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  1. Donegal beat Tyrone 1-13 to 1-10
  2. Darren McCurry hits early Tyrone goal
  3. Martin McElhinney nets for Donegal
  4. Neil Gallagher and Sean Cavanagh sent off

Live Reporting

By John Haughey

All times stated are UK

That's all folks

Time to wrap up the live coverage for today. Both Donegal and Tyrone can take positives from the game although the Red Hands will have quite a long wait now before their opening qualifier. We're back on live text commentary street next Sunday for Cavan's game with Monaghan at Breffni Park. Have a good week.

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

"I always fancied Donegal but Tyrone brought intensity and quality to the game.

"Today's game had almost everything - not pretty football but everything else.

"Tyrone will go away from this with a lot of credibility."


Tyrone manager Mickey Harte: "We are very, very disappointed. We came here believing we could win it.

"The goal and point we conceded before half-time was crucial.

"We played with great passion today. We will challenge in the qualifiers and our season is far from over."

Tyrone have put up a stronger challenge than many pundits predicted but Donegal's little bit of composure and experience probably just swung the day.

This hard contest won't do Donegal's prospects any harm at all as they look forward to a game with Armagh on 14 June.

Tyrone have played well but it won't be easy to regroup as they face several weeks without a game before their opening qualifier.


Donegal boss Rory Gallagher: "Tyrone produced a massive performance but we were deserved victors.

"We played some great football, particularly in the first half, although we were hanging on a wee bit at the end.

"It was an absorbing game and a typical Ulster championship match."

Full-time: Donegal 1-13 1-10 Tyrone

After those two late scares, Donegal hold on to win by three.


Justin McMahon's high ball into the Donegal defence comes back off the crossbar but the home side are able to clear. One minute of injury-time left. Mattie Donnelly then fires a fierce shot just wide of Paul Durcan's left-hand post.

Donegal 1-13 1-10 Tyrone

Michael Murphy's free-taking looks to be deciding this match as the skipper points a long-range effort from 45 metres. One minute of normal time left.

Red card

Tyrone's man advantage lasts only two minutes as Sean Cavanagh is dismissed following a black card challenge. Yellow and black equals red in gaelic football.

Red card

It was on the cards and Donegal are reduced to 14 men as midfielder Neil Gallagher is sent off after a second booking following a tangle with Sean Cavanagh, who is cautioned. There are six minutes of normal time left.

Bad miss

Darren McCurry misses a Tyrone free.

Donegal 1-12 1-10 Tyrone

Murphy kicks a 21-metre free after Mickey O'Neill saves a Colm McFadden goal-effort with the advantage being played by Joe McQuillan for a jersey pull. Donegal two up.

Donegal's Michael Murphy and Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh

Donegal 1-11 1-10 Tyrone

Michael Murphy has been quiet thus far but he bashes over a superb free from distance with just over 13 minutes of normal time ahead. Donegal ahead again.

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Eamonn McGurk: Tyrone certainly looking and playing like they believe they can win this!

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Tremendous Tierney

Orla Bannon

BBC Sport NI

Barry Tierney having a stormer in this half for Tyrone. Carrying loads of ball and is slippery enough to wriggle through a few tackles to find space. Tiernan McCann warming up and coming for Tyrone.

Yellow card

Karl Lacey becomes the sixth Donegal player to pick up a yellow card after a challenge on Sean Cavanagh.

Donegal 1-10 1-10 Tyrone

McAliskey is making a big impact in this game as he strokes over a superb levelling point. Getting rather interesting here.

Great save

Tyrone keeper Mickey O'Neill makes a brilliant point-blank to prevent a McBrearty goal with Frank McGlynn firing the rebound wide. Could be a big moment in the contest.

Donegal 1-10 1-09 Tyrone

Another McAliskey point cuts Donegal's lead to the minimum again.

Donegal's dominance

Donegal 1-10 1-08 Tyrone

Frank McGlynn's charge upfield sets up Karl Lacey to chip over another Donegal point as he resists going for goal.

Paddy Bradley

Derry All Star

"Conor McAliskey is someone I rate very highly - he has scored three lovely scores in the second half."

Paddy Bradley

Derry All Star

"Justin McMahon is having a stormer - doing a fantastic job on Michael Murphy."

Donegal 1-09 1-08 Tyrone

Patrick McBrearty has been relatively subdued so far but he strokes Donegal ahead again in the 44th minute.


Donegal boss Rory Gallagher makes the first change of the game with Mark McHugh introduced for Marty O'Reilly in the 39th minute.

Change coming for Tyrone too. Looks like it's going to be Padraig McNulty for the rookie Cathal McShane, who has struggled to make an impact today.

Donegal 1-08 1-08 Tyrone

Connor McAliskey's point levels proceedings.

Darren McCurry celebrates after scoring Tyrone's first-half goal
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Ian McCann: Looks like both teams are suitably fired up for the second half, could Tyrone get back on top here?

Sean Quinn: Great game of football so far in ulster..both teams giving it their all and emotions running high at HT

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Donegal 1-08 1-07 Tyrone

A Sean Cavanagh free immediately after the restart reduces Donegal's lead to the minimum.

No half-time changes

No Donegal changes at half-time says assistant boss Maxi Curran. Tyrone unchanged as well, reports BBC Sport's sideline man Thomas Kane.

Five Donegal men have been booked in the first half thought it's been hard to keep track of the yellow cards. Could those indiscretions be a factor later on?

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

"Donegal need to be a bit more direct in the second half.

"I expect Mickey Harte will be telling his team 'more of the same'."

No love lost

Orla Bannon

BBC Sport NI

No surprise there was a bit of pushing and shoving as they made their way towards the tunnel at half-time with Tyrone assistant-manager Gavin Devlin right in the thick of it.

Donegal's Neil McGee, Eamon McGee and Paul Durcan were involved in some verbals with Devlin and Joe McMahon but no punches were thrown. The atmosphere turned nasty for a moment before order was restored.

And so, the half-time score is Donegal 1-8 Tyrone 1-6 and that is a lot higher than most people predicted.

Tyrone, written off coming into this game, have played with a lot of spirit but McElhinney's goal will have rocked them.

Can't wait for the second half to start.

Oisin McConville

BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

"Tyrone are big-time up for this. They started poorly but but have got a foothold in the game.

"There is still a lot of fight and quality in this Tyrone team.

"It is not the most attractive game but it's intense and intriguing."


Tempers flare as a few players exchange opinions as they make their way off the pitch at the break. A bit of pushing and shoving mainly, it appears. These two teams are fired up - as if we didn't know from the frenetic first-half proceedings.

Martin McHugh

BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

"It was a good enough game in the first half considering the conditions."

Donegal 1-08 1-06 Tyrone

Colm McFadden swings over another Donegal point from long range as the home side lead by two at the break.

Donegal goal

Donegal 1-08 1-06 Tyrone

You can't take your eyes off this game at the moment as Donegal regain the lead in first-half injury time as McElhinney fly-kicks the ball to the corner of the net after Mickey O'Neill has blocked Odhran MacNiallais's initial shot. Donegal lead 1-07 to 1-06.

Donegal 0-07 1-06 Tyrone

Suddenly Tyrone are ahead as Sean Cavanagh punishes another turnover in the Donegal defence and a superb Ronan McNamee points doubles the lead. Donegal starting to look rather ragged.