All-Ireland champions Tyrone were stunned in the Ulster Senior Football Championship quarter-final as Derry trailed the winners by 11 points. Ben McDonnell and Conor McKenna were sent off for the Red Hands, as a Shane McGuigan penalty put Rory Gallagher’s charges in their path.
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Derry stunned All-Ireland champion Tyrone in the Ulster Championship quarter-final, winning 1-18 to 0-10 at Healy Park.
Similar to 2006, Oak Leaf County came to Omagh and upset the Sam Maguire Cup holders.
Rory Gallagher’s team fully deserved their victory. They perfected their tactics and dominated their hosts all over the pitch.
While they must have regretted missed chances in their narrow loss to Donegal in 2021, Derry left nothing to chance as they lacked comprehensive winners.
Tyrone finished with 13 men in the park, with Ben Kennedy and Conor McKenna receiving red cards.
The Red Hands now face five weeks of soul-searching as they prepare for the All-Ireland qualifier where Mayo and Armagh are among their potential opponents.
It was clear from the start that this was a game that Rory Gallagher had planned. Oak Leaf County frustrated the All-Ireland champions at every turn.
Two excellent scores from Conor Doherty were the pick of the pack, as they bullied their hosts to take a 0-7 to 0-4 lead.
Tyrone was then rocked in the 27th minute, when Brian Kennedy was shown a red card for kicking Derry’s Gareth McKinless.
Their task was made even more daunting soon after, when Paul Cassidy was called up for a penalty just as he was about to pull the trigger.
Shane McGuigan stepped in to beat Niall Morgan, and Slaughtneil’s sharpshooter added an extra point to make it 1-8 to 0-4 at halftime.
It was no more than Oak Leaf County deserved, after forcing 12 turnovers in the first half and scoring on nine of their 15 shots.
Fourteen-man Tyrone had a mountain to climb, and no matter how hard they tried, they couldn’t put a dent in Derry’s head.
The Red Hands were forced to take risks due to their penalty kill and continually got caught on the break. McGuigan and Niall Loughlin punished them severely with every forward foray.
Tyrone’s woes were compounded when Conor McKenna was sent off for the second straight game, earning a second yellow card for throwing the ball at an opponent in frustration.
Derry ultimately ran out comfortable winners by 11 points, and the margin didn’t flatter them at all.
Buoyed by their first victory in the province since 2015, they head into the semi-finals where they will face Monaghan.
After years of steady progress in the National League, Oak Leaf County can now begin to dream of winning the championship.
tyron: Niall Morgan (0-1, 0-1’45); Michael McKernan, Ronan McNamee (0-1), Padraig Hampsey; Rory Brennan, Frank Burns, Niall Sludden; Conn Kilpatrick, Brian Kennedy; Conor Meyler, Peter Harte, Kieran McGeary; Darren McCurry (0-4, 0-2f), Cathal McShane (0-2, 0-2f), Conor McKenna.
submarines: Michael O’Neill for Frank Burns (ht), Darragh Canavan (0-2, 0-1f, 0-1m) for Cathal McShane (ht), Ben McDonnell for Rory Brennan (56), Michael Conroy for Kieran McGeary (70 ).
derry: Odhran Lynch; Christopher McKaigue, Brendan Rogers, Conor McCluskey; Conor Doherty (0-2), Gareth McKinless (0-1), Padraig McGrogan; Conor glass, Niall toner; Paul Cassidy, Shea Downey, Ethan Doherty (0-1); Benny Heron (0-2), Shane McGuigan (1-3, 1-0p, 0-2f), Niall Loughlin (0-7, 0-5f, 0-1’45).
submarines: Emmett Bradley (0-1, 0-1m) for Niall Toner (55), Padraig Cassidy for Paul Cassidy (64), Paul McNeill for Shea Downey (70), Ben McCarron for Ethan Doherty (70).