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Donegal end Tyrone's McKenna Cup reign

Tyrone 1-12 - Donegal 1-16

Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Final, Athletic Grounds, Armagh 17/2/2018
Donegal vs Tyrone
Donegal's Hugh McFadden with Tyrone's Matthew Donnelly ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Final, Athletic Grounds, Armagh 17/2/2018 Donegal vs Tyrone Donegal's Hugh McFadden with Tyrone's Matthew Donnelly ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Final, Athletic Grounds, Armagh 17/2/2018 Donegal vs Tyrone Donegal's Conor Morrison with Tyrone's Darren McCurry ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Bank of Ireland Dr. McKenna Cup Final, Athletic Grounds, Armagh 17/2/2018 Donegal vs Tyrone Donegal's Stephen McMenamin with Tyrone's Darren McCurry ©INPHO/Jonathan Porter
Declan Bogue

By Declan Bogue

Donegal have prised the six-year-long grip of the Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup from Tyrone.

A goal in the first half by Martin McElhinney set them on their way, but it was the contribution of substitutes Niall O'Donnell, the 19-year old who hit three vital points at the middle part of the second half when Donegal were wobbling, along with returning hero Michael Murphy who despite not even being in his 30's reminded us all of what a glorious footballer he is with a fetch and a kick on the turn.

Declan Bonner's men had a number of encouraging performances from their younger crew, with Daire O'Baoill in his first appearance of the season excellent.

Tyrone rolled out a number of big guns including Matthew Donnelly and Peter Harte, but couldn't make headway. Their frustrations were compounded by captain Donnelly receiving a red card as the game petered to a stop. 

TYRONE: M O'Neill; A McCrory, C McCarron 0-1, B Burns; M Cassidy, R McNabb, K McGeary 0-1; P Hampsey, B McDonnell; D McClure 0-1, H Loughran 1-1, C McCann 0-1, D McCurry 0-1, R McHugh, R O'Neill 0-6, 5f

Subs: M Donnelly for McClure, C McShane for Cassidy (42m), P Harte for McGeary (43m), HP McGeary for McCrory (50m), C Meyler for McDonnell (53m), N Sludden for Loughran (60m)

Yellow cards: K McGeary (31m), HP McGeary (63m), Donnelly (68m, 73)

Black cards: 0

Red cards: M Donnelly (73m)

DONEGAL: S Patton; S McMenamin, C Morrison, F McGlynn 0-1; E Doherty, P Brennan 0-2, D O'Baoill 0-2; O MacNiallais 0-1, H McFadden; C Thompson 0-1, M McElhinney 1-1, M McHugh; C McGonigle, S McBrearty, M O'Reilly 0-2, 1f

Subs: N O'Donnell 0-3 for McBreaty (25m), M Murphy 0-3, 2f, for McElhinney (42m), N Mullins for O'Reilly (45m), C Ward for McGlynn (52m), B McCole for McGonigle (64m), N McGee for Doherty (71m)

Yellow cards: O'Baoill (31m), Mullins (62m), Murphy (70m)

Black cards: 0

Red cards: 0

Referee: Barry Cassidy (Derry)

Attendance: 4,287

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