Tyrone ensured their division two status in emphatic style on Sunday as they accounted for Wexford by 29 points at Lanleire. Always in control the Red Hands hit seven first half goals, the first of two from Chloe Mc Caffrey just three minutes in after Wexford free taker Catriona Murray had converted an early dead ball.
Tyrone with a far more experienced look about them pressed home their quality ahead of the first water-break, leading 4-2 to 0-3 in that first quarter Tyrone dominated. Niamh O’Neill, Niamh Hughes, Chloe Mc Caffrey, Niamh Mc Girr and Aoibheann Mc Hugh all found Katie Sludds goal and in reality Tyrone always looked dangerous, Grainne Rafferty the creator, carving out a handful of chances for others to finish.
At the back the returning Neamh Woods, Christiane Hunter and Niamh Mc Girr led the line with Emma Mulgrew, Tori Mc Laughlin and new girl Jayne Lyons impressive as Laura Kane had just one save to make over the hour, turning a Murphy shot round the post.
After the break Murray and Aishling Murphy tagged on a couple of points but Tyrone were quickly back on song and the goals flowed. Mc Girr was on hand to add the eighth goal, O’Neill sending through a long ball and O’Neill looked sharp as she added 1-3 before the second water-break.
Tyrone rang the changes in the final quarter, Joanne Barrett just on the park was black carded while Reagan Fay added a tenth goal as she came into the fray, Maria Canavan doing all the hard work to tee her up. O’Neill wrapped up her scoring with her sixth point as Rafferty sealed a superb performance with her side’s eleventh goal in the closing stages.
A really clinical performance from Tyrone who now look to the Ulster semi-final on July 2nd and a meeting with Armagh.
Tyrone Scorers: Niamh O’Neill 3-6. Chloe Mc Caffrey 2-0, Niamh Mc Girr 2-0, Niamh Hughes 1-1 , Aoibheann Mc Hugh 1-0, Grainne Rafferty 1-0, Reagan Fay 1-0