Friday 9 December 2016

Tyrone make light of four red cards

Tyrone 0-17 Warwickshire 0-12

Published 07/03/2016 | 02:30

'Despite having four men sent off, the Red Hands managed to rescue the tie' Stock photo: Sportsfile
'Despite having four men sent off, the Red Hands managed to rescue the tie' Stock photo: Sportsfile

Eleven-man Tyrone staged a brave fightback to deny Warwickshire in a fiery encounter at Garvaghey.

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Despite having four men sent off, the Red Hands managed to rescue the tie, thanks to a 12-points haul from Damien Casey.

Tyrone had Padraig McHugh sent off in the first half, and referee James Clarke also dismissed Conor McElhatton, Matthew Mulgrew and Tiarnan Morgan after the break. Three of the four dismissals were straight reds.

The Red Hands struggled to find the target in the first half, and went behind on 20 minutes when John Reddan slotted over the lead point.

The hosts were under severe pressure. Pauric Crehan's second free made it 0-6 to 0-3, before the Red Hands rallied for Aidy Kelly and Casey (2) to bring them level. Ogie Long's point sent the visitors in with a 0-8 to 0-6 interval lead.

Shane Morrissey grabbed a goal and Crehan added another couple of frees as Warwickshire forged ahead, with another couple of red cards adding to the Red Hand crisis.

But they displayed passion and commitment to turn the game back in their favour with a late volley of scores, including two long-range Casey frees.

Scorers - Tyrone: D Casey 0-12 (8fs), A Kelly 0-2, G Gilmore, J Kelly, M Mulgrew 0-1 each. Warwickshire: S Morrissey 1-0, P Crehan 0-5 (5fs), J Reddan, C Robins, J Meagher, J Quinn, L Reale, O Long, P Treacy (f) 0-1 each.
Tyrone - C McElhatton 5, C McNally 6, J Kelly 7, L Armstrong 5, P McHugh 5, T Morgan 6, D Rafferty 7, C Cross 6, A Kelly 7, D Casey 8, G Gilmore 7, C Grogan 6, M Mulgrew 5, S Og Grogan 5, P Daly 5.
Subs: C McNulty 5 for Daly, J Devlin 4 for Armstrong.
Warwickshire - M Cremin 6, M O'Reagan 6, W Allen 7, J Quinn 7, C Brough 5, P Treacy 8, J Meagher 6, L Reale 7, C Robins 8, S Morrissey 6, J Reddan 7, S Conlon 5, O Long 6, P Crehan 7, C McBride 5. Sub: D Heffernan 4 for Conlon.
Ref - J Clarke (Cavan)

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