By Peter O’ Dwyer
What ended as a poignant victory for Tyrone, on the tenth anniversary of Cormac McAnallen’s untimely death, looked likely to go down as a defeat for the Red Hands with just added time left to play.
Leading by five points as normal time elapsed, Kildare looked certain to claim a thoroughly deserved victory before seemingly divine intervention edged Tyrone over the line, courtesy of two quick-fire injury time goals.
Ronan O’ Neill slotted the first of the two crucial scores, Tyrone’s second goal of the game, after good work from Darren McCurry.
More drama and no shortage of controversy followed when, incredibly, Tyrone notched up another goal to take the lead for the first time all day.
Mattie Donnelly seemed to carry the ball for an eternity before Kyle Coney palmed the ball into the path of Mark Donnelly who squeezed the ball home to claim the most unlikely of wins for Mickey Harte’s men.