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Tyrone Lose Out To Donegal

Saturday 25.05.2024
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football


Donegal 0-21 Tyrone 0-14

Tyrone’s opening game in the All Ireland group stages certainly didn’t go according to plan as they were well beaten by Ulster champions Donegal in Ballybofey on Saturday evening.
The Red Hands were well in contention in the first half as they trailed by the minimum margin at the break but in the second half they were outscored 0-11 to 0-5 by Jim McGuinness’s men.
It was Donegal who edged an entertaining first half 0-10 to 0-9. It was a half where Tyrone will feel that they should have had their noses in front as they kicked seven wides to their opponents three. Referee Joe McQullian didn’t endear himself to the Tyrone faithful either giving three close in frees that were dubious to say the least.
Tyrone started brightly when a superb free from Darragh Canavan from out on the left touchline was followed by a sublime effort from play from the opposite flank from Darren McCurry. Donegal midfielder Jason McGee got his side up and running and they went on to hit four in a row through Ciaran Thompson, Oisin Gallen and wing back Peadar Mogan.
McCurry hit a much needed Tyrone score with his right but that was cancelled out by an Eoghan Ban Gallagher effort. Tyrone then created a goal chance when a great ball from Conn Kilpatrick found Canavan but he missed the top left hand corner of the net. Paddy McBrearty then left three between the sides but Tyrone responded with an inspirational score from Mattie Donnelly when he charged through to fist over from an acute angle.
McBrearty then knocked over a free but Kieran McGeary responded with a quality point from the right wing. Gallen and Sean O’Donnell swapped points before Thompson was wide with a goal chance. Niall Morgan then took an unbelievable catch but when he came down McQuillan penalised him for touching the ball on the ground and Gallen converted the straight forward free. A good mark from McCurry was followed by a point from a free from the same player before Gallen had the final say of the half from a free.
Donegal had the opening two points of the second half from Ryan McHugh and Gallen and you knew at that stage that Tyrone were in trouble as Donegal don’t give away three point leads. Morgan opened Tyrone’s second half account from a long range free but by the three quarter mark the gap had grown to five after efforts from Gallen, Jason McGee and man of the match Peadar Mogan.
Niall Devlin did respond for Tyrone but there was a freshness about Donegal that Tyrone couldn’t match. McGeary left three between the sides with a dozen minutes left to play but the visitors never looked like closing the gap any further and in fact another Canavan free was all that they had to show for their efforts. Donegal on the other hand reeled off points from Mogan, Odhran Doherty, Shane O’Donnell and Michael Langan to emerge worthy winners on the day.
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