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Red Hands Break Their Duck

Sunday 10.02.2019
Team Talk Mag

Roscommon 1-10 Tyrone 1-10

Tyrone broke their points duck in division one of the Allianz National league when they came from seven down early in the second half against Roscommon to earn a share of the spoils with the Connacht outfit.


The home side dominated the closing stages of the first half as they kicked seven points without reply before grabbing their goal at the start of the second period. At that stage they looked set for back to back wins but they failed to score again as the Red Hands staged a rousing comeback to grab a point thanks to a superb equaliser from keeper Niall Morgan. It wasn’t the result that Tyrone would have hoped for before the game but they will certainly take it and will hope to build on that next day out at home to neighbours Monaghan.


A free from Peter Harte opened the scoring before Roscommon full back Conor Daly levelled matters with a superb score. Conor Cox hit two outstanding points for the home side either side of another Harte free before full back Ronan McNamee fisted the equaliser for Tyrone’s only score from play in the first half. Roscommon then almost got a goal after twenty minutes when full forward Donie Smith was unlucky to see his shot hit the base of the post.


A flowing move saw Shane Kiloran put them back in front before Tyrone missed a great goal chance moments later when Cathal McShane shot wide after being put through by Brian Kennedy. Roscommon then stepped on the gas with scores from Cox, Kiloran, Smith, Niall Kilroy and a wonder score from fully fifty metres out from wing half back Ronan Daly. Peter Harte had the final say of the half from another placed ball but it was Roscommon who were in complete control at the short whistle.


With the wind at their backs in the second half Tyrone started brightly with Harte on target from two frees to narrow the gap. In the 8th minute of the second half though Roscommon grabbed a well taken goal when the dangerous Cox played the ball across the goalmouth for the inrushing Ultan Harney to palm to the net from close range.


There looked like there would only be one winner at this stage but that’s when Tyrone showed great character and fighting spirit to hit back.  Keeper Niall Morgan landed a free from fully sixty metres out and at the end of the third quarter Tyrone were right back in contention when a long delivery in from substitute Kyle Coney was flicked to the Roscommon net by McShane.


Tyrone now had the bit between their teeth as they pushed forward while Roscommon retreated into their shell. Darren McCurry split the posts from play before his Edendork teammate Morgan made no mistake from another long range free to reduce the deficit to the minimum. With three minutes left to play Tyrone grabbed the equaliser and it was Morgan again who was on target this time with an outstanding point from play.


That may have been the last score of the game but there was still plenty of drama before the final whistle.

Tyrone were reduced to fourteen men when Mattie Donnelly was black carded. Then, following a period of Tyrone pressure, Roscommon broke up the field in what should have been the last attack of the game. With tired limbs all over the pitch Tyrone conceded a scoreable 20m free but after consulting with his umpires the referee hopped the ball and that proved to be the last action of the game.


Roscommon: D O’Malley, D Murray, C Daly (0-1), E McGrath, C Mussey, C Devaney, R Daly (0-1), T O’Rourke, E Smith, S Kiloran (0-2), U Harney (1-1), N Kilroy (0-1), C Cox (0-3), D Smith (0-1), C Cregg. Subs: C Compton for Cregg, G Patterson for Kilroy, H Darcy for O’Rourke, A Lyons for Cox


Tyrone: N Morgan (0-3, 2F), M McKernan, R McNamee (0-1), C McLaughlin, T McCann, R Brennan, P Harte (0-5, 5F), B Kennedy, B McDonnell, M Donnelly, N Sludden, K McGeary, D McCurry (0-1), C McShane (1-0), P Hampsey. Subs: C Meyler for McLaughlin, HP McGeary for McNamee, K Coney for Sludden, F Burns for Brennan, H Loughran for McDonnell


Referee: N Mooney, Cavan




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