Sunday 21 January 2018

The game at a glance

Man of the match

Ciaran Mathewson (Donegal)

A few contenders, but one outright match-winner. Mathewson was a threat whenever he got on the ball and his 1-2 in the first half infused Donegal with a belief that had been waning, as they trailed by five points with 20 minutes gone. The manner in which he danced around his marker and lashed home the winning goal was classy.

Turning point

The obvious one is Mathewson's winning goal in the 70th minute, but the crucial score was probably his first major. Tyrone had scored four points on the trot and the game was running away from Donegal when he swooped on a loose ball and buried the sliotar.

Talking point

The quality of the fare. Some of the scores were right out of the top drawer, taken off the stick, from left and right and on the run.

Ref watch

Fergus Smith left the game flow as much as he could. He had no choice but to send off Martin Grogan in almost his last decision of the day when the Eire Og man clearly earned a second yellow card.

What they said

Andrew Wallace (Donegal manager)

"I'm delighted to be involved in some way with a Donegal hurling team to win an All-Ireland."

Tom Magill (Tyrone manager)

"After we got on top in the first half, there was a few minutes when we overplayed the ball and then they came out and scored a (crucial) goal."

Match statistics

Wides: Donegal 12 (4); Tyrone 8 (0)

Frees: Donegal 12 (7); Tyrone 13 (7)

Yellow cards: Donegal 2 (C Dowds 52, N Campbell 67); Tyrone 2 (M Grogan 48, 70)

Red cards: Donegal 0; Tyrone 1 (M Grogan 70)

Attendance: 3,612

Irish Independent

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