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Red Hands Book Super 8s Spot

Sunday 07.07.2019
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


Tyrone 1-20 Cavan 0-7

Tyrone eased their way into the super 8s thanks to a comprehensive victory over an outgunned Cavan side at St.Tiernach’s Park in Clones on Saturday evening.

After sharing the opening four scores Tyrone assumed complete control and they were well on their way to victory by halftime having established a 0-12 to 0-3 advantage. The second half proved to be a procession for Mickey Harte’s charges with a goal from substitute Ben McDonnell putting the icing on the cake. Once again Tyrone have used the qualifiers to build up a head of steam and this was another fine display from the Red Hands with the only downside being a late black card for Peter Harte. Its his third of the championship and means a one game ban but there is no doubt Tyrone will appeal that as at least two of those decisions were harsh calls.

Harte has been central to Tyrone’s progression to the last eight and it’s no coincidence that the defeat against Donegal in the Ulster semi final came after the flame haired attacker was black carded in the early stages of the contest. Once again Tyrone played at a tempo that their opponents couldn’t match as they once more broke the twenty point barrier although just as pleasing an aspect was the performance of the defence. They never gave their opponents an inch of room from first whistle to last and the fact that Cavan managed only three points from play over the course of the seventy odd minutes tells its own story.

Cavan opened the scoring from a Niall Murray free but the sides were soon on level terms thanks to a superb strike from midfielder Brian Kennedy. Niall Morgan then thumped over an outstanding long range free and while Cavan midfielder Gearoid McKiernan levelled matters from a placed ball it was all downhill for the Breffni men after that. Niall Sludden angled over a quality point and after Cavan keeper Raymond Galligan had thwarted Kennedy with a save Morgan stepped up to knock over the resulting “45”.

Tyrone were starting to go through the gears with Harte and Kennedy combining for the superb Colm Cavanagh to split the posts with another fine point. Cathal McShane converted a close range free before the lively Darren McCurry hit three points in as many minutes with either foot. Conor Madden got Cavan’s first score from play in the 28th minute but it also proved to be their last of the half. A dominant Tyrone were causing Cavan all sorts of problems with their strong running and they closed out the half with two McShane frees either side of one from Harte.

Gerard Smith opened the second half scoring for Cavan with a fine effort from forty metres out but normal service was quickly resumed. McCurry placed Sludden for a good point before Harte made no mistake from a twenty five metre free on the right wing. McKiernan replied from a free for Cavan but that was cancelled out by Harte from a placed ball as well.

McShane then landed two quality scores from play, one of which he held off three challenges, before McDonnell caught a high ball before finishing low to the net past Galligan in the 61st minute. Conall McCann then came off the bench to point and while Murray replied from a Cavan free it scarcely raised a cheer. Harte pointed from a free as well as from play before centre half forward Dara McVeety brought the scoring to a close.

Tyrone – Niall Morgan, Hugh Pat McGeary, Ronan McNamee, Rory Brennan, Michael Cassidy, Kieran McGeary, Frank Burns, Colm Cavanagh, Brian Kennedy, Mattie Donnelly, Niall Sludden, Peter Harte, Darren McCurry, Cathal McShane, Conor Meyler. Subs: Kyle Coney for McCurry, Padraig Hampsey for HP McGeary, Michael McKernan for Cassidy, Ben McDonnell for Kieran McGeary, Conall McCann for Sludden, Richard Donnelly for McShane

Cavan – Raymond Galligan, Jason McLoughlin, Padraig Faulkner, Conor Moynagh, Conor Rehill, Killian Clarke, Ciaran Brady, Conor Brady, Gearoid McKiernan, Niall Murray, Dara McVeety, Gerard Smith, Oisin Kiernan, Cian Mackey, Martin Reilly. Subs: Conor Madden for Reihill, Oisin Kiernan for McLoughlin, Caoimhin O’Reilly for Ciaran Brady, Stephen Murray for Reilly, Christopher Conroy for Clarke (black card), Thomas Galligan for Faulkner

Tyrone scorers – Cathal McShane 0-5 (3F), Peter Harte 0-5 (5F), Darren McCurry 0-3, Ben McDonnell 1-0, Niall Sludden 0-2, Niall Morgan 0-2 (1F, 1 “45”), Colm Cavanagh 0-1, Brian Kennedy 0-1, Conall McCann 0-1

Cavan scorers – Gearoid McKiernan 0-2 (2F), Niall Murray 0-2 (2F), Dara McVeety 0-1, Gerard Smith 0-1, Conor Madden 0-1

Referee: Barry Cassidy, Derry

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