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Tyrone Seniors Fall To Monaghan

Sunday 15.06.2014
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone senior footballers lost out to Monaghan in Sunday afternoon’s Ulster Championship quarter final by a single point. The game ended 1-12 to 0-14 in Monaghan’s favour but Tyrone came very close to earning a replay when a Niall Morgan free in injury time sailed to the right of the posts and wide.

It was a very tactical match with some cagey play by both sides but the closeness of the exchanges meant the crowd of over twenty thousand were kept entertained throughout. The teams were level on six occasions in a first half  that saw Monaghan miss a penalty and shoot wide with a goal there for the taking.

Tyrone started well but after a promising opening ten minutes struggled to get ball to their inside forwards and failed to cope with the workrate and marauding runs of the Monaghan midfield. Darren Mc Curry and Mattie Donnelly  were responsible for five of Tyrone’s first half scores as we reached the break traiing by a point.

The second half saw Monaghan grow in confidence and become more dominant and when Dermot Malone bagged a goal in the ninth minute of the second period the Farney County moved five clear. Mickey Harte’s side was struggling all over the field and changes were made in an attempt to wrestle control of the match from their opponents. Points from Donnelly and Mc Curry gave the Red Hand supporters renewed hope and when sub Conor Mc Aliskey hit two in a row to leave one between the sides many thought a draw was possible.

Sadly “time” ran out on Tyrone and they were left to reflect on what was overall a disappointing performance. Referee Eddie Kinsella came in for considerable criticism from sections of the Tyrone crowd for the amount of additional time allowed at the end of the game but the result means Tyrone can now look forward to a run in the qualifiers and a clash with Louth in Healy Park on Saturday June 28th.

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