Tyrone mount comeback to force replay

Tyrone 0-12 Derry 1-9

Tyrone 0-12 Derry 1-9

Tyrone came back from the dead to force a replay in a torrid Ulster Football Championship tie at Clones.

Four points behind with eight minutes to go, they hit four points in the closing stages to deny Derry and brilliant corner forward Paddy Bradley a victory they probably deserved.

Bradley tormented three different markers and finished with a personal tally of 1-6, but his heroics weren't enough to help the Oak Leafers to a shock win over the National League champions.

Referee Pat McEnaney booked nine players and sent off Derry centre forward Conleth Gilligan following a clash with Tyrone sub Ryan McMenamin a minute from the end.

Gilligan, a hugely influential figure for Mickey Moran's side, misses next Saturday's replay at Casement Park, where the minor sides from both counties will also replay, having finished level in the curtain-raiser.

It was Tyrone who dominated the early stages, with Cormac McAnallen and Sean Cavanagh giving them a midfield edge over Anthony Tohill and Fergal Doherty.

Brian Dooher thumped over a wonderful point from distance, and Peter Canavan (0-2) and Stephen O'Neill steered over free kicks for a four points advantage after 10 minutes.

Paul McFlynn and Bradley responded with Derry points, but Canavan converted a 34 and another free, before sending Dooher clear for his second long range gem.

Bradley pulled one back for Derry at the end of a niggly first half peppered with off-the-ball incidents which saw five players booked.

Tyrone led by 0-7 to 0-3 at the interval, but Derry, wind assisted, seized control on the restart, with Bradley in mercurial form.

Enda Muldoon drifted deep to win valuable possession time and again, and it was his high ball which was finished to the net by Bradley in the ninth minute.

The inspired corner forward swung over a couple of points from almost impossible angles, and the Oak Leaf were rampant, Tyrone desperately looking do rediscover their direction.

The introduction of Gerard Cavlan and Kevin Hughes helped swing the tide back in their favour, both scoring to narrow the gap, and in the final 10 minutes, Dooher and Canavan also hit the target in a breathtaking finish.

Tyrone: J Devine, C Lawn, C Holmes, M McGee, C Gormley, G Devlin, P Jordan, C McAnallen, S Cavanagh, B Dooher (0-3), B McGuigan, S O'Neill (0-1,f), E McGinley, P Canavan (0-6, all f), O Mulligan.

Subs: G Cavlan (0-1) for O'Neill, C Gourley for McGee, K Hughes (0-1)for McGinley, R McMenamin for Lawn

Derry: M Conlan, SM Lockhart, N McCusker, K McGuckin, P McFlynn (0-1), K McCloy, K Doherty, A Tohill, F Doherty, G Diamond, C Gilligan, M O'Neill, P Bradley (1-6, 2f), E Muldoon (0-2), D Dougan. Subs: D Scullion for Lockhart, J McBride for Tohill, J Conway for O'Neill, G McGonagle for Diamond

Referee: P McEnaney (Monaghan).

Yellow cards:

Tyrone: C Holmes, S Cavanagh, C McAnallen, C Gormley

Derry: N McCusker, A Tohill, D Dougan, SM Lockhart, K McGuckin

Red cards: Conleth Gilligan (Derry)

Attendance: 23,078

Man of the match: Paddy Bradley (Derry)

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