Flynn master-class helps Donegal overcome Tyrone hurlers
Thursday, 9 March 2017
DONEGAL boosted their hopes of a place in the Allianz National Hurling League Division 3A final with a victory over Tyrone at sun-drenched O'Donnell Park in Letterkenny.
Davin Flynn was the star of the show as he scored 2-8. He opened the scoring with a point from play in a first minute, to which Tyrone's Ryan McKernan responded.
A Lee Henderson 65 and then another McKernan pint had the sides level twice again the first five minutes, before Flynn got the Donegal goal to put them 1-2 to 0-2 ahead on seven minutes.
Lee Henderson, Danny Cullen, Ronan McDermott and Declan Coulter were the other scorers as Donegal led 1-7 to 0-8 at the break, with Damian Casey, Christopher Cross, Justin Kelly all tagging on points for the visitors
Donegal were guilty of seven wides in the first half of a game played in near-perfect conditions.
The inspirational Flynn got Donegal's three points of the second half but Tyrone grew into the game and exposed the disjointed nature of the home side's third-quarter performance. Conor Grogan, Casey and substitute Matthew Mulgrew cut the gap down to one fourteen minutes into the the half, at 1-10 to 0-12.
But Flynn then got two more points with a fine second goal wedged in between to give Ardal McDermott's side a 2-12 to 0-12 advantage.
Two Tiernan Morgan scores and a Casey free kept Tyrone in touch but Flynn brought his scoring spree to 2-8 as Donegal ran out five point winners
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