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Published: 17:33 | 5/8/18

Harte singles out Cavanagh for praise

Tyrone manager Mickey Harte singled out Colm Cavanagh for praise after the Red Hands' 2-17 to 1-13 All-Ireland Super 8s victory over Donegal on Sunday.

Tyrone ended Donegal's 21-game, eight-year unbeaten run in Ballybofey to book their place in the All-Ireland last four, where they will face Monaghan at Croke Park on 12 August.

Harte was full of praise for Moy midfielder Cavanagh after Tyrone's first Championship win in Ballybofey since 1973 secured his side's progression from Super 8s Group 2 as runners-up to Dublin.

"He was excellent today, but we have known that about him for a long time," Harte told BBC Sport NI.

"He did all the things you would expect of him and more. He drove us on, he intercepted so many balls and put in so many tackles.

"It was probably his best performance in a Tyrone jersey, and that is saying something."

Declan Bonner's Ulster champions led by four points after 53 minutes, thanks to Michael Murphy's goal in first-half injury time.

But Tyrone took a two-point lead of their own through Harry Loughran's 63rd-minute goal, and Declan McClure's late goal put a gloss on the scoreline for the Red Hands.

"It's a very good result for us because they haven't been beaten in this venue for so many years," Harte continued.

"They have had the upper hand on us for a number of years, and it looked like that would be the case today as well when they got that goal in the first half.

"But I wasn't too despondent at half-time because I thought we played very well in the first half, controlled a good portion of the game but took those sucker punches at the end."

Dublin, 4-24 to 2-16 winners over Roscommon, will face Galway in the other semi-final on 11 August.

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