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Joe Brolly hails ‘classy’ Derry as they steamroll an abject Tyrone

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A great day for Derry.

Joe Brolly revelled in Derry’s glory, as they claimed a remarkable 1-18 to 0-10 win away to Tyrone on Sunday afternoon, sealing their place in the Ulster Championship semi-final.

Derry’s cause was undoubtedly aided by the scores of Shane McGuigan, but there was little to suggest it was undeserved.

The reigning All-Ireland champions appeared unable to cope with Derry’s rigid defensive set-up, and were ultimately found wanting against their Ulster rivals.

“Derry [were] far too classy and motivated for the Tyrone men..”

And speaking after the game, Brolly took to twitter, hailing Derry’c ‘class’ and ‘motivation’ for the contest, which blew Tyrone away.

“Well plotted, well executed game plan,” he wrote. “Derry [were] far too classy and motivated for the Tyrone men.

“Thrilled to have our dignity & self respect back. Great for Derry football to be back where we ought to be. Now, beer. Wooohooooooo!!”

Following their win, Derry will now face Monaghan in an Ulster Championship semi-final, as their rise continues.

“I can’t recall a Tyrone team in the 20 years which laid down so easily..”

As for Tyrone, they must now dust themselves off for a qualifier run, with Mayo also braced for a real test of their mettle in that sphere.

“It was a devastating performance,” Colm O’Rourke added, when speaking on the Sunday Game. “Rarely do you see All-Ireland champions not only beaten, but absolutely annihilated..

“Derry murdered Tyrone all over the pitch. Credit must go to Mr. Gallagher, who I was speaking about earlier. What he has now is a team of great pace and physical power.

“They have a lot of skill, and if you look at the best players on the field, they were all on the Derry side.

“The other side of it was that Tyrone were very disappointing, and did not play with any passion. There was no power, and no pace. There was no energy, and it was very unlike Tyrone.

“I can not recall a Tyrone team in the last 20 years who lay down so easily..”

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