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Tyrone “Power” To Mc Kenna Cup Success.
Tyrone emerged victorious in tonight’s Mc Kenna Cup final following this 1-14 to 2-08 victory over neighbours and great rivals Derry. The Oakleaf men looked very good in the opening half and led by six points at one stage but the sending off of midfielder James Conway gave Tyrone a numerical edge that was to prove significant. Up until that Paddy Bradley and Conleith Gilligan had been causing major problems for the Tyrone defence where PJ Quinn was superb for the Red Hands. The introduction of Joe Mc Mahon for the injured Colm Cavanagh swung the game very much in Tyrone’s favour and the big Omagh man went on to have a great game for Mickey Harte’s side. His surging run led to Owen Mulligan’s goal right on half time as Tyrone went into the break on level terms in spite of Derry’s dominance and possession.
Three quickfire points at the start of the second half put Tyrone into a commanding position and with Michael Murphy, Matty Donnelly, Stevie O’Neill and Mark Donnelly in excellent form they went on to win convincingly in spite of conceding a late penalty goal.
O’Boyle wins a penalty and converts it himself which was the final kick to leave it 1-14 to 2-8
Sean Leo McGoldrick point in injury time
Mickey Murphy named man of the match after a superb display
33rd minute and Ronan O’Neill takes a superb point with his weaker left foot with his first touch
Ronan O’Neill and Stephen McNulty coming into the action for Stephen O’Neill and Murphy
McCarron bursts forward to take a fine point after 28 mins to leave it 1-13 to 1-7
Mark Donnelly lays the ball out to O’Neill who shoots wide
dangerous low ball in from the right wing from Stephen O’Neill is cleared
Hughes fouled but Mulligan just off target from free out wide on the left wing
Twenty three minutes gone and Tyrone well on top but hitting a few wides with Hughes the latest culprit
Good ball from Mulligan to Mark Donnelly but he shoots wide again
Mark Donnelly narrowly wide from forty metres out
One of the scores of the night as Mattie Donnelly takes a pass from Sean O’Neill who shows great strength to hold off his marker and take a brilliant point from the left wing 1-12 to 1-7
Good ball from Sean O’Neill to namesake Stephen who is fouled but his resulting free drops short
Good build up from Tyrone results in a fine long range point from defender Dermot Carlin to make it 1-11 to 1-7 after fourteen minutes
It’s end to end stuff with Gilligan on target from play. Joe McMahon off target as Sean O’Neill comes on for Justin McMahon
A great start to the second half continues with a superb point from Mattie Donnelly after ten minutes
Great work from Quinn sees his shot come back off the post and Mark Donnelly gathers the rebound to point
Gilligan off target from a forty metre free
Apparently the news on Colm Cavanagh is that he has badly bruised ribs
Derry open their second half account with a free from Gilligan after a foul on Bradley
Johnny Lafferty on for Penrose after five minutes
Murphy does well to flick the ball to Mulligan who is fouled and he converts the free himself
Tyrone got two in front when O’Neill takes a quick free to Mattie Donnelly who blasts over 1-7 to 1-5
Unbelievable point from Stephen O’Neill from an almost impossible angle from the left wing after forty seconds as Tyrone lead for the first time
Derry out five minutes after Red Hands and they show no changes either
Tyrone back out on the field and no changes from fifteen that finished first half.
Derry the better side for twenty five minutes but Tyrone on top for the rest of the half in a very competitive first half that has seen eight yellow cards flashed as well, two of which were for Tyrone
Great catch from Murphy again and he begins a move that sees half back Cathal McCarron sell a superb dummy before striking a quality point to level matters at the break 1-5 apiece
Great work from Joe McMahon who plays ball to Mulligan who scores a goal 1-5 to 1-4
Mattie Donnelly drops effort short into arms of keeper Devlin
Dangerous ball in from Gilligan won by Devine and free out. Four extra mins to be played
Great catch from Murphy and he wins a free which Joe McMahon takes quickly to Hughes who fires wide
Hughes fouled and Stephen O’Neill converts the 35m free to leave it 1-5 to0-4 after 32mins
half an hour gone and Peter Hughes lays the ball out for Peter Harte to take a good point from the right wing
Cailean O’Boyle fouled and Conleith Gillgan converts the 13m metre free 1-5 to 0-2
Great ball from Mulligan finds Murphy who takes a good point
Martin Penrose cheap yellow card.Lynch fires in another dangerous ball that bounces narrowly wide
Lynch wide this time from long range as Derry continue to dominate
Peter Harte free goes to net but ruled out for square ball. Derry come straight down the field with Lynch hitting an outstanding point from acute angle on right wing.
Not looking good here for Colm Cavanagh as he is stretchered off the field. Hopefully it’s not too serious. Joe McMahon replaces him after 22minutes.
Derry down to 14 men after midfielder James Conway is straight red carded for a foul on Colm Cavanagh
Long free in from James Conway breaks and Bradley gives keeper John Devine no chance with a thumping shot to net to leave it 1-3 to 0-1 after 15mins
Murphy goes for a score from long range but drops short into arms of Derry keeper Danny Devlin and is cleared
Long free in from Bradley well cleared by PJ Quinn
Mark Lynch hits a fine score from play but Tyrone respond in the 12th minute with their opening score from midfielder Mickey Murphy
Chris McKaigue and Mark Lynch both hit wides and Derry dealt a blow with Gerard O’Kane having to go off injured
Peter Hughes unlucky not to equalise with his seventh minute shot coming back off the post
Sean Leo McGoldrick fouled and Bradley comfortably converts from 45m
Stephen O’Neill wide from a close in free after a foul on Owen Mulligan
Derry open scoring in second minute from a 13m Paddy BRADLEY free
Mattie Donnelly wide in first attack
First Minster Peter Robinson is attending his first GAA game in company of deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness
Rumours around the ground that there is going to be a special guest in attendance at the game
Well we are almost 45 minutes until throw in and a we have a reasonable crowd here so far, in the Press box at least that is. Both teams are due to line out as selected so the tyrone starting fifteen is as follows: John Devine, Aidan Mc Crory, Justin Mc Mahon, PJ Quinn, Cathal Mc Carron, Peter Harte, Dermot Carlin, Michael Murphy,Colm Cavanagh,Matthew Donnelly, Peter Hughes, Martin Penrose, Owen Mulligan, Mark Donnelly, Stephen O’Neill.
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