Saturday 24 February 2018

McBrearty takes down Tyrone

Donegal 0-15 Tyrone 1-6

Donegal put a fancied Tyrone team to the sword at Healy Park thanks, in no small part, to a seven-point haul from senior star Paddy McBrearty.

Playing a high energy, counter-attacking game in the mould of their seniors, Donegal were dominant throughout and deserved to have won by a greater margin as they set up a semi-final tie with Derry.

McBrearty converted a couple of frees, with Odhran MacNiallais also on target before Stefan Tierney plundered a goal for Tyrone very much against the run of play.

Donegal led 0-8 to 1-3 at the interval and McBrearty continued to weave his magic after the break, firing two more points, with Darach O'Connor also getting in for a score.

As the game entered its final quarter, Donegal led by 0-12 to 1-5, and they closed out the win with late points from Luke Keeney, Gibbons and Eoin McHugh.

SCORERS – Donegal: P McBrearty 0-7 (4fs), C Gibbons 0-3 (1f), D O'Connor, L Keeney, O MacNiallais, E Hugh, W Gillespie 0-1 each. Tyrone: S Tierney 1-0, D McCurry 0-3, R O'Neill 0-2fs, C Grugan 0-1.

Donegal – P Boyle, K McFadden, C Cannon, P Carr, E McHugh, M O'Reilly, C Parke, C Ward, L Keeney, L Kelly, C Gibbons, R McHugh, W Gillespie, P McBrearty, P MacNiallais. Subs: D O'Connor for Carr, G Gallagher for Gillespie, Carr for Parke.

Tyrone – M McReynolds, R Loughran, C Clarke, HP McGeary, S Tierney, D Quinn, J Munroe, R Donnelly, C Grugan, L Gervin, R O'Neill, N Sludden, D McCurry, P McNulty, R Devlin. Subs: T McCarron for McGeary, H Conlan for Devlin, K McGeary for McNulty, T Canavan for Tierney, E Deeney for Munroe.

Ref – N Mooney (Cavan).

Irish Independent

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