Donegal clocked up a second win in the Ulster U-16 Buncrana Cup with a narrow an hard fought win in Ardboe this afternoon.
Tyrone ........ 2-4
After last week's runaway win over Fermanagh, Donegal were brought back down to earth by a Tyrone outfit that were having their first outing of the season.
It took a big second half performance from Luke Barrett's young guns, who trailed by five points after getting off to the worst possible start.
Tyrone, playing with the advantage of the strong piercing wind, got off to a flying start and had 1-1 on the scoreboard inside four minutes.
Full-forward Eoin Devlin opened the scoring with a fine point on 32 seconds and Conal Cush - son of former Tyrone and Ulster star forward Ardrian - hammered home the goal three and half minutes later.
Cush drilled home from five metres after Tom Grimes intercped a short Donegal kick. That was on four minutes and although the locals did not score again for the best part of a quarter hour, Donegal made little headway against a well orgranised Tyrone defence.
Oran Patterson and Caolan McClintock on the wings were showing promise for Donegal and asking question but a tendency to over cook a move ended with very little return.
McClintock from play and Christopher Mulligan from a close-in free was all Donegal had to show for their efforts before Tyrone struck for goal number two.
On this occasion Gareth Donaghey first timed past Shea McBride at the end of a sweeping move for a 2-1 to 0-2 lead. And with the two sides guilty of taking a little too much out of the ball Oran Patterson for Donegal and goalscorer Cush for Tyrone raised the only white flags in the closing ten minutes of the half.
Tyrone led 2-2 to 0-3 at half-time.
Donegal were a transformed side on the resumption. Cian McGonagle replaced Robbie O'Donnell in the half-forward line.
Blake McGarvey and Christopher Mulligan upped their games and Drew McKinney and Stephen McFadden rolled up their sleves in the middle of the field and Cian McEntee and Kyle Murray began to assert themselves in the half-back line.
McEntee strode forward to kick a fine point shortly after the restart before McGarvey knocked over the first of his four second half points.
Tyrone were reduced to 14 on the three quarter mark when corner-back Eoin Barclay was sent for an early shower after commiting a second yellow card offence.
Donegal had pulled two ahead before Cush from a free kicked the first of Tyrone's two second half points five minutes from the end to tie up the game.
But McGarvey and second half substitute David Boyle restored Donegal's two point lead.
Donegal did live nervously in the closing minutes as Tyrone went for broke and full-back Tiarnan McBride was his side's saviour when he cleared off his line with Shea McBride beaten.
Substitute Caolan Loughlin hit a late point deep in injury time. But Donegal held on and deservedly so after a high octane second half performance.
That is two wins from two games for Donegal who entertain Cavan at home next weekend in a game that may very well decide one of the final places.
DONEGAL: Shea McBride; Oisin McDaid, Tiarnan McBride, Dylan Murphy; Cian McEntee (0-1), Kyle Murray, Eoghan McLaughlin; Drew McKinney, Stephen McFadden; Oran Patterson (0-1), Robbie O'Donnell, Blake McGarvey(0-4,1f); Caolan McClintock (0-2), Christopher Mulligan (0-2), Oisin Crawford.
Subs: Cian McGonagle for R O'Donnell h/t; Cian Mulligan for D Murphy 38 Cian Rooney for O Patterson 40; David Boyle for C Mulligan 54; Cathir O'Neill for C McClintock 60.
TYRONE: Adam Grugan; Adam Toner, Finn Taggart, Eoin Barclay; Jared Brogan, Enda McClafferty, Darragh Kelly; Blaine Ryan, Conal McConomy;Tom Grimes, Gareth Donaghey (1-0), Oisin McGillion; Conal Cush (1-1), Eoin Devlin (0-1), Daniel Mullan.
Subs: Cathain McLauglin (0-1) for D Kelly h/t inj' Oisin Kelly for J Brogan 48; Senan Morgan for D Devlin.
REFEREE: John McDonald (Monaghan)