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Winning Start For Tyrone

Sunday 05.01.2020
Team Talk Mag

Bank of Ireland Dr McKenna Cup
Tyrone 1-16 Cavan 0-13

Tyrone got the new season off to a winning note with a comfortable six point success over Cavan in the McKenna Cup at Healy Park in Omagh on Sunday afternoon.

The Red Hands’ starting side featured only one player who played in the All Ireland semi final last season, Rory Brennan, with four players making their debut. All of them acquitted themselves well with midfielder Conn Kilpatrick getting the man of the match award. It was Tyrone who led 0-8 to 0-6 at the end of an entertaining first half with Kilpatrick the standout player for the Red Hands taking a couple of fine catches and two points with his strong running causing Cavan all sorts of problems.

Martin Reilly opened the scoring for the visit0rs inside twenty five seconds before a Gearoid McKiernan free double their advantage in the 2nd minute. Kilpatrick opened Tyrone’s account after exchanging passes with Conall McCann before a long range free from his Edendork clubmate Darren McCurry levelled matters.

Kilpatrick then burst through to put Tyrone in front in the 8th minute but by the end of the opening quarter it was all square at 0-4 apiece with Conor Madden and Reilly on target for Cavan either side of a well taken score from Tyrone half back Liam Rafferty. Niall Murray and Tiernan McCann traded points before McCurry edged the home side back in front after a tremendous catch from Kilpatrick. Cavan then almost had a goal but Madden’s flicked effort just cleared the bar. McCurry then brought his personal haul to 0-4 with two late frees as the first half action came to a close.

Conall McCann opened the second half scoring with a point after taking the first mark of the game before Daniel Kerr got his name on the score sheet with a fine effort from the left wing. In the 43rd minute Tyrone got the only goal of the game when Rafferty and Kyle Coney combined for Conall McCann to find the net at the second attempt after Cavan keeper Raymond Galligan had saved well.

Kerr took a quality score from the wing before David Mulgrew blasted over after a sweeping move. Ryan Connolly opened Cavan’s second half account and the same player tagged on another brace. Niall Murray then scored from a mark before McCurry replied from a free. It was Cavan’s best spell of the game and they closed the gap with points from Oisin Kiernan, Murray and full forward Conor Madden, Tyrone though closed the game out with points from Niall Sludden and Tiernan McCann.

Tyrone – Benny Gallen, Conor Quinn, Aidan McCrory, Brendan Burns, Liam Rafferty [0-1], Rory Brennan, Conall Grimes, Brian Kennedy, Conn Kilpatrick [0-2], Tiernan McCann [0-2], Kyle Coney, Darren McCurry [0-5, 4F], David Mulgrew [0-2], Conall McCann [1-1, 0-1 M], Daniel Kerr [0-2]. Subs – Niall Kelly for Quinn, Conan Grugan for Kilpatrick, Ciaran McLaughlin for Grimes, Niall Sludden [0-1] for Coney, Ben McDonnell for Kennedy

Cavan –Raymond Galligan, Paddy Meade, Padraig Faulkner, Stephen Murray, Ciaran Brady, Niall Murray [0-4, 1F 1M], Oisin Kiernan [0-1], Evan Fortune, Gearoid McKiernan [0-1, 1F], Martin Reilly [0-2], Bryan Magee, Stephen Smith, Oisin Pierson, Conor Madden [0-3], Conor Smith. Subs – Ryan Connolly [0-2] for C Smith, Paul Gilcreest for N Murray, Cormac O’Reilly for Pierson, Luke Fortune for Magee

Referee – Paul Faloon, Down



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