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Donegal title win is warning shot

Tyrone 2-7 Donegal 1-15

Donegal served notice that they could be a force in the Ulster Minor Football Championship when they took delivery of the league title by overcoming Tyrone at Brewster Park, Enniskillen.

For Donegal boss Declan Bonner, this was a significant coup but for Red Hands manager Mickey Donnelly, it was a bitter pill to swallow.

"We left ourselves with a lot to do in the first half and when we were reduced to 14 players after the break it became more uphill for us," conceded Donnelly.

Donegal led by 0-10 to 1-2 at the break with Lorcan Connor, John Campbell and Caolan McGonagle leading their points blitz, while Lee Brennan's goal kept Tyrone afloat.

It was the accurate Connor who effectively undermined Tyrone's morale when he steered home a 42nd minute penalty and the subsequent dismissal of Cormac O'Haga n merely compounded the Red Hand woes.

Yet 16-year-old James Darcy shone a beacon of light for the future, helping himself to 1-3, while Brennan was a constant thorn in Donegal's side.

Donegal go into the Ulster Championship, in which they are due to meet Derry at the end of next month, in good heart.

The topsy-turvy league form overall was further highlighted when last year's Ulster champions Monaghan were beaten by 5-11 to 1-10 by Cavan in the Shield final.

Donegal scorers: L Connor 1-4 (1-0 pen, 0-2 frees), J Campbell, C McGonagle 0-4 each, M Carroll 0-2, E O'Donnell 0-1.

Tyrone scorers: J Darcy 1-3, L Brennan 1-2, E McGarrity, C McKenna 0-1 each.

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