Red Hands undone by Donegal

Tyrone 0-6 Donegal 1-10

Tyrone 0-6 Donegal 1-10

Donegal shocked Tyrone at Healy Park to keep their unbeaten run going and condemn the Red Hands to a second successive defeat.

After a shaky start, Tir Chonail got their defensive problems sorted out, and snuffed out Tyrone’s attacking threat.

And Dermot Molloy came off the bench to hit the only goal of the game three minutes into the second half, a score from which Tyrone could not find a way to recover.

In front of a crowd of 3,902, they scored just one point in the second half, and now face a battle to avoid a second successive relegation.

Donegal managed just one point in the opening 20 minutes, through Colm McFadden.

Meanwhile, Peter Harte was on target, and Enda McGinley rounded off a flowing move involving Sean Cavanagh, Penrose and Harte to make it 0-4 to 0-1.

Kevin Hughes and Niall McKenna, making his first start, were getting on top at midfield, thanks in no small way to the industry and mobility of McGinley.

Donegal skipper and full forward Michael Murphy, starved of possession throughout the opening quarter, finally found the range in the 22nd minute, banging over a point and winning the free that McFadden converted.

And it was Murphy who brought the sides level on 0-4 each from a placed ball.

Now a more disciplined force defensively, Donegal had turned the game back in their favour, and went in front for the first time when Karl Lacey sent centre back Leo McLoone in to split the posts.

With Lacey, Neil McGee and Paddy McGrath getting through immense work at the back, they succeeded in closing out the Tyrone attack, but a third free from Penrose sent the sides in at the break deadlocked on 0-5 each.

Substitute Dermot Molloy drilled home a Donegal goal just three minutes in the second half, after Pascal McConnell had saved from Anthony Thompson, and the anticipated Tyrone backlash never materialised.

They scored just one point in the second half, a Sean Cavanagh free, and struggled to break down a Donegal defence in which Karl Lacey, Paddy McGrath, Neil McGee and Leo McLoone were magnificent.

Murphy and McFadden knocked over the points that compounded Red Hand misery, and in the end it was a stroll for the visitors, who will face Kildare in their next game with confidence on a high.

Tyrone: P McConnell, A McCrory, C McCarron, R McMenamin, D Harte, C Gormley, D Carlin, K Hughes, N McKenna, P Harte (0-1), B McGuigan, S Cavanagh (0-1, f), M Penrose (0-3, 3f), S O’Neill, E McGinley (0-1).

Subs: O Mulligan for McKenna, A Cassidy for McGuigan, D McCaul for McCarron

Donegal: P Durkan, P McGrath, N McGee, K Mulhern, K Lacey, L McLoone (0-1), A Thompson, M McElhinney, R Bradley, D Walsh, M McHugh, D McLaughlin, S Griffin, M Murphy (0-3, 2f), C McFadden (0-4, 3f).

Subs: F McGlynn for Mulhern, D Molloy (1-2) for Walsh, C Classon for Bradley, A Hanlon for Griffin

Referee: P Fox (Westmeath).

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