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Tyrone Snatch Late Late Win

Sunday 02.03.2014
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone maintained their unbeaten start to the season with a one point win over Kildare but even the Red Hands most ardent supporters will be wondering just how they managed to leave Newbridge with the points today. On an emotional day for all Tyrone GAA followers the spirit of their late captain Cormac Mc Anallen was encapsulated in the never say die attitude of this young team that turned a five point deficit into a one point win inside sixty seconds.
Goals in the last minute from Ronan O’Neill and Mark Donnelly snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as Tyrone trailed by five points with seventy minutes on the clock. Kildare looked to be celebrating the win prematurely as they ran their bench to give all the replaced players a great reception as they left the field. That said with the game almost over they looked comfortable and seemingly on their way to a first victory over Mickey Harte’s side in quite a while when they moved 1-21 to 1-16 ahead and the clock showing seventy minutes played.
Almost immediately and from an intercepted pass the visitors showed great character to reduce the gap to two points following a fabulous goal from the impressive Ronan O’Neill. That score left Tyrone trailing by two points with less than thirty seconds remaining so a home win still looked a racing certainty. Matty Donnelly however drove forward, seemed to over carry the ball and was half blocked as he tried to shoot. The ball spun high into the air towards the square where Kyle Coney out-jumped the Kildare goalkeeper to bunch the ball across the goalmouth. Mark Donnelly timed his run perfectly to arrive as the ball broke and gleefully stuck the ball in the net. Goal number three on the day for Tyrone, a one point win and a seemingly impossible position overturned.
Kildare were left shell-shocked by the late turn of events while it was obvious from the smiles on the Tyrone management and players’ faces that they knew this was a fairly fortunate victory. Next up for Tyrone is another long trip this time to Kerry to face a home side yet to win a match in the league. Sunday’s win over Kildare will mean Tyrone travel south in confident but determined mood knowing that another win would leave them very close to a place in the league semi finals.

Kildare: S Connolly, M O’Grady (0-01), M Foley, H McGrillen, P Cribbin (0-01), F Conway, K Murnaghan, T Moolick (0-01), G Whyte, C McNally (0-02), E O’Flaherty (0-07, 6f), S Hurley (0-02), D Mulhall (0-04, 1f, 1 45), T O’Connor (1-00), P Brophy (0-03).
Substitutes: D Hyland for Conway, P Fogarty for O’Connor, J Gately for Whyte, F Dowling for Mulhall, D Flynn for Moolick.

Tyrone: N Morgan (0-01, 1f), A McCrory, C Clarke, B Tierney, C McGinley, P Harte, R McKenna, C Grugan, C Cavanagh, E McKenna (1-02), R O’Neill (1-05, 0-3f) S Cavanagh (0-01), D McCurry (0-01, 1f), Mattie Donnelly (0-03), C McAlliskey (0-02).
Substitutes: R McNamee for Harte (black card), Mark Donnelly (1-01) for Grugan, R McNabb for R McKenna, N McKenna for McGinley, K Coney for E McKennna,

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