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Tyrone draw with Down again after extra time!

Wednesday 23.03.2011
Team Talk Mag
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Tyrone's Finbar Mc Quaid clears the ball in tonight's under 21 Championship clash with Down

Yes, we’ve got another draw after extra time!!! Both sides pushed hard for a dramatic match winning score at Healy Park but it was not to be for either side and this first round tie remains undecided after two full matches and two periods of extra time. It looks like we’re all heading back to Newry again for a third instalment on Saturday as Monaghan’s long wait to discover their Ulster semi-final opponents continues…

With two minutes left Tyrone are reduced to fourteen men as John McCullagh picks up a second yellow card for a rash challenge. The pressure is huge now for both teams as Kyle Coney watches another effort just miss the target…

Dairmuid McNulty has returned to the action in place of his clubmate Brian McGarvey as both teams give every last ounce they possess in the pursuit of a famous victory. This can go either way…

Not surprisingly, there are signs of tiredness and cramp all over the field and incredibly Down bring themselves level with a pointed free from Paul Devlin, leaving this remarkable championship battle tied at 0-14 to 1-11 with time running out rapidly. Next score will be a huge one!

After Peter Harte has been denied at one end, Down threaten to score a goal at the opposite end but Tyrone keeper Niall Morgan is alert to the danger and the two point lead remains intact temporarily, but Down then muster a point from the ensuing ’45’ and the margin between the teams is back to a single point once more!

It’s the midway point in extra time and there’s a little daylight between the teams, Tyrone currently leading the way on a scoreline of 0-14 to 1-9, but as last week’s encounter proved, and tonight’s rematch has again shown, anything can happen in these last ten minutes of extra time. But right now, this is Tyrone’s game to lose…

Ben O’Reilly gives Down a lifeline with a well taken free, his side’s first score of extra time, and the gap stands at two points with the first period of extra time almost completed…

Kyle Coney has been in sparkling form tonight and with seven minutes gone in extra time the Ardboe star delivers his fifth, and probably best, score of the night following good work by Mattie Donnelly, ensuring that Tyrone are now enjoying a three point cushion…

Tyrone make a brilliant start to extra time with two expertly taken points from Peter Harte and Mattie Donnelly as the Red Hands find themselves back in front for the first time since the early part of tonight’s proceedings. It’s a sharp looking Tyrone in extra time so far as they hold a 0-13 to 1-8 advantage. Can they keep this going?

IT’S EXTRA TIME!!! After squandering several opportunities to wipe out Down’s lead, Tyrone look to be exiting the Ulster under-21 championship until one last gasp opportunity is presented to Kyle Coney from a free kick in the 34th minute and the talented Ardboe man delivers a fabulous equaliser to send this tie to extra time for the second week in a row…

Tyrone counter attack following a missed Down opportunity and it’s Kyle Coney once again who swings over a beautiful score to leave it a one point game once more, 1-8 t0 0-10, with just a minute of normal time left. Every second is precious now…

Just when Tyrone look to be closing in on their opponents, the Down men break upfield with three minutes remaining and McPolin makes it a two point gap between the sides once again…

The long barren spell is finally ended by Kyle Coney who floats over a brilliant long range score to leave a solitary point between the sides with six minutes left on the clock, Tyrone 0-9 Down 1-7…

It has been more than ten minutes since a score, which will suit Down as the visitors are two points ahead with eight minutes to go, 1-7 to 0-8. Tyrone had been showing some much needed improvement to score those last two points but they haven’t been able to build on those efforts and time is beginning to run out for Raymond Munrioe’s charges who need to find two more points quickly to peg back the Mournemen…

Ronan McNabb replaces Diarmuid McNulty as Tyrone begin to show better form entering the last quarter, Ronan O’Neill producing some great build up play to pave the way for a tremendous score from Mattie Donnelly, leaving two between the teams. Tyrone are perhaps gaining momentum at the right time…

Brian McGarvey and Stefan McKenna are brought on to replace Paddy McNeice and Tiernan McCann as the Tyrone management begin to ring the changes to try and get the team performing. Seconds later, Mattie Donelly enhances Tyrone’s prospects with a fine individual score, leaving it 1-7 to 0-7…

With ten minutes gone in the half, Tyrone are finding scores very hard to come by as Down increase their lead once again to a goal through Danny Savage, leaving it 1-6 to 0-6 in favour of the visitors. Moments later, Down are four points up with a point from Conor Harrison and Tyrone are in desperate need of a spark which might ignite their challenge…

