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First Win For Tyrone

Saturday 23.02.2019
Team Talk Mag


Tyrone 1-16 Monaghan 0-12

Tyrone turned on the style in the second half at Healy Park on Saturday night as they secured a comfortable win over Ulster neighbours Monaghan.


It was a first win of the campaign for the Red Hands as they condemned the visitors to a third successive defeat. Conor McManus was to the fore up front for Monaghan in the first half with four points, three of which were superb efforts from play, but it was Tyrone who led 1-7 to 0-7 at the break.


The home side enjoyed a great start to the game as after keeper Niall Morgan had landed a free defender Liam Rafferty placed Peter Harte for a well taken 4th minute goal.


The visitors were rocked but they began to play their way into the game and they were on level terms by the 13th minute thanks to a trio of McManus scores after Dermot Malone had opened their account.


A good run from Cathal McShane saw him fist Tyrone back into the lead but Monaghan were soon level thanks to an outstanding McManus point. Two Harte frees and a point from play from centre half forward Niall Sludden then eased Tyrone three in front.


Jack McCarron and Harte exchanged scores from frees before the former landed a superb point from play from out on the right wing. In the 32nd minute Tyrone carved open the Monaghan defence with Harte putting Ben McDonnell through but the half back blasted over the bar when a goal was on the cards.


A minute before the break Monaghan lost Dessie Ward to a black card for a foul on Ronan McNamee and that left Monaghan down to fourteen men and with a real battle on their hands in the second half.


It took Monaghan twenty six minutes to open their second half account via Ryan McAnespie and by that stage Tyrone were out of sight. Cathal McShane, Harte, Morgan and substitute Conor Meyler all tagged on points while Harte was unlucky not to get a goal when he brilliantly chipped Beggan.


After that McAnespie score McManus tagged on three well struck frees but it only served to put a slightly better look on the scoreboard. Tyrone cut open the Monaghan defence again with substitute Declan McClure taking a point. Monaghan did have the final say through a fine McAnespie score but it was a night to forget for Malachy O’Rourke’s charges.


Tyrone: N Morgan (0-2, 2F), L Rafferty, R McNamee, M McKernan, T McCann, P Hampsey, B McDonnell (0-1), B Kennedy, R Donnelly, M Donnelly, N Sludden (0-1), F Burns, C McShane (0-3, 2F), P Harte (1-6, 4F), K McGeary (0-1). Subs: C Meyler (0-1) for Rafferty, D McClure (0-1) for Kennedy, C McAliskey for R Donnelly, H Loughran for Sludden


Monaghan: R Beggan, K Duffy, D Wylie, R Wylie, D Mone, B Kerr, G Doogan, D Hughes, S O’Hanlon, R McAnespie (0-2), J McCarron (0-2, 1F), S Carey, D Malone (0-1), C McManus (0-7, 4F), D Ward. Subs: K O’Connell for Kerr, C McCarthy for McCarron, V Corey for Carey, O Duffy for Malone, M Bannigan for Ward


Referee: C Branagan, Down




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