Donegal and Tyrone once again at U-21 level in Ulster

Donegal and Tyrone once again at U-21 level in Ulster

Donegal and Tyrone are set to renew their rivalry once again in the Ulster U-21 Football Championship in 2017.

This follows Tuesday night’s Ulster championship draw that paired them in the first round next March.

It will be the third meeting between the two counties in the last three years.

In the previous two meetings the Red Hand County have come out on top.

In 2014, Donegal under Maxi Curran suffered a narrow 1-11 to 0-13 defeat at the hands of Tyrone in Celtic Park, Derry.

Derry went on to beat Roscommon in the All-Ireland semi-final and Tipperary in the All-Ireland final.

And last year Donegal, under Declan Bonner, came out on the wrong side of a 1-15 to 2-8 result, also in Celtic Park.

That was in the Ulster semi-final and Tyrone lost the Ulster final to Monaghan. The 2017 game has been fixed for March 18th with Healy Park, Omagh the venue.

GALLAGHER RE-APPOINTED

Meanwhile, Rory Gallagher’s reappointment as Donegal senior team manager for a new three year term brings the certainty and stability Donegal football requires right now.

That is the view of Donegal chairman, Sean Dunnion, who last night welcomed the reappointment of the Fermanagh native.

“We all accept that after a number of years of great success that Donegal is going to go through a rebuilding process over the next few years,” added the chairman.

“We have a number of quality young players coming through from successful minor and U-21 teams of recent years and it is going to take them time to establish themselves at senior level.

“We are all going to have to be patient and give them time to bed in and that does not mean that we don’t still expect to continue to be right up there with the top teams.”

Gallagher has just completed two years of a three year term that had an option of a fourth year following a review.

The committee voted 64 votes to 4 in favour of the new term.

Photo: Declan Bonner will renew rivalry with Tyrone