Sport Gaelic Football

Friday 22 September 2017

Game At A Glance

Peter Harte - man of the match
Peter Harte - man of the match

Cian O'Connell

A breakdown of the significant action in Roscommon

Man of the match

Peter Harte (Tyrone)

This match was won during a terrific Tyrone burst immediately after half-time. That was when Harte paraded his thrilling ability to break from deep, driving Tyrone forward when the issue was delicately poised.

Turning point

Tyrone's response to Conor Devaney's goal. By that stage Tyrone only had two points, but in the last four minutes of the half they then hit three and went in level. Devaney's major was wiped out.

Talking point

The ice-cool composure required to break down a 13-man rearguard action. Roscommon left an attacker or two up front, but the rest were willing grafters in the trenches. Tyrone like to run the ball at speed, but if there is no space to go it can be a difficult prospect. More teams are simply withdrawing players and patience is necessary.

Ref watch

David Gough shipped stick from both sets of supporters, but this was a tricky tussle to officiate because it was raw and confrontational. For the neutral Gough didn't do too much wrong.

Magic moment

This match was more about perspiration than inspiration, but there was a delicious flash of class from Darren McCurry in the 41st minute when the promising forward curled over an exquisite point from an acute angle.

What they said

Mickey Harte (Tyrone manager):

"It was a strange game. Roscommon set out their stall. They saw we scored a big score against Offaly last week and they weren't going to let that happen."

John Evans (Roscommon manager):

"I'm trying to develop a team here in Roscommon and after six or seven months I can honestly say that I can work with these guys."

Match statistics

Wides:

Tyrone 8 (6)

Roscommon 10 (3)

Frees:

Tyrone 18 (8)

Roscommon 19 (11)

Yellow cards:

Tyrone 4 (C Cavanagh 3, C Gormley 10, Mattie Donnelly 24, P Harte 61).

Roscommon 5 (C Daly 16, D Shine 32, S McDermott 53, K Mannion 57, S Kilbride 70).

Red cards:

Tyrone 0

Roscommon 0

What's next?

Roscommon won't play a competitive game again until 2014, Tyrone face a third-round qualifier on Saturday July 20.

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