Friday 23 February 2018

Casey points way for Red Hand

Tyrone 4-19 Donegal 0-16

Stephen Donnelly floated over the score that put 20 points between the sides. Photo: Stock image
Stephen Donnelly floated over the score that put 20 points between the sides. Photo: Stock image

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Tyrone routed Donegal with an inspired display to reach the semi-finals.

Conor Grogan fired in two first-half goals to put the visitors on the back foot, while Damien Casey and Bryan McGurk landed some superb points.

Davin Flynn replied with a couple of scores, but Casey hit a string of points late in the first half to give the Red Hand a 2-15 to 0-4 lead.

Lee Henderson, Padhraic Doherty and Joe Boyle all fired over points, but their good work was undone in the 43rd minute when Casey rifled home a third goal.

Stephen Donnelly floated over the score that put 20 points between the sides.

Gerry Gilmore sent over three Donegal points to reduce the deficit, but Sean Óg Grogan swept home a fourth goal five minutes from the end.

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 1-10 (0-6f); C Grogan 2-1; S Óg Grogan 1-1; B McGurk 0-4; T Morgan (s/l), J Kelly, S Donnelly 0-1 each. Donegal: L Henderson 0-6 (5f, 1 '65); G Gilmore, D Flynn 0-3 each; J Boyle 0-2; P Doherty, S McVeigh 0-1 each.

Tyrone - C McElhatton 7; P McHugh 7, B Begley 8, S Muldoon 6; L Devlin 8, S Donnelly 7, T Morgan 8; R Devlin 6, D Begley 7; C Grogan 8, S Óg Grogan 6, J Kelly 7; P Daly 6, D Casey 8, B McGurk 7. Subs: P O'Kelly 5 for S Grogan (67); D Marshall 5 for McGurk (71); D Rafferty 4 for Morgan (72).

Donegal - P Burns 6; D Grant 6, J Donnelly 5, P Doherty 5; J Boyle 7, J O'Loughlin 6, C McDermott 6; D Cullen 5, L Henderson 7; B Lafferty 6, R McDermott 7, G Gilmore 7; D Coulter 6, S Gillespie 5, D Flynn 6. Subs: C Melaugh 5 for Cullen (14),S McVeigh 6 for Gillespie (41).

Ref - J Murphy (Limerick).

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