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Tyrone Through To Mc Kenna Cup Final

Sunday 20.01.2013
Team Talk Mag
Club


Tyrone defeated neighbours Fermanagh in Sunday afternoon’s Power NI Dr Mc Kenna Cup semi final played in very difficult conditions at Armagh. A swirling wind, heavy pitch and constant snow flurries made life difficult for both sides as Tyrone laboured to get the better of a game Erne side. Fermanagh worked very hard to deny Tyrone time and space on the ball but Mickey Harte’s team were a far cry from the side that easily defeated Antrim and UUJ earlier in the competition. With conditions difficult chances were few and far between in the opening half which saw only one point separate the teams after thirty two minutes as Tyrone led 0-4 to 0-3. Tyrone’s scorers of their first four points were Martin Penrose, Sean Cavanagh, Kevin Gallagher and team captain Stevie O’Neill. Cavanagh added another point on 33 minutes before he was involved in the move that saw Plunkett Kane finish to the net just before half time to put Tyrone five points clear at the break.
The second half saw more of the same: lots of snow showers and difficult conditions for good football. Once again Fermanagh had plenty of possession but their lack of a cutting edge proved their undoing in the end. Tyrone struggled for fluency but were always on top with Joe Mc Mahon, Johnny Lafferty, Aidan Mc Crory and Sean Cavanagh seeing plenty of the ball. Conor Mc Aliskey hit the best point of the day and played Stevie O’Neill through for a one on one with goalkeeper Chris Snow. O’Neill’s shot came back off the post and was eventually cleared. Tyrone did manage to get their second goal almost on full time when second half sub Mark Donnelly got on the end of a flowing move.
That goal left the full time score 2-9 to 0-7 in Tyrone’s favour but there was a price to pay for making it through to another Mc Kenna Cup final. Conor Gormley and Sean Cavanagh both picked up injuries and must be rated doubtful for the clash with Monaghan in the final. The Farney county defeated Down with two late points from Darren Hughes. That match will also take place in Armagh next Saturday night at 7:30pm.

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