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Tyrone Defeat Antrim To Qualify For Mc Kenna Cup Semi Finals.

Sunday 13.01.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


A new look Tyrone side showing eleven changes from the team that defeated Derry last Sunday enjoyed a comfortable six point win over Antrim this afternoon at Casement Park. Two first half goals from Peter Harte put the Red Hands in control of the game as the visitors qualified for the semi finals of the competition with plenty to spare.
Those two goals helped Tyrone to build up a half time lead of five points as Plunkett Kane and Ronan Mc Namee showed how it should be done with an exhibition of fine finishing. Antrim came out after the break and lifted the pace considerably as they set about reducing the deficit. Colm Fleming narrowed the gap to four points with a free in the opening minute of the second half but that was as good as it got for Frank Dawson’s team as Tyrone hit seven fine points to win comfortably and book their place in the last four of the competition.
Unfortunately there was a price to pay for this win as Mickey Harte’s team picked up several injuries during the course of the game. They lost Conor Gormley, Paddy Mc Neice, Stevie O’Neill and Dermot Carlin to knocks over the seventy minutes while Sean Warnock also suffered a bad shoulder injury late in the game. Sean Cavanagh was in the wars a few times but produced another fine display in the middle of the park where he received great support from Plunkett Kane. The Coalisland midfielder appeared to be really enjoying himself in the wide open spaces of Casement Park as he got forward at every opportunity to support his colleagues in the attack. His well timed runs created several goal chances for Tyrone and caused pandemonium in the Antrim defence. Niall Morgan was very secure in goals while Ronan Mc Namee struck two superb long range points to cap a very fine performance from the Aghyaran defender.
This result ensures Tyrone are through to the semi finals of the Mc Kenna Cup but with the injuries starting to build up it means the team to play Jordanstown in the final game in the section on Wednesday night could be one of the most inexperienced teams the manager has ever chosen. That game at Healy Park Omagh will be live on Teamtalkmag.com radio from 7:30 pm.

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