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McCurry gets Tyrone cruising

Tyrone coasted to a double-scores win over Donegal at Healy Park last night to set up a semi-final clash with Down.

The Red Hands dominated for most of the game, with the visitors failing to turn a second-half flourish into scores.

Darren McCurry landed four excellent points, three from play, as Tyrone established control, with Richard Donnelly also notching a couple.

Dermot Molloy opened Donegal's account with a fisted effort in the 28th minute, followed by a superb long-range effort from Paddy McBrearty, but at the halfway stage, the Red Hands led by 0-7 to 0-2.

The introduction of Luke Keeney helped Donegal swing the midfield battle in Donegal's favour and points from McBrearty and a McGarvey '45' narrowed the gap to four points.

However, Tommy Canavan landed a long-range effort to ensure the win.

Scorers -- Tyrone: D McCurry 0-5 (2f), R Donnelly 0-2, T Canavan, C Clarke, S Tierney, C McAliskey, S Warnock 0-1 each. Donegal: P McBrearty 0-3 (1f), S McGarvey 0-2 (1 '45), D Molloy 0-1.

Tyrone -- D McAnenly; B Tierney, D McNally, HP McGeary; N Sludden, C Clarke, T McCann; R Donnelly, S Warnock; S Tierney, T Canavan, B McGarvey; D McCurry, C McAliskey, J McCullagh. Subs: P Mallon for McGarvey, S McGuigan for Tierney, C Grugan for McCullagh, H Og Conlan for Warnock, C Daly for McAliskey.

Donegal -- P Boyle, K McFadden, C Cannon, P Carr, T McKinley, P Devine, C Gallagher, L Keeney, S Coyle, C Ellis, M O'Reilly, M McEniff, S McGarvey, P McBrearty, D Molloy. Subs: D McGeever for Coyle, S Friel for Ellis, O McGinty for McEniff.

Ref -- M McErlane (Derry).

Irish Independent