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Tyrone Secure Super 8s Spot

Saturday 07.07.2018
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


 

Tyrone 3-20 Cork 0-13

Tyrone senior footballers made history on two fronts at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise on Saturday afternoon when they eased to victory over Cork.  The Red Hands dominated from first whistle to last to secure a first ever championship victory over the Rebels and in so doing book their place in their inaugural super 8s.

Tyrone led by double scores at the break, 0-10 to 0-5, and they were full value for that advantage. Niall Sludden opened the scoring in the 4th minute and in the next attack they almost had a goal only for Conor Meyler to be denied by keeper Mark White.

 

A Luke Connolly free levelled matters but it was Tyrone who were making all the early running. Centre half back Frank Burns kicked a superb point with his weaker left foot and Cork keeper White came to his side’s rescue again this time to thwart Peter Harte.

 

Colm Cavanagh burst forward from midfield to split the posts from fort metres out before a Connor McAliskey free made it 0-4 to 0-1 after a quarter of an hour. Cork though then enjoyed their best spell of the game as they drew level thanks to efforts from Ruairi Deane, Michael Hurley and Connolly.

 

During that spell Cork sliced the Tyrone defence open twice but keeper Morgan made two good saves. McAliskey then put Tyrone back in front and they went on to dominate the remainder of the opening period.

 

Harte knocked over a free with Sludden landing an outstanding point from play before McAliskey and Connolly swapped points from frees. Cork were dealt a blow when they lost full back Jamie O’Sullivan to a black card and Tyrone closed the half out with scores from Cathal McShane from play and McAliskey from a free.

 

McShane and Mark Collins traded points on the restart before a McAliskey free put Tyrone further in front. Richard Donnelly then turned sharply to get his name on the scoresheet before it was all over bar the shouting when McAliskey cut in from the right to drill the ball low to the net in the 41st minute.

 

Connolly and Collins had Cork points before Burns and McShane added to Tyrone’s growing tally. Connolly converted a free before Harte set up substitute Ronan O’Neill for a palmed goal.

 

Cork’s miserable evening continued when they had centre half forward Collins straight red carded. O’Neill popped over two frees while fellow replacement Mark Bradley signalled his return from injury with goal number three. Connolly completed the scoring with a free and a “45. It proved to be a stroll in the sun for Mickey Harte’s charges but no doubt tougher tests lie ahead.

 

Tyrone: N Morgan, P Hampsey, R McNamee, M McKernan, T McCann, F Burns (0-3), P Harte (0-1, 1F), C Cavanagh (0-1), C McCarron, M Donnelly (0-1), N Sludden (0-2), C Meyler, C McShane (0-3), R Donnelly (0-1), C McAliskey (1-6, 4F). Subs: R O’Neill (1-2, 2F) for McAliskey, K McGeary for McShane, M Bradley (1-0) for Harte, A McCrory for McKernan, HP McGeary for McNamee, R Brennan for Burns

 

Cork: M White, J Loughrey, J O’Sullivan, K Crowley, K Flahive, S Cronin, C Kiely, I Maguire, B O’Driscoll, S White, M Collins (0-2), R Deane (0-1), L Connolly (0-9, 6F, 1 “45”), B Hurley, M Hurley (0-1). Subs: K O’Hanlon for O’Sullivan (black card), P Kerrigan for Cronin, D O’Connor for B Hurley, M Taylor for O’Driscoll, R O’Toole for Sean White, S Ryan for Loughrey

 

Referee: M Deegan, Laois

 

 

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