Tyrone defeat 13-man Donegal

Tyrone’s Michael Murphy comes under pressure from Donegal’s Neil Gallagher.

NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 ROUND 3

TYRONE  1-13 – 0-12  DONEGAL

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TYRONE’S rebuilding programme continues to gather momentum after a deserved four-point win over All-Ireland champions Donegal at Healy Park this afternoon.

Niall Morgan’s penalty save and the dismissal of Donegal captain Michael Murphy and Neil Gallagher were key moments during the game but the Red Hands remained committed throughout and thoroughly deserved their victory. The final scoreboard reading Tyrone 1-13, Donegal 0-12.

Stephen O’Neill scored a second half goal and there were also crucial points from Joe McMahon and Sean Cavanagh as Donegal continued to battle despite their reduced manpower.

Victory in the game was Tyrone’s first over Donegal for several seasons and will set them up nicely for the championship clash in May.

But that will come later and for now manager Mickey Harte is satisfied with a third win which keeps the Red Hands firmly on track to secure Division One survival and reach the semi-finals.

“We’ve got three wins out of three and this takes us another step towards securing our status,” he said.

“It was important for us to win this game against Donegal because of the two championship defeats and also a defeat to them in the league a few years ago,” continued Harte,

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“If you keep losing like that, then you might get an inferiority complex, so it was important to win from that viewpoint.”

Extensive coverage and reaction from the game in Monday’s TyroneHerald