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Donegal 0-21 Tyrone 0-14: Jim McGuinness praises ‘energy’ in Ballybofey win

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Jim McGuinness praised Donegal’s “energy” as his side followed their triumphant Ulster campaign by comfortably defeating Tyrone 0-21 to 0-14 in their All-Ireland Championship opener at Ballybofey.

The Red Hands – who took Donegal to extra time in the Ulster semi-final four weeks ago – trailed only 0-10 to 0-9 at half-time but were dominated in the second period at MacCumhaill Park.

“[There was] A lot of positive energy in the stadium and that was very, very important for us,” said McGuinness after a game watched by more than 16,000 spectators.

“The first game after winning the provincial championship, it’s always a big one. Delighted to get over the line.”

Oisin Gallen’s seven points helped Donegal take control of the game although the man-of-the-match award went to all-action wing-back Peadar Mogan.

The win will increase Donegal’s favouritism to top Group 3 which would ensure direct progression to the All-Ireland quarter-finals but Cork, who edged out Clare in their opener last weekend, will have similar ambitions as they prepare to face McGuinness’ side at Pairc Ui Rinn next Saturday.

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