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Tatts Cruise Past Sigersons

Friday 21.08.2020
Team Talk Mag
Championship Football

Tattyreagh made short work of their opening championship encounter on Friday evening when they easily accounted for the challenge of a lack lustre Strabane side at the home of Naomh Eoghan on a score of 2-16 to 1-9. The result was even more emphatic than the scoreboard suggests as Strabane scored their goal from a penalty with the last kick of the game.

Strabane opened the scoring with a fine Warner Mullen point from a free after two minutes and with Martin Mongan playing on the edge of the square it was clear they were going to target his height advantage. The big full forward brought out the best of goalkeeper Colin Mimnagh after four minutes when the keeper produced an outstanding stop from the Strabane number fourteen.

Mongan’s  height and physicality caused several early problems for the Tattyreagh defence but full back Fergal Armstrong eventually came to terms with his much bigger opponent. Armstrong’s  hard work curbed the influence and effectiveness of Mongan throughout the remainder of the game.

Playing into the strong wind Tattyreagh started slowly but a strong run and fine finish to the net from midfielder Johnny Harkin on nine minutes gave them a lead they maintained right to the end. Buoyed by that score they controlled the flow and pace of the remainder of the game. Eoin Mc Ginn, John Gilmurray and Eoghan Murray snuffed out any Strabane threat while maintaining a plentiful supply of possession to the forwards. Gareth Mimnagh, James Darcy and Joe Cartin added points to keep the scoreboard ticking over while Strabane had scores from Ruairi Mc Elroy, Niall Mc Ginley and Warner Mullen.

Half time score: 1-5 to 0-5 for Tattyreagh.

Tattyreagh clipped over early second half points from Eoghan Murray, Joe Cartin and Peadar Mullin before James Darcy hit the net for his team’s second goal. Warner Mullen replied with a pointed free for Strabane but Tattyreagh were dominating all over the field. Further scores from Cartin, Darcy and Mimnagh(2) put Tattyreagh thirteen points clear and although Warner Mullen added a further three to his tally Tattyreagh cruised to victory with late points from defenders John Gilmurray and Declan Gallagher followed by a rare point from the foot of Eoin Mc Ginn. Warner Mullen brought the scoring to an end with that late penalty kick but Tattyreagh will not be too disappointed after what was a very commanding performance and a well deserved win.

Final score: Tattyreagh 2-16, Strabane 1-9

Scorers: Tattyreagh, James Darcy 1-2, Gareth Mimnagh 0-4, Johnny Harkin 1-1,  Joe Cartin 0-3, Eoghan Murray, John Gilmurray, Declan Gallagher, Peadar Mullin, Collie Harkin and Eoin Mc Ginn a point each.

Strabane, Warner Mullen 1-7, Niall Mc Ginley 0-1, Ruairi Mc Elroy 0-1



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