Red card gives Tyrone their chance
Tyrone 1-16 Derry 4-6
A late Connor McAliskey point confirmed the narrowest of wins for Tyrone in this Dr McKenna Cup encounter at Owenbeg.
The Oakleafers led for most of the game but a red card to Emmett McGuckin in the 41st minute opened the door for a Tyrone comeback, who hit 11 of the next 14 scores to win by a point.
Damian Barton's side led 2-4 to one point after 22 minutes. Benny Heron slid home Derry's first goal while Ryan Ball buried a 21st minute penalty. However, champions Tyrone fired back strongly to run in just two points adrift , trailing 2-4 to 1-5 at half-time. Patrick Quinn fired home the goal. Ryan Bell opened the second half scoring for Derry but Tyrone assumed control soon after. Back-to-back Richie Donnelly points handed the visitors a three-point lead by the 52nd minute.
Derry battled back and goals from Ryan Bell, a second penalty, and Mark Craig, edged Derry in front at 4-5 to 1-13. Three successive McAliskey frees regained the lead for Tyrone who showed experience to hold on.
Scorers - Tyrone: C McAliskey 0-6 (6f), R Donnelly 0-4, P Quinn 1-0, D McCurry, J Monroe, N Sludden, S Cavanagh 0-1, M Bradley (f), D Mulgrew, all 0-1. Derry: R Bell 2-2, M Craig 1-1, B Heron 1-0, M Lynch 0-2 (2f), C Bradley 0-1.
Tyrone - M O'Neill; A McCrory, P Hampsey, J Monroe; C Clarke, J McMahon, N Sludden; P McNulty, R Donnelly; D Mulgrew, P Harte, K McGeary; D McCurry, C McAliskey, P Quinn. Subs: M Donnelly for J McMahon (BC, 18), C McCarron for P Hampsey (h-t), M Bradley for C Clarke (h-t), S Cavanagh for P Quinn (39), Ronan O'Neill for K McGeary (51).
Derry - T Mallon; R Ferris, D McBride, O Duffy; D Heavron, C McKaigue, M Craig; E Bradley, M Lynch; C McFaul, C Bradley, B Heron; E McGuckin, R Bell, C Murphy. Subs: K McKaigue for O Duffy (44), E Lynn for B Heron (45), J Kielt for C Murphy (53), C McAtamney for E Bradley (56), S Mulgrew for C Bradley (63), Peter Quinn for R Ferris (65)
Ref - Ciaran Branagan (Down)