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COUNTY | Tyrone Into Last Four Of McKenna Cup

Wednesday 13.01.2016
Team Talk Mag



Tyrone 2-9 Antrim 0-6

Five in a row chasing Tyrone are back in another McKenna Cup semi final after having nine points to spare over Antrim at Healy Park on Wednesday night.  It was  a game that never rose to any great heights and it says it all that that all but one of the fifteen points scored on the night came from placed balls.

The home side couldn’t have wished for a better start to the game with full forward Padraig McNulty  punching the ball  to the net after thirty seconds. Tyrone built on that with frees from Brennan and Ronan O’Neill while keeper Niall Morgan came forward twice to land two superb “45s”

As the half wore on the Saffrons began to enjoy more possession but they were unable to make an impact against the mass Tyrone defence and more times than not they went across the field or backroads. Michael McCann finally opened Antrim’s account in the 33rd minute from a free but Tyrone ended the half in style.

Brennan went past two defenders before driving a low shot to the left hand corner of the net past Antrim keeper Chris Kerr to leave it 2-5 to 0-2 at the interval.

In the first attack of the second half Cathal McShane angled over a brilliant point for what was to prove to be the only point scored from play on the night. Brennan, Morgan and substitute Connor McAliskey were the other second half scorers from the Red Hands, all from frees.

Antrim played better in the second half but they still couldn’t manage a single point from play on the night with substitute Colm Fleming bringing his personal haul to four and McCann scoring once more as well.

Tyrone – N Morgan (0-3, 1f, 2 “45s”), A McCrory, C McCarron, HP McGeary, B Tierney, J McMahon, P Harte, H Og Conlon, C Clarke, S Cavanagh, M Bradley, C McShane (0-1), L Brennan (1-2, 2f), P McNulty (1-0), R O’Neill (0-2,2f). Subs – C McAliskey (0-1, 1f) for Cavanagh, M Donnelly for McCrory, D McCurry for O’Neill, J Monroe for Harte, P Quinn for Brennan, N Sludden for McShane


Antrim – C Kerr, K O’Boyle, J Dowling, J McGreevy, J Laverty, J Crozier, B Sinnott, J Carron, S McVeigh, M Armstrong, K Niblock, M McCann (0-2, 2f), P Kelly, B Neeson, D Nugent. Subs – C Fleming (0-4, 3f, 1 “45”) for Kelly, O Hamill for McGreevy, P Gallagher for Sinnott, C Duffin for Armstrong, P Kelly for Dowling


Referee – N Cullen, Fermanagh


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