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A Much Changed Tyrone Side Cruise To Comprehensive Win Over Westmeath.

Sunday 16.03.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


Mickey Harte rang the changes from last week’s heavy defeat in Killarney and was rewarded with a much improved display as his team defeated Westmeath on a score line of 2-23 to 1-12.

The first half was a fairly close affair with the sides level on five occasions as the visitors battled gamely to keep in touch. With the wind blowing in their favour Westmeath’s Dessie Dolan, Dennis Glennon and Ger Egan all struck fine points to keep their team in contention during a fairly entertaining opening thirty five minutes. Indeed they looked to have done enough to go in at the break level having hit three fine points between the 30th and 35th minutes to tie the game at 0-9 apiece. However an injury time free from Connor Mc Aliskey, who finished the game with 0-5 to his name, made sure that Tyrone reached the short whistle one in front on a score of 0-10 to 0-9.

The second half saw a fired up Tyrone take to the field. Ronan O’Neill replaced club mate Conan Grugan as the Red Hands set about building a lead. Points inside the opening three minutes from Mark Donnelly, Niall Morgan, Shay Mc Guigan and Conor Mc Aliskey provided the home team with a platform as they put the midlanders to the sword. Mark Donnelly was also narrowly wide with a fine chance for a goal as Tyrone sought to put last week’s disappointing showing against Kerry behind them.Further scores from Kyle Coney, Danny Mc Bride and Ciaran Mc Ginley extended Tyrone’s lead but just when they seemed to be coasting they were rocked on their heels when Ray Connellan found the net for Westmeath.

However Tyrone refused to allow that setback to affect their rhythm as they rattled off 1-4 inside the next six minutes. The goal was a lovely composed finish from Ronan O’Neill and ended the game as a contest. Sean Cavanagh also bagged a goal for the home side as they rattled up a final tally of 2-23 to win comprehensively and put themselves in a strong position to qualify for the semi finals.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-3), A McCrory, R McNamee, R McKenna, C Clarke, Mattie Donnelly, P Harte, C Cavanagh (0-1), S Cavanagh (1-2), Ciaran McGinley (0-4), S McGuigan (0-1), C Grugan (0-1), K Coney (0-3), Mark Donnelly (0-2), C McAliskey (0-5). Subs: D McBride (0-1) for McNamee (5), R O’Neill (1-0) for Grugan (H-T), P J Lavery for McGinley (60), P Hughes for McGuigan (60), K Gallagher for Mark Donnelly (60), D Carlin for Mattie Donnelly (65)

Westmeath: D Quinn, S Gilmore, K Gavin, K Maguire, J Dolan, J Gilligan, J Gonoud, D Duffy, P Sharry, D McCormack, G Egan (0-2), K Martin (0-1), C McCormack (0-1), D Dolan (0-2), D Glennon (0-5). Subs: R Connellan (1-1) for D McCormack (h-t), Damien Dolan for Gilligan (46), J Egan for C McCormack (52), R Foley for SHarry (58), A Giles for Martin (59)

 

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