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Tyrone Begin League With Good Win Over Roscommon

Sunday 28.01.2024
Team Talk Mag
County


Tyrone 0-17 Roscommon 1-11
Tyrone got their Division one league campaign off to the perfect start with a thoroughly deserved three point success over Roscommon at Healy Park on Sunday afternoon.
The Red Hands handed League debuts to six players and they certainly didn’t look out of place on a day when Tyrone worked hard, defended well and attacked at pace. All but four of their seventeen points came from play with their forward line notching eleven from play as opposed to Roscommon managing only three. Having said that two of the scores that came from defenders were among the best of the day with Paudie Hampsey getting Tyrone’s first score with Fianna teammate Michael McKernan the second, two outstanding strikes with the outside of the boot.
Diarmuid Murtagh, Niall Daly, Ciaran Daly, Ciaran Lennon and Darragh Canavan all registered as Tyrone edged the opening exchanges. In the 14th minute the only goal of the game arrived when a long ball in from Daire Cregg found his clubmate Donie Smith who declined the mark to fire low to the bottom right hand corner of the net past keeper Niall Morgan.
The game was end to end and being played at a blistering pace with Ciaran Daly, Evan Flynn, Canavan, Murtagh and Niall Devlin all supplying points for their respective sides. Roscommon still had their noses in front but Tyrone finished the opening period strongly.
 Daly and Roscommon full back Evan Flynn swapped points before Canavan landed his second of the half. Sean O’Donnell, Ben Cullen and Devlin all registered as they turned things around to lead 0-10 to 1-6 at the break, Roscommon losing midfielder Dylan Ruane to a black card deep in injury time.
Tyrone were dealt a blow early in the second half when they lost Conn Kilpatrick to a straight red card which looked a harsh decision to say the least. Despite that setback they lifted their game with Aidan Clarke, McKernan, Brian Kennedy and Canavan just some of the players to the fore. Canavan kicked Tyrone’s next four scores, three from play, and while Roscommon were mow back to a full complement of players they struggled to break down a resolute Tyrone rearguard.
A Murtagh free left three between the sides but Roscommon had keeper Conor Carroll to thank for thwarting both Cormac Quinn and McKernan. The superb Canavan took his personal haul to 0-8 as Tyrone kept their opponents at arms’ length.
Morgan took an outstanding mark in his own box despite being under pressure from a number of players and while Roscommon had points from Murtagh and substitute James  Fitzpatrick it was Tyrone who emerged worthy winners.
Tyrone- Niall Morgan, Conall Devlin, Paudie Hampsey (0-1), Aidan Clarke, Cormac Quinn, Michael McKernan (0-1), Brian Kennedy, Conn Kilpatrick, Niall Devlin (0-2), Peter Harte, Ben Cullen (0-1), Sean O’Donnell 0-1, M), Darragh Canavan (0-8, 3F), Ciaran Daly (0-3). Subs: Ruairi Canavan for Tarlach Quinn 56 mins, David Mulgrew for Cormac Quinn 63 mins, James Donaghy for Cullen 75 mins
Roscommon: Conor Carroll, David Murray, Evan Flynn (0-1), Niall Higgins, Niall Daly (0-1), Colin Walsh, Eoin McCormack, Keith Doyle (0-1), Dylan Ruane, Cian Connolly (0-1), Donie Smith (1-0), Daire Cregg, Diarmuid Murtagh (0-5, 4F), Ciaran Lennon (0-1), Conor Cox. Subs: Robbie Dolan for Higgins 49 mins, Luke Glennon for Evan Flynn 52 mins, Adam McDermott for Lennon 56 mins, Andrew Glennon for Cox 60 mins, James Fitzpatrick (0-1) for Walsh 67 mins
Referee: Martin McNally, Monaghan
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