Tyrone vs Donegal: Player ratings from Sunday's Ulster SFC semi-final clash

Tyrone's Niall Morgan makes a save to deny Donegal's Aaron Doherty
Tyrone's Niall Morgan makes a save to deny Donegal's Aaron Doherty -Credit:©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Tyrone ratings

Niall Morgan: Kicked three excellent long-range frees and made a smart save to deny Aaron Doherty before McCole’s equaliser. Assist for McShane’s score was stunning. 7

Conall Devlin: A tough afternoon for the Dungannon native. Made one excellent tackle early on, but was second best against an in-form Niall O’Donnell. 6

Padraig Hampsey: Pitted against Oisin Gallen, Hampsey held his man scoreless from play and made a brilliant late interception as Doherty was through on goal with Morgan stranded. 7.5

Michael McKernan: Brought his Championship tally to 0-5 with two classy points from play. Off target with one other chance in the second half, but fared well on Paddy McBrearty. 7.5

Seanie O’Donnell: Given the task of man-marking Ryan McHugh. O’Donnell was turned over twice in the first half, but did well on McHugh before the break. Found the going much tougher in the second half. 6.5

Mattie Donnelly - Star Man: Had his hands on the ball more than any other player in Celtic Park and rarely wasted a ball. Scored a brilliant point from play and set up two marks, one of which Canavan converted. 8

Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly in action against Donegal's Ciaran Thompson
Tyrone's Mattie Donnelly in action against Donegal's Ciaran Thompson -Credit:©INPHO/Lorcan Doherty

Niall Devlin: Had spells tracking both Peadar Mogan and Daire Ó Baoill. Took one great fetch at midfield. 6.5

Brian Kennedy: Took a great catch at midfield and had the ball transferred to Mattie Donnelly before his feet hit the turf which led to McShane’s point. 7

Conn Kilpatrick: Drafted in from the start and looked off the pace in the second half as Jason McGee got the better of the Edendork clubman. 6

Ciaran Daly: Built on a solid showing against Cavan with another encouraging display. Kicked two excellent points and was an outlet for two of Morgan’s kickouts in the second half. 7

Kieran McGeary: Operated as Tyrone’s sweeper in the first half when Donnelly came forward. Struggled in the second half and was called ashore after an hour. 5.5

Cathal McShane: Ran into traffic early on, but won plenty of possession for Tyrone. Landed a good score late in the half before cramping up in extra-time. 6

Darren McCurry: A subdued performance from McCurry. Converted two frees, but was held scoreless from open play by the excellent Mark Curran. 6

Darragh Canavan: Found space hard to come by with Brendan McCole as his shadow. Still scored 0-4, including two classy efforts from play. 7

Michael O’Neill: A late addition to the starting 15, O’Neill played much further forward than anticipated. However, he wasn’t a threat in front of goal and made way for Ruairi Canavan late on. 6


Aidan Clarke: In for Conall Devlin early in the second half and made an timely interception to deny Donegal a goal chance with Mogan coming through. 6.5

Ben Cullen: Introduced for McGeary as Tyrone sought to shore up their defence and used possession well in the closing stages. 6

Ruairi Canavan: Had a great chance in extra-time to draw Tyrone level, but was off target and he’ll hope to regain a starting berth in the All-Ireland series. 6

Aodhan Donaghy: Not on long enough to be rated.

Cormac Donnelly: Not on long enough to be rated.

Donegal ratings

Gavin Mulreany: Got the nod to start when Shaun Patton failed a late fitness test. Acquitted himself well and only lost two kickouts. 6.5

Mark Curran: On his day, Darren McCurry is one of the best forwards in Ulster. Mark Curran ensured Sunday wasn’t his day and kept him scoreless from play. 7.5

Brendan McCole: Excellent on Shane McGuigan last week, Darragh Canavan posed a different test on Sunday. Struggled at times in the first half and improved in the second half kept his cool to force extra-time. 6.5

Ciaran Moore: Tasked with marking Cathal McShane and allowed his man too much time and space on the ball. 6

Ryan McHugh: Tyrone paid him the ultimate compliment by putting a marker on him. Eventually won his battle with Seanie O’Donnell and, typically, emerged with the ball when Tyrone launched one last hail Mary into the square. 7

Caolan McGonagle: Took his point well and is enjoying quite the season as Donegal’s centre-back. Another assured display. 7

Peadar Mogan: Struggled at times with Ciaran Daly’s pace and movement. Much better after the break and set up McBrearty’s final point. 6.5

Jason McGee: Broke even with Kilpatrick in the first half before dominating the second half. Scored 0-2 from play and assisted for another. 7.5

Michael Langan: Lost Brian Kennedy a few times in the first half but, like McGee, grew into the game. 6.5

Shane O’Donnell: Dangerous when in possession, but didn’t get on enough ball in the first 40-odd minutes. Was outstanding in extra-time and could have taken a goal rather than a point. 6.5

Ciaran Thompson: Scored two points, one from play and a tricky free in the second half - missed two others but had a decent game. 6.5

Daire Ó Baoill: While not quite at the dizzying heights of last weekend, Ó Baoill was still one the liveliest players in the pitch. One wild effort in the first half, but scored two cracking points. 7

Paddy McBrearty: Couldn’t get going in the first half when tagged by Michael McKernan. Refreshed after a spell on the bench and scored two vital late points to see Donegal home. 6.5

Oisin Gallen: Converted three points from play and had some good moments in the game, yet couldn’t shake off Padraig Hampsey. 6

Donegal's Oisin Gallen with Tyrone's Michael McKernan
Donegal's Oisin Gallen with Tyrone's Michael McKernan -Credit:©INPHO/Morgan Treacy

Niall O’Donnell: Was, arguably, Donegal’s best forward on the day. Scored 0-2 from play and won his duel with Conall Devlin before earning the attention of Michael McKernan. 7.5


Aaron Doherty: Had the initial shot that was saved by Morgan that led to McCole’s equaliser to force extra-time. 6

Jamie Brennan: Got on a plenty of ball when introduced, but replaced for extra-time. 5.5

Jeaic Mac Cealbhuí: Showed great determination to cut inside and fist a vital point for Donegal in extra-time. 6

Caolan McColgan: On in extra-time and fared well as Donegal closed the game out. 6

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