Tuesday 21 November 2017

Langan leads Donegal into decider

Donegal 0-18 Tyrone 1-9

Michael Carroll of Donegal looks for a pass ahead of Tyrone's Nathan Donnelly. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Michael Carroll of Donegal looks for a pass ahead of Tyrone's Nathan Donnelly. Photo by Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

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Donegal finally shook off the challenge of Tyrone to book their place in the last four after this replay in Ballybofey.

Michael Langan, with seven points, stood out in miserable conditions to book a date with Cavan next Wednesday.

Langan also missed a penalty on 37 minutes, which would have put Declan Bonner's side four in front. Benny Gallon, the Tyrone goalkeeper, saved well. But the home team finished strongly to give the scoreboard a much healthier look.

It was the visitors who scored the only goal of the game to move into a 1-3 to 0-5 lead on 14 minutes. From a Donegal point of view, it was certainly avoidable as they failed to deal with a Lee Brennan free-kick that dropped short.

Goalkeeper Danny Rodgers jumped and punched with two of his defenders but the ball fell kindly for Ryan Coleman, who smashed into the net.

Donegal opened brightly with Langan continuing where he left off in Omagh last week, having scored six points.

A general view of MacCumhaill Park ahead of the EirGrid Ulster GAA Football U21 Championship Quarter-Final Replay match between Donegal and Tyrone. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
A general view of MacCumhaill Park ahead of the EirGrid Ulster GAA Football U21 Championship Quarter-Final Replay match between Donegal and Tyrone. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

However, Tyrone began to shade things after the goal and wing-back Liam Rafferty joined the attack to score a second point. Donegal hung in though, with points late in the half evening matters at 0-8 to 1-5.

Donegal rallied after the penalty miss as Langan and Jamie Brennan kept the umpires busy to seal the win.

Tyrone captain Michael McKernan was sent off in the latter stages for adding a black to his earlier yellow, while Tyrone's Nathan Donnelly was given a straight red in injury time.

DONEGAL: D Rodgers; C Morrison, S McMenamin, B McCole; D O Baoill (0-1), E Bán Gallagher, C Mulligan (0-2); T McClenaghan, M Carroll (0-2); C McLaughlin, A Neely (0-1,f), N Friel; S McBrearty (0-1), M Langan (0-7,6f), J Brennan (0-3). Subs: C McGonigle (0-1) for Neely (22), K Gillespie for Friel; E O'Donnell for McLaughlin, (both h-t); C Bonner for McClenaghan (56), R Carr for Carroll (61), D Monagle for Mullgan (63).

Michael Langan's penalty is saved by Benny Gallon of Tyrone. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile
Michael Langan's penalty is saved by Benny Gallon of Tyrone. Photo: Philip Fitzpatrick/Sportsfile

TYRONE: B Gallon; N Kelly, P Teague, C Shields; L Rafferty (0-3), M McKernan (0-1), F Meenagh; B O'Donnell (0-1), C Kilpatrick; M O'Neill, D Mulgrew (0-1), N Donnelly; L Brennan (0-1), R Coleman (1-1), P Donaghy. Subs: C McLernan for Coleman, E McNabb (0-1) for O'Neill (both 42), J Harkin for Rafferty, P McGirr for Kilpatrick (both 49), C McGlinchey for Teague, (b/c, 52), B Kennedy for Donaghy (56).

REF - A McNally (Monaghan).

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