Donegal are into their first Ulster Senior Championship GAA final since 2006, after a last minute piece of vandalism on the Tyrone defence by Donegal’s Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy , who rewarded Jim McGuinness’s decision to put him into action in Clones in the 62nd minute of the game.
For Donegal, it was sweet revenge after so many defeats to the Red Hands in recent years, while Tyrone were denied the potential of three Ulster championship final wins in a row.
It was 56 minutes before Donegal actually took the lead in the game, again a goal from Colm McFadden, making the difference on the scoreboard.
Tyrone had raced into a 0-6 to 0-1 lead in the early stages of the game, but Donegal kept cool and clawed their way back, although they were still behind at the interval, 0-6 to 0-4. Donegal will now fancy their chances against Derry in the Ulster final, who defeated an equally Armagh last weekend in the other Ulster semi final.
Tyrone: P McConnell, M Swift, J McMahon, R McMenamin, D Harte, C Gormley, P Jordan, K Hughes, S Cavanagh, B Dooher, B McGuigan, P Harte, O Mulligan, M Donnelly, S O’Neill.
Subs: M Penrose for Mulligan (51), T McGuigan for B McGuigan (62), A Cassidy for O’Neill (62), C Cavanagh for Dooher (68)
Donegal: P Durcan, K Lacey, N McGee, P McGrath, F McGlynn, A Thompson, K Cassidy, R Kavanagh, K Rafferty, M McElhinney, M McHugh, R Bradley, P McBrearty, M Murphy, C McFadden.
Subs: M Hegarty for McElhinney (23), L McLoone for Bradley (45), D Molloy for McLoone (62).
Referee: J McQuillan (Cavan).