Tyrone Masters maintained their fine run of games with a convincing 5-15 to 0-6 win over neighbours Derry at Pairc Colmcille Carrickmore on Wednesday evening. Played in front of a large and appreciative set of spectators the Red Hands recovered from a sluggish start to lead 3-5 to 0-3 at the break following goals from Damien Kelly and Sean Cavanagh inside the last ten minutes of the half. Cavanagh’s brace of majors were finely crafted by Stephen O Neill as the former players of the year combined superbly to open up the Derry rearguard.
The home side were sharper in the tackle, quicker to the ball and more potent close to the opposition goal. Defensively Aidan Brady and Conor Gormley were outstanding while Liam Patterson , Gary Coney, Damien Mc Devitt and Colm Mc Gurk never put a foot wrong.
The midfield pairing of Barry Collins and Donal Mc Anallen worked tirelessly creating opportunities for the forwards while helping out in defence when required. The half forward line of O’Neill, Damien Kelly and Eoin Bradley covered every blade of grass on the field ensuring an adequate supply of ball was directed regularly towards the full forward line. Sean Cavanagh, Martin Grimes and Mickey Anderson proved to be a real handful for the Derry defence who were relieved to hear the sound of the full time whistle following a challenging hour.
Tyrone’s second half goals came courtesy of Mickey Anderson and Cathal Nicholas while O’Neill, Cavanagh, Gormley, Anderson, Marty Mc Grath, Marty Grimes, Gary Coney , Declan Coyle and Johnny O’Neill al chipped in with points in what was a commanding display.
Derry started well but found the pace and fitness level of their opponents a bridge too far. Brian Scullion in goals made several superb saves while Brian Mullin, Paul Mc Flynn, Kevin Mc Guckin and Paul Cartin made their presence felt throughout. The management will feel the scoreline did not reflect the effort of their players and will be a stronger opponent next time out.