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Tyrone Hurlers Suffer Agony Of Late Defeat

Sunday 14.04.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


TYRONE 1-16 (19)
MONAGHAN 2-15 (21)
Despite a battling performance against Monaghan, Tyrone’s senior hurlers returned to division 3B of the Allianz National Hurling League at Cavan losing the relegation play-off 2-15 to 1-16. A last gasp goal from the Farney County’s full back Sean Leonard broke Tyrone hearts after Monaghan talisman Michael Mc Hugh’s 1-10 had kept them in the tie.
Leading 1-8 to 0-3 at the break aided by a strong breeze Tyrone looked very much in the driving seat at half time. Granted Monaghan would be assisted by the wind in the second period but Tom Magill’s side looked to have done enough to see this one out. Tyrone played some good hurling in the opening half, Matty Mulgrew on target with an early goal coupled with some well taken points by Devine and Casey opened the gap with McHugh keeping the scoreboard ticking over for Monaghan,
Monaghan made a bright start to the second half and cut the lead to just three points. Tyrone responded as Casey and Mulgrew took their personal tallies to 0-6 and 1-3 respectively to leave five between them again going into the last ten minutes. McHugh continued accuracy from frees kept Monaghan in touch and with five minutes left he levelled matters at 1-14 apiece. Almost straight from the restart Monaghan found themselves in the lead. The impressive Conor McKenna pointed but Tyrone’s response was immediate as Casey equalised again.
There was nothing between them going toward injury time but it was Leonard who rattled the net to set up a grandstand finish. As the referee continued with the game it seemed there was still time for more drama and a final chance for Tyrone. Damien Casey’s superbly struck free from 25 metres out was goal bound but took a deflection and sailed over the bar for the day’s final score. Disappointment for Tyrone but the focus now turns to the Nicky Rackard Cup and that first round tie with Louth at Healy Park in May. Tom Magill will hope the players respond in the best way possible and no doubt he will be keen to welcome several players back from their travels and from injury.

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