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Tyrone Edge Entertaining Mc Kenna Cup Semi

Sunday 19.01.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone found themselves hanging on slightly at the end of this very entertaining and competitive Dr Mc Kenna Cup semi final with derby rivals Derry this afternoon. Played in front of almost five thousand spectators at Healy Park in Omagh both teams will take many positives from a game that ended 2-13 to 1-13 in favour of the home side. Tyrone and Derry finished with fourteen players apiece following what were deemed two late black card offences as Patsy Bradley (D) and Mattie Donnelly (T) were forced to leave the field.
The home team began in impressive form with a goal straight from the throw in from big midfielder Niall Mc Kenna. Playing some fine football the Red Hands moved into a 1-4 to no score lead by the fourteenth minute as Derry struggled to get to the pace of the game. However Sean Leo Mc Golderick, Fergal Doherty and Gerard O’Kane fought hard to keep their side in it and by the break they had reduced the deficit to trail 1-6 to 0-5. Indeed they could have been a lot closer had Aaron Kerrigan finished a fine chance to the net.
Both teams made changes at the break as the tempo increased. Darren Mc Curry looked impressive in his first start for Tyrone this year. His pace, movement and finishing caused problems for Derry all afternoon and he finished with six points to his name. However Derry had their own stars with Mc Golderick, Declan Mullan and sub Benny Herron all contributing to a fine second half display by the oak leaf men. A converted penalty from Peter Harte in the seventh minute put Tyrone seven up but Derry refused to throw in the towel. James Kielt was introduced to the attack and his presence was immediately felt. He kicked three fine points and was involved in the move that saw Emmett Mc Guckin punch to the net with six minutes remaining.
That score put three points between the sides as Derry with momentum very much in their favour pushed to close the gap. However Patsy Bradley’s black card stalled their comeback and Tyrone held on to win by three on a final score line of 2-13 to 1-13.
This result means Tyrone will now face Cavan in the 2014 Dr Mc Kenna Cup final next Saturday evening in Brewster Park Enniskillen.

Tyrone – M O’Neill, R McKenna, C Clarke, R McNamee, T McCann, P Harte [1-0 pen], R McNabb, N McKenna [1-1], C Grugan [0-1], K Gallagher, P Hughes, E McKenna [0-1], D McCurry [0-6, 2f], M Donnelly, C McAliskey [0-3]. Subs – B Tierney for McNamee, C McGinley for McNabb, R McNamee for McCann, S McGuigan for Gallagher, PJ Lavery [0-1] for McNamee, R O’Neill for McAliskey

Derry – T Mallon, O Duffy, D McBride, M McShane, C Kielt, M Craig, K Johnston, F Doherty [0-3], N Holly, G O’Kane [0-2], E McGuckin [1-0], SL McGoldrick, C McGoldrick [0-2], D Mullan [0-1], A Kerrigan. Subs – J Kielt [0-3, 1f] for C McGoldrick, M Lynch [0-1] for Holly, B Heron [0-1f] for McShane, A McAlynn for Craig, P Bradley for Doherty, C McFaul for O’Kane

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