April 15, 2024

By Charlie Collins

Donegal 3-14 v 5-09 Tyrone

With the eight Setanta gamers who had featured frequently through the league marketing campaign lacking as a result of a visit away, and long run harm trio Ronan McDermott, Declan Coulter and Danny Cullen all nonetheless unavailable, Donegal supervisor Mickey McCann discovered his sources stretched to the restrict for this semi-final conflict with neighbors Tyrone at O Donnell Park.

Nevertheless the staff boss wasn’t complaining and had identified within the construct as much as the sport that he would nonetheless have a powerful squad to work with within the quest for a league closing assembly with Derry.

Final week’s victory over London had ensured that Donegal’s first purpose for the season, a prime three end that might see them play in a brand new look Division Two subsequent 12 months, had been achieved.

When the groups met at Healy Park a number of weeks in the past the sport led to a excessive scoring draw, so with so many adjustments from the staff that performed that day it was going to be fascinating to see how Donegal would carry out.

Tyrone had the benefit of a powerful wind within the opening half and we had an unimaginable opening seven minutes. Peter Kelly hammered in a Donegal purpose after sixteen seconds, Liam McKinney set him up after an excellent run from midfield. Lorcan Devlin and Ben Gormley replied with Tyrone factors from play, however Sean McVeigh cracked dwelling a second Donegal purpose, Oisin Grant supplied the cross, 2-00 to 0-02 Donegal after three minutes.

Cormac Munroe goaled for Tyrone, McVeigh pointed, Joe McToal obtained Tyrone’s second purpose and Sean Og Grogan and Fionn Devlin each pointed Tyrone led by 2-04 to 2-01.

Liam McKinney pointed from a free and from play to depart a degree in it however to fast targets from Sean Og Grogan and Lorcan Devlin put Tyrone 4-04 to 2-03 however Peter Kelly cracked his second and Donegal’s third purpose.

Aidy Kelly transformed a 65 to depart the half-time rating 4-05 to 3-03 in favour of Tyrone.

Peter Kelly and Liam McKinney factors at first of the second-half left only a purpose in it however Tiernan Morgan pointed after which goaled after Luke White had denied Og Grogan with a brillant save. Brian McIntrye and Aidy Kelly exchanged factors after which Donegal hit 4 in a row, Conor Gartland, Jack O Loughlin and two from sub Oisin Marley left it 3-12 to 5-07 and Donegal proper again in it with solely a degree between them.

Sub Rory Weir and Cormac Munroe pointed for Tyrone however Brian McIntyre and Conor Gartland replied for Donegal after which with the final puck Luke White was simply broad from lengthy vary and Tyrone had held on to win in opposition to a really spirited Donegal staff which was lacking so many gamers.

Donegal: Luke White, Oisin Kelly, Ciaran Bradley, Gavin Browne, Conor O Grady(0-01), Stephen Gillespie, Jack O Loughlin (0-01), Conor Gartland (0-01), Liam McKinney (0-03), Ryan Hilferty, Oisin Grant, Brian McIntyre (0-02), Daire O Maoileidigh (0-01), Sean Mc Veigh (1-01), Peter Kelly (2-02). Subs: Oisin Marley (0-02), for O Maoileidigh (53mins), Cathal O Brien for O Grady (70mins), Conor Griffen for Hilferty (70mins).

Tyrone: Conor McElhatton, Dean Rafferty, Tiernan Morgan (1-01), Oran McKee, Bryan McGurk , Fionn Devlin (0-01), Ben Gormley (0-01), James McCann, Cormac Monroe (1-01), Seamus Sweeney, Aidy Kelly (0-02), Joe McToal (1-00), Turlough Mullin, Sean Og Grogan (1-01), Lorcan Devlin (1-01), Subs: Rory Weir (0-01) for McToal (h/t), Ruairi Devlin for Mullin (63mins), Anthony Crossan for Morgan (65mins).

Referee: Peter Owens (Down).


Donegal Hurlers narrowly miss out on League closing with loss to Tyrone was final modified: March twenty third, 2024 by Employees Author