McLaughlin brace staves off Tyrone fightback
Donegal 3-13 Tyrone 2-12
Donegal manager Maxi Curran said he knew they would have to dig deep to see off the challenge of the reigning All-Ireland intermediate champions Tyrone in the preliminary round.
The Ulster champions had to stave off a spirited fightback from Tyrone before advancing to a semi-final with Cavan.
"Tyrone are a young, mobile team, they're very athletic, an up-and-coming team just moving into senior this year," said Curran.
"We knew it was going to be tough from that perspective, but we're just very happy to be in the next round.
"Our goals probably came against the run of play, but Geraldine McLaughlin was very clinical in the way she finished hers. But Tyrone came back at us, as we would have expected."
Tyrone boss Gerry Moane said the concession of the goals left them with an uphill task.
"The first goal was a good strike, and there wasn't much we could do about that, but the second goal was a catastrophe, our own mistake," he said.
McLaughlin scored two goals and Niamh Hegarty also found the net, but only after battling to overcome a strong challenge.
Tyrone never gave up and Aoibhinn McHugh won a penalty which Maria Canavan dispatched in the 43rd minute, but Karen Guthrie's accuracy from frees kept Donegal ahead.
Tyrone defender Niamh McGinn found the net after a delivery by Aoibhinn McHugh but Donegal held on.
Scorers - Donegal: G McLaughlin 2-4 (1-0 pen, 4f), K Guthrie 0-6 (3f), N Hegarty 1-0, K Keeney, A Boyle Carr, R Friel 0-1 each. Tyrone: M Canavan 1-8 (1-0 pen 6f), N McGirr 1-0, N Woods; N Hughes, N O'Neill, M Mallon 0-1 each
Donegal - A McColgan; AM McGlynn, E Gallagher, R Rogers; N Carr, N McLaughlin, T Doherty; K Herron, E McGinley; K Guthrie, K Keeney, A Boyle Carr; N Hegarty, G McLaughlin, S McGroddy. Subs: S McLaughlin for Rogers (h-t), R Friel for Hegarty (h-t)
Tyrone - S Lynch; C Hunter, J Barrett, C Conway; S McCarroll, N McGirr, E Brennan; EJ Gervin, N Woods; N Hughes, M Canavan, A McHugh; N O'Neill, M Mallon, C Kelly. Subs: D Gallagher for Kelly (43), T McLoughlin for McCarroll (54), S Byrne for McHugh (59).
Ref - B Rice (Down)