League: Ulster Championship

Donegal v Tyrone – Preview and Live Score Commentary

Preview and Live Score Commentary – Donegal vs Tyrone is the fixture for the Ulster Quarter-Final on the 1st of November. Firstly, these teams have a chance to test each other out in the League. They meet in Ballybofey on Sunday October 18 as inter-county football resumes.

Currently, these two sides are sitting in the middle of Division 1. However, Donegal and Tyrone both have tough round 7 ties against Kerry and Tyrone respectively. As a result, this clash is important for both teams if they wish to be safe from a relegation fight heading into their final game.

The postponement of the League came at a bad time for Tyrone. They had just beaten Dublin in Omagh to bounce back from a trouncing in Galway. Previously, they had wins against Kerry and Meath to overshadow a loss to Monaghan. Four points from their last two games could see Mickey Harte’s team contest the title. But, if results go the opposite way they could easily be leapfrogged and be in relegation trouble.

Meanwhile, Donegal are just a point behind their Ulster rivals. This is courtesy of an earlier draw with Mayo. Wins over Meath and Monaghan came either side of defeats to Galway and Dublin. In a similar way to Tyrone, Donegal could still finish at either end of the table. However, they are more unlikely to go top. Instead, good results from their final two games are important to remain in Division 1. After winning Division 2 to gain promotion in 2019, the 2012 All-Ireland winners will be keen to justify their place among the best.

Championship the Priority

Last weekend, Donegal lost a challenge game to Mayo in Sligo. But, they were without their Kilcar and Naomh Conaill contingent for this game as the sides were scheduled to play the county final. Now, this final is suspended and the likes of Paddy McBrearty and Ryan McHugh will bolster Declan Bonner’s squad.

In Tyrone, all the talk is about Conor McKenna’s return from the AFL. This summer, the 24-year-old announced his return to Ireland after a successful few years with Essendon. If he should link up with the squad, it will provide much needed attacking prowess in Cathal McShane’s absence.

With the Championship fixture between these two the priority, both managers will be cautious of picking up injuries. Therefore, we could see two experimental sides in Ballybofey.

Allianz National League: Donegal vs Tyrone, Sunday October 18th, 4pm (Ballybofey). 




Conor McManus

Last updated on Oct 17th, 2020 at 16:05

Monaghan County Footballer Conor McManus, No player has contributed more to Monaghan’s development over the course of the past decade than their superstar forward McManus. The Clontibret star has positioned himself as one of the best forwards in the game and fully justifies his place on this list. 

What makes the Monaghan man great is the fact that he is regularly double marked by some of the best defenders in the game but yet he always delivers for his county and never shies away from the challenge.  

He consistently performs on the big stage against the top teams who have game plans tailored around stopping him, while he always seems to provide at least a couple of magical moments that beggar belief every season.



Tomas Corrigan

Last updated on Oct 18th, 2020 at 13:14

Fermanagh County Footballer Tomas Corrigan is a forward and takes all the free kicks for Fermanagh

Ryan McHugh

Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 11:01

Ryan Mchugh (Donegal) The Kilcar man may be diminutive in stature but his skill on the field and importance to Donegal more than make up for this.

The three time Ulster Championship winner is now one of the most prominent members of Declan Bonner’ s team along with Michael Murphy and his understanding with the Donegal captain is vital to his county’s attacking game plan.

Though often deployed as a half back, Mchugh is more than capable of changing a game in his county’s favour with a score or a quick change of pace, and will no doubt be an integral part of his manager’s plans to bring Sam Maguire back to Donegal for the first time since 2012.


Michael Murphy

Michael Murphy

Last updated on Sep 29th, 2020 at 9:49

Michael Murphy Donegal forward is the subject of so much debate, what is Murphy’s best position. He is named in our midfield list but could quite easily make the forwards list, such is the ability the Glenswilly man possesses.

It is at midfield though that Murphy has his greatest overall influence on his team these days. Here, accompanied by the lung bursting runs of Ryan McHugh he can feed the inside threat of players like Paddy McBrearty and Jamie Brennan.

These pacy inside forwards allow Murphy to be the conductor of the Donegal orchestra from a deeper position, and not be viewed as their only attacking threat, as he has been for many years. 

This midfield position also allows Murphy the luxury of using his football intelligence to ghost into score taking positions from out the field, while also dropping deeper to provide a screen in front of his defense.