrone still had it all to do in the second half.

 

Michael Langan and Peter Harte swapped points on the restart as did Odhran MacNiallais and substitute Lee Brennan. Donegal though had the upper hand with another Brennan point edging them four clear. Padraig Hampsey split the posts but when corner back Paddy McGrath got forward to point Donegal were 1-11 to 1-10 in front going into the final quarter.

 

That’s when Tyrone really came to the fore as Brennan, Hampsey and Kieran McGeary helped close the gap to the minimum. Then came the first goal as Conall McCann, Mark Bradley and Tiarnan McCann combined for the latter to do brilliantly to fist the ball across the goalmouth for Harry Loughran to palm to the net at the back post. Eoghan Ban Gallagher replied with a Donegal point but it was Tyrone who had the bit between their teeth with Colm Cavanagh immense getting in tackles and taking a number of breathtaking catches while McGeary got in a wonderful block.

 

Mattie Donnelly angled over a superb point from out on the right wing before keeper Niall Morgan nailed a long range free for a 1-15 to 1-12 lead. Brennan then pointed again as the fourth official indicated that there was at least seven minutes of injury time to be played. Niall O’Donnell had a Donegal point but that proved to be their last score of the contest. Full back Ronan McNamee got forward for a good point and as he clinched his fist in delight there was now no doubt that Tyrone were advancing to the last four of the championship. Right at the end a sweeping Tyrone move that was begun by McGeary ended with Declan McClure finishing to the net from close range in the last action of the game to seal an outstanding victory.

 

Tyrone – Niall Morgan; Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee, Frank Burns; Tiarnan McCann, Cathal McShane, Conor Meyler; Colm Cavanagh, Pádraig Hampsey; Connor McAliskey, Mattie Donnelly, Peter Harte; Mark Bradley, Richard Donnelly, Niall Sludden. Subs – Rory Brennan for McKernan (black card), Kieran McGeary for Burns, Lee Brennan for R Donnelly, Harry Loughran for McAliskey, Conall McCann for McShane, Declan McClure for Sudden

 

Donegal – Shaun Patton; Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee, Stephen McMenamin; Eoghan Ban Gallagher, Eamonn Doherty, Frank McGlynn, Hugh McFadden, Michael Murphy; Ciaran Thompson, Leo McLoone, Ryan McHugh; Jamie Brennan, Odhrán Mac Niallais, Michael Langan. Subs – Paul Brennan for Thompson, Niall O’Donnell for Mac Niallais, Anthony Thompson for McGlynn, Martin McElhinney for Langan, Martin O’Reilly for McLoone, Mark McHugh for McGrath

 

Tyrone scorers – Lee Brennan 0-4, Harry Loughran 1-0, Declan McClure 1-0, Connor McAliskey 0-2, Pádraig Hampsey 0-2, Mattie Donnelly 0-2, Mark Bradley 0-1, Tiernan McCann 0-1, Peter Harte 0-1, Niall Morgan 0-1, Colm Cavanagh 0-1, Kieran McGeary 0-1, Ronan McNamee 0-1

 

Donegal scorers – Michael Murphy 1-2, Jamie Brennan 0-3, Odhrán Mac Niallais 0-2, Ryan McHugh 0-1, Eoghan Ban Gallagher 0-1, Michael Langan 0-1, Paddy McGrath 0-1, Ciaran Thompson 0-1, Niall O’Donnell 0-1

 

Referee – Joe McQuillan, Cavan

 

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