|1 May 2022||4:00 pm||Ulster Senior Football Championship||2022|
Derry defeated 13-man Tyrone at Healy Park this afternoon to send the Red Hands out of the Ulster Championship in a shock victory.
Brian Kennedy was red-carded for Tyrone on 26 minutes and Derry subsequently went up the field and won and scored a penalty in the game's crucial moment, with Tyrone failing to score for the rest of the half.
The Red Hands improved in the second-half but Derry were able to go toe-to-toe and a second-yellow for Conor McKenna late on sealed Tyrone's faith.
The Oakleafs set the early pace with points from Conor Doherty, Niall Loughlin and Ethan Doherty helping the visitors take an early lead.
Cathal McShane hit back with a free shortly after while late Tyrone change Conor McKenna notched the Red Hand's only first-half point from play in the 12th minute.
Conor Meyler had a great chance to get a goal for Tyrone but he hit it straight at Derry 'keeper Odhran Lynch, who was able to block the effort away.
Derry remained the dominant side with Benny Herron, Conor Doherty and Gareth McKinless adding to the visitors' tally, though a Cathal McShane free and Niall Morgan 45 kept the O'Neill County in touch.
Niall Loughlin got off the mark with a free, scoring the first of his seven points in the 26th minute, which was to be a crucial timestamp.Tyrone midfielder Brian Kennedy won the ball from Niall Morgan's following kick-out but he was unhappy with the attention he was receiving from Gareth Mckinless and lashed out with a kick at his opponent, earning him a sending-off.
In the next play, Derry went up the field, and with Paul Cassidy running down on goal, Peter Harte brought him down to hand the Oakleafs a penalty.Shane McGuigan put it away and another point from the forward before half-time saw Derry go into the break up 1-8 to 0-4.
There was no Tyrone resurgence in the next half, though the side improved their scoring they were left open to being countered by Derry's ferocious pace.
Another Niall Loughlin free opened scoring while a Darren McCurry point and Darragh Canavan free was returned for Tyrone.Tyrone goalkeeper Niall Morgan had pushed up to midfield for his opposite number's kick-outs all game but with Derry dominant in the air, he was left to scramble back to his net on a number of occasions as the Oakleafs charged forward.
A Benny Herron point and Loughlin free was answered by another Darragh Canavan free on 50 minutes, but Tyrone could not gather any momentum as they were left to reply to Derry's constant scoring.
Two Darragh McCurry points were swiftly nullified by scores from Shane McGuigan and the visitors pushed further ahead with points from Loughlin and an Emmet Bradley mark.
Ronan McNamee got Tyrone's last score from a 64th minute free before Conor McKenna was sent-off after he received a second yellow after throwing the ball at an opponent in frustration.
With the reigning Ulster champions down to 13 men with five minutes to go, Loughlin added two more points followed by another from McGuigan to hand Derry their first win in Ulster since 2015 to progress to an Ulster Semi-Final.