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Tyrone Exit Ulster Championship After Defeat To Donegal

Sunday 28.04.2024
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


Tyrone 0-16 Donegal 0-18
Tyrone bowed out of the Ulster Senior Championship on Sunday afternoon when they lost narrowly to Donegal in a contest that required extra time to resolve.
Tyrone led by three at halftime and even though Donegal responded on the restart there was still three between the sides at the three quarter mark. Donegal drew level only for Tyrone to twice edge in front but they couldn’t hold on as Donegal full back Brendan McCole scored late on to send us to extra time. At halftime in extra time Donegal were a point in front and in a cagey second period only one point was scored as they booked a Final date with Armagh. On the day Tyrone gave it everthing that they had and there was no doubt that a second extra time game in a week came back to haunt them in the closing stages.
Tyrone deservedly led 0-8 to 0-5 at the break after a half where they played some superb football. Donegal on the other hand hit six wides while dropping a couple of efforts short, the Red Hands registering their only first half wide in the 34th minute.
It was Donegal who opened the scoring in the 6th minute through Niall O’Donnell but Tyrone drew level from a Darren McCurry free before a placed ball from Darragh Canavan edged them in front. Oisin Gallen and McCurry exchanged points from frees before a well taken effort from Daire O’Baoill had the sides level after a quarter of an hour.
A well worked move involving Paudie Hampsey, Mattie Donnelly and Sean O’Donnell ended with the latter splitting the posts before a brilliant pass from Niall Morgan picked out Ciaran Daly who declined the mark to take an outstanding point with the outside of his boot. Within two minutes though Donegal were back on level terms thanks to efforts from Oisin Gallen and Ciaran Thompson.
That Thompson point in the 22nd minute proved to be their last of the half though as Tyrone finished strongly. Kieran McGeary laid the ball out for Canavan to strike a beauty from distance and after Morgan had nailed a superb free off the ground from out on the left wing a swift counter attack resulted in Cathal McShane hitting a quality point to bring the first half scoring to a close.
Donegal midfielder Jason McGee opened the second half scoring to end a 17 minute barren spell for them before the same player burst through to fist a score as well. Morgan converted a superb long range free but back came Donegal to level by the 46th minute thanks to efforts from Niall O’Donnell and O’Baoill.
Tyrone keeper Morgan was providing unerring from frees and he knocked over another fine one from distance before Daly added a superb point from out on the right wing. Tyrone were on top at this stage and when Canavan dispossessed an opponent around the middle of the field he exchanged passes with McShane to land a beauty.
Tyrone though failed to put Donegal away and two brilliant points in a minute from opposite flanks from half back duo Peadar Mogan and Cailan McGonagle gave the winners and their supporters a huge shot in the arm. Oisin Gallen then converted a free to leave it all square with fourteen minutes of normal time left to play.
Canavan put Tyrone back in front with a quality effort only for Ciaran Thompson to equalise from a placed ball. Another pinpoint Morgan kickout saw Brian Kennedy take possession before finding Mattie Donnelly whose great ball set up Canavan for a mark which he converted. Donegal though retained possession and waited for their chance and when a shot for a goal was blocked the rebound was laid back out to McCole who sent us to extra time.
Jeaic MacCeallbhui fisted the opening score of extra time only for Donnelly to land a brilliant point from out on the right wing. The next kickout was won by Aidan Clarke who passed the ball to Michael McKernan who cut in from the right wing to fist over. That proved to be Tyrone’s last score of the game however as points from Paddy McBrearty and Shane O’Donnell gave Donegal the lead and as Tyrone tired in the second period McBrearty kicked the insurance point in injury time.
Tyrone: N Morgan (0-3, 3F), C Devlin, P Hampsey, M McKernan (0-2), S O’Donnell (0-1), M Donnelly (0-1), N Devlin, B Kennedy, C Kilpatrick, C Daly (0-2), K McGeary, C McShane (0-1), D McCurry (0-2, 2F), D Canavan (0-4, 1F, 1M), M O’Neill. Subs: A Clarke for Devlin, B Cullen for McGeary,  R Canavan for O’Neill, A Donaghy for McShane, C Donnelly for Kilpatrick
Donegal: G Mulreany, M Curran, B McCole (0-1), C Moore, R McHugh, C McGonagle (0-1), P Mogan (0-1), J McGee (0-2), M Langan, S O’Donnell (0-1), C Thompson (0-2,1F), D O’Baoill (0-2), P McBrearty (0-2,1F), O Gallen (0-3, 3F), N O’Donnell (0-2). Subs: A Doherty for McBrearty, J Brennan for O ‘Baoill, J MacCeallbhui (0-1) for Curran, C McColgan for Brennan, D O’Baoill for Moore, P McBrearty for Doherty, A Doherty for Gallen, J Brennan for N O’Donnell
Referee: B Cawley, Kildare
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