Tyrone ran out deserving winners in a game that struggled to get excitement levels anywhere near expectation in Healy Park, Omagh.
The game turned on an incident just before half-time when Ross Wherity won a penalty and Michael Murphy’s penalty was very well saved by man of the match Niall Morgan.
Murphy’s attempt to win the rebound saw him shown a second yellow card and Donegal went to the dressing rooms two points and a man down.
From there to the finish, it was an uphill task that Donegal never looked like winning, but they stuck manfully to their guns and will be happy enough with the four point margin of defeat at the end.
However, Tyrone will be the happier, having finally won a game against Jim McGuinness’s side. They sit at the top of Division One with full points from their three games while Donegal’s next outing, at home to Kerry on Sunday next in Ballybofey, is now a must-win game if they are to continue their quest to retain their top flight status.
For full report please see Monday’s Donegal Democrat/ People’s Press