A second win of the season, this time by five points and with a very young and inexperienced side to boot, means that Tyrone will take on Fermanagh on Wednesday night to decide the winners of the Section A of The Mc Kenna Cup qualifying group. Tyrone were dealt something of a blow before the start when it was announced that Ronan Mc Nabb and Justin Mc Mahon were both unable to play but being able to call upon players of the calibre of PJ Quinn, Mark Donnelly and Cathal Mc Carron meant they were not too badly missed.
It is often said that small things can make a vital difference such as a turnover, interception or perfectly timed block. One key moment in today’s game came when Tyrone were leading nine points to eight and the ball was given away inside the forty five metre line. Thomas Mc Cann found himself through on goal and unleashed a powerful shot which seemed destined for the back of the net. However Tyrone keeper John Devine stood tall and brave and made a superb reflex save to prevent the goal. The keeper was quickly back to his feet to deny the Antrim attacker any chance of converting the rebound and then set up an immediate counter attack which travelled the length of the field and resulted in Stevie O’Neill’s third point of the game.
That save and the subsequent score were effectively a four point turn around and coming when they did in the game had a major bearing in the outcome. John Devine made a good start last week against QUB and has continued that run of good form against Antrim. Hopefully that will continue on Wednesday night against Fermanagh and the Errigal man can enjoy getting one over on his former club and county team mate.