Donegal Vs Tyrone – 2013 GAA Ulster Senior Football Championship, First Round

Tyrone fell to their third defeat of 2013 and, for me, it was the sorest one to take so far – there was a massive build up to Sunday’s first round of the Ulster senior championship since the draw was made many months ago and with a nearly full strength squad and a very positive Mc Kenna Cup and NFL Division 1 campaign, Tyrone still came up short against a very efficient and superior Donegal side.┬áMany people, including myself, believed that with this positive start to 2013 and the fact they have been defeated by Donegal the past two years in the Ulster championship would mean that there would not be a third time.

Unfortunately there was however. In the opening minutes of the game Michael Murphy and Colm Mc Fadden opened up the scoring account for Donegal to leave it 0-04 to 0-01 with the Tyrone score coming from Connor McAliskey. Tyrone soon arrived and after scores from Niall Morgan, Stevie O’Neill, the two Cavanagh brothers and Mattie Donnelly, Tyrone went 0-06 to 0-05 in front. However, disaster struck when a long range free kick went into the arms of Colm Mc Fadden to give Donegal the advantage of 1-06 to 0-07 at the break.

In the second half, Justin McMahon and Sean Cavanagh pointed for Tyrone to make it all level but that’s when the scores stopped coming from Tyrone altogether. Paddy McBrearty’s superb solo run up the wing of the field resulted in Ross Wherity palming the ball to the back of the net. As the Tyrone wides racked up and the tempers began to boil over, Joe Mc Mahon was sent off for a second yellow by Joe Mc Quillan and more could have followed. Rory Kavanagh struck the ball over the ball again and sub Kyle Coney struck one at the very end for Tyrone but a goal looked nearly impossible such was the solid Donegal defence.

Full time score; Donegal 2-10 Tyrone 0-10

It was a very disappointing defeat for Tyrone and it leaves them in a position no county wants to be, in the first round of the qualifiers at the start of the summer. Let’s hope they strike reasonably lucky with the draw and that everyone remains in a positive state of mind….. just think back to what happened in 2008!

The All-Ireland champions of 2012 start their defence of the title.

The All-Ireland champions of 2012 start their defence of the title.

 

The Tyrone panel line out in Ballybofey.

The Tyrone panel line out in Ballybofey.

 

The St Michael's Band Enniskillen lead the teams around the pitch.

The St Michael’s Band Enniskillen lead the teams around the pitch.

 

Tyrone Vs Donegal Ulster GAA 2013

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He had one of the best seats in the house on Sunday.

He had one of the best seats in the house on Sunday.

 

The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the national anthem.

The Tyrone starting fifteen stand for the national anthem.

 

Michael Murphy goes on a solo run for Donegal.

Michael Murphy goes on a solo run for Donegal.

 

Michael Murphy loses his balance.

Michael Murphy loses his balance.

 

Colm Cavanagh picks up the loose ball for Tyrone.

Colm Cavanagh picks up the loose ball for Tyrone.

 

Connor McAliskey scores Tyrone's first point of the game.

Connor McAliskey scores Tyrone’s first point of the game.

 

A hard hit from Conor Clarke on Anthony Thompson.

A hard hit from Conor Clarke on Anthony Thompson.

 

PJ Quinn dives to collect the ball.

PJ Quinn dives to collect the ball.

 

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Niall Morgan taunts the crowd following his first score of the game.

Niall Morgan taunts the crowd following his first score of the game.

 

Sean Cavanagh pulls back Ryan Bradley.

Sean Cavanagh pulls back Ryan Bradley.

 

Conor Clarke puts pressure on Michael Murphy.

Conor Clarke puts pressure on Michael Murphy.

 

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Colm McFadden wins the ball and strikes it into the back of the Tyrone net.

Colm McFadden wins the ball and strikes it into the back of the Tyrone net.

 

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McFadden celebrates his goal before half time.

McFadden celebrates his goal before half time.

 

Mark Donnelly tries to edge his way forward.

Mark Donnelly tries to edge his way forward.

 

No way out for Tyrone's Sean Cavanagh.

No way out for Tyrone’s Sean Cavanagh.

 

Justin McMahon points for Tyrone.

Justin McMahon points for Tyrone.

 

Michael Harte and Ronan Devlin attend to Peter Harte while Paddy McGrath gives some banter to Tyrone goal keeper Niall Morgan.

Michael Harte and Ronan Devlin attend to Peter Harte while Paddy McGrath gives some banter to Tyrone goal keeper Niall Morgan.

 

Niall Morgan strikes the free kick.

Niall Morgan strikes the free kick.

 

Disaster for Tyrone as Donegal strike their second goal of the game.

Disaster for Tyrone as Donegal strike their second goal of the game.

 

Karl Lacey holds tight onto JustIN McMahon.

Karl Lacey holds tight onto JustIN McMahon.

 

Mark Donnelly has a shot for Tyrone.

Mark Donnelly has a shot for Tyrone.

 

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Joe McMahon up against Martin McElhinney.

Joe McMahon up against Martin McElhinney.

 

Tyrone GAA 2013 Joe McMahon

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Aidan McCrory tries to advance.

Aidan McCrory tries to advance.

 

The Donegal players give Peter Harte a hard time.

The Donegal players give Peter Harte a hard time.

 

A hard shoulder from Colm Cavanagh.

A hard shoulder from Colm Cavanagh.

 

Martin Penrose in action for the Red Hands.

Martin Penrose in action for the Red Hands.

 

Joe McMahon receives a red card from Joe McQuillan.

Joe McMahon receives a red card from Joe McQuillan.

 

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Conor Gormley and Rory Kavanagh fight for an aerial ball.

Conor Gormley and Rory Kavanagh fight for an aerial ball.

 

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Sean Cavanagh shoots late on in the game.

Sean Cavanagh shoots late on in the game.

 

Jim McGuinness and Mickey Harte shake hands at the end of the game.

Jim McGuinness and Mickey Harte shake hands at the end of the game.

 

A flare lights up the Donegal crowd at full time.

A flare lights up the Donegal crowd at full time.

 

BBC's Thomas Kane interviews Jim McGuinness.

BBC’s Thomas Kane interviews Jim McGuinness.

 

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