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Minors Collect First League Points
Tyrone minors bounced back from a disappointing opening day defeat at the hands of Cavan to get their first league points on the board with a hard earned 1-10 to 1-8 victory over Donegal at O’Donnell Park in Letterkenny on Saturday afternoon.
The Red Hands had the better of things throughout the first half and that was reflected on the scoreboard as they greeted the short whistle 0-5 to 0-1 in front. Team Captain Sean O’Donnell had his side’s opening three scores all from frees before Blake McGarvey opened Donegal’s account in the 18th minute from a placed ball as well. Ruairi Canavan, who proved a handful for the Donegal defence throughout, then landed a superb point from play and he followed that up with a free to complete the first half scoring.
A Canavan free opened the second half scoring but in the 38th minute Donegal were back in contention when McGarvey converted a penalty past Tyrone keeper Adam Grugan. Daniel Gildea then levelled matters but in the 43rd minute Liam Ryan got on the end of a dropping free from Canavan to punch to the net past keeper Ben Miller.
Conor O’Neill and Fionnan Coyle responded with Donegal points with a Canavan point, his fifth, helping to maintain Tyrone’s advantage. Substitute David Boyle kept Donegal in with a shout but Tyrone had the final say with Conor Cush getting his second point of the game to give the visitors a deserved victory.