Tyrone will be waiting anxiously on tomorrow’s second round draw for the Lory Meagher Cup following their impressive demolition of Longford at Pearse Park on Saturday.
The final score line of 2-12 to 4-17 would suggest a close enough encounter but that statistic only masks the one sidedness of the Red Hands dominance because the Midlanders came with a late flurry of scores to put some respectability on the score board. Two goals from Conor Grogan and one from Peter O’Connor had Tyrone out of sight at the break as they eased into a 3-10 to 0-4 lead. Michael Morrissey and Eoin Donnellan with points for the outplayed hosts while Cathal McErlean, Rory O’Neill and Aidan Kelly also featured heavily on the Tyrone scoring returns.
Longford enjoyed a late rally culminating in majors from John O’Brien and John Minnock, but a second Peter O’Connor goal underlined the Ulster men’s supremacy as they joined Donegal, South Down and Fermanagh in the winners draw on Monday.
The four losing teams from Saturday – namely Cavan, Longford, Leitrim and Warwickshire are all in the losing bowl with the two winners from the losing quartet pairings advancing to the quarter finals.
The two winners from the winning quartet on Saturday will earn their place in the semi finals leaving the two losing teams to face the two teams, who emerge from the losing half of the draw. All will become clearer after Saturday’s second round games.