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Tyrone Made To Work Hard For Their Win

Sunday 07.01.2018
Team Talk Mag

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Tyrone 1-16 St.Marys 1-11

Holders Tyrone made it two wins out of two in the Bank Of Ireland McKenna Cup but they were pushed to the pin of their collars by the students of St.Marys at Father Campbell Park in Coalisland on Sunday afternoon.

The visitors were out of the blocks quickly and by the 8th minute they had three points on the board courtesy of Oisin O’Neill and Darragh Kavanagh (2). In the 10th minute Tyrone opened their account when a superb move split open the St.Marys defence for Ronan McHugh to cross to Peter Harte whose palmed effort cleared the bar.  Harte and O’Neill exchanged points before the former stroked over a “45” to reduce the deficit to the minimum.

St.Marys though still looked the better side at this stage and defender Conor Convery ventured forward to raise a white flag. In the 22nd minute though Tyrone took the lead when a flowing move ended with Ben McDonnell finding Ciaran McLaughlin who palmed to the net from close range past keeper Mark Reid.

Midfielder Ben McDonnell then turned sharply to split the posts and it looked as though Tyrone would kick on from there.  A poor kick out though was intercepted by Jarlath Og Burns who fired low to the net in the 31st minute to edge St.Marys back in front. Tyrone rallied though in the closing stages of the half with Ronan O’Neill levelling matters before two points in a minute from Ronan McHugh gave them a 1-7 to 1-5 interval advantage.

Harte and Kavanagh traded points on the restart before man of the match Oisin O’Neill left the minimum between the sides again. Ronan O’Neill and substitute Michael McKernan then both split the posts but St.Marys weren’t going away with Oisin O’Neill landing an outstanding score from out on the right wing.

McHugh drove a goal chance over the bar while at the other end of the field Aidan McCrory had to be alert to clear of his own line. Substitute Niall Sludden had a shot tipped over by keeper Reid while fellow replacements Mattie Donnelly and Tiernan McCann both weighed in with injury time scores to give Tyrone a five point victory.


Tyrone – Mickey O’Neill, Aidan McCrory, Cathal McCarron, Michael Cassidy, Ciaran McLaughlin (1-0), Ronan McNabb, Peter Harte (0-4, 1f, 1 “45”), Ben McDonnell (0-1), Declan McClure, Richard Donnelly, Conall McCann, Kieran McGeary, Ronan O’Neill (0-4, 1f), Ronan McHugh (0-3), Connor McAliskey. Subs – Michael McKernan (0-1) for McCarron, Frank Burns for Harte (black card) Tiernan McCann (0-1) for McLaughlin, Mattie Donnelly (0-1) for Richard Donnelly, Niall Sludden (0-1) for McAliskey, Padraig Hampsey for McNabb


St.Marys – Mark Reid, Kyle Mallon, Jack Hannigan, Miceal Rooney, Colm Byrne, Caolan McConville (0-1), Liam Rafferty, Liam Devlin (0-1), Oisin O’Neill (0-5, 2f), Stephen McConville (0-1), Conor Meyler, Jarlath Og Burns (1-1), Conor Convery, Darragh Kavanagh (0-2, 1f), Aaron Boyle. Subs – Ciaran McKeever for Boyle, PJ Drake for Rafferty, Ryan McSherry for Rooney, Joe Colton for Byrne


Referee – Barry Cassidy, Derry



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