Casey secures dramatic draw for Tyrone
CAPTAIN Damien Casey led the way with 2-8 as Tyrone secured a remarkable draw to earn a replay with Donegal in Saturday's play-off at Owenbeg.
The Red Hands battled back from eight down as Casey secured a draw with a 60-metre free at the end of extra-time.
Donegal got a dream start when Ronan McDermott fired home a goal in the first minute - the first of four goals the Burt man would net.
In the 25th minute, McDermott took possession from Kevin Campbell's pass to flick past veteran goalkeeper John Devlin.
Two minutes later, McDermott finished off his hat-trick to give Donegal a 3-7 to 0-6 lead at the break.
Tyrone were given hope when Casey netted in the 49th minute and his second goal saw them draw level.
They led when Sean Og Grogan fired to the net after Casey was denied, and the sides were level 3-10 apiece at the end of a pulsating affair.
Tyrone led by five at half-time in extra-time with Conor Grogan's fortuitous goal.
But again the pendulum swung as McDermott powered home his fourth goal, only for captain Casey to hold his nerve and earn another crack to secure a draw.
Man of the Match: Damien Casey (Tyrone)
Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 2-8 (0-6f, 0-1 '65), C Grogan 1-1, S Grogan, P McHugh, J Kelly, G Gilmore 0-1 each. Donegal: R McDermott 4-0, L Henderson 0-8 (0-3f, 0-1 '65), B Lafferty, E McDermott 0-2 each, J O'Loughlin 0-1.
Tyrone - J Devlin 6; C McNally 6, M O'Gorman 6, C Casey 7; P McHugh 7, D Begley 6, T Morgan 7; J Kelly 7, A Kelly 6; M Winters 6, D Casey 9, C Cross 7; C Grogan 8, S Grogan 7, G Gilmore 6. Subs: M Grogan 6 for C Casey (42), C Gallagher 6 for Cross (48), R Devlin 6 for Gilmore (53), Gilmore 6 for R Devlin (64), Cross 6 for Winters (70), R Devlin 5 for J Kelly (81).
Donegal - D Laverty 6, P Doherty 6, J Donnelly 6, M Callaghan 6; C McDermott, J Boyle 7, N Cleary 7; D Cullen 7, C Matthewson 7; J O'Loughlin 6, E McDermott 6, K Campbell 6; L Henderson 8, R McDermott 9, B Lafferty 6. Subs: Chris Kilgannon 6 for Lafferty (58), Lafferty 6 for Mathewson (77).
Ref - J Clarke (Cavan).