Canavans lead the way as Tyrone secure All-Ireland quarter-final spot

June 24, 2023

Tyrone's Darragh Canavan kicks a score against Donegal ©INPHO/John McVitty

Tyrone put themselves into the hat for Monday morning’s All-Ireland SFC quarter-final draw after seeing off Donegal by 1-18 to 0-13 in Ballybofey this evening.

Ruairi Canavan’s goal in the opening minute gave the 2021 champions the perfect start and strong finish to the first-half, which included points from Mattie Donnelly, Darragh Canavan and Brian Kennedy, saw them lead at the break by 1-10 to 0-8.

Having responded well to the early goal concession, Donegal couldn’t keep up the same levels after the turnaround as points from Darren McCurry (2) and Darragh Canavan sent them eight points adrift by the 46th minute.

Ciaran Thompson and Oisin Gallen pulled back points for the hosts before ‘keeper Shaun Patton sailed over a ‘45’ to cut the difference back to five.

However, that was as good as it got for the Tir Chonaill men for the rest of the evening, as they saw a late goal disallowed and points from Ruairi Canavan and Donnelly at the other end rounded off the eight-point win for the Red Hands that sees them bound for the last eight.

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