Friday 18 August 2017

Skipper Casey leads Red Hands revival

Tyrone 0-18 Monaghan 1-11: Allianz NHL Div 3A final

Tyrone's Damien Casey holds the trophy aloft
Tyrone's Damien Casey holds the trophy aloft
Monaghan's Fergal Rafter in action against Justin Kelly of Tyrone
Monaghan's Fergal Rafter in action against Conor Casey and Conor McNally of Tyrone Newsdesk Newsdesk

Tyrone came from behind to win the decider at Keady, seeing off Monaghan with a nine-point salvo from captain Damien Casey.

Monaghan went four ahead in the opening stages, with Ronan Meegan converting three frees, but Casey settled Tyrone nerves with a couple of frees.

Gerard Gilmore slotted over a neat score, before Conor Grogan's long-range effort brought the sides level in the 22nd minute.

Stephen Lambe and Mark Winters traded points, and the sides were still deadlocked when Tyrone were awarded a penalty for a foul on Grogan on 32 minutes.

Casey's effort was kept out by corner-back Kevin Crawley, but he made amends with a 60-metre free which sent his side in with a 0-6 to 0-5 interval lead.

Tyrone made a strong start to the second half, going four ahead with Casey's first from play, but Lambe smashed home a 42nd-minute goal to bring the sides level.

But the Red Hands scored seven of the next nine points to take control with five minutes to play.

Monaghan full-back Peter Treanor was sent off on a straight red card five minutes from the end and victory was sealed by Casey's ninth score.

Man of the match: Dermot Begley (Tyrone)

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 0-9 (5fs, 1 '65'), M Winters, G Gilmore, C Grogan 0-2 each, J Kelly, A Kelly, C Cross 0-1 each. Monaghan: S Lambe 1-4 (0-1f), R Meegan 0-6 (6fs), N Garland 0-1,

Tyrone: J Devlin 6; C McNally 7, M O'Gorman 6, C Casey 6; P McHugh 7, D Begley 8, T Morgan 6; J Kelly 8 A Kelly 7; M Winters 7, D Casey 8, C Cross 6; C Grogan 7, S Og Grogan 6, G Gilmore 6. Subs: M Grogan 5 for C Casey, C Gallagher 5 for Gilmore, R Kelly 4 for D Casey, D Marshall 4 for Winters.

Monaghan: K Hanniffy 6; K Crawley 7, P Treanor 7, B Flanagan 5; A Kenny 6, D Crowe 7, C McKenna 6; C Boyle 7, E MacSuibhne 8; N Garland 6, M Treanor 6, R Meegan 7; F Rafter 7, S Lambe 8, M Murphy 5. Subs: T Forde 5 for Murphy, P Dowdall 4 for Boyle.

Ref: L McAuley (Antrim)

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