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Tyrone Bow Out Of All Ireland Series

Saturday 22.06.2024
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


Tyrone 0-12 Roscommon 0-14
Roscommon came to Omagh on Saturday and made history at Healy Park when they secured their first ever championship victory over Tyrone at any level.
The Rossies were good value for their win as they looked the better organised side throughout the game especially in a dominant first half. The players remained on the pitch long after the final whistle as they celebrated their success with their supporters.
The visitors led 0-9 to 0-3 at the break and while Tyrone staged a fightback after the break they had left themselves too much to do. Each time that Tyrone looked like they might close the gap further or get level the westerners managed to create a score and keep their opponents at arms’ length.
The visitors took any chance that came their way with Diarmuid Murtagh, Daire Cregg, Conor Cox and Donie Smith accounting for all of their tally between them.
Roscommon started well and were much the better side in a first half where they simply missed nothing. They were quicker to the ball and their pace and movement caused the Red Hands all sorts of problems during that opening period.
Tyrone opened the scoring in the 6th minute when Sean O’Donnell fisted over from a narrow angle but that was as good as it got for them. Donie Smith equalised from out on the right wing and after a poor restart kick  from Niall Morgan full forward Conor Cox converted to put Roscommon in front.
From then until half time Roscommon led Tyrone a merry dance. Diarmuid Murtagh and Smith fired over quality scores from play either side of one from Cox.
Roscommon supporters among the large crowd were loving what they were seeing as they roared on their support throughout. Smith fired over his third of the game and gave his team a healthy 0-6 to 0-1 lead at the end of the opening quarter.
With the Tyrone forward unit struggling for space Darren McCurry pointed off his weaker side but the wides were beginning to mount. Centre half forward Murtaugh landed another fine score from distance before McCurry responded from a free.
Roscommon were playing the game on their terms and Tyrone knew it. Cox converted a placed ball and Daire Cregg landed a superb effort from play from out on the wing. Just before the break Roscommon broke up another attack and charged down the field and only a brilliant save from Morgan denied Murtagh a certain goal.
Tyrone rang the changes for the second half with Conn Kilpatrick (who had his red card rescinded the night before), Peter Harte and U20 star Eoin McElholm all entering the fray.  Darragh Canavan opened the second half scoring with a brilliant effort but Roscommon responded straight away courtesy of Murtagh.
McElholm then scored after a lovely pass from Mattie Donnelly before a Canavan free and a point from play from the same player reduced the gap to three by the 47th minute. Roscommon though were always able to respond when Tyrone appeared to threaten. Daire Cregg and Smith were on target either side of a McCurry free. Then a brilliant Mark from Brian Kennedy closed the gap to two before a surging run and score by Michael McKernan left the minimum between the sides. With time ticking away Tyrone had all the momentum but few opportunities and unfortunately they failed to find an equaliser with Canavan narrowly wide before Cregg sealed a famous victory.
Tyrone: N Morgan, M McKernan (0-1), P Hampsey, N Devlin, B Cullen, N McCarron, M O’ Neill, B Kennedy (0-1, M), M Donnelly, C Daly, R Canavan, C McShane, D McCurry (0-5, 4F), D Canavan (0-3, 1F), S O’Donnell (0-1) Subs: E McElholm (0-1) for R Canavan, C Kilpatrick for O’Neill, P Harte for Cullen, K McGeary for Daly, S O’Hare for McShane
Roscommon: C Carroll, N Higgins, B Stack, R Dolan, D Murray, R Fallon, E McCormack, E Smith, U Harney, D Ruane, D Murtagh (0-4), S Cunnane, D Cregg (0-3), C Cox (0-3, 1F) D Smith (0-4) Subs: R Daly for Ruane, C Lennon for McCormack, N Daly for Harney, A Glennon for Cox, K Doyle for Murtagh
Referee: D Coldrick, Meath

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