World News – GB – McKenna wins 1-2 on AFL return but Donegal has too many for Tyrone


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DONEGAL LEAPFROGGGED OVER Tyrone in the Division 1 standings after claiming a four-point victory over rivals Ulster at Ballybofey this afternoon

Despite the loss, Mickey Harte will be pleased with the performance of Conor McKenna, who took 1-2 in his first senior appearance for Tyrone after returning from a six-year stint in the AFL with Essendon

The 2014 miner Tyrone played around 50 minutes at the center-forward, winning a quick kick that Darren McCurry converted, before being moved inside where he caused Donegal a host of problems in the last quarter

McKenna had two good scores, buried an amazing goal and created a number of scoring opportunities with his power

His addition and quick acclimatization to the game is a major boost for Tyrone who does not have an injured Cathal McShane talisman

Tyrone finished the game with 13 men after Frank Burns’ last quarter layoffs and Rory Brennan Burns took a yellow and a black, while Brennan was given two yellows at the end of the day

How much stock we can put in this game remains to be seen The teams are rekindling their knowledge in Ulster in two weeks, so Mickey Harte and Declan Bonner surely had cards close to their chests today

Tyrone flooded the defense with bodies and used Frank Burns in the role formerly held by recently retired midfielder Colm Cavanagh They were defeated by clever offensive play from Donegal, who hit the net in one or the other half by Peardar Mogan and electric Jamie Brennan

Brennan, Niall O’Donnell and three-in-game scorer Ryan McHugh shone in Donegal’s forward line As usual, Michael Murphy dictated things in the center third and added six points for good measure

Corner-back Liam Rafferty replied for Tyrone, the first of two scores he sent in the first half Michael Murphy and Conall McCann (mark) exchanged scores before Donegal scored a goal by Peadar Mogan

Mogan left a pair of Red Hand defenders behind him with a neat step and unleashed a strike in front of Niall Morgan Tyrone responded with a Frank Burns score from an advanced score and then found the net himself

Conor McKenna was found guilty by cornerback Stephen McMenamin and Darren Curry hit home the penalty to equalize his team

Donegal’s response was clinical They took control of the game and hit four of the next five scores to go 1-8 to 1-4 ahead

Tyrone looked well drilled when it came to scoring marks and Michael McKernan hit his third of the half in the 28th minute This helped them cut the deficit to three in between

Murphy and McHugh teamed up to set Brennan up for a goal five minutes after the restart Brennan finished low as he carried the goal It was calm personified

He was fouled twice within five minutes for a pair of free kicks from Murphy that pushed the hosts to five clearances McKenna, now playing at 14, managed to get past his second score

The visitors lost Burns and Brennan to the Reds, but scored a second goal thanks to McKenna in the stoppage time

Donegal goal scorers: Michael Murphy 0-6 (0-5f), Jamie Brennan 1-2, Peadar Mogan 1-0, Ryan McHugh 0-3, Niall O’Donnell and Ciaran Thompson (0-2f) 0- 2 each, Caolan McGonigle and Andrew McClean 0-1 each

Scorers for Tyrone: Conor McKenna 1-2, Darren McCurry 1-1 (0-1f), Liam Rafferty 0-2, Conall McCann, Frank Burns (0-1m), Michael McKiernan (0-1m), Mattie Donnelly, Kieran McGeary, David Mulgrew and Niall Morgan (0-1 45) 0-1 each

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24 Andrew McClean for Gallen (45)
20 Paddy McGrath for Brennan (63)
22 Caolan district for Gallagher (73)

19 David Mulgrew for Sludden (ht)
24 Michael O’Neill for Burns (46)
25 Ronan O’Neill for Conall McCann (48)
23 Daire O Baoil for McKelvey (60)
22 Ben McDonnell for Hampsey (61)

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