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New Look Tyrone Lose Season Opener

Sunday 07.01.2024
Team Talk Mag
County


 

Tyrone 1-10 Donegal 0-15

Following the departure of some key individuals it was a new look Tyrone side that lined out to face Donegal in the Red Hands opening fixture of the 2024 season. Tyrone handed senior debuts to  Conall Devlin, Tarlach Quinn, Aodhan Donaghy and James Donaghy and the  lack of experience certainly showed in the first half as a dominant Donegal side led by five at the break. Points from Peadar Mogan and Patrick Mc Brearty gave the visitors a fast start. Although struggling to create chances Tyrone reduced the gap to a point after a fine score from Brian Kennedy  nine minutes into the contest.
Donegal looked much sharper and fitter all over the field in an impressive first half and could have been out of sight at the break had they taken advantage of the many goal chances they created. As it was points from Shane O’Donnell, Jamie Brennan, Jason Mc Gee and Mc Brearty helped them into a comfortable five point half time lead 0-9 to 0-4. Darragh Canavan, Michael Mc Kernan and Peter Harte with the three other first half scores for the Red Hands.
The second half saw a changed and much improved Tyrone chip away at the Donegal lead with points from Peter Harte, Darragh Canavan. Niall Devlin and a converted mark from Lorcan Mc Garrity closing the gap to two. A fine run and fisted pass from Seanie O’Donnell was finished to the net by his club mate Ciaran Daly to put Tyrone in front1-10 to 0-12.

Unfortunately for Tyrone they failed to add to their tally and as Tyrone tired Donegal added a further three points to claim the win on a 0-15 to 1-1o final score.

Tyrone: N Morgan, C Devlin, N McCarron, A Clarke, Tarlach Quinn, M McKernan (0-1), N Devlin (0-1) B Kennedy (0-1), A Donaghy, D Jones, P Harte (0-2  2F) J Donaghy, C Cush, D Canavan (0-4, 3F), S O’Donnell. Subs: C Kilpatrick for Jones, C Quinn for McCarron, C Daly (1-0) for A Donaghy, B Cullen for J Donaghy, L McGarrity (0-1, M) for Cush, S Donaghy for Tarlach Quinn, J Garrirty for Harte, Tiarnan Quinn for Canavan
Donegal: S Patton, M Curran, B McCole, K McGettigan, R McHugh, C McGonagle, P Mogan (0-1), J McGee (0-1), M Langan, S O’Donnell (0-2, 1 M), O Doherty (0-1) C Moore, P McBrearty (0-3, 3F) O Gallen (0-4, 2F), J Brennan (0-2) Subs: C Thompson for McGee, O Caulfield (0-1) for Doherty, J Molloy for Brennan, D O’ Baoill for O ‘Donnell, J Mac Ceallabhui for McHugh, S McMenamin for McCole, A Doherty for McBrearty
Referee: N Cullen, Fermanagh
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