An inept Tyrone were outclassed and out played by a rampant Donegal at Castlefin on Sunday. After a bright start to the Bord Gais league campaign Tyrone have now suffered back to back losses and will have to see of Armagh in their final game to seal a knock-out spot in this years campaign.

On paper Tyrone looked to have the stronger team and would have been fancied to secure maximum points but they obviously didn’t account for a determined Donegal side who had a point to prove at the weekend. Thumped in three previous games Dominic McGlincheys outfit were showing signs of great recovery and even a late goalkeeping replacement when McCafferty was a late withdrawal failed to deter the home side on a decent surface.


After the exertions of the Dowd Cup and McNally Plate University games during the week certainly didn’t seem to affect Tyrone’s fleet footed Jolene Donnelly who rattled over three quick points after Nora Stapleton had opened the Donegal account.

Cathy Donnelly and Gemma Begley exchanged scores with Roisin Friel and Anita Doherty and in a entertaining first half neither team seemed capable of stamping their authority on. Donnelly’s point coming off a stunning save by keeper Byrne who managed to turn the ball over the top from a stinging shot.

The impressive Niamh Hegarty though was a constant threat with her scything runs through the middle going unchecked by a lacklustre Tyrone and Aoife McDonnell saw her glorious goal chance just skid wide. Tyrone were on the scoresheet

By the break though it was 0-8 a piece with Donegal rattling over three points in three late first half minutes.


The second period burst to life within the first minute, McCallans deft knock on and Sullivans slip allowed the ever vigilant Jolene Donnelly to nip in and drill the ball to the Donegal net. This looked to have been the kick start Tyrone needed but their joy was short lived, a high ball from Anita Doherty was misjudged by Sinead McVeigh and Friel rose well to knock the ball over the Tyrone keepers head.

So the sides level again and in a brisk ten minutes both teams traded scores, nip and tuck scoring at its best.

The tie was certainly living up to its billing as both teams traded the scores but it was the quality of Donegal and Tyrone’s lack of inventiveness that got the big crowd talking.

Hegarty was running the show and despite the best efforts of Woods, Kelly and Teague, at times Tyrone were easily split apart. The introduction of veterans Devenny, McMonigle and Guthrie added to the Tir Connel cause and they certainly finished strong Hegarty and Nadine Doherty adding to the tally, Three Begley points in 14 minutes all Tyrone’s attack had to offer.


A poor performance agreed Tyrone joint manager Niall Colton,” No it wasn’t good, I thought last weeks game was a one off but we had experienced players back today and they didn’t perform.”


Time and time again Donegal cut through Tyrone, Colton admitted that the workrate wasn’t put in,

“ The girls said that they weren’t prepared to put in that work that Donegal did, they had 13 players behind the ball at times and came at us in droves and our girls let them run past them and the attitude was just not right. The Girls that have been there year in year out are not delivering.”


Next up for Tyrone is Armagh, a daunting task ahead then at the Athletic grounds and the Tyrone management who were far from happy at the weekend are expected to make a raft of changes.


TYRONE Sinead McVeigh,Sinea McLaughlin, MauraKelly, Eimear Teague, Laura McGillion, Neamh Woods, Marie Gallagher, Lynda Donnelly, Sarah Donnelly, Ann Dooher, Gemma Begley 0-6, Cathy Donnelly 0-1, Niamh McKernan 0-1, Dearbhla McCallan, Jolene Donnelly 1-5


Naomi McAnnulaa FOR Gallagher

Sonya Maguire FOR Dooher

Orla O’Neill FOR McKernan


Meanwhile there was some success for eleven Tyrone players last week. The University of Ulster Jordanstown senior squad claimed the Dowd cup once again. In a one sided final they hammered Queens at Casement Park and now have set their sights on the O’Connor cup, ( the all Ireland Universities competition). They are already well placed to qualify for the knock out stages which will be held in Belfast.

No fewer than 15 players from Tyrone played in Thursdays final, leaving Tyrone as the most represented county on show on the night and again proving that the O’Neill county have an ever evolving collection of new players who certainly provide the Tyrone management with an abundance of riches if they wish to call on them.

Jordanstown were captained by all Star Neamh Woods and they certainly turned on the style at Casemet Park winning with a stylish brand of football that left Queens chasing shadows after they held their own for the opening ten minutes.

On the night Eimear Teague, Carol Dooher, Sarah Donnelly, Roisin Rafferty and of course Woods all started for the Poly with Laura McGillion and Christiane Hunter coming on as subs early on ,with Dearbbla McCallan and Maria Donnelly also introduced off the bench. Sinead McVeigh and Eadaoin Devine were also in the squad.

On the losing side, Queens, Clare Scullion, Gemma Begley, Aishling O Kane and Niambh McKernan all featured in the one sided decider. The big winner on the night though was University football.



The new TEAMTALK minor league campaign opened the new season at the weekend with some top football on show.

In one of the games of the day Drumquin claimed an opening day win.

The Drmuquin V Trillick game was a close fought contest. Trillick led by 9 points at halftime but throughout the second half Drumquin battled hard, spurred on by an inspirational goal from Shannon Skelton.

They put together a string of unanswered scores and claimed a 6-7 to 3-15 win.

Theres a full round of games again this week.


Grade 1

An Charraig Mhor 4.14 Errigal Ciaran 0.04
Ardboe w/o Glenelly dnf
Aodh Ruadh 4.08 St Dympnas 3.02

Grade 2

St Endas 3.14 St Macartans 1.04
Sperrin Og 4.07 Beragh 9.16
Clann na Gael 10.14 Fintona 1.04
Cappagh 6.14 Galbally 3.06

Grade 3

Kildress 4.05 Fr Rocks 4.06
Sigersons 2.03 Loughmacrory 1.08
Coalisland 6.15 Mna na Deirge 8.07

Grade 4

Moy 4.02 Aghyaran 1.15
Edendork w/o Urney dnf
Drumquin 6.07 Trillick 3.15




Thur 5th March – 7.30pm
Grade 2

Sperrin Og v St Endas

Sat 7th March – 4pm
Grade 1

An Charraig Mhor v Aodh Ruadh
Cill Iseal v St Dympnas
Glenelly v Donaghmore
Ardboe v Errigal Ciaran

Grade 2

Galbally v Clann na Gael
Sperrin Og v St Endas
Fintona v Cappagh
Beragh v St Macartans

Grade 3

An Charraig v Sigersons
Drumragh v Coalisland
Fr Rocks v Mna na Deirge
Loughmacrory v Kildress

Grade 4

Moy v Edendork
Urney v Trillick
Aghyaran v Drumquin

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