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Tyrone Snatch Late Draw

Sunday 01.03.2015
Team Talk Mag
Club


A Darren McCurry injury-time free helped Tyrone snatch a barely deserved 0-11 to 1-8 draw against Derry in the Division 1 Football League Ulster derby at Omagh on Saturday evening.

Played in front of almost four thousand hardy souls the game was in doubt right up until just before the throw in. Referee David Coldrick of Meath spent a long time in consultation with the two managers and county board officials before declaring the ground playable.

Tyrone settled the better of the two teams early on but in difficult underfoot conditions and driving rain they struggled to make the most of their territorial superiority. Peter Harte, Ronan Mc Nabb, Padraig Mc Nulty and Tiernan Mc Cann asked many questions of the Derry defence but Tyrone lacked the nous to unlock the Oak Leaf rearguard. Corner back Aidan Mc Crory came closest when he forced a fantastic save from goalkeeper Eoin Mc Nicholl midway through the first period.

With the wind causing havoc with the flight of the ball Tyrone reached half time 0-4 to 0-3 in front following a late Sean Cavanagh point.

After the break the home side moved 0-6 to 0-4 ahead before Derry bounced back with scores from James Kielt and Benny Heron. Derry were growing in confidence as Sean Leo Mc Goldrick and Benny Heron began to take control of the game. The momentum was all with the visitors and when second half sub Terence O’Brien hit the net with eight minutes left Derry looked set for their first win of the season.

However, Derry’s Niall Holly was then sent off and Tyrone raised their game. They hit five of the last six scores to snatch a draw including the disputed leveller which left the Derry management somewhat irate at the end.

 

Tyrone: N Morgan; A McCrory, R McNamee, C McCarron; R McNabb, J McMahon, P Harte; C Cavanagh (0-1), P McNulty; T McCann, M Donnelly (0-1), B Tierney; D McCurry (0-4), S Cavanagh (0-3), C McAliskey (0-1). Subs: C McCann for McNulty 47, PJ Lavery (0-1) for McAliskey, C McShane for C Cavanagh.

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