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COUNTY | Tyrone Defeat Limerick In Qualifiers Tie

Sunday 28.06.2015
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone defeated Limerick in their first round qualifier tie at Healy Park on Sunday but were far from convincing in the victory. The home side played into the breeze in the first half and with Peter Harte starting at midfield looked sharp and purposeful in the early exchanges.

Well taken points from Mattie Donnelly and Sean Cavanagh appeared to suggest that Mickey Harte’s team looked set for a comfortable afternoon. However even though a brace of Conor Mc Aliskey points put the Red Hands 0-4 to 0-1 in front by the twentieth minute there were signs that Tyrone were not having things all their own way. Tommy Lee and Gearoid Hegarty were dominating midfield while the Limerick defence were warming to the task of dealing with Sean Cavanagh and his team mates. Indeed the sight of Darren Mc Curry being called ashore must have given the Treaty men a considerable shot in the arm in terms of confidence.

A 45 metre free from Limerick keeper Brian Scanlan left the score 0-5 to 0-4 to Tyrone with the clock ticking towards half time. Tyrone’s corner forward Connor Mc Aliskey then landed his third point of the half to extend his side’s lead to two before the visitors were dealt a further blow when Darragh Treacy became the second Limerick player to pick up a black card in the opening half.

Tyrone improved after the break scoring four points inside the opening seven minutes of the second half. Mc Aliskey again, Ronan O’Neill, Tiernan Mc Cann and Mark Bradley all found the target but even the double score lead failed to ignite or excite the crowd. With ten minutes to go Tyrone led 0-12 to 0-5 and were very much on course for victory. Limerick continued to push forward at every opportunity allowing Ian Ryan to reduce the gap to six with a converted free which was followed five minutes later by another from Kevin Moore. However Tyrone weathered this mini storm and eased to a nine point win with late points from Sean Cavanagh and Conor Mc Aliskey and a wonderfully constructed last minute fisted goal from Peter Harte.

This win takes Tyrone through to the second round of the qualifiers with the draw to be made on Monday. Tyrone can be drawn to face Meath, Derry, Tipperary or Galway in the second round with the first team out having home advantage.

Tyrone Scorers: Connor Mc Aliskey (0-6), Peter Harte (1-0), Sean Cavanagh (0-2), Ronan O’Neill, Tiernan Mc Cann, Mark Bradley, Mattie Donnelly, Darren Mc Curry (0-1) each.

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