Tyrone defeat 13-man Donegal in Omagh
Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-12
TYRONE recorded a deserved four-point win over 13-man Donegal at Healy Park in Omagh.
The turning point of the game was the dismissal of Michael Murphy just before half-time after he had missed a penalty and the All-Ireland champions never recovered and lost 1-13 to 0-12.
Donegal nearly got off to the best possible start but Rory Kavanagh hit the post after 15 seconds and Tyrone opened the scoring through goalkeeper Niall Morgan's 45.
Donegal's equalised through Colm McFadden before Mark Donnelly and Sean Kavanagh pointed for Mickey Harte's men.
Conor McAliskey blasted his shot off the post asTyrone looked to build an advantage but three points from Michael Murphy had the sides level at four points apiece after 28 minutes.
Niall Morgan notched another score and added to it before the crucial moment of the game.
Leo McCloone was taken down in the Tyrone box after a storming run and a penalty was awarded but Morgan flung himself to his right to keep Michael Murphy's effort out.
In the aftermath of the penalty Murphy was given a second yellow card for a sliding tackle and made his way to the line just before half-time.
Joe McMahon landed a huge point after the restart but 14-man Donegal hit back with socres of their own from McCloone and Anthony Thompson to but the lead to one.
Tyrone were the beneficiaries of a huge slice of luck when an attempted point was blocked and the ball fell to Stephen O'Neill found the net despite the best efforts of the Donegal defence.
O'Neill was again on target as Tyrone added further points to go six ahead with 20 minutes remaining as Donegal struggled with their numerical disadvantage.
Paddy McBrearty scored an excellent point from a difficult angle but Donegal were struggling to stay in it but Ross Wherity had a great goal chance when one-on-one with Morgan but he scuffed his shot wide.
A tremendous point from Sean Kavanagh helped keep Donegal at arms-length.
Donegal continued to battle but very rarely threatened and their woes were compounded late as Neil Gallagher was sent-off and they were beaten by four points.