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Summary

  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

  1. 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.

  2. Post update

    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."

  3. Interview

    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."

  4. Post update

    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.

  5. Interview

    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."

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

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

  7. Close!

    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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Bad miss

    Darren McCurry misses a Tyrone free.

  12. 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.

  13. Post update

    Donegal's Michael Murphy and Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh
  14. 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.

  15. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

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

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  16. 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.

  17. Yellow card

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

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. Donegal 1-10 1-09 Tyrone

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

  21. Post update

    Donegal's dominance
  22. 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.

  23. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

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

  24. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

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

  25. Donegal 1-09 1-08 Tyrone

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

  26. Substitution

    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.

  27. Donegal 1-08 1-08 Tyrone

    Connor McAliskey's point levels proceedings.

  28. Post update

    Darren McCurry celebrates after scoring Tyrone's first-half goal
  29. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

    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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  30. Donegal 1-08 1-07 Tyrone

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

  31. 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.

  32. Post update

    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?

  33. Post update

    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'."

  34. 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.

  35. Post update

    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."

  36. Handbags

    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.

  37. Post update

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

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

  38. 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.

  39. 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.

  40. 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.

  41. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

    marie-clare: Feisty affair here! Bound to be at least one red card and a few black cards

    Peter Galligan: Compelling game...hard to beat the intensity of Ulster football

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  42. Donegal 0-07 1-04 Tyrone

    After Toye is booked for a clothes-line challenge on Justin McMahon, Sean Cavanagh points the free and McCurry then levels proceedings.

  43. Donegal 0-07 1-02 Tyrone

    As the Ballybofey noise levels increase following a number of vigorous challenges, Christy Toye fists over a Donegal point when there is more than a sniff of a goal chance.

  44. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    With all the possession Donegal had in the first 20 minutes they should be further ahead.

  45. Donegal 0-6 1-02 Tyrone

    But Sean Cavanagh's free gets Tyrone scoring again as there is only a point between the teams.

  46. Post update

    There is a bit of a scoring lull as McCurry misses a 40-metre free and Donegal's McElhinney pulls a shot wide at the other end.

  47. Post update

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport NI

    Tyrone seem to be in a hurry when on the attack and are taking the wrong options and rushing their shots.

    However defender Justin McMahon's point means he has outscored his direct opponent Michael Murphy. How long will that last?

    Murphy has not been an influence on the game yet but that's surely bound to change.

  48. Donegal 0-06 1-01 Tyrone

    Peter Harte's forges a goal chance for himself only to see his shot superbly saved by Durcan but Justin McMahon clips the rebound over the bar.

  49. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

    Colin: How can Donegal's 6 attackers be taking Tyrone's 14 defenders to the cleaners?

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  50. Post update

    Tyrone forward Conor McAliskey is challenged by Neil McGee in the early stages at Ballybofey
    Image caption: Tyrone forward Conor McAliskey is challenged by Neil McGee in the early stages at Ballybofey
  51. Donegal 0-06 1-00 Tyrone

    Donegal regroup from the shock of McCurry's goal as Colm McFadden kicks a point with his weaker right foot and McElhinney then adds another.

  52. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    The Donegal defence was asleep but what a lovely finish from Darren McCurry

  53. Tyrone goal

    Donegal look in total control after Martin McElhinney slots their fourth point but Tyrone hit back emphatically as a totally unmarked Darren McCurry fires to the net past Paul Durcan. Suddenly there's only a point between the teams.

  54. Post update

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport NI

    Quite a contrasting start for the two number threes.

    Neil McGee lets Tyrone's under-21 star Cathal McShane know that the step up to senior football is a big one by winning the first ball that came in to them, while at the other end, Paddy McBrearty skins Tyrone full-back Ronan McNamee for Donegal's second point.

  55. Donegal 0-03 0-00 Tyrone

    Christy Toye slots a third Donegal point after only five minutes. Tyrone's defensive left flank looking rather shaky.

  56. Post update

    Paddy Bradley

    Derry All Star

    "Donegal well on top here - Tyrone need a score."

