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Tyrone Beat Kildare In Opening League Game.

Saturday 04.02.2012
Team Talk Mag

Tyrone have been dealt a blow just before today’s first National League fixture with the news that utility player Joe Mc Mahon has been ruled out due to the flu. Mc Mahon did not travel south with the team today and has been replaced at midfield by Augher’s Aidan Cassidy.

The Omagh man made a significant difference last week in the game against Derry and will be a big loss to the Red Hands.
It seems big Joe may not be the only player dealing with the flu as rumours abound about the fitness of key defenders Dermy Carlin and PJ Quinn. We will endeavour to bring you all the latest team news and changes as the throw in draws closer. With over half an hour remaining until then Croke Park is eerily empty and devoid of atmosphere.

Conor Clarke of Omagh starts in place of club mate Justin Mc Mahon and Sean O’Neill will line out at left half back in place of Dermy Carlin. We will have a half time report with news of all the details from the opening 35 minutes.

Tyrone start well with two pints from Stevie O’Neill but with twenty minutes gone the teams are level two points a piece,
0-4 to 0-2 for Kildare with 23 minutes gone.

Kildare make it five points in a row and lead 0-5 to 0-2 with 30 minutes gone.

Owen Mulligan makes it a 2 point game while Ronan O’Neill and Damian Mc Caul enter the game for Tyrone.
Half time score Tyrone 0-03 Kildare 0-06.

Tyrone turn this game around with a fantastic second half performance that was inspired by Stevie O’Neill and Owen Mulligan. Two excellently crafted goals from the fist of Martin Penrose and Peter Harte proved to be the key scores as Tyrone picked up the first two points of the 2012 season on a final score of 2-11 to 0-12.

Manager Mickey Harte will be delighted with how this relatively young side out fought and out thought Kildare. Conor Clarke and Aidan Mc Crory were making their first senior starts in Croke Park and played superbly throughout. The half back line worked tirelessly as they defended in numbers and turned defence into attack at every opportunity. Mattie Donnelly was prominent in most of Tyrone’s best work while Martin Penrose, Mark Donnelly and the previously mentioned O’Neill and Mulligan were superb for the Red Hands.

All thoughts now will turn towards next weekend’s game with Derry where Tyrone will seek to make it two wins from two starts in the league.


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