Donegal off to winning start in Group 3 after dominant second-half against Tyrone

May 25, 2024

Donegal's Ciaran Thompson with Tyrone's Matthew Donnelly, Michael O'Neill and Niall Devlin ©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Donegal booked themselves at opening win in Group 3 of the All-Ireland SFC by handing Tyrone a 0-21 to 0-14 defeat in Ballybofey this evening.

In a repeat of last month’s Ulster semi-final which went to extra time in Derry, Jim McGuinness’s team were full value for their wider margin of victory here.

A pulsating first-half ended 0-10 to 0-9 in the hosts’ favour as Oisin Gallen’s point in injury-time sent the Tir Chonaill men in with the slenderest of leads.

Gallen, who finished with 0-7, extended the lead for Donegal and Ryan McHugh would add to it ahead of Niall Morgan sailing over a free at the other end.

The next 10 minutes would see the Red Hands outscored by 0-4 to 0-2 and more points from Gallen and Peadar Mogan made it 0-18 to 0-13 coming towards the home stretch.

Darragh Canavan rounded off Tyrone’s tally on the 70-minute mark prior to Shane O’Donnell (free) and Michael Langan ensuring a comfortable win for the Ulster champions in the end.

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