Tyrone bridged a nine year gap when defeating Donegal by a single point, 1-11 to 0-13, at Celtic Park in Derry on Wednesday night to win the Ulster U21 title and set up an All-Ireland semi-final clash with Roscommon on Saturday week, April 18. But the provincial crown was not easily secured.
Indeed, it took a stoppage point from a free by Clonoe attacker Daniel McNulty to kill off the gritty Donegal men, who had stormed back after looking finally beaten when the Red Hands went three points clear with ten minutes remaining.
The momentum all seemed to be with the Tir Conaill men as they stormed back to level. However, they were to discover that Feargal Logan’s charges are made of stern stuff and their character and resilience shone through as they found that precious injury-time winner.
Tyrone only trailed once, and that was after only three white flags had been raised, But Conor Meyler then got the Tyrone goal and the three points interval gap was worthy of the winners, who constantly staved off the battling opposition.
Kieran McGeary collected the cup, but there’s little time for celebration with that All-Ireland semi-final match just ten days away.