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Brilliant Win For Tyrone

Saturday 29.02.2020
Team Talk Mag


Tyrone 1-10 Dublin 1-7

Traditionally Tyrone have always been at their most dangerous when their backs are to the wall and that was the case again at Healy Park on Saturday night as they produced a totally committed display to bag two crucial league points while inflicting a first defeat of the campaign on All Ireland champions Dublin.

Tyrone had suffered a nineteen point hammering against Galway just six days earlier in Tuam and not many gave them a chance of upsetting the odds here but Mickey Harte’s charges hadn’t read the script. They produced a superb display in very difficult weather conditions with a brilliant goal from centre half back Rory Brennan proving to be the decisive score with the sides level and time almost up when the Trillick man hammered the ball to the roof of the net.

With the heavy rain it was a game that was in doubt even with less than a hour to go until throw in before Meath official Cormac Reilly gave the go ahead. Dublin were against the swirling wind in the first half but they got off to the perfect start in the 2nd minute when Colm Basquel, a late replacement for John Small, took a pass from Brian Howard before crashing it to the roof of the net.

Conditions were terrible for both sides and that was highlighted in the 12th minute when a shot from Dean Rock that looked on target finished up nearly hitting the corner flag. Moments later Tyrone opened their account with a well taken Conor Meyler point into the wind. Tyrone dropped four efforts short into the arms of Dublin keeper Evan Comerford before centre half back Rory Brennan reduced the deficit to the minimum.

In the 19th minute Dublin got their first point of the night when Brian Fenton took a pass from midfield partner James McCarthy to blast over. Tyrone though were playing well despite the conditions with Peter Harte and Darren McCurry combining for the impressive Liam Rafferty to fist a point. Niall Morgan then landed an unbelievable free from fully 47m out into the elements to level matters in the 22nd minute.

Rock converted a 20m free for Dublin after full forward Ciaran Kilkenny had been fouled but almost immediately Tyrone were level with the score of the half. A number of players were involved in the build up with Frank Burns finding Harte who turned sharply to split the posts. Moments later Tyrone almost got in for a goal when Burns found Rafferty but the defender was unlucky to see his shot crack off the bar with keeper Comerford beaten.

There was a skirmish in the tunnel at halftime with the referee black carding Padraig Hampsey before the second half started. A great score from Peter Harte edged Tyrone in front on the restart before Dublin defender Cillian O’Shea fisted the equaliser. Niall Scully from play and Rock from a free put Dublin two ahead but Tyrone replied with a McCurry free and another monster effort from keeper Morgan. A 50m free from Morgan put Tyrone in front and after Rock levelled a fourth Morgan score had the hosts in front again.

By that stage Hampsey was back on the field while Dublin were down to 14 after Scully was black carded. A Rock free levelled things before the vital score arrived when a great move ended with Brennan blasting to the roof of the net. Dublin substitute Kevin McManamon dragged a goal chance wide as Tyrone deservedly held on to take two crucial league points.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-4, 4F), M Cassidy, R McNamee, L Rafferty (0-1), M McKernan, R Brennan (1-1), M O Neill, C Cavanagh, P Hampsey, F Burns, N Sludden, D McCurry (0-1, 1F), P Harte (0-2), B Kennedy, C Meyler (0-1) Subs: B McDonnell for Kennedy, T McCann for O Neill , K Coney for Sludden, R O Neill for McKernan, N Kelly for Hampsey

Dublin: E Comerford, M Fitzsimons, E O Brien, D Byrne, E Murchan, C Basquel (1-0), C O Shea, (0-1) B Fenton,(0-1) J McCarthy, B Howard, S Bugler, N Scully(0-1) P Mannion, C Kilkenny, D Rock (0-4, 4F) Subs:J McCaffrey for O Brien, K McManamon for Bugler, J Small for Fitzsimons , C Costello for Basquel, A Byrne for McCaffrey

Referee: C Reilly, Meath


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