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Welcome to our live coverage of today’s Ulster showdown between Donegal and Tyrone.

Here’s how the teams are named to line-out, although there could be changes before throw-in.


1. Mark Anthony McGinley (St Michael’s)

2. Paddy McGrath (Adara)
3. Neil McGee (Gaoth Dobhair)
4. Eoghan Bán Gallagher (Killybegs)

5. Ryan McHugh (Kilcar)
6. Frank McGlynn (Glenfin)
7. Caolan Ward (St Eunan’s)

8. Jason McGee (Cloich Cheann Fhaola)
9. Ciaran Thompson (Naomh Conaill)

10. Michael Carroll (Gaoth Dobhair)
11. Martin O’Reilly (Sean MacCumhaills)
12. Jamie Brennan (Réalt na Mara, Bundoran)

13. Patrick McBrearty (Kilcar)
14. Michael Murphy (Glenswilly)
15. Hugh McFadden (Killybegs)


1. Niall Morgan (Éadan na dTorc)

2. Aidan McCrory (Aireagal Chiaráin)
3. Ronan McNamee (Achadh Uí Aráin)
4. Pádraig Hampsey (Oileán a’Ghuail)

5. Tiernan McCann (Coill an Chlochair)
6. Rory Brennan (Trí Leac)
7. Peter Harte (Aireagal Chiaráin)

8. Colm Cavanagh (An Mhaigh)
9. Conall McCann (Coill an Chlochair)

10. Kieran McGeary (Cabhán a’Chaortainn)
11. Niall Sludden (An Droim Mór)
12. Conor Meyler (An Omaigh)

13. Mark Bradley (Coill an Chlochair)
14. Sean Cavanagh (An Mhaigh)
15. Matthew Donnelly (Trí Leac)

Two late changes on the Tyrone team to let you know about: Cathal McCarron comes in for Rory Brennan and David Mulgrew replaces Conor Meyler.

Two changes for Donegal too. Eamon Doherty and Eoin McHugh start instead of Caolan Ward and Hugh McFadden.

Lots of handling errors early on from either team – a clear sign of nerves.

 Tyrone 0-0 Donegal 0-1

3 mins – Paddy McBrearty slots over a free to open Donegal’s account.

Tyrone 0-0 Donegal 0-2

7 mins – Michael Murphy fires over a 45. Both of Donegal’s opening scores have come from placed balls.

Tyrone 0-1 Donegal 0-2

8 mins – David Mulgrew breaks forward and nails a good score. That’s the 19-year-old’s first championship point for Tyrone.

Tyrone 0-2 Donegal 0-2

9 mins – Mattie Donnelly swings over a fine effort from the wing. Good recovery by Tyrone.

Tyrone 0-2 Donegal 0-3

11 mins – A well-worked Donegal score results in McBrearty curling over from distance.

SAVE - Sean Cavanagh hits an effort straight at goalkeeper McGinley with the goal at his mercy. Big chance that for Tyrone.

Tyrone 0-3 Donegal 0-4

13 mins – Murphy and Bradley trade scores as the game steps up a gear.

Tyrone 0-4 Donegal 0-4

15 mins – A good Tyrone move resuls in Peter Harte drilling over the bar from close range.

MISS - Eoin McHugh races through on goal but his shot trails off wide. Big goal chance for Donegal there.

Tyrone 0-5 Donegal 0-4

21 mins – McCann takes on the responsibility and sends a point over the bar.

Tyrone 0-5 Donegal 0-5

22 mins – Martin O’Reilly kicks a fine effort over from distance.

Tyrone 0-6 Donegal 0-5

25 mins – The shooting today has been excellent. Niall Sludden edges Tyrone in front by one as we enter the final ten minutes of the half.

Tyrone 0-7 Donegal 0-5

25 mins – Hampsey nails a wonderful effort from distance.

Tyrone 0-8 Donegal 0-5

27 mins – Peter Harte with a wonderful dummy and fine point off the right. Tyrone are well on top around the middle and it’s showing.

Tyrone 0-9 Donegal 0-5

28 mins – Tyrone are mopping up everything from kick-outs. McGeary stretches the lead to four.

Tyrone 0-10 Donegal 0-5

30 mins – Tyrone are picking holes perfectly in the Donegal rearguard. This time Tiernan McCann finds Sludden who nails the score.

Karl Lacey is about to come in for Donegal.

Tyrone 0-11 Donegal 0-5

32 mins – Hampsey doubles his tally with the goal at his mercy. Jason McGee is replaced by Karl Lacey.

Tyrone 0-12 Donegal 0-5

35+3 mins – Sean Cavanagh puts over a free to stretch Tyrone’s lead to seven as we approach half-time.

Tyrone 0-12 Donegal 0-5 – HT

A half-time Leinster SHC semi-final score in Portlaoise to let you know about:

Galway 0-16 Offaly 1-6 – HT

We’re back underway. Martin McElhinney replaces Frank McGlynn, while Jamie Brennan makes way for Hugh McFadden.

Tyrone 1-12 Donegal 0-6

39 mins – McBrearty responds for Donegal.

Cian Mulligan comes in for Ciaran Thompson.

Tyrone 1-13 Donegal 0-6

42 mins – Mark Bradley with an accurate point for Tyrone.

Rory Brennan comes in for David Mulgrew, who scored two points in an impressive display.

Ciaran Gillespie replaces Doherty for Donegal.

Tyrone 1-14 Donegal 0-6

50 mins – Another good Tyrone move results in Mattie Donnelly doubling his tally. This is turning into quite the hammering.

Tyrone 1-15 Donegal 0-6

54 mins – McGeary swings over another for Tyrone.

Tyrone 1-16 Donegal 0-6

54 mins – McGeary breaks through and handpasses over the bar.

Tyrone 1-16 Donegal 0-7

57 mins – McBrearty’s fourth flies over the bar while McGinley makes a good save from Rory Brennan at the far end.

Tyrone 1-16 Donegal 0-8

59 mins – Murphy drives over a 45 for Donegal. He now has 0-2 to his name, both 45s.

Tyrone 1-17 Donegal 0-8

61 mins – Niall Sludden shows some silky skills and splits the posts.

Tyrone 1-19 Donegal 1-8

63 mins – O’Neill and Sludden tag on scores.

Tyrone 1-19 Donegal 1-9

69 mins – Michael Langan reduces the gap to 10.

Tyrone 1-19 Donegal 1-10

72 mins – McBrearty’s fifth reduces the gap to nine.

Tyrone 1-21 Donegal 1-11

75 mins – Niall Morgan’s 45 raises the white flag.

Tyrone 1-21 Donegal 1-12 – FT

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