Donegal lead at half-time in their All-Ireland Super 8's Round Three clash against great rivals Tyrone in Ballybofey.

At the break it's Donegal 1-6 , Tyrone 0-6

There was little to choose between the teams in a tight first half before a capacity crowd at MacCumhaill Park.

Tyrone took the lead straight from the start through Tiernan McCann but Donegal responded almost immediately through a Michael Murphy free.

Donegal, unbeaten in their last 21 league and championship games in Ballybofey, then fell behind to a Mark Bradley point at the end of a sweeping move.

MacCumhaill Park was packed for the big game

The phsycial nature of the game was soon evident as Michael McKiernan got a black card following a charge on Ryan McHugh.

Connor McAliskey scored a free to make it 0-3 to 0-1 in favour of Tyrone after 13 minutes of a game that saw both teams adopting defensive tactics early on.

Murphy then pointed with a free to reduce the deficit to one but Tyrone swept up the other end and Mattie Donnelly was on target again with a left-footed shot that just got over the bar to make it 0-4 to 0-2.

Both sides were guilty of a couple of scoreable wides.

But Ryan McHugh then fired over a great point for Donegal which really lifted them and within 60 seconds the Declan Bonner managed side were level as Ciaran Thompson landed a great score.

However, Tyrone responded by going back into the lead with a decent finish from Colm Cavanagh before a brilliant score from distance by Jamie Brennan brought the sides level again.

Jamie Brennan put Donegal ahead 0-6 to 0-5 with a fine score and then a poor kick-out from Niall Morgan saw Ryan McHugh seize possession and find Michael Murphy and he duly blasted the ball into the net for a hugely important goal.

McAliskey got the last score of the half to reduce the arrears to three points. It was Tyrone's first score for 15 minutes.

A draw will be sufficient for Tyrone to get into the last four; Donegal must win.

Whoever progresses will face Monaghan in the All-Ireland SFC semi-finals.

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