Tyrone's hopes of gaining promotion to Division 2B of the Allianz Hurling League were shattered at the weekend by the scoring prowess of Donegal's new recruit Davin Flynn.
Tipperary native Flynn stole the show when his side overcame the Red Hands in the Division 3A final by 4-25 to 1-11 with Flynn posting 2-8.
In what was a desperately disappointing outing for Tyrone, Damien Casey did his best to sustain morale by scoring 1-6 but his team had no answer to Donegal's overall pace and firepower.
Donegal had scored 2-8 before Tyrone even registered their first point and the north west side simply cruised to victory from there.
The semi-finals of the Ulster senior hurling championship will be staged on Saturday next when Armagh face Down and Antrim play Donegal. The final is scheduled for Sunday, April 16. In the Ulster Hurling Shield semi-finals next Saturday, Monaghan will play Derry and Fermanagh will take on Fermanagh.
Wexford served up a surprise when they beat Kilkenny in the Allianz Hurling League quarter-finals by 2-18 to 0-19 while Limerick stunned Cork by winning 1-20 to 1-18. Waterford beat Galway by 2-22 to 2-19 while Offaly were beaten by Tipperary on a 4-28 to 3-13 scoreline.
Wexford's win and the manner in which Tipperary overcame Offaly suggest that there will now be a fascinating line-up in the semi-finals.
Cavan's relegation to Division 2 of the National League, after just a season in the top flight, would have been confirmed regardless by Mayo's win over Donegal in Castlebar but a dismal performance in Hyde Park provided no balm for the sore.