Laszlo Geczo/INPHO Rory Gallagher with his Derry side (file pic).
High-flying Derry seal promotion as Tyrone beat 13-man Monaghan in basement battle
Rory Gallagher’s side were 10-point winners over Clare.

Results – Allianz Football League

Division 1

  • Monaghan 0-13 Tyrone 2-15

Division 2

  • Derry 0-14 Clare 0-4


DERRY HAVE SECURED promotion to Division 1 of the Allianz Football League after a commanding 10-point win over Clare at Owenbeg.

Rory Gallagher’s men — the only team with a 100% record across the four football divisions — led 0-9 to 0-0 at half time, and finished up 0-14 to 0-4 winners.

Shane McGuigan top-scored with 0-5 (1f) for Derry, while the Oak Leaf county had a spread of eight scorers. Ethan Doherty also excelled, kicking 0-3.

With relegation looming, Clare now need Limerick to beat Kildare later this afternoon to have a chance of staying up.

Similarly, in-danger Monaghan will be keeping a close eye on Donegal’s meeting with Mayo after falling to a 2-15 to 0-13 defeat to Tyrone in Clones.

The Red Hand took another big step in their quest for Division 1 survival and piled more pressure on Vinnie Corey’s Monaghan, who played with 13 men from the 45th minute.

Killian Lavelle was shown a red card; the Farney already without Jack McCarron who was dismissed after seeing yellow and black.

Level in the table on four points a-piece at the outset, this was a key basement battle.

Cormac Quinn and Peter Harte (penalty) bagged Tyrone’s goals in the first half, the score 2-5 to 0-8 at half time. Harte finished with 1-1, Darren McCurry also contributed four points — two frees, two from play — and Darragh Canavan hit 0-3.

Just one of Monaghan’s 13 points came from play. Michéal Bannigan and Conor McManus clipped four frees a-piece, while Kieran Duffy scored their sole offering from open play. 

They need to win in Mayo next week and hope Tyrone to beat Armagh to avoid the drop.

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