Tyrone will certainly feel that they left the Ulster U21 Shield title behind them at Clones on Sunday afternoon as they were well in control of the game only to let opponents Donegal back into it before losing out after extra time.
A Sean McVeigh goal in the opening attack of the game gave Donegal the best possible start but Tyrone regrouped with wing forward Damian Casey converting a number of frees and Aidan Kelly grabbing a goal as they led 1-11 to 1-3 at the interval. An early second half goal from Conor Grogan appeared to confirm Tyrone’s dominance but then the Donegal revival kicked in with the superb Ciaran Mathewson hitting a couple of goals as well as the injury time equaliser from a free as normal time came to an end with the scoreboard reading 2-14 to 3-11.
It was all square at the end of the first period of extra time as well after Casey had taken his personal haul to ten and Tommy Lowe had registered as well with Ronan McDermott and Martin Reilly on target for Donegal. Midway through the second period Tyrone hit the front with a Mark Devine goal but once again Donegal refused to accept defeat with Mathewson finishing the game with 3-8 to his name to ensure victory in a cracking contest.