McCurry hits late point to deny Derry

Derry's Eoin Bradley and Tyrone's Cathal McCarron
Derry's Eoin Bradley and Tyrone's Cathal McCarron

Darren McCurry’s equalising free with the last kick of the game denied Derry a first win of this season’s Allianz League campaign in Omagh on Saturday.

Tyrone came from four points down in the last seven minutes, with the dismissal of Derry full-back Niall Holly after 64 minutes inspiring the home side to raise their game.

Derry thought they’d hit the crucial score in a tight game when sub Terence O’Brien scored a goal with eight minutes to go, but Tyrone responded with a Seán Cavanagh free and points from Mattie Donnelly and PJ Lavery to get to within a point with the two minutes of allotted injury-time almost up.

McCurry then converted a free to ensure the north-west rivals shared the spoils in a game played in driving win and rain.

On Sunday, Ulster champions Donegal survived a Cork comeback in Ballyshannon.

Michael Murphy was sent off in the 51st minute, but helped by Martin O’Reilly’s four points, Donegal won by just a single point.

Monaghan meanwhile, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Mayo.

Allianz Football League results

Division One

Tyrone 0-11 Derry 1-08, Donegal 0-12 Cork 1-08, Mayo 3-15 Monaghan 0-11

Division Two

Cavan 0-08 Down 1-09

Division Three

Limerick 1-06 Armagh 2-15, Fermanagh 2-09 Tipperary 0-11

Division Four

Leitrim 1-13 Antrim 1-18