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Walsh strikes late to see off Tyrone

David Walsh struck a dramatic late goal to win the Dr McKenna Cup final for holders Donegal at Brewster Park last night.

Michael Murphy struggled to reproduce his spectacular scoring display of Ballybofey 10 days earlier and was restricted to just two points, both from frees, in the opening half of this close-fought encounter.

A Colm McFadden free had Donegal in front for the first time on nine minutes, but each time they took the lead, Tyrone produced a swift response.

The teams were level on six occasions, before the Red Hands pulled away with scores from Tommy McGuigan and Kyle Coney to lead by 0-9 to 0-7 at the break.

Stephen O'Neill had just shot his side four points ahead when he dislocated an elbow and was taken to hospital by ambulance.

Donegal turned the game back in their favour with scores from Adrian Hanlon, McFadden and Walsh to go level in the 72nd minute.

And it was Walsh who drove a loose ball to the net deep into stoppage-time to win it for John Joe Doherty's side.

Scorers -- Donegal: D Walsh 1-2, M Murphy 0-3 (2f), C McFadden (2f), A Hanlon 0-2 each, L McLoone, N Gallagher 0-1 each. Tyrone: S O'Neill 0-4 (3f), M Penrose 0-3, K Coney, J McMahon, T McGuigan, P Harte, A Cassidy 0-1 each

Donegal: P Durcan; J Keeney, N McGee, P McDaid; E Wade, F McGlynn, K Cassidy; F McNulty, N Gallagher; E Kelly, D Walsh, L McLoone; A Hanlon, C McFadden, M Murphy. Subs: M McGowan for Kelly (46), M McGuire for McNulty (71)

Tyrone: J Curran; C McGurk, Justin McMahon, M Swift; Joe McMahon, C Gormley, D Carlin; K Hughes, E McGinley; K Coney, T McGuigan, P Harte; M Penrose, S O'Neill, N McKenna. Subs: B McGuigan for McGurk (h-t), A Cassidy for Justin McMahon (h-t), Mark Donnelly for O'Neill (45), N Gormley for McKenna (69), Mattie Donnelly for T McGuigan (69)

Referee: J McKee (Armagh)

Sunday Independent