Donegal beat Tyrone to reach Ulster final

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Updated: June 26, 2011

Donegal reached their first Ulster championship final since 2006 today when Dermot Molloy fired home a late injury-time goal to clinch a three point win over defending champions Tyrone.

It was an incredible turnaround from a hungry Donegal side as Tyrone had looked completely in control during the first half.

Tyrone dominated early on to lead 0-6 to 0-1 but Donegal’s Kevin Rafferty, Colm McFadden and Kevin Cassidy hit three points in a crucial three minutes before half-time, leaving Tyrone with just a two point lead going in at the break, 0-6 to 0-4.
The Red Hands then led 0-8 to 0-6 after 56 minutes before Colm McFadden struck a vital goal to put Donegal one ahead.
Tyrone midfielder Kevin Hughes heaped more pressure on his own team by picking up a second yellow card, for a slap-type tackle on Michael Hegarty, shortly afterwards in the 62nd minute. It was starting to look like the Ulster title was slipping from Tyrone’s grasp.
Both sides were now looking tired and lethargic as we entered the final period of the game, racking up needless wides that could have been decisive.
Tyrone stalwart Martin Penrose restored parity in the first minute of injury-time bursting through the middle of the field to equalise.
But this Donegal team did not want to accept the possible replay between the two sides that was on the cards. It was sub Dermot Molley who became the hero of the hour, smashing home in injury-time to bring to a halt Tyrone’s bid for three Ulster championships in a row.
“I’m delighted for all the players but we have to focus now on the final,” manager Jim McGuiness said calmly afterwards.
Donegal will now face Derry in three weeks time hoping to secure a title they last brought home in 1992.

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