Despite getting the first score of the second half to reduce the leeway to two points, Tyrone still haven’t got motoring in this half with several shots missing the target and some passes going astray. Like a week ago, Tyrone will need to improve a great deal as this match unfolds in order to emerge with a positive result…

John McCullagh has entered the fray as a blood sub in place of Ronan O’Neill as Paddy McNeice opens the second half scoring for Tyrone from a free kick earned by Kyle Coney four minutes after the resumption. It’s 1-5 to 0-6 and all to play for at Healy Park…

It’s half time and there’s a sense of disappointment among the Tyrone supporters in Healy Park, not just because the home side are trailing by a goal, 1-5 to 0-5, but because the Red Hands began this contest so promisingly by going 0-4 to 0-1 ahead in the opening quarter but it has been all Down since then and the visitors have manufactured a six point turnaround in the scoreline, leaving the Tyrone management and players with lots to ponder at the break…

And there’s another point for Down thanks to the free taking expertise of Danny Savage whose conversion gives Down a 1-5 to 0-5 lead with only seconds remaining until the interval…

Tonight’s match is turning out similar to the first instalment in Pairc Esler, despite a great start by Raymond Munroe’s side in this replay at Healy Park, which helped establish a 0-4 to 0-1 lead but Down have well and truly seized the initiative by hitting 1-3 in response to a solitary point from the home side in the subsequent spell…

Down restore their two point lead as Danny Savage splits the posts from another free kick to leave the scoreboard reading 1-4 to 0-5 in favour of Down, who have been the more enterprising outfit for the last ten minutes, turning an early three point deficit into a two point cushion…

It was important for Tyrone to respond to the Down goal and the home side get a much needed score courtesy of Niall McKenna who records his second point of the night following good appraoch work by Ronan O’Neill. It’s now 0-5 to 1-3…

The complexion of this tie has changed quite significantly in recent minutes and suddenly Tyrone find themselves trailing by two points as Down’s Conor Harrison hits the back of the Tyrone net to give the Mourne side a 1-3 to 0-4 advantage…

Finbarr McQuaid, Ryan Pickering and Niall Sludden have started quite well for Tyrone in defence but there are clear signs that Down are improving as the game progresses as Ben O’Reilly converts a free for the visitors to leave the minimum margin between the teams with 19 minutes gone, Tyrone not playing with the same fluency as they were in the opening period…

Danny Savage swings over Down’s second point of the night as Tyrone lead by 0-4 to 0-2 after a busy opening quarter…

Things have been going well for Tyrone so far with four different players getting their names on the scoresheet and the team playing with a much greater appetite all over the field, particularly at midfield where Niall McKenna and Ruairi Keenan have started much better than last week…

Kyle Coney and Mattie Donnelly combine very well to create a chance for Richard Donnelly and the young Trillick man finishes impressively to give his side a 0-3 to 0-1 lead, a score which is promptly followed by a superb strike from Coney as Tyrone carve out a 0-4 to 0-1 lead with just seven minutes played…

Ronan O’Neill is denied by the woodwork following a high ball in from Peter Harte, Tyrone looking very sharp in the early stages, but Down get off the mark when Chris Clarke slots over a fine score to narrow the gap to a single point, 0-2 to 0-1.

Paddy McNeice is pulled down and Tyrone’s bright start continues as McNeice picks himself up and knocks the resultant free confidently between the posts to leave the Red Hands leading by two points with four minutes gone…

Tyrone are on the attack straight from the throw in and Niall McKenna gives the Red Hands a fantastic start with a great run and point with only seconds played. It’s Tyrone 0-1 Down 0-0 after the game’s very first attack…

The stage is set for what promises to be an enthralling under-21 championship replay at Healy Park, following the extra time thriller that took place in Newry last Wednesday night. Tyrone will fancy their chances of getting things right tonight, now that they are back on home soil, but Down showed last week that they possess character in abundance and will take plenty of stopping.  Up for grabs tonight is a place in the provincial semi-final line-up alongside Monaghan, Donegal and Cavan.

The Tyrone lineout for tonight’s Under 21 Championship replay shows three changes from the team in the programme, with Niall Sludden, Richard Donnelly and Kyle Coney coming into the starting fifteen after coming on as subs last week..

1: Niall Morgan

19: Niall Sludden.

3: Ronan Mc Namee

4: Finbar Mc Quaid

22: Richard Donnelly.

6: Ryan Pickering.

7: Tiernan Mc Cann

8: Niall Mc Kenna

9: Ruairi Keenan

10: Paddy Mc Neice

11: Peter Harte

12: Diarmuid Mc Nulty

13: Ronan O’Neill

21: Kyle Coney

15: Matthew Donnelly.

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