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Winning Start In Super 8s For Tyrone

Saturday 14.07.2018
Team Talk Mag
All Ireland Series


 

Tyrone 4-24 Roscommon 2-12

Tyrone are up and running in the inaugural super 8s after ruthlessly putting Roscommon to the sword at Croke Park on Saturday evening.

 

In the end eighteen points separated the two sides and that scoreline in no way flattered a Tyrone side who once again racked up a huge total with another superb display of attacking football. In all thirteen players contributed to Tyrone’s tally including three defenders and three substitutes and it sets them up nicely for a mammoth clash with reigning All Ireland champions Dublin at Healy Park next weekend.

 

After trailing by two points early on Tyrone turned things around to lead 1-10 to 0-6 at half time and while Roscommon got an early second half goal to close the gap to four the Red Hands just put their foot on the gas to ease to victory.

Fintan Cregg and Niall Sludden traded early points before scores from the Murtagh brothers Diarmuid and Ciaran left Roscommon 0-3 to 0-1 in front. Richard Donnelly closed the gap and after Connor McAliskey and Diarmuid Murtagh had traded scores Tyrone grabbed their first goal after twelve minutes.

 

A wayward Roscommon pass was intercepted by centre half forward Sludden and he began a move that involved Peter Harte and Connor McAliskey and the former was on the end of it as well with a well placed shot low to the bottom left hand corner of the net past keeper Colm Lavin. Wing half back Tiernan McCann then got forward to tag on a good team point as Tyrone established a 1-5 to 0-5 lead. Roscommon though hit back with another Diarmuid Murtagh free and a point from play from his brother Ciaran to reduce the deficit to the minimum. That proved to be their last score of the half though as Tyrone put their foot on the pedal.

 

McAliskey knocked over a free and Conor Meyler, McShane and corner back Michael McKernan all added points from play. Full back Ronan McNamee then became the third Tyrone defender to get his name on the scoresheet in the first half before full forward Donnelly completed the scoring with his second of the afternoon to leave it 1-10 to 0-6 at the break.

 

Roscommon midfielder Enda Smith struck for a well taken goal three minutes into the second half and when Ciaran Murtagh added a point rom a free it looked like game on. Tyrone though sensed the danger with McAliskey hitting another free and the superb Richard Donnelly on target again. In the 50th minute it was effectively game over when Conor Meyler exchanged passes with Donnelly to bury the ball in the net.

 

McAliskey, Peter Harte and substitute duo Declan McClure and Mark Bradley all tagged on points as Tyrone pulled away. Ciaran Murtagh had a Roscommon free but then Harte converted a penalty after a foul on Hugh Pat McGeary. Mattie Donnelly pointed to ensure all six starting Tyrone forwards had registered before Bradley and Harte added to the growing tally.

Roscommon lost David Murray to a black card to leave them with only fourteen men as they had used all their substitutes. Respective substitutes Rory Brennan and Conor Daly swapped points before Tyrone put the icing on the cake in the last attack when they sliced open the Roscommon defence for Ronan O’Neill to set up Richard Donnelly to palm in from close range.

 

Tyrone: N Morgan, M McKernan (0-1), R McNamee (0-1), C McCarron, T McCann (0-1), F Burns, P Harte (1-3, 3F, 1-0 pen), C Cavanagh, P Hampsey, M Donnelly (0-1), N Sludden (1-2), C Meyler (1-1), C McShane (0-2), R Donnelly (1-4), C McAliskey (0-4, 3F). Subs: HP McGeary for McCarron, K McGeary for Meyler, D McClure (0-1) for Cavanagh, M Bradley (0-2) for McAliskey, R Brennan (0-1) for McKernan, R O’Neill for Sludden

 

Roscommon: C Lavin, D Murray, J McManus, N McInerney, N Daly, Fintan Cregg (0-1), C Devaney (0-1), T O’Rourke, E Smith (1-0), C Murtagh (1-3, 2F), N Kilroy, C Cregg, D Murtagh (0-5, 3F), C Crompton, D Smith. Subs: B Stack for C Cregg, Finbarr Cregg for D Smith, G Patterson for Daly, C Daly (0-1) for Fintan Cregg, S Killoran for C Murtagh, P Kelly (0-1) for E Smith

 

Referee: D Gough, Meath

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