Tyrone Vs Donegal – 2013 GAA Allianz Football League, Division 1

Tyrone finally defeated Donegal on Sunday in the Allianz Division 1 league tie after 3 successive defeats in recent years to the current All-Ireland champions. After a three week break from the league, a massive crowd packed into Healy Park for the interesting fixture which will also be the first round tie of the 2013 Ulster championship this May.

Donegal started strongly and were unlucky not to have a scored a goal in the opening 20 seconds when Rory Kavanagh burst up the field and his shot rattled off the Tyrone bar. Soon after Tyrone took the lead with points coming from Mark Donnelly, Sean Cavanagh and goalkeeper Niall Morgan. Michael Murphy and Rory Kavanagh scored for Donegal and as half time approached, they trailed 0-06 to 0-04. One of the most dramatic parts of the day came before HT when Ryan McKenna fouled Ross Wherity inside the box to give Donegal a penalty. Captain Murphy stepped up and took the penalty but Niall Morgan pulled off a fantastic save to deny the All-Ireland champions taking a one point lead……a melee soon followed between players from both sides and referee Joe McQuillan gave Murphy his second booking of the day and he was off. Advantage Tyrone.

Even with their main man down, Donegal refused to give up and they had a couple of goal chances but it was Tyrone’s Stephen O’Neill who scored the only goal of the game after a lucky bounce of the ball. Joe McMahon, Peter Harte, Niall Morgan and Sean Cavanagh added further points and in a scrappy final few minutes, Donegal lost another man following the sending off of Neil Gallagher.

Full time score; Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-12

This win has put Tyrone comfortably joint top of Division 1 along side Kildare and it will also be a massive psychological boost for their future championship tie against Jim McGuinness’s men in May.

The Tyrone team line out after a 3 week league break.

The Tyrone team line out after a 3 week league break.

 

Michael Murphy leads Donegal onto Healy Park.

Michael Murphy leads Donegal onto Healy Park as the Tyrone team form a guard of honor.

 

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Referee for the game was Joe McQuillan.

Referee for the game was Joe McQuillan.

 

Joe McQuillan tosses the coin between captains Michael Murphy and Stephen O'Neill.

Joe McQuillan tosses the coin between captains Michael Murphy and Stephen O’Neill.

 

Rory Kavanagh's shot in the opening seconds hits the post.

Rory Kavanagh’s shot in the opening seconds hits the post.

 

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Niall Morgan clears the ball from the Tyrone back line.

Niall Morgan clears the ball from the Tyrone back line.

 

Ronan McNamee wins the ball in the Tyrone defence.

Ronan McNamee wins the ball in the Tyrone defence.

 

Mark Donnelly gets to grips with Rory Kavanagh.

Mark Donnelly gets to grips with Rory Kavanagh.

 

Conor Clarke keeps one hand on Donegal's Michael Murphy.

Conor Clarke keeps one hand on Donegal’s Michael Murphy.

 

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Conor Clarke forces Michael Murphy wide.

Conor Clarke forces Michael Murphy wide.

 

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Paddy McNiece makes a strong challenge for Tyrone.

Paddy McNiece makes a strong challenge for Tyrone.

 

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Donegal's Ross Wherity drives towards the Tyrone goals.

Donegal’s Ross Wherity drives towards the Tyrone goals.

 

Ross Wherity is dragged down inside the square for a Donegal penalty.

Ross Wherity is dragged down inside the square for a Donegal penalty.

 

Tyrone's Niall Morgan makes a brilliant penalty save.

Tyrone’s Niall Morgan makes a brilliant penalty save.

 

Tempers boil over after the missed penalty effort from Donegal.

Tempers boil over after the missed penalty effort from Donegal.

 

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Joe Mc Quillan gives a red card to Donegal's Michael Murphy.

Joe Mc Quillan gives a red card to Donegal’s Michael Murphy.

 

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Stephen O'Neill gains an opening over Doneglal goalkeeper Paul Durcan.

Stephen O’Neill gains an opening over Doneglal goalkeeper Paul Durcan.

 

Stephen O'Neill scores the only goal of the game for Tyrone.

Stephen O’Neill scores the only goal of the game for Tyrone.

 

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Man of the match Niall Morgan scores a 45 from the ground.

Man of the match Niall Morgan scores a 45 from the ground.

 

Stephen O'Neill gets ahead of Neil McGee.

Stephen O’Neill gets ahead of Neil McGee.

 

Sean Cavanagh scores for Tyrone.

Sean Cavanagh scores for Tyrone.

 

Sean Cavanagh is put under pressure by Donegal's Frank McGlynn.

Sean Cavanagh is put under pressure by Donegal’s Frank McGlynn.

 

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Dirty tactics from Donegal in the final minutes of the game.

Dirty tactics from Donegal in the final minutes of the game.

 

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Matthew Donnelly is clearly fouled off the ball.

Matthew Donnelly is clearly fouled off the ball.

 

Another red card for Donegal, this time Neil Gallagher gets his marching orders.

Another red card for Donegal, this time Neil Gallagher gets his marching orders.

 

Aidan Cassidy makes one final push up the field.

Aidan Cassidy makes one final push up the field.

 

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