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Tyrone Hurlers Exit Nicky Rackard

Saturday 23.05.2015
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone’s run in the Nicky Rackard Cup came to an end at Carrickmore on Saturday afternoon following a five point defeat to a very talented Roscommon side.

The Rossies began well with free taker Jerry Fallon in fine scoring form. They moved four points to one ahead after eight minutes as a tired Tyrone side took a while to settle. Tyrone recovered from their poor start to level the game as the sides went in for the break. Ace marksman Damien Casey hit five first half points including a handy thirteen metre one to tie the game at the short whistle 0-9 apiece.  Conor Grugan was hugely influential during that opening thirty five minutes for Mattie Lennon’s side.

The Red Hands were out early after the break hoping for a fast start but it was Roscommon who struck first with a goal and a point in the opening two minutes of the second half.  Adrian Murphy found the net three minutes into the second period while points from Kelly, O’Meara and Kenny left Roscommon 1-12 to 0-10 in front after nine minutes of the second period. Sean Og Grugan narrowed the gap on ten minutes before being replaced by Mark Winters to leave four between the sides.

The game ebbed and flowed as both sides fought for supremacy. A lovely score from Jerry Fallon stretched Roscommon’s lead to five with thirteen minutes gone.  Matthew Mulgrew was replaced by Duibhir Marshall in an attempt to freshen up the attack but Tyrone continued to struggle for scores. Centre back Michael Kelly was outstanding for Roscommon keeping Damien Casey well under wraps from play.

With fifteen minutes left Casey converted a free from 95 metres to give the home side hope but three minutes later Jerry Fallon restored the five point gap. By the time the game moved towards the closing five minutes Tyrone had only managed three second half points and were struggling to create chances. Jerry Fallon extended the lead to six with a fine free. Casey converted a free on thirty two minutes before Gerard Gilmore narrowed the gap to four.

Tyrone needed a goal but it was O’Meara for Roscommon who hit the next score as the clock turned thirty six minutes and sadly for the home side their hold on the Nicky Rackard was relinquished on a final score of 1-16 to 0-14. Roscommon were deserved winners with top scorer Jerry Fallon the main man in attack while team captain Michael Kelly was superb in defence.

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