An accomplished second half performance propelled the Tyrone minor hurlers to a comfortable Division Two Ulster Minor League victory over Donegal, at Omagh this afternoon.
The opening two scores of the game were goals inside four minutes of the throw in and, when the sides remained level 1-4 each, at the break, it had the makings of an excellent second half. Tyrone’s Damien Casey and Tiernan Morgan were among the home points in response to superb efforts from Kevin Meehan and John Ireland, who blazed a goal chance over the bar in stoppage time, as the sides remained deadlocked.
Tyrone upped the tempo considerably on the resumption with Rory Devlin, Conor McElhatton and Eamon Duffin restricting the visitors to two second half points and with Morgan and Tommy Lowe dominating midfield, the Tyrone attack chalked up the decisive scores.
Morgan and Casey edged the hosts clear before Brian McGurk crashed home a second goal for a 2-6 to 1-4 lead after only four minutes. By the time Conor McCormack registered Donegal’s opening point of the half on 44 minutes, Tyrone had moved seven points clear. Ireland doubled their second half tally, but Tyrone finished in style with Shamrock’s starlet Gerard Gilmore helping himself to some outstanding scores on a day the Tyrone managerial team can be delighted with their teams performance.
Next up is Fermanagh at Brewster Park, but with the top two teams in the division progressing to the league final few would bet against Donegal providing Tyrone’s opposition in three weeks time.