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Tyrone Come Up Short In Ballybofey

Sunday 17.05.2015
Team Talk Mag

Donegal 1-13 Tyrone 1-10


Ulster champions Donegal held their nerve to record a fourth successive provincial championship win over Tyrone by 1-13 to 1-10 at Ballybofey on Sunday.

The winners started well and moved four points clear early in the game but were rocked back on their heels when Peter Harte broke through the Donegal defence to find Darren McCurry and the Edendork clubman fired to the net.

That goal gave Tyrone’s rather fragile confidence a considerable boost as they recovered from a shaky start to take the lead when Sean Cavanagh hit a point in the 33rd minute.

However Donegal reached the break in front when midfielder Martin McElhinney pounced on the ball following a super save by Mickey O’Neill. That goal sent Gallagher’s side in at the break leading 1-08 to 1-06.

Tyrone began the second half well and drew level early on but Donegal’s ability to counter attack at pace caused problems for the Red Hands as they left gaps at the back when they pushed forward.

Tyrone goalkeeper Mickey O’Neill was outstanding for Mickey Harte’s side making at least three fantastic saves and keeping his side in the game at times. The teams were tied at 1-10 apiece when the game entered the final quarter following a couple of super scores from Conor Mc Aliskey.

It was then that Michael Murphy managed to find his shooting boots landing two super points to edge his team ahead.

Donegal then lost Neil Gallagher to a second yellow while minutes later he was joined by Sean Cavanagh as the Tyrone man was rather harshly black carded.

Murphy stretched Donegal’s lead with another well struck free but Tyrone refused to throw in the towel and came very close to snatching a draw when Colm Cavanagh’s fisted effort came back off the crossbar. However they managed to hold on for the win and can now look forward to a quarter final clash with Armagh.

As for Tyrone it is the qualifiers route for Mickey Harte’s side once again but they will take a fair degree of confidence from this performance.


Donegal: P Durcan, P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee, R McHugh, K Lacey (0-01), F McGlynn (0-01), N Gallagher, M McElhinney (1-02), M O’Reilly, O MacNiallais, C Toye (0-02), P McBrearty (0-02), M Murphy (0-03, 3f), C McFadden (0-02)

Subs: M McHugh for O’Reilly, A Thompson for Toye, D Walsh for McElhinney, D McLaughlin for McFadden

Tyrone: M O’Neill, A McCrory, R McNamee (0-01), C McCarron, R McNabb, Justin McMahon (0-01), P Harte, C Cavanagh, S Cavanagh (0-04, 3f), R Brennan, M Donnelly (0-01), B Tierney, D McCurry (1-00), C McShane, C McAliskey (0-03)

Subs: P McNulty for McShane, T McCann for Tierney, M Bradley for McCurry, R O’Neill for McAliskey



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