Advertise with us

Tyrone See Off Kerry At Edendork

Sunday 09.02.2020
Team Talk Mag


Tyrone defeated Kerry 0-14 to 0-13 after a compelling clash at Edendork to get their season back on track following an insipid display last time out against Monaghan. The match was switched to the East Tyrone venue after Healy Park was declared unplayable.

Edendork club men Niall Morgan and Darren Mc Curry hit ten points between them with Morgan’s first half brace of scores crucially keeping Tyrone in the game at a stage when Kerry were beginning to look sharp as David Clifford, Sean O’Shea and Michael Burns helped their team to an eight point first half tally.

Mickey Harte’s side went in at the break four down having played into the elements in the first half and would not have been too disappointed with the four point gap. A good start to the second half was required and that is exactly what Tyrone got. The intensity of the exchanges increased as Rory Brennan, Mc Curry and Meyler pointed to narrow the gap to one. The returning Cathal Mc Shane was introduced for Daniel Kerr and the Kerry defence found themselves under even greater pressure.

Nine minutes in and a fine score from Tiernan Mc Cann tied the game. Back came Kerry however and David Clifford pointed to put his team 9-8 ahead. Tyrone were now enjoying their best period of the game. They were much more competitive around the middle and more disciplined in defence. A lovely pair of points from Morgan and Mc Curry was split by another point from Kerry ace Clifford as Tyrone led 0-11 to 0-10 with fifteen minutes remaining.

Tempers began to fray and referee Fergal Kelly dished out several yellow cards to both sides before a second yellow for Peter Harte reduced Tyrone to fourteen players. Shortly after that Kerry star David Clifford also received a second yellow and with him went much of the Kerry scoring threat while there were also black cards for Tyrone full back Ronan Mc Namee and Kerry midfielder Jack Barry.

With the game hanging in the balance McCurry landed a brilliant sideline ball between the posts before another O’Shea free left just a point between the sides deep into added time.

A sixth Mc Curry pointed extended Tyrone’s lead to but there was still  time for a few anxious moments as Sean O’Shea hit his team’s thirteenth and last point and Tyrone held on for a narrow but deserved win.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-04, 4f); N Kelly R McNamee, L Rafferty; T McCann (0-01), R Brennan (0-01), P Harte; C Cavanagh, C Kilpatrick; K McGeary, N Sludden, D McCurry (0-06, 3f, 1 s/l, 1 mark); D Kerr, F Burns, C Meyler (0-01, mark).

Subs: C McShane (0-01, f) for Kerr (40), K Coney for Kelly (47), B McDonnell for Kilpatrick (60), HP McGeary for Burns (68), M Cassidy for McCann (74)



Advertise with us