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Tyrone Start The New Season With A Win

Sunday 06.01.2013
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone began the new season with a hard fought win over a very determined Derry side this afternoon at Healy Park. However they were made fight all the way for the victory as Derry produced a superb second half display but the Oak Leaf men were punished when second half sub Conor Mc Aliskey buried the ball to the back of the net in the 32nd minute to put Tyrone in front. The Red Hands managed to peg over another couple of points to edge the game 1-14 to 0-15.

The game began with Derry on top but once Sean Cavanagh and Stevie O’Neill found their range Tyrone took over. A point in the 23rd minute from O’Neill put his side in front for the first time in the game. Tyrone led by three as the game entered the thirty fourth minute but Derry produced a blistering spell as they hit three points in three minutes to tie the game at the break.

Brian Mc Ivor’s side started the second half in determined fashion hitting the first three scores of the half. Tyrone were struggling to compete with Derry’s workrate but Sean Cavanagh led the fight back which saw Tyrone level the game midway through the second half. Tyrone went one ahead following another Cavanagh point but Derry showed considerable resolve to hit three in a row and regain the initiative. A super score from debutante Kevin Gallagher closed the gap but it was Mc Aliskey’s goal that ultimately decided the outcome of the game as Tyrone edged it 1-14 to 0-15.

This was a fine game considering the conditions and the time of the year and drew a crowd of over four thousand spectators to Omagh on a bleak and dreary first Sunday in January. The attendance figures alone say a lot about the appeal of a fixture like this and the support enjoyed by the two teams. Both sides deserve great credit for the manner in which it was played and both managers will take a lot of positives from it. The result puts Tyrone in a good position as they seek to retain their Dr Mc Kenna Cup title. Their remaining two fixtures are an away game with Antrim followed by a Wednesday night match under lights at Healy Park against UUJ.

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