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HURLING| Tyrone Lose Narrowly To Fingal

Sunday 21.02.2016
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone recovered from a poor opening half that saw them slip three goals to push North Dublin side Fingal all the way in a highly entertaining Division 3A National League fixture that finished 4-10 to 1-17.

At times in the opening period the visitors cut swathes through the Tyrone defence while the Red Hand forward line struggled to create much in terms of scoring chances.

Fingal ace marksman Kieran O’Sullivan found the net twice in the first half while JM Sheridan was quickest to react following a superb save by Tyrone custodian John Devlin. Those goals put Fingal in total control midway through the first half and with Tyrone struggling to win possession in spite of playing with the elements few if any would have fancied their chances even at that stage.

With his team trailing 3-4 to 0-6 and half time rapidly approaching Tyrone’s ace marksman Damien Casey landed three crucial scores to narrow the gap to four points and give his side the slightest glimmer of hope.

The home side began the second half in aggressive form and with a greatly increased work-rate. They were rewarded when Conor Grogan found the net on 39 minutes. From there on both sides produced some superbly committed hurling with Tiernan Morgan and Casey both landing fabulous scores for Tyrone. A free from Casey in the 48th minute tied the game before O’Sullivan again put Fingal back in front.

Tyrone continued to battle with scores from the Dungannon duo Morgan and Casey edging them in front only for them to be caught with a sucker punch of a counter attack when  a strong run from deep in his own defence by Eoin O’Connor created another goal scoring chance for Fingal. Sheridan finished it to the net and although the teams exchanged late scores Fingal held out to edge a highly exciting game 4-10 to 1-17.

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