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Saturday 08.06.2019
Team Talk Mag


Donegal 3-13 Tyrone 2-12

Tyrone’s heroic effort fell just short as they lost out to Donegal in the TG4 Ulster Ladies Senior Football Championship first round tie at Kingspan Breffni Park.

They pushed the defending champions all the way, with Maria Canavan hitting 1-8 and Niamh McGirr smashing home a brilliant goal.

Donegal eased into a two points lead with a Geraldine McLaughlin free and a well worked score from Amy Boyle Carr, and it was Karen Guthrie who made to 0-3 to 0-1 on five minutes.

But with Woods performing strongly in the central area, the Red Hands pressed for scores through Maria Canavan, Niamh O’Neill and Woods.

Katy Herron and Evelyn McGinley won valuable possession around the middle sector as Donegal responded with sores rom McLaughlin (free) and Kate Keeney, whose searing drive was brilliantly deflected over the bar by goalkeeper Shannon Lynch.

And in the 20th minute, Maxi Curran’s side opened up a four points gap when full forward McLaughlin smashed home a superb goal, giving Lynch no chance as her angled shot flew into the top corner of the net.

And at the other end, ‘keeper Aoife McColgan came to her side’s rescue with a wonderful stop from Niamh O’Neill, who looked certain to net.

Niamh Hegarty grabbed a second Donegal goal just before the hour break to send her side in with a 2-6 to 0-8 advantage, which was increased early in the second half when McLaughlin won a penalty which she slotted home herself.


Aoibhinn McHugh won a Tyrone penalty which Canavan despatched in the 43rd minute, but Guthrie’s accuracy from frees kept the Red Hands at arm’s length.


Canavan, with another free, brought her tally to 1-8, and Gerry Moane’s side was showing great spirit and determination in the face of adversity, just four behind as they headed into the final ten minutes.


Tyrone centre back Niamh McGirr collected Aoibhinn McHugh’s pass to fire home a spectacular 57th minute goal, but the holders held on to win by four.



Donegal: A McColgan; A.M. McGlynn, E Gallagher, R Rogers; N Carr, N McLaughlin, T Doherty; K Herron, E McGinley; K Guthrie (0-6, 3f), K Keeney (0-1), A Boyle Carr (0-1); N Hegarty (1-0), G McLaughlin (2-4, 1-0 pen, 0-4f), S McGroddy.


Subs: S McLaughlin for Rogers (h-t), R Friel (0-1) for Hegarty (h-t)


Tyrone: S Lynch; C Hunter, J Barrett, C Conway; S McCarroll, N McGirr (1-0), E Brennan; E.J. Gervin, N Woods (0-1); N Hughes (0-1), M Canavan (1-8, 1-0 pen 0-6f), A McHugh; N O’Neill (0-1), M Mallon (0-1), C Kelly.


Subs: D Gallagher for Kelly (43), T McLoughlin for McCarroll (54), S Byrne for McHugh (59).


Referee: B Rice (Down).



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