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Tyrone Pip Monaghan In Thriller

Sunday 17.03.2024
Team Talk Mag
County



Allianz League Division 1 Rd 6
Tyrone 1-19 2-13 Monaghan

Tyrone have gone a long way to preserving their division one status and in the process condemning Monaghan to division 2 football for next season following a three point victory over their dogged neighbours. This was a fantastic game, all the more remarkable considering the soggy underfoot conditions.

Tyrone completely dominated the first half, but they only led by 5, at the break. Darragh Canavan was in majestic form kicking 1-4 in the opening period.

Tyrone had flown out of the traps with three scores in as many minutes to open proceedings with the returning Cathal McShane involved in two of them. A good run from Michael Bannigan saw his centre, fall nicely to Jack McCarron to finish to the net.

Monaghan were struggling to deal with the home side’s pace and intensity and found themselves trailing by three at the midpoint of the half. A brace of Canavan frees extended the advantage to five and put Tyrone in a strong position.

Then in the 27th minute Niall Morgan kept a wayward Hughes effort in play, realising that Monaghan had pressed up he launched a huge pass in the direction of Darragh Canavan. The Errigal man secured the ball just inside the Monaghan half before racing towards goal. Micheal Bannigan followed in hot pursuit but Canavan rifled the ball to the net for a wonder goal.

Monaghan gave themselves some hope with a strong finish to the first period with points from McCarron and McNulty left them trailing 1-11 1-5 at the interval.

 

The expected Monaghan revival didn’t happen immediately early points from Kieran McGeary and Ciaran Daly kept Tyrone in the ascendancy. McGeary picked up any injury whilst scoring and was replaced by Mattie Donnelly who making a welcome return to Tyrone colours following a serious injury. Cathal Mc Shane and Conor McManus swapped points as Tyrone maintained the lead but with McManus having a greater influence the gap began to narrow following points from McCarron and McManus.

As the game entered the final quarter both teams were temporarily reduced to fourteen following black cards for Ryan O’Toole and Brian Kennedy for separate offences. Monaghan needed a lifeline which arrived in the 58th minute, a positive run from Andrew Woods, saw him tee up Kieran Lavelle to punch to the net. It was game on. Monaghan sensed they could get something out of the contest and two fine scores from McManus reduced the deficit to the minimum with six minutes of normal time remaining,

Credit to Tyrone they defended resolutely with Morgan once again outstanding. Dealing with all that Monaghan could throw at them they broke at pace to seal a deserved victory with an outstanding Darren McCurry point and a late Joe Oguz effort.

Tyrone will finish off their league campaign with a visit to Croke Park to face All Ireland champion Dublin.

Tyrone: N Morgan, C Devlin, P Hampsey, C Quinn, B Cullen (0-1), K McGeary (0-2), N Devlin, B Kennedy, A Donaghy (0-1), C Daly (0-1), S O’Donnell, J Oquz (0-1), D McCurry (0-6, 3f 1m), D Canavan (1-6, 3f), C McShane (0-1)

Subs M Donnelly for McGeary, R Canavan forMcShane, A Clarke for Hampsey, L McGarrity for Daly

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