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Disappointing Defeat For Tyrone

Sunday 02.02.2020
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Monaghan 1-12 Tyrone 0-11
Tyrone suffered their first defeat in this season’s National league when Monaghan emerged deserving four point victors at Castleblaney on Sunday afternoon.

On the day the home side thoroughly deserved their win and being honest Tyrone were flattered by the final score line as for long periods of the game the home side dominated proceedings. Only a point divided the sides at the break and it was hoped that Tyrone would raise their game in the second period but inside the opening ten minutes they lost Ronan McNamee to injury and conceded the only goal of the game and after that they were fighting a losing battle.

By the 58th minute Monaghan had established a seven point lead and while Tyrone got the final three scores of the afternoon at no stage did they look like taking anything from their travels. Meath referee David Gough flashed a number of cards of various colours throughout the proceedings and deep into injury time Kieran Hughes and Mark Bradley were both straight red carded while Monaghan then finished with thirteen players after Kieran Duffy got a second yellow.

Conor McCarthy, who was superb at centre half forward, capped a forty metre run to open the scoring in the 2nd minute before Conor McManus made it 0-2 to 0-0 from a routine 13m free. In the 7th minute Tyrone opened their account with a fine score from Niall Sludden following a Frank Burns catch before McManus knocked over another placed ball. Darren McCurry then closed the gap from a free and in the 13th minute it was all square after Kieran McGeary curled over a beauty.

Midfielder Niall Kearns then burst through the Tyrone defence to put Monaghan back in front before impressive full back Conor Boyle made it 0-5 to 0-3. Kyle Coney, who along with Peter Harte and Mark Bradley were three changes to the starting fifteen, scored from distance before Jack McCarron cancelled that out at the other end of the field from a free. Burns then hit a brilliant point from an acute angle but Monaghan again repli8ed when the Hughes brothers Darren and Kieran combined for the latter to split the posts. Dermot Malone then had a goal chance but his shot took a deflection off Hugh Pat McGeary and went out for a 45 which keeper Rory Beggan sent wide. A McCurry free brought the first half scoring to a close with Tyrone fortunate to be only 0-7 to 0-6 adrift.

The second half was only a few minutes old when McNamee had to go off injured which was a massive blow to Tyrone. In the 45th minute Tyrone were in deep trouble when a great run from Boyle saw him find fellow defender Karl O’Connell who first timed the ball low to the left hand corner of the net past Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan. Dessie Ward and McCarthy tagged on points either side of one from Tyrone substitute Niall Kelly before Burns left four between the sides again.

McCarthy hit another superb brace with substitute Aaron Mulligan also on target as the winners moved seven clear by the 58th minute. McCurry from a free and Morgan from a 45 closed the gap slightly before substitute David Mulgrew had the final score of the game from play on a day when Tyrone certainly didn’t play to their potential.

Monaghan: R Beggan, K Duffy, C Boyle (0-1), R Wylie, K O’Connell (1-0), D Ward (0-1), M Bannigan, D Hughes, N Kearns (0-1), R McAnespie, C McCarthy (0-4), D Malone, J McCarron (0-1,1F), K Hughes (0-1), C McManus (0-2, 1F, 1M). Subs: A Mulligan (0-1) for McCarron, C McGuinness for Bannigan, S Carey for McManus, D Wylie for McCarthy, P Keenan for O’Connell

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-1, 45), HP McGeary, R McNamee, L Rafferty, P Harte, R Brennan, C Meyler, C Cavanagh, F Burns (0-2), K Coney (0-1), N Sludden (0-1), D McCurry (0-3, 3F), K McGeary (0-1), M Bradley, R O’Neill. Subs: C Kilpatrick for O’Neill, N Kelly (0-1) for McNamee (blood sub), T McCann for Harte, D Mulgrew( 0-1) for Cavanagh, M Cassidy for Coney, B McDonnell for Burns

Referee: D Gough, Meath



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