Friday 9 December 2016

McNulty sets Tyrone on way to last four

Tyrone 2-9 Antrim 0-6

Published 14/01/2016 | 02:30

Tyrone's Lee Brennan
Tyrone's Lee Brennan

A third straight win sent holders Tyrone through to another Dr McKenna Cup semi-final as they comfortably dismissed Antrim at Healy Park.

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The hosts led by 2-5 to 0-2 at the halfway stage. The Red Hands netted after just 30 seconds, when Lee Brennan crossed for Padraig McNulty to punch home.

For all their penetrative qualities, Tyrone failed to score a point from play in the opening half, with Ronan O'Neill and Brennan converting frees, and goalkeeper Niall Morgan drilling two '45s' between the posts.

Michael McCann finally struck Antrim's opening point from a free in the 33rd minute, and Colm Fleming soon added a '45'.

But in stoppage-time, Brennan cut in to beat three defenders and finish to the bottom corner.

Tyrone eased off after the break but were always in control.

scorers - Tyrone: L Brennan 1-1 (0-1f), P McNulty 1-0, N Morgan (2 '45s', 1f), R O'Neill 0-3 each, C McAliskey 0-1 (f). Antrim: C Fleming 0-4 (3 f, 1'45), M McCann 0-2 (2f)

tyrone - N Morgan; A McCrory, C McCarron, HP McGeary; B Tierney, J McMahon, P Harte; H Og Conlan, C Clarke; S Cavanagh, M Bradley, C McShane; L Brennan, P McNulty, R O'Neill. Subs: C McAliskey for Cavanagh (43), D McCurry for O'Neill (45), M Donnelly for McCrory (45), J Munroe for Harte (52), P Quinn for Brennan (55), N Sludden for McShane (70)

antrim - C Kerr; K O'Boyle, J Carron, J McGreevy; J Lavery, J Crozier, B Sinnott; J Dowling, S McVeigh; M Armstrong, K Niblock, M McCann; P Kelly, B Beeson, D Nugent. Subs: C Fleming for Kelly (25), O Hamill for McGreevy (h-t), P Gallagher for Sinnott (h-t), C Duffin foir Armstrong (49), Kelly for Dowling (57).

ref - N Cullen (Fermanagh)

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