  57. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

    Ian McCann: Donegal off to a spot-on start there, could be the tale of the game

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  58. Yellow card

    Donegal debutant Marty O'Reilly is booked for a heavy challenge after only three minutes.

  59. Donegal 0-02 0-00 Tyrone

    Patrick McBrearty doubles Donegal's lead as he runs down the same channel.

  60. Donegal 0-01 0-00 Tyrone

    Frank McGlynn kicks Donegal ahead inside the opening minute with a calm finish from a tight angle.

  61. And we're off

    The game throws in right on time with the rain still falling in Ballybofey.

  62. Post update

    Cavan referee Joe McQuillan is the man in the middle at MacCumhaill Park
  63. Post update

    Martin McHugh

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "Tyrone need to win this and they really mean business. They are going to sit back and see how Donegal deal with it."

  64. Post update

    Oisin McConville

    BBC Sport NI GAA analyst

    "It's like two juggernauts coming together - it whets the appetite for the summer ahead."

  65. Post update

    There are two late changes in the Tyrone team.

    Mickey Harte has brought in two of the All-Ireland winning U21s to start - Cathal McShane replaces Padraig McNulty in midfield and Rory Brennan comes in for Tiernan McCann.

    Is this a sign of attack from Harte? Brennan will pose much more of a scoring threat than the hard-working McCann.

    AND....Colm McFadden IS starting for Donegal after all! He replaces his namesake Hugh McFadden.

    What did we say earlier about late changes being commonplace.

  66. Donegal minors win

    Orla Bannon

    BBC Sport NI

    The day has got off to a good start for Donegal, with the minors beating Tyrone 1-11 to 0-8 in the curtain-raiser.

    After cloudy skies in Ballybofey all afternoon, the weather has turned decidedly nasty in the last few minutes.

    Who will cope best with the wet, windy conditions?

  67. It's raining

    I'm afraid so folks. The 18,100 or so folks in at MacCumhaill Park better have their wet gear with them. It's grey, damp and rather miserable.

  68. Team news

    Rory Gallagher's Donegal line-up announced on Friday didn't include Colm McFadden although that comes with the inevitable health warning given that late changes are commonplace.

    Sean Cavanagh is fit for Tyrone but injured keeper Niall Morgan is replaced by Mickey O'Neill.

    Padraig McNulty will play his first championship game for Tyrone with Gallagher handing debuts to Hugh McFadden and Marty O'Reilly.

    Donegal: P Durcan; P McGrath, N McGee, E McGee; R McHugh, K Lacey, F McGlynn; N Gallagher, M McElhinney; M O'Reilly, O MacNiallais, C Toye; P McBrearty, M Murphy, H McFadden

    Tyrone: M O'Neill, A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron, R McNabb, Justin McMahon, P Harte, C Cavanagh, P McNulty, T McCann, M Donnelly, B Tierney, D McCurry, S Cavanagh, C McAliskey

  69. Join the debate at #bbcgaa

    Conall: think it will be a tight game as expected, but Tyrone will cause a shock

    Brendan McCullagh: Tyrone to win by 3, Donegal will still do some damage in the qualifiers though, good team

    K Doherty: very tight game in prospect, have a sneaky feeling for Tyrone to win, wouldn't rule out the draw

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  70. Post update

    Tyrone manager Mickey Harte is seeking to outwit Donegal boss Rory Gallagher at MacCumhaill Park
  71. Let battle commence

    Welcome to our brave new world of GAA Championship live text commentary.

    We had to come up with something different for this heavyweight Ulster Football Championship opener between provincial holders Donegal and Tyrone at MacCumhaill Park.

    Hope the pre-match Ballybofey burgers have been safely digested as Tyrone seek to end a run of three Ulster defeats by Donegal.

    Jim McGuinness was in charge of the Tir Conaill men during those games from 2011-13.

    His former assistant Rory Gallagher is now at the Donegal helm.

    What has the ever-wily and three-times All-Ireland winning Tyrone boss Mickey Harte up his sleeve to upset the strong home favourites?

    It's going to be fascinating.