Match reports: Ulster MFC round 1
Tyrone 1-12 Donegal 1-8
Daniel Fullerton and Mark Devlin led the way as Tyrone edged out Donegal at Ballybofey.
The pair shared nine points, including five unanswered scores in the last ten minutes to overhaul the home side.
Sean O'Donnell smashed home an early Tyrone goal, but Johnny McGroddy's place-kicking helped Donegal claw their way back.
The Red Hands led by 1-4 to 0-4 at the break, but sub Paul O'Hare brought Donegal level with a 36th minute goal.
McGroddy gave his side the lead for the first time, but Tyrone reacted impressively.
Scorers - Tyrone: S O'Donnell 1-1, D Fullerton 0-5 (2fs), M Devlin 0-4 (1f), M McGleenan 0-2. Donegal: J McGroddy 0-7 (5fs), P O'Hare 1-0, C O'Reilly 0-1.
MONAGHAN escaped Corrigan Park with a narrow one-point win on Saturday evening in a low-scoring encounter played in extremely gusty conditions.
An injury-time goal from Antrim’s Joe McNally left the minimum between the sides, but there wasn’t time for the Saffrons to salvage a draw.
The hosts were dealt a blow when full-back Emmett Irvine picked up a black card after 21 minutes and the Farneymen assumed control.
Monaghan captain Jason Irwin, booked in the first-half, picked up a second yellow and corner-forward Liam McDonald saw a straight red.
scorers – Monghan: D Dempsey (2f), J Irwin, L McDonald (1f) 0-2 each. Antrim: J McNally 1-0, D McNicholl, P McLaughlin 0-1 each
THEY may have had to exercise patience, but Derry eventually booked their passage into the next phase of the Ulster minor football championship when they got the better of Armagh at the Athletic Grounds on Saturday.
Derry were the more inventive side in the first half, but a succession of wides did little for their confidence.
But it was Armagh who finished the first half in impressive style.
The turning point came in the 52nd minute, P J McAleese grabbing the only goal. Derry closed out the game in clinical fashion, Enda Downey slotting over this third free.
SCORERS – Derry: P J McAleese 1-0, E Downey 0-3 (3f), M Downey 0-2 (1f). Armagh: C Donnelly, O King, M McConville, D O’Callaghan 0-1 each.
A 41st-minute goal by Jack Tully was the springboard for Cavan to secure a first round win over Fermanagh at Kingspan Breffni.
Tully’s tidy finish steered the hosts into a 1-10 to 0-5 lead which they never looked like losing thereafter.
A point apiece from Darryl McGurren and Caoimhín McGovern established a 0-7 to 0-5 interval lead for Cavan.
The second-half was all about Cavan and a classy goal by McGovern left no doubt over the destination of the spoils, with Conor Burns’ goal a mere consolation.
scorers – Cavan: D McGurren 0-5 (3f); J Tully 1-1; C McGovern 1-2; C Farrelly; J Mooney 0-2 each; P Smith; C McCabe 0-1 each. Fermanagh: O Hughes-Jordan 1-0; E Curry (2f), C Burns 0-2, R McGovern; C Courtney; D King (1f) 0-1 each.