DONEGAL never got going against an impressive Tyrone side at Healy Park tonight – eventually losing by six points.
Red Hands Darren McCurry was the star performer, hitting four points – three of them from play.
It was the 28th minute before Donegal registered a score when Dermot Molloy fisted over the bar.
Patrick McBrearty followed that with a stunning score from all over 40 yards, but at half-time the visitors trailed Tyrone by 0-07 to 0-02.
The home side dominated for most of the game, with the visitors failing to turn a second half flourish into scores.
McBrearty pointed again after the re-start and McGarvey scored from a 45 as Donegal threatened a comeback.
But for all their possession in the second half, they couldn’t find the scores that mattered.
In fact Tyrone didn’t score until the 18th minute of the second period – but they were already too far ahead for Donegal
Tyrone go on to play Down in the semi-final.
TYRONE: D McAnenly; B Tierney, D McNally, HP McGeary; N Sludden, C Clarke (0-1), T McCann; R Donnelly (0-2), S Warnock (0-1); S Tierney (0-1), T Canavan (0-1), B McGarvey; D McCurry (0-5, 2f), C McAliskey (0-1), J McCullagh. Subs: P Mallon for McGarvey, S McGuigan for Tierney, C Grugan for McCullagh, H Óg Conlan for Warnock, C Daly for McAliskey.
DONEGAL: P Boyle: K McFadden, C Cannon, P Carr; T McKinley, P Devine, C Gallagher; L Keeney, S Coyle; C Ellis, M O’Reilly, M McEniff; S McGarvey (0-2, 1 45), P McBrearty (0-3, 1f), D Molloy (0-1). Subs: D McGeever for Coyle, S Friel for Ellis, O McGinty for McEniff.
Referee: M McErlane (Derry).Tags: