Friday 27 April 2018

Tyrone get second bite


Damien Casey, Tyrone, in action against Jamsie Donnelly, Donegal
Damien Casey, Tyrone, in action against Jamsie Donnelly, Donegal

Donegal and Tyrone will have to meet again after finishing level after extra-time in a thrilling NHL Div 2B/3A relegation/promotion play-off at Owenbeg.

Ronan McDermott scrambled home the first of his four goals inside the opening minute, but the Red Hands fought back to go level with two Damien Casey frees.

Lee Henderson's '65 had just edged Donegal three points ahead when the second goal was flicked home from Kevin Campbell's cross.

And McDermott completed his hat-trick with a 28th-minute goal, booted home from Danny Cullen's long delivery.

Seán óg Grogan and Gerard Gilmore responded with Tyrone points, but Donegal led by 3-4 to 0-6 at the break.

Casey smacked home a Tyrone goal 13 minutes into the second half, and saw another effort come back off a post, while Donegal 'keeper Dylan Laverty denied Conor Grogan.

Casey smashed home a 60th-minute goal to bring the sides level, and his third edged Tyrone in front, before Henderson levelled at 3-10 each from a stoppage-time free.

Conor Grogan's goal saw Tyrone ahead by 4-12 to 3-12 midway through extra-time, but McDermott netted his fourth, and Casey's late equalising free brought his tally to 2-8.

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 2-8 (6f, 1 '65); C Grogan, S óg Grogan 1-1 each; P McHugh, J Kelly, G Gilmore 0-1 each. Donegal: R McDermott 4-0; L Henderson 0-8 (3f, 1 '65), B Lafferty, E McDermott 0-2 each; J O'Loughlin 0-1.

Tyrone: J Devlin; C McNally, M O'Gorman, C Casey; P McHugh, D Begley, T Morgan; J Kelly, A Kelly; M Winters, D Casey, C Cross; C Grogan, S óg Grogan, G Gilmore. Subs: M Grogan for C Casey, C Gallagher for Cross, R Devlin for Gilmore for R Devlin, Cross for Winters, R Devlin for J Kelly.

Donegal: D Laverty; P Doherty, J Donnelly, M Callaghan; C McDermott, J Boyle, N Cleary; D Cullen, C Mathewson; J O'Loughlin, E McDermott, K Campbell; L Henderson, R McDermott, B Lafferty. Subs: C Kilgannon for Lafferty, Lafferty for Mathewson.

Referee: J Clarke (Cavan)

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