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Tyrone Progress To Last Four

Thursday 11.01.2018
Team Talk Mag


Cavan 0-7 Tyrone 2-22

Tyrone made it through to the McKenna Cup semi finals with the minimum of fuss after they easily dispatched the challenge of Cavan at Kingspan Breffni Park on Wednesday evening.

Twelve months earlier the Red Hands had lost the corresponding fixture at the same venue but it was never going to be the case this time around with the game effectively over as a contest at the break with the holders ten points to the good having restricted their opponents to a solitary score. There was no let up on the restart on a night when Peter Harte, Ronan O’Neill, Lee Brennan, Niall Sludden and Mattie Donnelly accounted for all but one of Tyrone’s tally between them. It means that Tyrone have now hit an impressive 7-58 in three games and their reward is a semi final meeting with Fermanagh this Sunday afternoon.

The winners led 0-4 to 0-0 at the end of the opening quarter with Sludden, Harte, Donnelly and O’Neill all on target. The visitors could well have had an early goal but Frank Burns was unlucky to see his shot come back off the bar. Conor Brady ventured forward from wing half back to notch Cavan’s only first half point as Tyrone led 0-10 to 0-1 at the interval with Harte, Brennan and O’Neill supplying points and midfielder Padraig McNulty being denied by keeper James Farrelly as well as the woodwork.

It was more of the same from the visitors in the second period as they continued to play some good attacking football. Harte and Bryan Magee exchanged points from frees as did Brennan and Niall McKiernan from play. Substitute Ronan McHugh then got his name on the score sheet before a flowing move ended in a well taken goal from centre half forward Sludden.

Defenders Ciaran Brady and Oisin Kiernan both had Cavan points but it was only token resistance with O’Neill and Brennan responding for the winners before team captain Donnelly put the icing on the cake with a second major late on.


Cavan: J Farrelly, D Phillips, D Monahan, D Kennedy, Conor Brady (0-1), Ciaran Brady (0-1), O Kiernan (0-1), T Galligan, P Faulkner, J Wharton, E Flanagan, N Clerkin, C Bradley, N McKiernan (0-1), B Magee (0-2, 1f). Subs: D Brady for Bradley, P Moore for Wharton, C Moynagh for Clerkin, D McIntyre (0-1) for Conor Brady, C Daly for Flanagan (black card), P Gilcreest for Galligan, S McCormack for Ciaran Brady


Tyrone: N Morgan, B Burns, P Hampsey, HP McGeary, M McKernan, T McCann, R McNabb, C McShane, P McNulty, M Donnelly (1-1), N Sludden (1-2), P Harte (0-7, 5f, 1 “45), L Brennan (0-5, 3f), F Burns, R O’Neill (0-6, 3f). Subs: C McCarron for Hampsey, C McLaughlin for McNabb, C McCann for McShane, R McHugh (0-1) for Harte, R Donnelly for McNulty, M Cassidy for T McCann


Referee: N Cullen, Fermanagh


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