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Donegal draw and Tyrone progress to semi-finals

Peter Harte scored for Tyrone against Cork at Croke Park in the Super 8s on Saturday. Credit: INPHO

A draw for Donegal against Kerry left them with it all to play for next Sunday, while Tyrone’s Super 8s win over Cork sees them through to the All-Ireland semi-finals.

Amid the weekend action, Donegal held out to tie 1-20 with their opponents Kerry.

The close-run game saw the Kingdom lead by just a point at the break.

In the second half, Paul Geaney provided their goal, while captain Michael Murphy hit back to score from the penalty spot for Donegal.

Elsewhere in Group 1, Mayo beat Meath 2-17 to 0-14.

Michael Murphy celebrates kicking a goal for Donegal. Credit: INPHO

Meanwhile in Group 2, Tyrone will now face Dublin in the semi-finals after beating Cork 2-15 to 2-12 at Croke Park on Saturday, while Dublin beat Roscommon 2-26 to 0-14.

Tyrone were left needing to stage a comeback in the second half, but they did exactly that.

Cork’s Luke Connolly got his side off and running with a goal just seconds into the encounter, immediately putting the Red Hands on the back foot.

Luke Connolly scored for Cork against Tyrone. Credit: INPHO

There was a second goal for Cork, courtesy of James Loughrey, and they took a five-point lead into the second half - sitting on 2-04 to Tyrone’s 0-05.

That meant Mickey Harte’s side had it all to do after the break, but it was game on when Cathal McShane provided their first goal of the day.

Then, a penalty for Tyrone – when Niall Sludden was brought down in the box – put them in the driving seat when Peter Harte converted from the spot to make it 2-07 to Cork’s 2-05.

The sides traded points before Cork managed to level things up at 2-08 all.

But it was ultimately the Tyrone side that dug deep and held on to a narrow lead before taking the win and sealing their place in the semis.

Tyrone fans celebrate their side's progression to the All-Ireland semi-finals. Credit: INPHO