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Hurlers Lose Out Despite Strong Second Half

Sunday 30.12.2018
Team Talk Mag

Ulster GAA Conor McGurk Cup
Armagh 2-21 Tyrone 0-19

Tyrone Hurlers opened their 2019 season with an eight point loss to neighbours Armagh in the Conor McGurk Cup at The Dub on Sunday afternoon. The Red Hands trailed at the break by 11 points but restricted Armagh to just seven more scores.  Tyrone latched on 12 points of their own during that period. Tyrone handed debuts to Jarlath Kerr,, Sean Donaghy and Ben Gormley while John McGurk and Dean Rafferty also made a return to county colours.

Tyrone had led 0-3 to 0-1  in the opening minutes but a Danny Magee goal for Armagh turned the tide in favour of the Orchard county and they hit the Red Hands for 1-12 without reply over the course of the next 20 minutes.  The Red Hands staged a decent comeback in the second 35 minutes with five players contributing points from play but a second Armagh goal from Dean Gaffney secured the two points for Armagh.

Armagh Scorers: Ruairi Fullerton 0-7, Danny Magee 1-2, Dean Gaffney 1-1, Stephen Renaghan 0-4, Eoin McGuiness 0-2, Davey Bridges 0-1, Barry Shortt 0-1, Shaun Toal 0-1, Matthew Moore 0-1, Matthew Rafferty 0-1

Tyrone Scorers: Damian Casey 0-10, Matthew Mulgrew 0-2,  Tiernan Morgan 0-1, Ryan McKernan 0-2, John Mc Gurk 0-1, Ciaran Lagan 0-1, Dean Rafferty 0-1, Ben Gormley 0-1

Tyrone Team: Conor McElhatton, Dean Rafferty, Mark Winters, Jarlath Kerr, Sean Donaghy, Dermot Begley, Sean Muldoon, Ryan McKernan, Christopher Cross, John McGurk, Tiernan Morgan, Ciaran Lagan, Matthew Mulgrew, Damian Casey, Ben Gormley.

Referee: Colin Murray (Down)

Conor McGurk Cup Group A

Pos. Team P W L D F A Pts
1 Ulster University 1 1 0 0 29 10 2
2 Armagh 2 1 1 0 37 48 2
3 Tyrone 1 0 1 0 19 27 0





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