Thursday 20 July 2017

Tyrone survive late Galway rally to secure back-to-back wins

AFL Division 2 round-up

Tyrone players, from left, Ronan O'Neill, Sean Cavanagh, Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan, tussel with Galway players, from left, Declan Kyne, Daithi O Gaoithin, Johnny Kerin, Thomas Dolan and Eoghan Kerin
Tyrone players, from left, Ronan O'Neill, Sean Cavanagh, Mark Bradley and Lee Brennan, tussel with Galway players, from left, Declan Kyne, Daithi O Gaoithin, Johnny Kerin, Thomas Dolan and Eoghan Kerin

Rónán Mac Lochlainn

Tyrone enjoyed their second successive league win as they held off a late Galway rally to prevail by 1-11 to 1-9 in Salthill.

An 11th minute Tiernan McCann goal handed the visitors a perfect start as they led by 1-6 to 0-5 at the break.

That advantage was increased to eight points after the break as Galway were reduced to fourteen following Paul Conroy’s dismissal but a late stumble which saw the hosts net through Damien Comer ensured a nervy finish for Tyrone.  

In Enniskillen, Fermanagh beat 14-man Meath by 0-10 to 0-6 with Andrew Tormey dismissed for the Royal.

Tomas Corrigan and Sean Quigley shared seven points for the winners, who enjoyed a 0-5 to 0-3 interval lead.

However, Sean Tobin and Donal Lenihan shared three unanswered points for Meath but their challenge was undermined as Corrigan struck four successive frees before Barry Mulrone added the insurance score for Pete McGrath’s side. 

Meanwhile on Saturday evening, Laois bounced back from their opening round loss to Galway when defeating Armagh by 1-13 to 0-15 at the Athletic Grounds with Paul Cahillane’s early penalty proving the pivotal score.

It proved similarly tight in Kingspan Breffni Park as Mark Lynch’s late free ensured Derry a narrow 1-12 to 1-11 over Cavan.

Cailean O’Boyle’s goal early in the second-half handed Derry the initiative but a Michael Argue goal restored parity at the three-quarter mark with Lynch landing the decisive score to leave the visitors with two wins from two. 

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