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MASTERS|Tyrone’s Unbeaten Run Continues

Monday 28.09.2015
Team Talk Mag


Tyrone Masters’ travelled to Swinford to take on Mayo last Saturday in round 6 of the Masters competition. Fielding without injured players, Damien Gormley and Conrad Quinn as well as the unavailable Sean Barkley, Tyrone knew that it would be a tough assignment but after an extremely competitive game came away with a win on a score line of 2-10 to 1-12.

Tyrone opened the scoring with a point but it was to be Mayo who made the early running hitting two quick points and a goal to leave them well in control. Tyrone responded with a brace of scores including a fine dead ball kick from a 45 by Mark Donnelly. Mayo however still dominated large sections of the game and added to their points tally to push ahead by 5 points with about 10 minutes of the first half remaining. However a Tyrone point and a superb goal from Mark Darcy following a flowing move out of the Tyrone defence brought the visitors within a point of Mayo at the break with the teams going in 1-8 to 1-7 in favour of Mayo. Indeed Darcy could have pushed Tyrone into the lead minutes later when he nipped in behind the full back line only to see shot rebound off the crossbar.

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The second half was again a tight affair with scores being exchanged in an end to end contest. However entering the final quarter Tyrone began to dominate but could not convert their superior possession into scores. Mayo were tagging on the odd point to keep them in front including a superb long range free from Man of the Match, Mayo’s Kevin Filan. Entering the closing stages of the game it looked like Mayo would be able to close the game out with Tyrone not getting the rub of the green on several goal chances.

Michael Mc Garry pushed Mayo 2 points ahead with a well taken score. However it took a moment of telepathic genius from Fintona duo Mc Williams and Donnelly to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat for Tyrone.  Gerard Mc Williams went on a driving run from midfield and sent a long ball in over the full back line where Mark Donnelly was waiting just behind the full back to collect. With still a lot to do Donnelly was pushed wide by the Mayo goalie but slotted his shot coolly to the net from an acute angle. With five minutes remaining Tyrone still had a lot of work to do and it took some fine interceptions and good tackling to prevent a Mayo equaliser.

Tyrone’s 2015 cause has been bolstered by new blood with the inclusion of Fintona’s Mark Donnelly, Carrickmore’s  Kevin Gormley, Cookstown’s Brendan Sheehy and Strabane’s Richard O’Neill and Dean Molloy all of whom were instrumental in guiding Tyrone across the line on Saturday. The return of seasoned players Mark Gallagher, Stephen Lawn and Gerard Mc Williams has also added to Tyrone’s strength in depth.

Tyrone: Kieran Leonard( Castlederg), Gary Mc Kenna(Killyclogher), Gavan Mc Elroy (Carrickmore), John Fee (Coalisland), Mark Gallagher (Eglish)0-1, Paul Sweeney (Killyclogher), Brian Mc Elroy (Killyclogher), Richard O’Neill (Strabane), Stephen Dooher (Owen Roes) 0-1 , Conor Daly (Trillick) 0-2, Barry Porter (Owen Roes), Barry O’Neill (Killyclogher), Mark Darcy (Tattyreagh)1-0 , Mark Donnelly (Fintona) 1-6 , Mickey Mc Conomy (Newtownstewart), Kevin Gormley (Carrickmore), Stephen Lawn (Moortown), Dean Molloy (Strabane), Gerard Mc Williams (Fintona), Brendan Sheehy (Cookstown), Donal Mc Crossan (Dregish).



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