Friday 24 November 2017

Donnelly delighted by Tyrone 'focus'

TYRONE 0-15 DERRY 0-6

Tyrone delivered another quality performance to reach the minor football final -- leading from start to finish at Clones on Saturday.

Tyrone were ahead by 0-6 to 0-3 at half-time and pulled away from Derry with an impressive second-half display -- and manager Mickey Donnelly revealed the players had drawn on the bitter experience of last year's Ulster semi-final defeat to Cavan to fire them up.

"A year ago we were in the same position, we were three points up at half-time that day too, and the boys revisited that, shall we say. That helped focus minds.''

Tyrone's two lethal left-footed inside forwards James McGahan and Mark Bradley caused most of the damage, hitting 0-9 between them.

Scorers -- Tyrone: J McGahan 0-5 (3f), M Bradley 0-4, R Brennan, A Devlin, P McKenna, R Sludden, D McNulty, D Carroll 0-1 each. Derry: T O'Brien 0-2 (2f), J Kearney 0-2 (2f), D Tallon, C McFaul 0-1 each.

TYRONE -- D Martin; R Mullan, P Hampsey, C Harvey; R Kelly, C Mallon, P McKenna; R Brennan, A Devlin; K McGeary, J McGahan, R Sludden; M Bradley, D McNulty, S Hackett. Subs: C Corr for Kelly (35), R McGlone for Sludden (55), C O'Neill for McGahan (59), D Carroll for McGeary (60), D Kavanagh for McNulty (60).

DERRY -- C Bradley; D Brown, C McAtamney, G McKinless; C Carville, M Sweeney, R McDonnell; P Cassidy, R Bell; J Kearney, R Dougan, C McFaul; G Bradley, D Tallon, T O'Brien. Subs: N McNicholl for Tallon (24), C Gallagher for McDonnell (34), J Barton for G Bradley (41), R McElwee for Dougan (48), D Mullan for Bell (56).

REF -- B Rice (Down)

Irish Independent

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